Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Portrait & Figurative Painting"
Thursdays, January 27 - March 31, 2022
 

Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live portrait and figurative painting course! Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same: composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form, and space. Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques. Students will work independently, with individual critiques from the instructor. Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness – but a variety of figure-based themes, additional subjects, and conceptual interests may be pursued.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fred Danziger
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Head Study of a Model in Costume"
February 2-5, 2022
 

This 4-day online workshop will focus on painting a model in costume and is designed for painters who have already had basic figure drawing and painting experience but would like to continue improving their craftsmanship and visual language. Instructor will be doing painting demonstration during the first week’s meeting; during the following three weeks, students will be asked to work on assignments using the same reference photo provided by the instructor. There will be individual critiques in front of the group during each week’s meeting, along with a short problem-solving demonstration by the instructor. Overall, students will be learning a painting process broken down to three steps, beginning with block-in and color relationships to the final adjustments of the finished painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Huihan Liu
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Randy Sexton - Expressive Brushwork"
Wednesdays, February 2-23, 2022
 

This class is taught live via Zoom. California-based artist Randall Sexton is nationally known for his use of expressive brushwork. Like your signature, your brushwork is recognizable. In this 4-week class, Sexton will share his methods for creating loose expressive brushwork and will cover fundamentals of successful picture-making: three dimensionality, value, color mixing, brushwork, paint quality, mood and concept. Whatever the subject matter, the success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with the creativity and passion of the artist.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $350
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Portrait Drawing from Photographs"
February 12 & 13, 2022
 

Learn to create lively portrait drawings using photographs as inspiration and visual source in this live Zoom workshop. Starting with basic planes and volumes, you’ll build a strong three-dimensional foundation using line and light and shade. You’ll learn about the major structures of the head, the features of the face, and how to relate them to create a lively human presence. Tips and hacks to make the process go more smoothly will also be discussed. Drawing experience is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $25
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Artist Demonstration by Graham Berry"
February 23, 2022
 

Graham Berry is offering a demonstration via Zoom prior to his People at Work & Play in Watercolor workshop scheduled for March 7-9.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Graham Berry
Cost: $20 Member | $25 Non-member
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"Online Figure Drawing Marathon"
February 26, 2022
 

Join us for a very special online edition of an ArtisTTable Figure Drawing Marathon. In this 6 hour figure drawing session, held on Zoom, you will be able to draw from 3 different models from Europe, Israel and the US for one single registration fee of $30. With your registration you will be able come and go from the session as you would like. This fee also includes automatic registration in our next online exhibition "Figuratively Speaking". The session will run from: 10 AM to 4 PM Eastern US time, 16:00 to 22:00 Central Europe time, 17:00 to 23:00 Israel time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $30
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Figure Painting: Lessons from the Masters"
Tuesdays, March 1-29, 2022
 

We will take a gestural approach to painting the figure, using historical paintings as reference (instead of a model). Each class will include a demo/paint-along, with the last class saved for critique. Homework assignments will reinforce your understanding of color and palette for flesh tones.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Aimee Erickson
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Online Mentorship Program"
March 8, 2022 - March 8, 2023
 

Hosted by the Tucson Art Academy Online, this unique program combines a four-part modular system with guidance, feedback, and mentorship for an entire year…. a wonderful opportunity at a great value!! Study with California-based artist, Randall Sexton, who is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his paintings of “everyday” scenes. This course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. The success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $895
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Drawing the Features of the Head"
March 12-13, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This two-day weekend workshop is the first in a series of many dedicated to the human figure and will follow the same order that classically-trained artists have followed for centuries in their studies. Instructor and artist Jon DeMartin will guide students through a concentration on the features of the human face as preparation for drawing the human head. In the workshop, students can expect to develop skills for shading techniques and gain a more thorough understand of geometry, perspective, and anatomy– which are all vitally important in classical drawing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jon De Martin
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Portrait drawing in charcoal: How to develop your skills through self-critiques"
Wednesdays, March 16-30, 2022
 

This workshop aims to develop your skills by guiding you through the steps of drawing a representational portrait. We will explore the charcoal medium and learn some key concepts of portrait drawing. Through step-by-step demonstrations, the instructor will cover the essential aspects of each step, starting from how to choose a good reference on the first day to fixing your own drawings through self-critiques on the last day. The goal in this workshop is to help everyone to step up in terms of skills and also the quality of your drawing. To participate in this class you will need a computer or a tablet (such as iPad) with internet access and an active Facebook account.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sookyi Lee
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Barnstone Method Intensive: Foundation in Drawing & Design"
Thursdays, March 24 - May 26, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. All art students have heard about the elements and principles of design, but few truly understand their significance or learn how to wield them to build strong designs. Students will discover how to recognize the design principles in the structure of observed nature, just as traditional classical draftsmen were trained to do. Furthermore, students will detect the same features in the works of trained master artists and be guided by their example, regardless of technique or style choice. This foundation will assist every art student that wants to draw with authority and find their personal artistic voice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roger Brinker
Cost: $1750
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Constructing a Painting in the Studio Setting"
Thursdays, May 6-27, 2022
 

