Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Figure Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 5 - August 9, 2022

This course is for those who are new to figure drawing or who haven’t done it in a while. Methods will be introduced for gauging proportions and shapes along with study of basic anatomic structure and figure dynamics. Students will execute short, gestural drawings, as well as more developed extended studies, in order to build skills and knowledge.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $620
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Figure Modeling"
Thursdays, July 7 - August 11, 2022

Sculpting from the life model is the foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Learn to model the 24-inch full figure in clay, from armature construction to finished sculpture. Topics of study will include proportion, gesture, and simplified sculptural form. All levels are welcome. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $770.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Figure Painting (Summer Session 2)"
Fridays, July 8 - August 12, 2022

Painting the human form from observation is one of the cornerstones of PAFA's long tradition of rigorous instruction. Working from the nude model, investigate color mixing, proportion, and composition using oil paint as a medium. Intended for all skill levels, this course offers foundational instruction on building form and mixing flesh tones for beginning-level students, as well as the the valuable opportunity for more advanced students to continue to hone their skills to deepen their understanding of the language of painting.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $320
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Portrait Painting Basics Workshop"
July 9-10, 2022

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

"Drawing the Figurative Subject"
July 25-27, 2022

In this three-day class, students will learn various drawing techniques from an accomplished draftsman and figure painter. Students will learn how to accurately measure the proportions of the head and figure while working from the model. Line, shape, and tonal relationships will be explored through exercises designed to strengthen anatomical understanding and the rendering of the forms of the subject. Students will be encouraged to work in a variety of drawing mediums and will be exposed to a variety of techniques for their application and use. Students may draw on white, toned, or black paper with charcoal, graphite, conte, or pastel. Length of pose will vary. Join us if you would like to draw this engaging subject from life!
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler,
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

"Painting the Self Portrait with Mary Whyte"
August 8-9, 2022

Picture yourself painting with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte in Santa Fe, NM. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action and one-on-one instruction. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572

"Portrait Painting"
August 11-14, 2022

Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner and develop a unique style. In this 4-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to portrait painting in an "alla prima” approach. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color, light and form. Students will be led into portrait painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. OSA is accepting a deposit of $400 with a $100 non-refundable fee for canceling contact the office to if you wish to make a deposit. Full payment due 60 days prior to the workshop.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu
Cost: $795 + $60 for model fee
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, (503) 228-0706

"Intuitive Mixed Media Ink Portraits"
August 20-21,2022

Learn how to infuse emotional impact into abstract portraits by controlling balance, color, and line during this mixed media workshop. You will explore layering intuitively with Christina, using an assortment of techniques such as collage, ink, mark-making, illustration and simple stitching to imbue flow and depth into your paintings. You will learn to be guided by your internal compass and let your creative juices flow.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Christine Romeo
Cost: $275 (OSA Members) / $335 (Non-Members)
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, (503) 228-0706

"Expressing in Paint with Eudes"
August 22-24, 2022

Come and explore in paint with Eudes! This is his only painting workshop in the USA. Don't miss this opportunity to study with a master painter from Portugal.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Eudes Correia
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833

"Painting From Life"
September 6-8, 2022

We will paint realistically in oils, using an all prima method (wet on wet). We will paint directly from a live model and very carefully observe the relationships of forms of the model. Our goal will be to create paintings that capture the three dimensional feelings of the space and forms that we actually see as well as the personality of the model posing. Each day there will be a demo and lecture, followed by students painting the rest of the time. Instructor will critique every student's painting 1 - 2 times each day. OSA is accepting a deposit of $300 with a $100 non-refundable fee for canceling. Full payment due 60 days prior to the workshop.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Max Ginsburg
Cost: $595 + $60 Model Fee
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, (503) 228-0706

"Expressive Realism: Landscape, Still-life, and Figurative"
September 22-24, 2022

Join us for this “Three day ~ Three subject” workshop focused on the importance of design and paint handling while exploring the differences and similarities of Landscape, Still-Life, and Figurative subject matter. In his workshops Randall Sexton is frequently asked to help people “loosen-up” with their brushwork. Yes indeed, Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature… It is recognizable whether you know it or not….but brushes aren’t the only way to this endgame. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of good design will bolster your ability to paint more expressive and exciting work. Oil/Acrylic, All Levels Welcome.
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: Randall Sexton,
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, 831.620.2955

"Painting The Figure and Portrait Alla Prima"
September 22-25, 2022

Learn techniques to create a fresh, direct response to your subjects. There will be painting demonstrations and lots of class time for students to work from a live figure and portrait model. The class will work on a different painting/pose each day and learn to simplify and interpret the figure/portrait as a series of basic shapes and planes described by light and shadow. In addition to discussing technical concepts like value, color, paint application and basic proportions of the head and figure, we’ll also talk about some of the psychological aspects of learning to paint, such as giving ourselves permission to experiment and make mistakes so that we can learn and discover ways to become better, more creative artists.
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino,
Cost: $475 includes model fees
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email

"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
October 2-7, 2022

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"One Day of Plein Air Painting in Oils"
October 6, 2022

This class is perfect for intermediate and advanced-level oil painters! TJ Cunningham is a nationally recognized artist who is particularly noted for his landscape paintings, while Adam Clague is known for his dynamic portraits and figures in oil. With this one-day workshop, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from both!
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: TJ Cunningham & Adam Clague
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738

"Painting the Portrait in Oils"
October 7-9, 2022

Painting portraits can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating! Perhaps your past attempts have looked flat and formless. Maybe the skin colors have been "chalky" or "muddy." If these struggles sound familiar, you are not alone. I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop! I'll begin each morning by sharing vital principles for portrait painting. Then, you'll see those concepts in action as I demonstrate painting a portrait from a live model. I'll verbalize my thoughts and show you my process from start to finish. Each afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to paint from a live model as I offer one-on-one assistance and critiques.
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738

"Simplifying the Complex en Plein Air"
October 8-10, 2022

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,
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, (831) 620-2955

"Seductive Surfaces with Jean Pederson"
October 21-23, 2022

Create depth and add texture to your paintings in this experimental workshop with Jean Pederson. This workshop is suitable for both abstract and representational artists.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jean Pederson
Cost: $550
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


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