Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Alchemy of Painting, Exploring Expressive Painting & Mixed Media"
August 20-25, 2018
 

In this workshop, we will explore our deepest knowing by stilling the body through short meditations and guided visualization - gently nudging us to the places that hold a deep reservoir of imagery. We will begin from the ground up making handmade gesso then using dry pigments in combination with paint. Lauren will guide you through a series of idea-generating techniques and gestural exercises that lead to understanding the balance found between technique and intuition. Spontaneous mark-making, collage and painting techniques will all be employed to broaden our visual vocabulary and art making dexterity. Our materials will be quality paper, boards, handmade gesso, dry pigment, collage materials, glues, oil sticks, cold wax and oil paint.
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Lauren Mantecon
Cost: $1675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Colored Pencil: Delicate to Dynamic"
September 10-13, 2018
 

Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop!
 
Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $285, including dinner on September 11
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Website, email, 219-874-4688


"Colored Pencil: Drama on Dark Paper"
September 14-15, 2018
 

Whether a novice or veteran in colored pencil, discover and become proficient with layering techniques that allow you to capture drama beyond what you thought possible of the medium. Examining the work of contemporary colored pencil artists, you will experiment with various stroke applications, produce a color match strip, and design and begin a final composition. Rhonda will provide individualized feedback throughout the workshop and boost your confidence in your ability to complete your work with excellence.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Rhonda Nass, www.RNass.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250, plus materials fee
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"The PAFA Atelier: Drawing & Painting Section 2"
Fridays, September 14 - December 21, 2018
 

A combination instructed class and open studio for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting. Work from the cast collection, figure/portrait models, still life or interior spaces, with tailored instruction/ critique, independent work sessions, with visits from guest PAFA faculty-critics to offer additional feedback.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $1100, Non-Credit: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Painting and Drawing"
Thursdays, September 20 - December 13, 2018
 

Join PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition, combining Eakins-influenced historical techniques with contemporary approaches. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition in charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress through oil painting materials and techniques, expanding from limited colors to a full palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw-only or paint-only based on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sketching the City"
September 22, 2018
 

Capture the life of the city through the expressive and descriptive drawn line. Spend the morning outdoors in a nearby park, making plein air sketches. Return to the studio in the afternoon to develop your drawings into finished pieces that convey the cityscape through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatching and linear mark-making.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Drawing II"
Saturdays, September 22 - December 15, 2018
 

Improve your ability to draw the human form with anatomical and spatial accuracy through lectures and demonstrations on proportions, skeletal framework, surface form, and movement. Designed to advance the skills of students who have studied drawing previously.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cast Drawing"
Mondays, September 24 - December 10, 2018
 

Drawing in the Academic manner from plaster casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. PAFA’s beautiful and historic Cast Hall contains life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture – a unique resource that has been part of PAFA’s curriculum for over 200 years. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing Fundamentals"
Tuesdays, September 25 - December 11, 2018
 

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Drawing and Painting"
Wednesdays, September 26 - November 14, 2018
 

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media. Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Silverpoint Drawing"
Thursdays, September 27 - November 15, 2018
 

The art of silverpoint predates graphite and achieved its height during the Renaissance. Work from portrait models and photos to experience its fine rendering techniques and delicate results. Learn traditional means of preparing paper, and enhancing drawings with gouache, watercolor and colored grounds.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Drawing"
Fridays, September 28 - December 7, 2018
 

Drawing the nude life model is one of the most timehonored methods of art training. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions and anatomy. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Drawing: The Portrait"
Fridays, September 28 - December 7, 2018
 

Work in graphite, charcoal and conté to capture the spirit and likeness of a range of models while developing skills for all subjects. Suitable for both beginners and those with experience seeking to refine their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"10 Week Figure Drawing with Warren Chang"
September 28 - December 14, 2018
 

Expand your skills in drawing the human figure with this this 10 week Figure Drawing class, led by award winning artist, Warren Chang. The class will be a complete guide to drawing the figure, through daily instructor demonstrations and lectures. This will be an approach in tonal drawing in charcoal, where tone is predominant over line. Emphasis will be on the learning and understanding of the fundamentals of light and shadow or Chiaroscuro. This course will also focus on drawing the human head and hands, and breaking down study of the individual features of the face in intensive study. In addition the clothed figure will be covered and the study of drawing drapery. For more information on instructor, visit www.warrenchang.com.
 