In this online course, Joseph will take you through his process of constructing a painting from start to finish. Each day’s session will focus on one or two aspects of his painting process. Topics such as concept and subject matter generation, to explanation of materials, to the actual painting process will all be discussed and demonstrated. Students will be encouraged to work along with Joseph using reference that he will provide. Joseph will discuss what makes a good story, how do you decide what to paint, and how do you get the proper reference to work from. This will be an interactive class and students will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso
Cost: $395 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
July 13-15, 2022
 

This workshop will explore how to paint portraits using organic and loose techniques. The objective is to paint portraits that express the persons' characters and personalities and to do it with the artist's own personal touches. The interactive class includes: Daily demos, Introductions to concepts such as anatomy, forms, lighting, and brushwork, and Individual student work feedback. This workshop aims to help students to develop their unique creative vocabulary in watercolor portraits. Stephen will explore a new set of subjects for the demonstrations.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting the Self Portrait with Mary Whyte"
July 14-15, 2022
 

Join Mary Whyte for a Zoom Workshop focusing on the Art of the Self Portrait. For centuries, artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Sargent and Wyeth, periodically turned their focus inward for a reflective self portrait. During this time of the pandemic, historic changes, new insights and self-quarantine, many artists worldwide are doing the same. Using a standalone mirror, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your unique composition, drawing, mixing flesh color and creating a background that tells your story. She will also talk about maintaining your pose, avoiding mistakes and will also give personal critiques and tips for marketing your work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting from Photographs in Oil"
July 15-17, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Over this three-day program, ARC Associate Living Master Tina Garrett will welcome students of all levels to participate in a comprehensive study of portrait painting from photo references. She will take you through her artistic process from beginning to end while providing personalized critiques and advice to improve your painting. Over this workshop, Tina will demonstrate using Photoshop to edit photos and provide insight into analyzing value patterns, angles, and temperature. You will learn how to create accurate color, control the palette, transcend the photo, and create a stunning work of art.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tina Garrett
Cost: $590
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Painting Hands & Jewelry"
July 18, 20, 22, 2022
 

Join this small-group live Zoom class where you can share images for critique & enjoy lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Over this 3-day workshop, Shana will discuss the structure of hands so you will understand the bone structure while learning how to paint skin tones and the values of dynamic hands. She will also discuss different approaches to jewelry with delicate brushstrokes and simple details to create realistic jewelry. Hands and jewelry describe so much emotion in a painting. Color, structure, values - there are so many aspects to painting a hand and finding the nuances in different textures in jewelry that you can capture to make a convincing and realistic painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shana Levenson
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Creative Watercolor Portraits - Online Program"
Ongoing
 

From start to finish, discover how to draw and paint 6+ watercolor portraits. Enjoy livestream paint-alongs and an encouraging facebook community. You'll learn how to mix skin tones, layer and blend paint, create eyes that sparkle and capture the personality of your subject in flowing colors. Program now open for a limited time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $247
Sponsor: CindyBriggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"Rees Atelier"
ongoing
 

This remotely accessible course teaches classical drawing and painting and provides personal critiques and guidance. This self-paced program will give you the opportunity to build a foundation of skills that will last a lifetime while being directed down a path focused on your personal goals and ambitions. From tightly rendered realism to glazing, to impressionistic realism, no two artists are alike. No one program is right for everyone. So join me while we take the best of the foundation lessons from traditional ateliers and combine them with a deep dive into the methods and techniques that will help you become the artist you’ve always wanted to be.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Tim Rees
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Flow in Watercolor Portrait"
ongoing
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 3 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Stephen Zhang and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This workshop explores how to paint portraits using organic and loose techniques. The objective is to learn how to tell the subjects' stories and explore the artist’s own unique touches. This solid foundation will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively in watercolor portraits.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $340
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Figure Drawing Fundamentals"
ongoing
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 4 days of recordings available, 3 personal critiques from Patricia Watwood and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This workshop will teach the key steps to basic figure drawing. You’ll be learning two approaches and focusing on the torso. First, we will learn to draw the central axis and major forms of the torso to establish a good gesture with a realistic structure. Second, we will learn the basic block in and using shapes and angles to begin a drawing. This approach focuses on building 2-D perception and accurate proportion. Using these two approaches together makes a strong foundation for naturalistic life drawing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $290
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"The Quick Portrait Sketch"
ongoing
 

Enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. In this demo, Dominique will break down the painting process into clear and consecutive steps, focusing on the 4 main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge. Working systematically is key in our development as a painter. She will be using a limited palette and painting Alla Prima as this is an efficient way to develop skills and intuition.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dominique Medici
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Figure Drawing Demo"
ongoing
 

Enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule and have lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This demo features classical figurative artist Patricia Watwood as she demonstrates how to establish a good form gesture with a realistic structure. Students will learn techniques for the basic figure block-in and, using shapes and angles, begin a successful representational drawing of the male form. Patricia focuses on building 2-D perception and accurate proportion. Her method prioritizes aesthetic principles and technical rigor, balancing perception and design. Includes a discussion on what makes a strong foundation for naturalistic life drawing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Patricia Watwood
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Watercolor Portrait—Capturing the inside and outside"
ongoing
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. In this unique demo, Stephen will share how he paints expressive portraits built on the solid foundation of physical forms. He will demonstrate how he uses dynamic brushwork and colors to loosen up and to express the subject's personality.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Stephen Zhang
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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