Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Oil Painting: All Levels"
Tuesdays, September 21 - October 26, 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: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait & Figurative Painting"
Wednesdays, September 22 - December 8, 2021
 

Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live portrait and figurative painting course! Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same: composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form, and space. Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques. Students will work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor. Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness. Additional resources will be available through Canvas.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Fred Danziger
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, September 22 - October 27, 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


"Abstract Painting: Experimentation, Exploration, Investigation"
Mondays, September 27 - November 29, 2021
 

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. Class discussions will be focused upon in depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Creating Still Life Florals that are not Still"
Tuesdays, September 28 - October 12, 2021
 

Join Kathy as she explains her thinking when she begins a floral painting: -Why does she choose what she chooses -How important the block-in is -How important drawing skills are to allow you the freedom to have fun! The workshop will have a private Facebook group as its' classroom. Class will meet once a week for three weeks with a 3 hour Zoom session with painting demos and lectures. Kathy will post a prerecorded demo the day before the class where she will explain her process, everyone is encouraged to watch before the first class. The students will paint if they wish and post their paintings to the Facebook page for critique and discussions.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Anderson, www.kathyandersonstudio.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting the Atmospheric Landscape – Oil or Acrylic"
Wednesdays, October 6-27, 2021
 

Learn the fundamental skills needed to transform flat, lifeless paintings into intriguing, depth-filled works of art. This 4-week online workshop is perfect for artists looking to understand how to put the concepts of shapes, values, edges, and color together to arrive at a successful painting. Students work from various photo references demonstrated weekly. Students will have the luxury of watching the class recording to paint along at their own pace. Homework encouraged and email support provided.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Edward Sprafkin, www.sprafkinart.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Constructing a Painting in the Studio Setting"
Thursdays, October 7-28, 2021
 

In this online course, Joseph will take you through his process of constructing a painting from start to finish. Each day’s session will focus on one or two aspects of his painting process. Topics such as concept and subject matter generation, to explanation of materials, to the actual painting process will all be discussed and demonstrated. Students will be encouraged to work along with Joseph using reference that he will provide. Joseph will discuss what makes a good story, how do you decide what to paint, and how do you get the proper reference to work from. This will be an interactive class and students will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Joseph Lorusso
Cost: $400 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Holiday Commissions! Don’t Panic! We Have Your Back!"
Oct 22, Nov 5 and 12
 

So maybe you were feeling confident when you took the commission. You had a great block in. Thought you had it all worked out in your head. Then suddenly panic strikes! You’ve got a deadline and you’re stuck. Uh oh! SOS!! Don’t be alarmed. Everything (almost) is fixable and never as bad as it first appears. Johanne Mangi will help guide you through the rough patches so that you can deliver your best work in time for the holidays or special occasion. Limited enrollment for this online workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Johanne Mangi
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Calvin Liang Online OIl Painting"
October 28-30, 2021
 

Award-winning Californa Impressionist Calvin Liang is giving a 3-day online workshop with a focus on painting your favorite landscape from a photo. This workshop is a fundamental part of training the eyes to better understand the concept of composition, design, and color harmony. Calvin starts the workshop with a slide show to demonstrate how he uses photo references for his studio paintings. Calvin covers the areas: composition, warm and cool colors, soft and hard edges, simplification, different textures, and brushstrokes. He will also share his secrets of making his famous light and shadow paintings.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $395
Sponsor: MId-Valley Arts League
Website, email, 818-790-8535


"Color and Edge – Palette Knife Painting"
Tuesdays, November 2-23, 2021
 

Color, Contrast, Tone, and Expression! Strengthen your color and develop a more individual voice. This workshop is great for the artists who love both Contemporary and Impressionist painting. Explore an approach to palette knife painting that can be used for painting in the studio and from life.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Anton Nowels, www.antonnowels.com
Cost: $300 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 8, 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


"Basic Color in Alla Prima Still Life Painting"
Wednesdays, November 3 - December 8, 2021
 

This oil painting course focuses on learning a series of limited and full palettes, mixing for direct painting, and alla prima or wet-into-wet paint-handling. Color concepts such as tone, temperature, saturation, and atmosphere will be explored in each palette. Students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: analyzing the pigments of each palette, palette organization, mixing color, composing a painting, establishing a tonal design, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form with wet-into-wet paint-handling. The class will consist of lecture and demonstration on Zoom, group critique, and independent studio practice. Students will paint from observation using their own still life arrangement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"From Seen to Scene: A 365 Day Mentorship Program"
November 4, 2021 - November 4, 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


"Why Paint A Lion?"
Mondays, November 8-22, 2021
 

Guy Combes will demonstrate how he produces a simple oil painting, and also outline what his motivations are to choose wildlife as his subject, and explore ways that you can elevate your wildlife paintings to have more meaning, while remaining within the boundaries of realism. The first session will focus on subject and composition, and while reference will be provided for the exercise of rendering, students are encouraged to submit any images that have special significance to them. 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, 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


"Tell a Story with your Palette Knife"
Tuesdays, November 30 - December 14, 2021
 

We all have a palette knife, but do we know how to use it? Michele will help you loosen up and create dynamic impressionistic paintings using her distinctive style. Weekly step-by-step guidance by Michele will help your paintings come to life. Learn to add energy and movement to your composition while telling a narrative. You will learn new and interesting ways to manipulate paint using your knife, brush and other creative tools. Michele will guide you in the process from start to finish, covering perspective and composition along the way. Join Michele in her action packed and fun process.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michele Byrne
Cost: $285 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Color Matters Workshop"
December 3-5, 2021
 

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor 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. Explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space and learn 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


"Head Study of a Model in Costume"
February 2-5, 2022
 

This 4-day online workshop will focus on painting a model in costume and is designed for painters who have already had basic figure drawing and painting experience but would like to continue improving their craftsmanship and visual language. Instructor will be doing painting demonstration during the first week’s meeting; during the following three weeks, students will be asked to work on assignments using the same reference photo provided by the instructor. There will be individual critiques in front of the group during each week’s meeting, along with a short problem-solving demonstration by the instructor. Overall, students will be learning a painting process broken down to three steps, beginning with block-in and color relationships to the final adjustments of the finished painting.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Huihan Liu
Cost: $400 (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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