Location: Los Gatos, California
Instructor: Warren Chang
Cost: $480 ( $450 for NUMU members)
Sponsor: New Museum Los Gatos
Website, email, 408.354.2646


"Doodle Draw"
September 28, 2018
 

Create beautiful sketches which combine doodling and painting as only Portland, Oregon based artist, Jennifer Mercede can inspire you to do! You will spend time in what Jennifer calls the 'BC Zone' or doing blind contour drawings. Your subjects will be inspired by the nature and the city of Denver. By letting go of the final outcome, you will develop your ability to experiment and grow as an artist. My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Expressive Painting"
September 29-30, 2018
 

In this expressive painting & drawing class, we will begin with mark making exercises to get you creating outside the box. Through various guided activities, we will practice letting go of the outcome. Learn to be expressive with your strokes. Experiment and let your intuition guide your artistic choices as we create abstract paintings on wood in a safe, encouraging environment. In this class you have permission to play. My classes focus on process. While you may walk away with a piece of art ready to hang on your wall, you may also walk away with a few pieces started & ready to inspire many more hours of creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $435-$500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Drawing for High School Students"
Saturdays, September 29 - December 1, 2018
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection and the human portrait to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing for Dummies"
October 1-4, 2018
 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw, or feel your drawing skills are rusty or inadequate, this workshop will help you gain confidence in rendering a variety of subject matter in a realistic way. By learning to tap into your intuitive right brain, you will dramatically improve perception and technical skill as you explore the process of drawing. Mynn will lead you through a series of simple exercises that are fun, easy, and meditative in nature, resulting in a remarkable development of skills. This workshop is designed for the absolute beginner, as well as those working in other media interested in honing their drawing skills.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mynn Lanphier
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketching Door County's Architecture"
October 1-4, 2018
 

In this workshop, learn how to capture the essence of Door County’s charming structures as you explore techniques in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. Combine these media in vibrant sketches while out in the field, weather permitting. Through demonstrations, handouts, and individualized feedback, Ann will share how to simplify perspective in the field, create sound compositions, add color, and make marks that add texture and interest to your sketches. There will be ample time to practice, ask questions, and share and critique your work. Leave this workshop with a new way of working that is incredibly portable and rewarding.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Colored Pencil: Vivid and Versatile"
October 1-3, 2018
 

Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils. Come prepared to take home plenty of samples and goodies, too! This workshop will be held in a peaceful country studio setting with a small group (maximum 12). Students wishing to stay on-site should inquire about lodging at the nearby Lindenwood Retreat Center. Daily lunches are included in the price of the workshop.
 
Location: Donaldson (near Plymouth), Indiana
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Moon Tree Studios, the Center at Donaldson
Website, email, 574-935-1712


"Drawing in Color"
Tuesdays, October 2 - November 20, 2018
 

Gain hands-on experience using various traditional and contemporary color drawing materials, including chalk, pastel and colored pencil. Presentation, lecture and demonstration will teach the applications and advantages of each medium. Observational study, as well as options to work from sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, will encourage students to develop their personal style. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pencil Drawing with Watercolor and Ink"
Tuesdays, October 2 - December 4, 2018
 

