Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Master Class with Christine Lafuente: Color Harmony in Tonal Painting (Online)"
June 14-18, 2021
 

Brooklyn-based painter and renowned PAFA alum Christine Lafuente is back with an all new oil painting master class. In this class, Christine will relate the concepts of tone, temperature, and key not only to color-mixing and paint-handling techniques, but also to an understanding of light source in the personal studio set-up. Instruction will guide students through a series of investigations of how different light sources affect composition, palette organization, and the building of a painting. Students will work from observation using their own still life or interior set-up, and must be prepared to rearrange studio furniture and move around in their personal painting spaces. Mornings will consist of lecture and demonstration on Zoom, afternoons will be devoted to painting time and individual instruction.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Impasto Painting (Online)"
Wednesdays, June 16-30, 2021
 

Impasto is a technique in which paint is applied in very thick layers, often with visible brush or painting-knife strokes, to impart texture, expression, or even sculptural effects. Impasto techniques have been an essential part of painting history, from the underlying vigorous brushwork of Renaissance artists to the distinctive mark-making of past and contemporary masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, de Kooning, Soutine, Lucian Freud, and Auerbach. Learn techniques to build a thick, textured surface to find your own unique impasto style in this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Everything Water"
June 18, 2021
 

Online Zoom Demo. Water is one of the most pleasing of subjects. Added to a painting, water can bring movement and depth, or add calm, and reflected colors. Alex will demonstrate detailed techniques to show how to depict the apparent flow or stillness of water to dramatic effect. The focus will be color mixing for various kinds of water bodies, along with brush strokes to achieve the desired effect. Alex will paint in watercolor; however, the color mixing and brush techniques are the same for all painting media. Participate by painting along in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Pre-College: Landscape Painting (Online)"
June 21-25, 2021
 

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Come study the Thaw Collection using high resolution images and make use of the timeless practice of learning from paintings. Using Canvas as an online platform to provide assignments, regular instructor feedback and lectures via Zoom, students will be able to concentrate, study and copy the landscape paintings in the collection to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, clouds and bring the awareness of the historical and revolutionary importance of these landscape paintings and their authors. Students then take their skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air! Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. International students are welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating the Illusion of Depth: Atmospheric Perspective"
June 24, 2021
 

Online Zoom Demo. The illusion of depth in a painting—whether non-objective or realistic—can be very dynamic and pleasing. This appearance is called atmospheric perspective and is used to make contours or objects appear 3-dimensional and to recede into the distance. This effect is obtained by changing values (lightness and darkness) of the color and by reducing the intensity of the color. In a 2-part demo, Alex will demonstrate how to achieve this illusion of depth in both an abstract, and a landscape painting. Alex will be using oils, but the methods and color mixings are the same for all painting media. Plan to paint in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Color for Painters (Online)"
Mondays, July 5 - August 15, 2021
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings. Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback. Students will gain an understanding of theoretical and critical approaches to color. Students will gain an understanding of the practical applications of color mixing, gradations, temperature and palettes. Students will learn color application through studio projects using the major aesthetics of color. Students will learn to understand the use of color in a variety of masterworks.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Landscape Painting (Online)"
Mondays, July 5 - August 15, 2021
 

Al Gury, Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of direct landscape painting. Working from photographs, master works, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your in confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by weekly Zoom discussions and critiques. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting & Drawing (Online)"
Mondays, July 5 - August 15, 2021
 

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. Includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments that target each important issue of painting a portrait, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings every Sunday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (beginning July 11). All levels welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting All Levels (Online)"
Tuesdays, July 6 - August 10, 2021
 

This comprehensive oil painting class presents a wealth of information for students at all levels. Weekly instruction in the form of online video demonstrations, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions is available in the student’s choice of beginner, intermediate, or advanced modules. Students can stay with a single level to progressively build their skills, or they can explore all the levels to pick-and-choose the lessons that best fit their interests or specific needs. The beginner’s module covers basics of alla prima and direct painting. Intermediate instruction focuses on color and the introduction of a wider range of painting methods. Advanced students learn to produce a tonal under-painting, glaze, scumble, and apply a velatura.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting in Layers: Achieving Luminous Color & Depth (Online)"
Tuesdays, July 6 - August 10, 2021
 

