Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"High School Intensive: Landscape Painting"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Learn to depict ever-changing light and shadows through rapid decisions and swift mark-making. Study landscape masters to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, and clouds; then take your skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air! (Van transportation from PAFA available for outside locations.)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Still Life Painting with Christine Lafuente"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: For Credit: $1075, Non-Credit: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Home Studio"
June 30, 2018
 

Setting up an art studio in your home or apartment can be challenging, but a lot can be accomplished in a small space. Topics include efficiency, lighting, ventilation, storage, safety and waste disposal. Includes demonstrations on brush care, paint storage, varnishing and framing. Useful information for artists of all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella, anthonyciambella.blogspot.com
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 7 - August 11, 2018
 

Depicting the clothed and partially clothed model allows the opportunity to define character, imply a narrative, or just incorporate fabric and accessories. Explore gesture, structure and anatomy with graphite and charcoal, then progress to painting with limited and expanded palettes. Demonstration and references will address color mixing, rendering cloth, body language and the expressive inclusion of hands. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
Sundays, July 8 - August 5, 2018
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working onsite and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting"
Mondays, July 9 - August 6, 2018
 

This structured approach to drawing and painting the figure from life includes topics such as anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. This class is excellent for those interested in developing their painting and drawing portfolio. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting Techniques of the Old Masters"
Mondays, July 9 - August 6, 2018
 

The powerful work of the old masters remains relevant today. Learn how to incorporate their methods into your own figure painting. Instruction and demonstration will cover Goya’s powerful use of light and dark, the complex color of Titian, the dynamic compositions of Degas, the brilliant technique of Velazquez, and the expressive light of Leonardo and Vermeer. All levels are welcome. Drawing experience required. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia, norciaportraits.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air on the Delaware"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking and use of the facilities will be available (Tuition includes museum admission).
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Still Life & Portrait Painting"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements and portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Practices"
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2018
 

Explore oil painting techniques and materials used by artists from the Pre-Renaissance to the present. Learn underpainting techniques, glazing and scumbling layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. Supply selection and care, historical palettes and pigments, varnishes, framing, storage, and health issues will be discussed.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella, anthonyciambella.blogspot.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

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. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language. Work intuitively and discover new possibilities through unforeseen occurrences. Examples from contemporary and modern art will broaden your understanding of innovative painting. Painting experience recommended. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 2"
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2018
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for Session 2 only should have basic drawing/painting experience. Students may take Sessions 1 & 2 (10 weeks): $395 non-credit or $525 for 1.0 undergraduate credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Painting and Drawing"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

Draw or paint the life model in single morning/afternoon poses for the entire course in order to develop accurate form, anatomy, value, color, creative composition and narrative. Lecture and discussion will address historical and contemporary methods/materials, supplemented by examples from the PAFA collection. All levels and all media welcome. Advanced students may work independently. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Palettes of the Masters"
Thursdays, July 12 - August 9, 2018
 

Artists throughout history have employed the complex language and symbolism of color. Learn from their examples to effectively use color to convey feeling, tone, atmosphere, geographical location, or narrative in your own work. Explore the palettes of Wyeth, Van Gogh, Matisse, Bellows and Rothko via lecture, discussions, slide presentations, and oil painting projects.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan, www.clarissashanahan.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting: Open Studio - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 14 - August 11, 2018
 

Explore your personal drawing or painting projects with individual guidance in a supportive atelier-style environment. Work in your choice of any painting or drawing media from the still life, figure models, PAFA’s cast collection, skeleton models for anatomical study, or your own references. Old master and modern painting methods will be discussed. Full- or half-day. Half-day registration is available for this course, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 5 p.m., for $275 non-credit.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Figure Painting"
July 16-20, 2018
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life and Portrait (July 9-13) or prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting Basics"
July 21-22, 2018
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait in oil. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bucks County Landscape"
July 23-27, 2018
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the region 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. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Fundamentals: Color as Light"
July 28-29, 2018
 

Learn how to create compelling observational oil paintings through simple steps, with all techniques demonstrated and explained. Working from still life subjects, learn to use “color as light” and how color choices, color mixing, and brush stroke contribute to a painting’s expressive effect. Ideal for beginners and those looking to enhance their observational painting skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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