Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Life Model Drawing"
February 6, 2023
 

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Many artists perceive figure drawing as an endless effort with limitless possibility for improvement, learning, and diversity. There will be a model, male or female, most often nude, posing for different durations: 2 minutes to 10 minutes, then followed by a long pose of 20 to 30 minutes. Some popular mediums used during life drawings are charcoal, graphite, pen, ink and pastels. For the longer poses, some may use painting mediums like acrylics or oil, or, go back after the session and add in additional media. Feel free to bring and use whatever you desire.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drop-In Figure Drawing"
February 9, 2023
 

Our monthly drop-in platform helps those who have an ongoing figure drawing practice, want to incorporate the figure into their work, or simply want to start with one of the best possible drawing foundations. So, take a break from working from photos or trying to convince your family members to sit still. Our monthly sessions offer the chance to work from a live model for up to two hours.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35 per session
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Commanding Color"
February 10-12, 2023
 

This course is designed to inspire your creativity by learning to "see" and experience some of the different aspects of color theory and painting light on objects. Color is one of the elements of design! This course is also designed to inspire advanced beginners and provide a review and challenge for the advanced student. In this 3-day workshop, watercolor painters will be exposed to the importance of pigment quality, the importance of considering the white paper as a "color", and how to achieve darks. Painters of all mediums will be exposed to all other aspects of color theory to help achieve successful paintings. Acrylic or water-soluble oil painters are welcomed!
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Sue Archer
Cost: $450
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Figure Drawing: Exploring the Classical Tradition"
February 15-17, 2023
 

Following in the footsteps of the masters, Speer leads his students through the basics of anatomy, rendering muscle and skeletal structure and the importance of lighting and tone. An alumnus of Vienna’s National Academy of the Fine Arts and recipient of the Academy’s prestigious Johannes Fuger Medal, Lothar leads his students to higher levels of self-sufficiency and visual acuity. All along, Lothar uses his irreverent humor and unconventional art historical perspectives to turn this learning experience into a fun, invigorating and lasting contribution to each participant’s creative journey.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Cost: $215 / $185 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Expressive Watercolor: Head & Figure"
February 17-18, 2023
 

This workshop is to demonstrate an approach to painting the head and figure. Our goal will be to bring life to the painting, learning about the gesture of people, as well as the physical construction. We will cover flesh tones, features, hair, clothing, and backgrounds. Show and Tell will be part of the learning process and is for all levels. Students can work from Janet’s photos or their own. Drawing aids will be provided. No fear!! No matter what level, students will learn how to interpret the head and figure in a spontaneous manner. Once one gets over having to make an exact copy, the likeness comes easier, and the creative process begins.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $350
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"The Portrait Painting Basics Workshop"
February 18-19, 2023
 

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. Tuition includes a $25 model fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Acrylic/Exploring Mediums"
March 2-4, 2023
 

Explore the accessible and versatile medium of acrylic painting, with a master in the field. Speer is a classically trained painter and highly successful Chicago-based caricature artist. He is an alumnus of Vienna’s National Academy of the Fine Arts and recipient of the Academy’s prestigious Johannes Fuger Medal.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Cost: $215 / $185 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Weekend Warriors: Figure and Portrait Painting"
March 4-5, 2023
 

Join us in my studio to paint from life with outstanding models in an inspired atmosphere!! This popular painting series focuses on Figure and Portrait in a series of "Alla Prima: exercises designed to help artists at all levels to strengthen their brushwork, color-mixing, and observation skills. Demonstrations, individualized assistance, and a comfortable, conducive atmosphere provide for a productive and rewarding workshop experience. For intermediate and advanced levels (or beginning students with some figure experience). Demonstrations will be in oil, but open to other mediums. Hope you can join us! Space is limited. Register early.
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $250
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"Life Model Drawing"
March 6, 2023
 

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Many artists perceive figure drawing as an endless effort with limitless possibility for improvement, learning, and diversity. There will be a model, male or female, most often nude, posing for different durations: 2 minutes to 10 minutes, then followed by a long pose of 20 to 30 minutes. Some popular mediums used during life drawings are charcoal, graphite, pen, ink and pastels. For the longer poses, some may use painting mediums like acrylics or oil, or, go back after the session and add in additional media. Feel free to bring and use whatever you desire.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drop-In Figure Drawing"
March 9, 2023
 

Our monthly drop-in platform helps those who have an ongoing figure drawing practice, want to incorporate the figure into their work, or simply want to start with one of the best possible drawing foundations. So, take a break from working from photos or trying to convince your family members to sit still. Our monthly sessions offer the chance to work from a live model for up to two hours.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35 per session
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Boot Camp Celebrates Tennessee Williams"
March 11, 2023
 

Key West’s favorite artist celebrates Tennessee Williams with a special edition Painting Bootcamp session. Representatives from the Key West Art and Historical Society, and The Tennessee Williams Exhibit, will start the workshop with some background in the life and artworks of Williams. Students will see some examples of Williams’s paintings before taking their own turn at emulating the famous former Key Wester. All materials included.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Rick Worth
Cost: $50 / $40 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Airbrush Painting Techniques"
March 30 - April 1, 2023
 

The Pastrana beginner airbrush course is intended for students who are newcomers or novices with limited or no experience in airbrushing. This workshop covers the basic principles of airbrushing, along with drills and exercises for airbrush control. This airbrush class is aimed at artists and craftsmen or women who are talented in their field but want to add another unique skill set such as airbrushing to their repertoire. This workshop is also intended for those who have some limited experience in airbrushing and want to reinforce and strengthen their understanding, knowledge, and practice in this particular field. For more information, visit pastranaunlimited.com. All materials and use of equipment included during the workshop.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Pastrana
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $875 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Life Model Drawing"
April 3, 2023
 

