Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"Painting the Costumed Figure"
Saturdays, September 22 - December 15, 2018
 

Painting costumed models is both a staple of classical instruction and a fun opportunity. Subjects include a Roman centurion, Renaissance noblewoman, Conquistador and more! Supplement your figure study with the depiction of props including glass, metallic objects and fabric. Instruction includes color theory, painting techniques, and artists’ materials. Students may draw-only if they wish.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Portrait Modeling"
Saturdays, September 22 - December 15, 2018
 

Learn to sculpt the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
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


"Terra Cotta Sculpture"
Wednesdays, September 26 - December 12, 2018
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting (M. Cox)"
Wednesdays, September 26 - December 19, 2018
 

Learn the materials and techniques of portrait painting. Utilize a limited palette to directly paint the structure and anatomy of the head, neck, and shoulders from posed models. Lectures and demonstrations will guide students toward an expanded palette for more advanced color mixing and indirect painting methods. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
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


"Magical Oil Portraits"
September 28, 2018
 

The method I teach is classified as "alla prima" or “wet on wet”. We will use reference photos of portraits, prepare substrate, and create overall strokes to plan the face and fill in details in a manner that captures the essence of the face. Though we will use our intuition, this is more of a technical class where we observe deeply, measure accurately, and apply strokes of paint that are true to the colors and values of our subjects. We will discuss concepts of realism, while aiming for magical realism, where we look within to make adjustments to the paint that we transfer from our brushes to our substrates, to make real, the vision of what we are painting.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Essential Human Anatomy: The Head"
October 1 - December 9, 2018
 

Designed for portrait artists and students of anatomy, this online course focuses on the planes, proportions and muscles of the head and neck, with attention to how facial expressions are produced. Instruction will transition students from drawing generic features to capturing an individual likeness. Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti, www.robertoosti.com
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color Boot Camp"
October 1-4, 2018
 

Discover a new way of seeing color! Good color, or color that expresses the light key of nature, can make even the most mundane subject matter strikingly beautiful. Camille sees a remarkable change in her students’ work after only one day of painting. They begin to see color in the shadows. Many students say they have discovered a world of color that has changed them forever! We will be doing still life study outdoors, painting the landscape on location, and color studies of the figure. We will concentrate on the development of strong starts, and focus on expressing big masses, light key, and aerial perspective with color. Class size is limited to ensure individual attention and instruction.
 
Location: Orange County, California
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Huse Skelly Studio Gallery
Website, email, 949.723.6171


"Figurative Design in Watercolor"
October 4-6, 2018
 

Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort level in designing figures in watercolor with Jeannie McGuire! You as a participant in this workshop will be inspired to imagine a story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos. You will explore the interplay between the figures and their backgrounds, intentional and spontaneous marks, and the freedom to change one's mind.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $435 Includes a light breakfast each day
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Studio
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Contemporary Practices Oil Painting Workshop"
October 5-7, 2018
 

This 3-day workshop is an introduction to J Louis' art-marketing process from conception to actualization focusing on figure photography, computer-aided design, and traditional oil painting technique. Whether you are a passionate painting enthusiast or professional artist, J Louis will help you explore new opportunities in figurative art. This workshop will focus on painting the figure with contemporary tools and techniques. You will be guided through the fundamentals of live model photography, composition, material application, and the completion of a finished art piece.
 
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: J. Louis
Cost: $600.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
October 5-7, 2018
 

Alla Prima painting, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in, and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher with 9 years of teaching experience under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Cost: $480
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Portrait Sculpture Workshop"
October 13-14, 2018
 

Learn the techniques and tools of portrait sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and expression through the versatility of terra cotta clay (no armature required). Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $195, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Fall Art Experience"
October 14-19, 2018
 

This week-long intensive event will not only focus on the development of pastel painting skills for both beginning and advanced artists, but will also offer students the opportunity to experience two world-class southern California art museums and beautiful historic scenery, starting with a special evening seminar with libations that will completely change your experience of color. Working from the still life, and in the landscape and with the figure outdoors near Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano, we will work hard but have fun. Many meals are included. As this workshop runs from Sunday midday to Friday evening, it offers an opportunity for distant travelers to enjoy the beauty of the area over both weekends.
 
Location: Laguna Beach, California
Instructor: Mary Aslin
Cost: $1150
Sponsor: Mary Aslin Fine Art
Website, email, 949-812-1429


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Pastel and Drawing Innovations"
October 25-27, 2018
 

In this 3 day intensive class Dawn will present major concepts from her book, "Pastel Innovations". Participants will explore new ways of drawing that will change fundamental concepts about what drawing is. They will explore using non traditional tools and materials for mark making as they explore transfer techniques, monotype, pan pastels, mixed media, and new surfaces for pastel. Approaching painting and drawing in a playful way is the foundation for growth as an artist and Dawn's teaching style will help each person "loosen up" by showing you ways to let go of old habits. Come ready to learn and enjoy!
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Dawn Emerson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
October 27 - November 3, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +34 856 830 008


"How to paint a portrait from a photo reference 3-day workshop"
November 2-4, 2018
 

In this exciting workshop, you’ll learn how to paint a portrait in oil using age-old and modern techniques from a reference photo. You can expect hands-on instruction and lots of tips along the way. On the first day we'll briefly discuss Photoshop and printing out a color reference. We’ll then apply the drawing onto the toned canvas and ink-in the lines. After a review of color and mixing skin tones we’ll block-in the first thin layer of color then paint the portrait with subsequent thicker layers. Students can expect to walk away from this class with a basic knowledge needed to paint a portrait from a photo to achieve likeness, skin-tones, and detail.
 
Location: Stanfordville, New York
Instructor: Nadine Robbins
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Nadine Robbins Art
Website, email, 845-233-0082


"The Figure in Pastel or Oil"
November 5-7, 2018
 

Join Margaret Dyer for an intense 3-day class in which students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique using 3 values to create vibrant figurative paintings. Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step method. Working with live models, we explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application or oil painting method. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow. For those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $395 plus a $30 model fee
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"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


"Drawing the Figure and Face"
November 14-16, 2018
 

Perfect your drawing skills with Amy Foster! This 3 day workshop is a perfect sampler for anyone who loves working with a (clothed) model. Whether you are new to the subject or an experienced artist, this experience will present tips and tricks that will increase your accuracy and help prevent unnecessary errors when drawing the figure or portrait.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Amy Foster
Cost: $320 plus $20 model fee
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
March 23-30, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
April 20-27, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Portraits in Watercolor"
June 3-7, 2019
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 2-9, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 Euros
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


 

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