Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Observation & Imagination: Painting the Figure"
April 18-19, 2020
 

Abstract and representational artists of all levels are invited to explore techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style, theme and expression. Working from the life model in an interior arrangement, discover how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting and engaging your imagination. Investigate the metaphorical meaning in figure painting through representational and abstract approaches. Individual and group critique, discussion and a PowerPoint presentation of works from old masters and contemporary artists will complement studio activity. Ying Li’s uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ying Li, www.yinglistudio.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting Workshop"
April 18-19, 2020
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The PAFA Atelier (one week intensive)"
June 1-5, 2020
 

A combination instructed-class and open studio for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting. Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Figure in Monotype with Mark Green"
June 13-14, 2020
 

Explore traditional and contemporary monotype techniques while working from direct observation of the posed model in a studio setting. Instruction will present a historical overview of the medium, demonstrating the range of artistic possibilities through the work of Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, and other historical and contemporary artists. Students will employ a combination of subtractive and additive techniques on Plexiglas or metal plates, using a procedural method that can be adjusted to suit individual needs. Images printed on the first day will be further developed with dry and wet media on the second day. Instruction will emphasize issues of drawing, mark making, composition, and design.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mark Green
Cost: $415
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Figure Sculpture"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Explore clay modeling and expand your portfolio with three-dimensional work. Work from a life model to learn methods of terra cotta clay sculpture, focusing on anatomy, proportion, composition, and personal expression. Sculptures will be photographed for portfolios and kiln-fired after the course ends. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Study with a Master Series: Drawings & Painting the Portrait"
July 9-11, 2020
 

This class will stress the learning process to achieve this goal; from basic proportions, structure and value relationships for the beginner, intermediate and advanced students may choose to work in color, but would encourage one to take at least first day or two of drawing and then to full color portraits with emphasis on enhancing values, color and design. We will do some value studies of a generic eye, nose, mouth and ear for a better understanding of their structure. We will talk about the process of learning to see, not to copy, but how to interpret. Good design is related to good drawing, and to me good drawing enhances good judgment and good taste.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ned Mueller
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 4127414405


"Pre-College Intensives: Portrait Drawing & Painting"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or other prior basic drawing experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 2: Life Drawing"
July 20-24, 2020
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing (Section 1 or 2), Portrait Drawing & Painting or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Painting 2: Figure Painting"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life, Portrait Drawing & Painting or other prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Study with a Master Series: Power of Pastel"
July 30 - August 1, 2020
 

Learn everything needed to know about this medium and how to control it. Workshop will focus on understanding light by painting still lifes and then the portrait from models. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 4127414405


"Pre-College Intensives: Cast Drawing & Painting"
August 3-7, 2020
 

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. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition with charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress to oil painting materials and techniques using a limited palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw- or paint-only based on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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