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Many artists perceive figure drawing as an endless effort with limitless possibility for improvement, learning, and diversity. There will be a model, male or female, most often nude, posing for different durations: 2 minutes to 10 minutes, then followed by a long pose of 20 to 30 minutes. Some popular mediums used during life drawings are charcoal, graphite, pen, ink and pastels. For the longer poses, some may use painting mediums like acrylics or oil, or, go back after the session and add in additional media. Feel free to bring and use whatever you desire.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Drop-In Figure Drawing"
April 13, 2023
 

Our monthly drop-in platform helps those who have an ongoing figure drawing practice, want to incorporate the figure into their work, or simply want to start with one of the best possible drawing foundations. So, take a break from working from photos or trying to convince your family members to sit still. Our monthly sessions offer the chance to work from a live model for up to two hours.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Cost: $35 per session
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"The Art of Caricature: Reasons and Means of Exaggeration"
April 13-14, 2023
 

Over the course of three evenings, Lothar Speer teaches artists how to capture the likeness of friends and strangers with a tongue in cheek nod to personality traits. Learn to incorporate the subtle art of satire into your drawing practice.
 
Location: Key West, Florida
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Cost: $140 / $125 for members
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Website, email, (305) 296-0458


"Get it Down / With Figure and Portrait"
April 29-30, 2023
 

This popular weekend class focuses on the figure and portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level, but especially for intermediate to advanced painters. Class size is limited to 9 students. There will be plenty of room to view demonstrations and lots of individual feedback. Saturday is an “aerobic work-out” of short poses (25 to 40 minutes), while Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). A supply list will be sent out upon registration. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling.
 
Location: Saratoga, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
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"Life Model Drawing"
May 8, 2023
 

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Many artists perceive figure drawing as an endless effort with limitless possibility for improvement, learning, and diversity. There will be a model, male or female, most often nude, posing for different durations: 2 minutes to 10 minutes, then followed by a long pose of 20 to 30 minutes. Some popular mediums used during life drawings are charcoal, graphite, pen, ink and pastels. For the longer poses, some may use painting mediums like acrylics or oil, or, go back after the session and add in additional media. Feel free to bring and use whatever you desire.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Portraits: Beautiful Skin Tones in Oil"
May 19-21, 2023
 

Want to paint more vibrant portraits? Ann Moeller Steverson will teach you how to create beautiful soft skin tones with a rainbow of natural colors. By enhancing your observational skills and noticing subtleties, you will explore how ambient light affects objects and color. You will learn how to observe the planes of the head, set up attractive and effective lighting, create excellent reference images, and mix paint for more natural-looking colors. Learning these techniques will help your subject matter glow, feel alive and significantly improve your skin tones. For information, visit annmoellerstudios.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Ann Moeller Steverson
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Life Model Drawing"
June 5, 2023
 

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Many artists perceive figure drawing as an endless effort with limitless possibility for improvement, learning, and diversity. There will be a model, male or female, most often nude, posing for different durations: 2 minutes to 10 minutes, then followed by a long pose of 20 to 30 minutes. Some popular mediums used during life drawings are charcoal, graphite, pen, ink and pastels. For the longer poses, some may use painting mediums like acrylics or oil, or, go back after the session and add in additional media. Feel free to bring and use whatever you desire.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Figure in the Landscape"
August 7-9, 2023
 

Bill Farnsworth will teach a 3-day oil painting workshop dealing with a figure in a landscape. Bill will paint a demo every morning to show students a step-by-step process. Students will learn the importance of capturing the gesture of a figure and how it brings a narrative to a painting. Emphasis will be on drawing, values and edges. Bill will be instructing from photos the first two days and then a model the last day. A healthy, delicious lunch will be prepared by Brenda for $14 per day.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Bill Farnsworth
Cost: $550
Sponsor: On Track Studios
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"Painting the Figure in the Landscape"
August 17-20, 2023
 

With this workshop, Qiang will introduce his approaches of adding figures into landscape paintings in oil. Painters need to have adequate amount of training in anatomy, proportion, perspective, and skin tones to be able manage subtle variations in human forms. He will introduce visual tools to make figure painting much easier. The students will create storytelling paintings in an expressive style. Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. For more information, visit qh-art.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Populating the Landscape / Elements or Feature"
September 13-16, 2023
 

Join Randall Sexton for his 20th-year return to Landgrove with a freshly modified format for 2023. This four-day intensive will combine plein air and studio time dedicated to the challenges of the Figure in the Landscape. The focus will incorporate the landscape of the greater Landgrove area with figurative elements and painting the figure on location en plein air (weather permitting). The class is open to all levels, but geared towards artists with prior plein air experience looking to strengthen their figurative skills. Sexton will be painting in oil, is open to students using other mediums.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
September 25-27, 2023
 

Come paint the Monterey and Carmel Coastline with award-winning California artist Randall Sexton. This 3-day workshop is open to all levels—but it is especially geared to push the experienced artist to greater heights. Randy will review the basics of solid picture making… while sharing his own methods for “Simplifying the Complex.” Three days will be spent on location (gathering direct experience en plein air.) Daily demonstrations will be followed up with “one-on-one” assistance at the easel. Hosted by Carmel Visual Arts, Sexton returns to lead his seventh workshop in the Monterey Peninsula. Class size is limited and they tend to fill up quickly so don’t hesitate to register. Hope you can join us!
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, (831) 620-2955


 

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