The skill of building multiple layers of paint over an underpainting is as relevant today as it was in the earliest use of oil paint by Northern European artists, who recognized its tremendous potential toward achieving luminous optical effects. Elevate the color and realism of your own work by understanding characteristics of pigment and employing a broad range of layering techniques. Learn to work with various underpainting methods, from achromatic and monochromatic to limited and full range color. Foundational color principles and application techniques will be demonstrated in aqueous, acrylic, and oil paint. Subject matter will vary in instructor demonstrations and will be left to students’ personal choice for home study.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"What We Learn From Vincent: Landscape"
Tuesdays, July 6-27, 2021
 

There is so much to learn from the work, life and letters of the great painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi have lead many art retreats to the very places in France that Vincent created so many of his masterpieces. In this particular class we will look at how he approached the landscape. We will look at color, perspective, architecture in the landscape and more.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Randy Sexton - Expressive Brushwork"
Wednesdays, July 7-28, 2021
 

California-based artist Randall Sexton is nationally known for his use of expressive brushwork. Like your signature, your brushwork is recognizable. In this 4-week class, Sexton will share his methods for creating loose expressive brushwork and will cover fundamentals of successful picture-making: three dimensionality, value, color mixing, brushwork, paint quality, mood and concept. Whatever the subject matter, the success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with the creativity and passion of the artist.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $350
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Painting Over the Line (Online)"
Wednesdays, July 7 - August 11, 2021
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended. Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to apply these concepts to your own work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times (Online)"
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12, 2021
 

During the pandemic, you may have experienced anxiety and sadness. You are not alone. Learn to work through your feelings and the anxiety we are all carrying through art-making. Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences. Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness, and is especially important in these challenging times. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also benefits those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting Demonstration with Theodore Xaras: The Expanded Palette (Online)"
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12, 2021
 

See the techniques of the masters unfold in front of you in this extensive oil painting demonstration. Professional portrait artist Theodore Xaras will reproduce three portrait masterworks, using the historical palettes and techniques of the original artists. Demonstrations will focus on the expanded palette, which employs a broad range of pigments, examining that of Thomas Sully in his historic instructional book, Hints to Young Painters, as well as those of other artists. This series will feature reproductions of a diverse and informative selection of masterworks: classic work by John Singer Sargent; a hidden gem by Anna Bilinska-Bohdanowicz; and Eduard Charlemont’s 1878 masterpiece, The Moorish Chief. This lecture series presents valuable content on color and technique for practicing painters.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Mentorship Program"
July 8, 2021 - July 8, 2022
 

Hosted by the Tucson Art Academy Online, this unique program combines a four-part modular system with guidance, feedback, and mentorship for an entire year…. a wonderful opportunity at a great value!! Study with California-based artist, Randall Sexton, who is nationally known for the color and expressive brushwork in his paintings of “everyday” scenes. This course is designed to encourage artists at all levels to explore new ways of seeing the world around them, to recognize the potential subject matter in everyday scenes, and how to translate that into paintings that share one’s unique vision. The success of any painting relies on a solid understanding of the basic principles of picture making in tandem with your creativity and passion.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Tucson Art Academy Online
Website, email


"Beginning Oil Painting (Online)"
Saturdays, July 10 - August 14, 2021
 

This course is designed to help beginning painters become familiar with oil painting materials and techniques while working from direct observation. Learn to analyze and construct form, space, and volumetric relationships through a series of monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Painting projects will focus primarily on the study of still-life compositions, interior spaces, and portraits.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Portrait Drawing and Painting (Online)"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Learn to do excellent portraits, understand portrait structure and how to get a likeness. The instructor will guide students through understanding the anatomy and proportions of the head, how to draw the features, learn how to get a likeness and how to build portrait drawings and paintings for your portfolio. An overview of the history of portraits and portrait styles will be included as well as the materials of making a portrait. Step-by-step photo and video demonstrations will be provided, as well as regular live Zoom meetings for group discussion and critique. Additional demonstrations will include a portrait in acrylic and oil, pastel and self-portrait. Students will work in the media of their choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Why Paint a Lion?"
Tuesdays, July 13-27, 2021
 

Guy Combes will not only demonstrate how he produces a simple oil painting, but also introduce ways that you can elevate your wildlife paintings, while remaining within the boundaries of realism. The first session will focus on subject and composition. Students are encouraged to bring any images that have special significance to them, that they would like to translate into a painting. The second session will be a demonstration of technique in both real time and time-lapse video showing palette mixing, paint application, glazing and finishing. In the third session, students are encouraged to show their work, either previously painted or produced as part of the class, and considerate critique will be given.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Guy Combes
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Small and Quick Still Life Paintings"
July 14-16, 2021
 

