Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Sketching the City"
September 22, 2018
 

Capture the life of the city through the expressive and descriptive drawn line. Spend the morning outdoors in a nearby park, making plein air sketches. Return to the studio in the afternoon to develop your drawings into finished pieces that convey the cityscape through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatching and linear mark-making.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Oil Sketch: The Landscape"
September 22, 2018
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Held on Kelly Drive, along the Schuylkill River. (Rain date: September 29)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $95, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cityscape Painting"
Sundays, September 23 - October 28, 2018
 

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to create space and build form through perspective, light and shadow. Color mixing and painting techniques will be demonstrated in oil and gouache, but all drawing/painting media are welcome. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition"
Wednesdays, September 26 - November 7, 2018
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices.
 
Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Landscape from the Masters"
Tuesdays, October 2 - November 6, 2018
 

Artists from the Renaissance to the present have honed their craft through copying works of their predecessors. Apply this time-honored tradition to landscape paintings by studying plein air pioneers through hi-resolution images of their oil sketches to analyze mark-making, composition, space and color. Explore your discoveries outside in an excursion to paint the surrounding landscape.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, October 4 - November 8, 2018
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pastel Drawing Workshop"
October 6, 2018
 

Learn the basics of drawing with soft pastels in this hands-on workshop! Instruction will cover technique, use of light and its effect on color, types of pastels available, paper selection for various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings, and important safety issues. Work from the still life and the cityscape “en plein air” from the rooftop terrace! All levels welcome! The $20 fee will cover all materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $95, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Perceptual Moment with Stuart Shils: Not Just Another 'Landscape'"
October 12-14, 2018
 

Embrace the concerns of making a painting rather than the conventional notion of painting a landscape. Experience the vitality of working outdoors while painting on location at a variety of Philadelphia sites. Explore the intersection between the internal perceptual moment and the design of the working surface as the fundamental concern of painting. Drawing, as the engine of thought and means of informing the brush, will be emphasized in a variety of media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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