Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Quick Sketch Crash Course"
June 15, 2020
 

Students will explore rhythms of the human form using charcoal as their medium. They will draw the figure from short poses, focusing on capturing essential elements to convey action, movement, and weight distribution. Students will learn how to identify the flow or lines of the body that activate the figure and add life to their drawings. The class will also focus on methods to improve drawing dexterity and sensitivity, and explore different types of mark making including linear and mass conceptions of the form.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.net
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"The Human Figure: Concepts in Drawing and Anatomy"
Wednesdays, June 24 - August 12, 2020
 

Throughout this class, we will take a tour of the human figure, focusing on areas of the body one at a time, exploring traditional concepts related to anatomy, observation, and techniques in charcoal. The goal at the end will be to understand how the constituent parts of the human figure add up to a unified structural whole.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Richard Greathouse
Cost: $100 per day
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Joshua Larock - Capturing a Likeness From Life Portrait Workshop"
June 25-28, 2020
 

Capturing a likeness is among the most elusive yet emotionally satisfying of artistic endeavors and a good drawing is undoubtedly the most critical component in achieving a good result. In this 4 day workshop Joshua will walk students through the steps necessary to create a luminous, indirect portrait painting from life, beginning with a drawing in graphite and white chalk.
 
Location: Broadlands, Virginia
Instructor: Joshua Larock
Cost: $675
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop"
June 26-28, 2020
 

Professional portraitist and instructor Joanne Mehl offers a 3-day workshop that intensively develops fundamental skills of Alla Prima Portrait Painting. From blocking in a quick and accurate drawing, to mastering warm / cool balance to create lifelike flesh tones, participants will develop the skills for creative evocative portraits. We'll first cover methods for measuring and seeing proportions and alignments in the initial phase of “laying in” the portrait. Then we'll focus on subtle color changes within light and shadowed areas, and how to express them while maintaining the value pattern for stronger form and design. We'll also explore advanced techniques such as using hard and soft edges to accentuate form, and using brush strokes to create structure and interest.
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Instructor: Joanne Mehl
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Oregon Society of Artists
Website, email, 503-720-8248


"Studio Painting, the Figurative Subject"
June 29 - July 1, 2020
 

This three-day workshop will offer the student the opportunity to work from the figurative subject posed in a supportive context. The pose will be held all day. Students may choose to work on a single study or paint several each day. All levels of experience are welcome. All mediums are welcome, including oil or acrylic paint, watercolor, pastel and drawing mediums. The instructor is accomplished in all mediums. The topics of drawing, color, edges, composition, paint application, use of tools and materials will be addressed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
 
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239


"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


"The Monochrome Portrait"
July 15, 2020
 

This beginner’s course will teach students how to build a portrait with basic but foundational techniques. First, the course will cover the appropriate uses of dots, lines, and simple shapes in creating portrait outlines. Students will then build on those outlines with tones and values. Finally, students will learn how to look at each portrait in its full composition to unify the painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: James Jiang, instagram.com/jamesjiangart
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Portrait and Figure"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Bend, OR. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and 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. 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: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watercolor Portraits from Life"
July 20-22, 2020
 

Painting a portrait from life can be intimidating, but painting a watercolor portrait from life is just plain crazy!! In this three-day workshop Annette will share her method of madness for painting an expressive watercolor portrait from a live model. There will be a demonstration every morning with plenty of time for students to paint in the afternoon. Individual attention will be given to all students. Annette will cover how to draw a convincing likeness by learning to see facial planes and structure of the human head. She will explain her use of color, mixing flesh tones, brushwork and controlling edges. This workshop is geared toward sharpening drawing skills, having fun, and painting expressively in watercolor. Come prepared to paint outside the lines.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Oil Portraits with Zorn + King's Blue"
July 24 & 25, 2020
 

The Zorn palette is created by mixing colors from four tubes of paint: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red, and Ivory Black (attributed to Swedish painter, Anders Zorn circa 1860-1920) who created a body of work using mixes from these four paints, with the addition of an occasional bonus color. We will use the Zorn palette to create portraits and introduce King's Blue as an optional bonus color to finish the painting. The method I teach is classified as "alla prima" or (wet on wet), also known as "direct painting". Learn to prepare substrate, create overall strokes to plan the face and fill in details that captures the essence, and not just the likeness.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $ 435 - $500
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gouache Portraits"
July 26, 2020
 

Gouache performs like watercolor but its constitution allows layers to build up in an opaque fashion, which is not possible to achieve through watercolor. Its constitution is also different from acrylics because there is no plastic in the medium, which allows it to move very much like watercolor and also, it dries with a uniquely matte sheen that is unlike acrylic and pure watercolor.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"The Foundation of Portrait Sculpture"
July 27-29, 2020
 