This class will focus on small still-life paintings of only a few items. A pear and some grapes, and apple, some peppers, coffee mugs, Plants, Shoes, your toothbrush, and yes anything else you can think of can all make for very interesting painting subjects. Especially for some quick small paintings. Painting small takes the pressure off of having to complete a finished painting. They are fun and excellent practice. And you can sell them too! They are quite popular. In this class we will cover, how to prep the canvas, drawing, framing materials, and even posting the results online.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Clinton Hobart
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Pre-College: Still-Life Painting (Online)"
July 26-30, 2021
 

Explore the rich medium of oil painting through the subject of still-life while further acquiring the working knowledge of the fundamental principles of working from observation. Through a series of structured studies, we will examine how to analyze space, determine proportional relationships, develop form and structure, as well as, study composition, basic color theory, and the language of visual texture. In addition to the first-hour live introduction via the online Canvas platform each day, there will be an additional one-hour live session from 1-2pm. Students will have 2-3 hours to work on assignments following each presentation, assisted by available feedback from the instructor. Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. International students are welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sherif Habashi
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"What We Learn From Vincent: Still Life"
Tuesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 31, 2021
 

There are so many things that we can learn when we study other painters. When we look at the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, we can explore color, composition, perspective and form. His creative force continues to be an inspiration to the entire world. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi have spent years studying the work of Vincent and visiting many of the locations that he worked. They have much to share.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"What We Learn From Vincent: Portraits and People"
Tuesdays, September 7-28, 2021
 

If we study the work and life of Vincent Van Gogh we find a most interesting, complex and caring person. He cared deeply for people and longed to express that desire in his paintings his entire life. In this class we will look at his portraits and self-portraits as well as how he used figures in his landscapes. Royce Deans and Tali Farchi your instructors for this class have made it a priority in their own work to learn every thing they can from Vincent.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $175.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Abstract Expressionism – Online Painting Workshop"
September 8 - October 26, 2021
 

A course for Self-Expression. Self-Exploration and Fun! Online 8-week, guided independent study painting course. Structured exercises offered weekly. We use Zoom for our weekly critiques. Class time is 2-hours. 8-week series. Tuesdays, 10 am Hawaii time (Other possible day can be arranged) How it works: New painting exercises are introduced each week. I'll explain the exercises and record the classes. Students complete their paintings on their own time and we will meet 1x/week for shared critique and feedback. Choose whatever painting medium you prefer. I suggest acrylic on paper or canvas. I'll send a materials list. The size of the artwork will vary, depending on your personal setup at home. Limited class size. All levels are welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Abbie Rabinowitz
Cost: $280-400 (sliding scale)
Sponsor: www.abbierabinowitz.com
Website, email, 808-657-8108


"Rendering the Invisible Visible for US and Canada"
September 8 - December 15, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory lectures, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$300
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Rendering the Invisible Visible for Australia"
September 9 - December 16, 2021
 

Our live online art classes offered via Zoom are a unique mix of art history/theory lectures, painting, and discussions that will help you take your art to the next level. This 12-week workshop has been designed around this pandemic and of course, the stories arising from such a life-mind-altering situation. Do we agree that art is more than the mere representation of the surroundings, so we can finally accept rendering visible the invisible? We are currently reshaping our perceptions, rethinking our behavior to give birth to a new personal narrative. Knowing that creativity comes from everywhere and everything, the purpose of this online course is to help you fully express these new stories, using the painting medium of your choice.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$300
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette and Palette Knife Painting"
September 9-30, 2021
 

This online class for oil painters is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings, and to then apply those skills to palette knife painting. Learn how to use only six oil colors (plus white) to create every color and to master color temperature, values, and intensity. Then focus on traditional fundamentals including: values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones
Cost: $210 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Encaustic and Photography E-Course"
ongoing
 

In this 21 video e-course you will get all the basics plus more in getting you up and working with encaustic paints and your photographs. Over 3 hours of video content plus a companion guide outlining some additional info on supplies used. • Sizing Panels • Working on Mounted and Embedded Prints • Direct and Indirect Fusing methods • Scraping to refine surface and shape • Image Transfers • Using oils • Using various types of photo paper • Hand Coloring on an image • much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email


 

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