Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Color for Painters (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles, Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, and Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings. This Canvas course includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings every Sunday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Oil Painting (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? Join Shushana Rucker to learn introductory to intermediate level techniques in the comfort of your own home. This course will help the beginner oil painter gain confidence in a variety of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect painting, color mixing, and painting with a brush and palette knife. Topics will also include stretching your own canvas, cradling panels, and using mediums, solvents and additives. Course content will include in-depth video tutorials, and printable tutorials. The instructor will be available on a daily basis to answer questions via e-mail. A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Monday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting All Levels (Online)"
September 21 - October 25, 2020
 

This special course is designed for students eager to get back to painting, but while keeping a safe distance. Each weekly session contains 3 modules: the first is for beginners or those who need a refresher and covers all the basics; the second for intermediate students, and going more deeply into color, introducing a wider variety of painting methods, and providing additional technical information; the third is for more advanced students – those ready to develop a personal style and express ideas and emotions symbolically. The course includes video and illustrated lessons, person-to-person discussions and live critiques via Zoom. Sessions will be held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $195, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting & Drawing (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

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, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Abstract Painting: Find Your Voice (Online)"
September 21 - November 29, 2020
 

This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process. Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance. Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice. Discussions delving into work of master painters will further inform and encourage your own art-making.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting from the Masters (Online)"
Tuesdays, September 22 - December 8, 2020
 

Deepen your understanding of oil painting through the traditional practice of studying and copying master works. Analyze the layers of paintings from different historical periods to understand each artist’s particular use of composition, space, color, and mark-making. Students will work from high-resolution images of master paintings and apply the great artists’ techniques to their own still life, landscape and/or portrait paintings. Each weekly Zoom class session will consist of an introductory lecture/demonstration, independent work time and individual critique. High resolution imagery and other content will be available through Canvas.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $450, or $625 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line 1 (Online)"
Wednesdays, September 23 - October 28, 2020
 

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


"Color Matters Workshop (Online)"
September 25-27, 2020
 

Explore the power of color in your work in this live Zoom class with noted painter and teacher Kassem Amoudi. Investigate how to create mood and atmosphere, movement, drama, contrasts, beautiful harmonies and delicate subtleties. Experiment with color saturation and changes in intensity, color temperature (warm and cool), complements and contrasts, muted tones, color values, and applications of thick and thin paint. Slide presentations about how the masters use color, independent work time and one-on-one attention will aid students in their personal investigation of color. This workshop will benefit both the beginner and advanced artist.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Materials & Techniques (Online)"
Saturdays, September 26 - December 5, 2020
 

Discover how great oil paintings are made in this fascinating examination of artists’ materials from the pre-Renaissance to the present day. Explore and complete traditional underpainting techniques, clear and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting in this combination of Zoom, demo, and hands-on class. Learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, and the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Weekly PowerPoints on a variety of subjects related to painting will be given. Some experience and oil painting materials required. This course will take place live via Zoom.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $350, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Evening Rest (Online Class)"
September 30 & October 7, 2020
 

Create "Evening Rest" alongside nationally acclaimed artist, Addison Palmer, in this live online class. All levels are welcome to join. Addison will paint and demonstrate along the way. Teaching all the fundamentals to create the painting. We will be using acrylic paint. Oil painters are asked to use acrylic paint, at the beginning stages. Then apply oil on top of the acrylic.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Oil Painting All Levels (Online)"
October 26 - November 29, 2020
 

This special course is designed for students eager to get back to painting, but while keeping a safe distance. Each weekly session contains 3 modules: the first is for beginners or those who need a refresher and covers all the basics; the second for intermediate students, and going more deeply into color, introducing a wider variety of painting methods, and providing additional technical information; the third is for more advanced students – those ready to develop a personal style and express ideas and emotions symbolically. The course includes video and illustrated lessons, plus person-to-person discussions and live critiques via Zoom.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $195, or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting (Online)"
Thursdays, October 29 - December 10, 2020
 

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line 2 (Online)"
November 4 - December 9, 2020
 

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


"Master Class with Christine Lafuente: Color Harmony in Tonal Painting (Online)"
November 30 - December 4, 2020
 

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


"Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo (Online)"
December 7-11, 2020
 

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic reference. The real problem lies not in painting from life or photos but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: John MacDonald
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Spontaneous Abstraction Workshop (Online)"
December 4-6, 2020
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Students will utilize line, color and space as will learning the power of editing to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Knife Workshop (Online)"
December 12, 2020
 

Have you been using a painting knife to mix colors, but you aren’t sure how to use it to apply paint? This online workshop will demonstrate how to get great results with a painting knife. Using a knife properly in painting can create beautifully crisp edges and fine details. This class will cover how to use knife painting techniques to paint architecture and landscape environments. Learn about color, texture and painterly application in this fun one day workshop. Course content will be conveyed through short video tutorials, printable tutorials, and Zoom videoconferencing.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Online Art Mentoring-Customized Drawing, Painting and Mural Painting"
Anytime
 

The Online Art Mentorship is a long distance learning from the comfort of your home at the time that most suits your needs. You will be able to practice drawing, painting and/or mural painting at your own pace, getting systematic instructions and feedbacks on the art project you are working on. Note that, because of the nature of the one-to-one mentoring, each student will be taken great care and time in personalised critiques and lessons. This is a most affordable and time flexible learning practice which requires self-discipline and commitment. The students will need to be open to work under guidance and critique to be able to reach goals and experience art technique and creativity improvement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Valeria Latorre
Cost: £150 or £250 per month
Website, email, 00393664977501


 

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