Sculptor Alex Manzanares brings back from Italy the sculpting methods acquired from his years of study in Florence and Rome. In this three-day workshop, students will be sculpting a 3/4-life portrait using water-based clay. Working from a live model, students will learn how to measure accurately, establish and maintain symmetry, identify conceptual planes, and develop a working process of larger to smaller forms. Lectures in this workshop will include information on sculpting tools, key landmarks of the skull, major planes and structures, as well as nuances of the features. Alex will guide you through the entire portrait sculpting process, from the initial clay application, to composition and final finishing techniques, to achieve a likeness of the subject.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Alex Manzanares, www.alexmanzanares.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"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: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 2: Life Drawing"
August 10-14, 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. This class is provisionally being offered in-person, with the understanding that the changing context of Covid-19 may require a transition to online learning.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $375
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Quick Sketch Crash Course"
August 13, 2020
 

Students will explore rhythms of the human form using charcoal as their medium. They will draw the figure from short poses, focusing on capturing essential elements to convey action, movement, and weight distribution. Students will learn how to identify the flow or lines of the body that activate the figure and add life to their drawings. The class will also focus on methods to improve drawing dexterity and sensitivity, and explore different types of mark making including linear and mass conceptions of the form.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Matt Dickson, www.mattdickson.net
Cost: $95 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Sculpting the Figure with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 15-18, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the basic techniques of sculpting the figure in clay working from the live model using a 1/3 life size scale armature. Emphasis will be placed on the linear and volumetric proportions, basic anatomy, composition, gesture, and direct observation techniques. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"Painting the Head from Life"
August 17-20, 2020
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Cost: $650
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Sculpting the Portrait with Brian Booth Craig in Oakland, California"
August 20-23, 2020
 

Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com) is a contemporary sculptor who specializes in bronze. Sculpting from life, his work translates classically derived figures into contemporary icons. This workshop will cover the traditional technique of sculpting a portrait from life. Students will model a ~3/4 life-size portrait in clay working from the model. Emphasis is placed on direct observation, basic anatomy, proportions of the individual, and the use of light to reveal clear form and structure. Brian’s teaching methods include lectures, presentations, discussions, and demonstrations.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Brian Booth Craig (brianboothcraig.com)
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"The Fundamentals of Painting"
August 21-22, 2020
 

This workshop will go over the fundamentals of painting with emphasis on portrait. Students will utilize preliminary studies in charcoal and transition into painting within these two days. Students will learn how to paint form and capture the essence of the sitter. The focus will be on simplification by minimal use of values and using a variety of edges to create form. The methods used in the workshop can also be used in painting most subject matters. Personalized and individual critiques will take place while the model is posing, to ensure live feedback. Remelle will go over techniques and methods on how to paint from life.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Remelle Tanhueco
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Flower Child"
August 30, 2020
 

Let's create luscious, layered mixed media portraits but with a little twist. We'll combine floral still life with portraiture with various mixed media materials, tools, and techniques. I'll show you how I like to create a layered portrait full of life and texture. We'll start by creating our own mixed media collage papers and build up each layer step by step. Then we'll build up the background using acrylic paint, oil pastels, spray inks, oil paint sticks, and more. No drawing experience necessary. This class is also great for more advanced students looking to try a new style and get out of their comfort zone. I like to finger paint as well, so prepare to get a little bit messy!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $160
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Painting The Figure With Expression"
September 23-26, 2020
 

In this class we’ll focus on figurative painting from a live model and photos. We’ll explore techniques for creating colorful, abstract patterns with a sense of movement and energy by first making a quick underpainting in acrylic, then painting into it with oil paint. For photo reference, I encourage using images with energy and motion in them, i.e. athletes, boxers, dancers, etc. Large brushes and a plastic scraper will be used to apply paint generously and to also scrape away to reveal the underlying acrylic underpainting. I’ll also be talking about edges and how blurring the line between main subject and background helps in creating an abstract pattern of forms, color and dynamism.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"The Portrait and The Figure"
November 8-15, 2020
 

Picture yourself sitting at Mary Whytes' dinner table in Mary's home. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to know the artist up close. Come paint and tour with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. 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, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Southern activities! Come, learn of Mary's beginning on John's Island, with a trip down Bohicket Road and the inspiration behind her life's work.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 All inclusive
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting Portraits & Figures in Watercolor"
February 1-2, 2021
 

Whyte teaches color mixing, drawing, composition, getting a likeness and creating dynamic works. Students will be painting the figure from life. Each day starts with a painting demonstration. Students will paint with one on one assistance and encouragement from the instructor. Gain insights on marketing and the business side of being an artist. Students will be painting from live models in the studio.
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Instructor: Mary Whyte, www.marywhyte.com
Cost: $825 for Members | $855 for Non-Members
Sponsor: Art Center Sarasota
Website, email, 941-365-2032


"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"
July 5-7, 2021
 

Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you’ve be waiting to paint or use one of David’s outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You’ll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines and several others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


 

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