Elevate your drawings with washes of tone and color in watercolor and ink in order to produce vibrant mixed media work in the tradition of Cézanne and Rodin. Learn graphite and pen-and-ink drawing techniques as well as watercolor and wash painting methods, referencing historical and contemporary examples. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Hiro Sakaguchi, hirosakaguchi.com
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
Mondays, October 15 - November 19, 2018
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods – will be used to enhance finished work. Tenkoku, or personal stamp making, will also be covered.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Art Journaling: Just for a Season"
October 20, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor. Using the four seasons as a starting point, draw from your life and memories to create a unique record.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith, dresslersmith.com
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
November 8-10, 2018
 

Expand upon the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil, and the artist in 4 instructional DVDs, has taught over 200 colored pencil workshops. She provides an informative, supportive, and enjoyable atmosphere. Waxy "traditional" and water soluble pencils will be included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Water soluble wax pastels, often called "watercolor crayons", will also be featured. Explore a range of compatible papers and boards- supplied as free samples- which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. There will be demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of take-home supplies for each student.
 
Location: Springfield (near Eugene), Oregon
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Website, email, 541-726-8595


"Draw the Dance at the Pennsylvania Ballet"
November 10, 2018
 

Capture the fluidity and disciplined movement of dancers at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. After a morning session at the ballet, return to the PAFA studios to work from dancers in longer poses. Transform your studies into finished pieces in pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating a Painting in Colored Pencil"
February 7-9, 2019
 

Take a February "cabin fever break"- come to Quincy, Florida! Kristy Kutch, an experienced, supportive workshop instructor, welcomes you for three fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range and potential of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watercolor colored pencils, even some watercolor crayons (water soluble wax pastels), will be featured, combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Kristy is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. She is also the featured artist in four instructional colored pencil DVDs. Students receive a generous supply of sample products, including new items on the art scene. (No exaggeration: bring a spare tote bag!)
 
Location: Quincy (near Tallahassee), Florida
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, 850-627-5023


"Colored Pencil: Focus on the Landscape"
February 13-15, 2019
 

Colored pencil is flourishing as a fine art medium! It offers rich colors, non-toxic wet-or-dry convenience, easy control, portability, and gorgeous results. Render with loose gestural strokes or crisp details. These traits also make colored pencil and watercolor pencil ideal for landscape art. Kristy Kutch is an experienced, upbeat workshop instructor and author who guides her students through the steps for creating colored pencil landscape art. Her focus is on demonstrations of waxy/oily and water soluble colored pencils, with opportunities for individual questions and attention. Kristy offers techniques- some quite surprising- for rendering impressive skies, dense trees, or those craggy mountains. An abundance of free materials will be provided for the class, including rich surfaces which are colored pencil-compatible.
 
Location: The Villages, Florida
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $314
Sponsor: Village Art Center
Website, email, 352-572-5317


"San Francisco: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop"
March 31 - April 5, 2019
 

Join us for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – just relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg, lobenbergart.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Mixed Media: Santa Fe Journal"
April 15-19, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + Materials: $35
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Santa Fe Journal II"
May 13-17, 2019
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, food, farmers market treasures, and anything that we find that gives us a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints, and add collage to our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $650 + $35 materials
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Colored Pencil: Luscious and Lively"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Charming oceanside San Clemente, California beckons you! Explore the possibilities that can be drawn from the point of a colored pencil- or watercolor pencil! With a vast choice of surfaces, blending tools, and techniques, colored pencil yields a tremendous range of effects: shimmer, shine, saturated intensity, gritty texture, sparkling highlights, even fluid transparency. This promises to be an enjoyable workshop in an outstanding art store with a gracious staff. Kristy is an experienced, supportive instructor who is the author of two colored pencil books (Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil, The New Colored Pencil) and the featured artist in four instructional DVDs. She has taught over 200 workshops, readily making her students feel at home, whatever their experience.
 
Location: San Clemente, California
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Cost: $285
Sponsor: San Clemente Art Supply
Website, email, 949-369-6603


"Fundamental Art Skills"
Monday - Friday - year round
 

Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Cost: $40.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.506.2982


 

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