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"Figure Painting: Developing Form and Finish"
Saturdays, March 9 - April 13, 2024
 

Paint from a life model in poses of varying lengths to develop and refine your figure painting compositions. Extended poses will allow students to adjust and resolve issues of surface, color, and composition. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $330
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Art of Caricature"
March 13-15, 2024
 

Speer explores caricature in multiple live demos, projected on a TV for better viewing. Learn the process of a caricature drawing and the anatomical and formal considerations that create the magical transformation from informed distortion to a hyper-likeness more succinct than any portrait could boast. Participant drawings will be executed in charcoal and pencil. Lothar Speer is a master caricaturist with 30 years experience. His client list includes America’s Fortune 500, such as retirement caricature illustrations for McDonald’s corporate elite and graduation illustrations for medical universities.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Cost: $215 / $185 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Painting The Figure: From Life And Photo"
March 16-17, 2024
 

It is the recognition of the Divine in all things that moves me to paint. It is my intent to heal and uplift in this way. Kristin has had paintings juried into the 2012 American Impressionist Society Exhibition where she won the Artist Choice award, The Women Painters of the Southeast where she won Second Place, the 2013 AIS show,the Cumberland Society’s First Annual Juried Exhibition, and the 2017 AIS exhibition. Clark is represented by Richland Fine Art (Nashville, TN) and Brazier Gallery (Richmond, VA).
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Kristin Clark
Cost: $325
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Drop-in Figure Drawing"
March 21, 2024
 

Gain valuable experience working from a live model. Both clothed and nude models will be available once a month for anyone wishing to brush up on their figurative work, take it back to basics, or try anatomical drawing for the first time. These are uninstructed sessions, though a monitor will be present.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Portrait in Pencil Workshop"
March 23-24, 2024
 

Using inexpensive materials, this hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts and methods needed to create a strong sense of dimension and likeness in your portrait drawings. Explore the proportions and planes of the head, neck and shoulders. Learn how to create a structural foundation and how to easily manage anatomy by breaking down forms into simple geometric shapes. Instruction will address different strategies for creating a finished tonal portrait as well as tips and tricks that will help you draw like a pro!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting with Light and Color"
March 23-25, 2024
 

Grasp a better understanding of light and color through painting from life, both plein air around Key West and in the classroom. John Clayton introduces various ways to mix and apply color that will make your painting filled with light and capturing the light key. This class will offer different lessons each day, including using a knife to bring out expressive designs. Clayton studied at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown where he embraced the “Art of Seeing Color” as taught by the late Henry Hensche and Charles W. Hawthorne. He now makes his living painting and teaching throughout Cape Cod in the Summers and the streets of Key West in the Winter.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: John Clayton
Cost: $360 / $325 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"4-Day Expressive Watercolor: Flowers to Figures"
April 8-11, 2024
 

Mon-Thurs. April 8-11, 9:30am-3:30pm. $450 Art League of OC Members, $565 Non-Members. Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the head and figure. Through a series of fun painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. In our approach to learning how to interpret the head and figure, we will learn to express translucent flesh tones, while focusing on the gesture of the person. Painting children will also be covered.
 
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $450 ALOC Members, $565 Non-Members
Sponsor: Art League of Ocean City
Website, email, 410-524-9433


"Abstraction: Figure as Source"
April 12-14, 2024
 

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the figure and the process of abstraction. During the morning sessions we will work directly from the figure, with an emphasis on proportion, physical structure, tonality, and gesture, in both drawing and painting. In the afternoons we will take our morning session works and use them as source material for an abstract painting of medium size, exploring experimentation, paint-handling, accident, composition, color, marking, and play! Improvisation and uncertainty! Always a blast.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jordon Wolfson
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Spontaneous Figure Painting"
April 13-14, 2024
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Take a break from representational model-based painting and learn to incorporate the human form as an abstracted or hinted element in your work, toward suggesting ideas, conveying emotions, or emphasizing its formal qualities. Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. Content includes examples and discussion of notable artworks, critique, and one-on-one instruction. Painting experience recommended. Note: This workshop does not feature in-class models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drop-in Figure Drawing"
April 18, 2024
 

Gain valuable experience working from a live model. Both clothed and nude models will be available once a month for anyone wishing to brush up on their figurative work, take it back to basics, or try anatomical drawing for the first time. These are uninstructed sessions, though a monitor will be present.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Sketch-on-the-Go"
April 27, 2024
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Three-Day Color Boot Camp"
May 15-17, 2024
 

We will start out the first day doing still life study out of doors which will prepare us to tackle the landscape. Second day we will be on location painting the landscape. I will be teaching the structure of the landscape—what is important to include as well as what to leave out. On the last day we will do color studies of the figure. We will concentrate on the development of strong starts, and focus on expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with color. I will be doing demos throughout the workshop. You will do a color study before lunch, followed by one or two color studies in the afternoon.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Cost: $550 plus a model fee
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Drawing Auto-Biographical Comics"
May 27, 2024
 

Draw on your experience to create graphic renderings of your life. Ajuan shares the works of several comic creators, showing how this diverse group of individuals draw themselves. Students compare the artists’ self portraits with the artists’ press photos, while Ajuan discusses the strategies veteran comic creators use to create a character to represent themselves on the page. Participants will then use the same strategies to create drawings of themselves, and using a handful of autobiographical writing prompts, create a 4- to 6-panel autobiographical comic.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Ajuan Mance
Cost: $85 / $70 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Portrait Painting from a Photograph"
August 1-2, 2024
 

Dianne Hebbert leads a portrait painting workshop. Students are invited to bring in a printed or digital copy of a photograph they would like to translate into a painting. The class begins with the drawing and moves into developing the acrylic painting, going over the grid method, under paintings, and finally, how to add personal details to finalize your painting. Regardless of skill level, there’s something for everyone to learn. Dianne Hebbert is a Nicaraguan-American artist based in New York. She works primarily in painting, printmaking and installation art. As a Miami native she attended New World School of the Arts before she earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Purchase College and her MFA in Printmaking from Brooklyn College.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Dianne Hebbert
Cost: $110 / $85 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"In-Class Workshop Charcoal and Pastels"
August 26-27, 2024
 

Learn how to draw figures, and how to make expressive drawings by participating in this 2-day intense workshop with Mashiul. Students will have the opportunity to learn from short dynamic gestural poses to long poses of a life model.
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mashiul Chowdhury
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


"Drawing the Portrait"
February 13, 2025
 

In this 1-Day workshop, Karen will lead students through her process of drawing the portrait from the initial measurements to the final stages of refining. Using a photo reference, she will begin with teaching strategies to accurately draw the head, place the features and indicate the major light and shadow shapes. Karen will demonstrate how to define the shadow and light regions which give the illusion of form. She will show how she compresses values for a strong design and how she makes corrections throughout, achieving an unmistakable likeness of her subject. Students also have the option to sign up for Karen’s 3-Day follow-up workshop, Painting the Portrait in Pastel.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Karen Wilharm
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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