Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Master Class with Ying Li: A Picture Journey of Space, Paint & Vision (Online)"
March 12-14, 2021

Discover how your surrounding studio, living, and outdoor spaces can become inspiring subjects for experimentation in your painting practice. Combine observation with imagination, memory, and improvisation to explore how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Instruction will address the individual development of style, theme, metaphorical meaning, and expression through representational and abstract approaches. Students may work in their choice of oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastels. Class instruction will be conducted through a combination of Zoom and Padlet, the free online message/image board, and will include one-on-one discussions, group critiques, and PowerPoint presentations examining works of old masters and contemporary artists. Open to abstract and representational artists of all levels.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ying Li
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"ArtisTTable Muse & Usability Art Laboratory"
March 13, 2021

Muse & Usability™ is an exclusive ArtisTTable original method that has been developed over the last 7 years and has been presented as a workshop to 100's of artists around the world. We are now making it available online to provide greater accessibility and maintain appropriate social distancing. Come and join the ArtisTTable's exclusive creative Muse & Usability™ Laboratory, an intensive guided workshop presented on Zoom designed to help you personally discover many new possibilities. You will have the opportunity to work with local and international artists with a method that will change the way you approach your art. • 4-hour online workshop • Make 6 paintings • Find unexpected muses • Put your muse to work
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $55
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681

"New Strategies & Techniques in Portraiture with Rob Silverman"
March 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 & 26

We will concentrate on painting the portrait in a traditional & realistic manner using modern, simplified techniques. Students will paint/draw the portrait from a single pose of a live model over 6 sessions. The following concepts will be explored: Effect of light on the form & how to choose optimal lighting set-up to reveal key ‘landmark’ features. Creating dramatic effects by massing forms & planes prior to detail exploration. Composition guidelines that take the mystery out of positioning the head. Guides for establishing flesh tones that convey depth and produce pleasing color harmony. Unique techniques to help convey likeness, expression & personality. Includes: demos, handouts & personalized critique tailored to student experience level. Mediums: Oil, pastel, charcoal, graphite & watercolor.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rob Silverman
Cost: $340 Member / $375 Non Member
Sponsor: The Art Guild of Port Washington/Manhasset
Website, email, 516-304-5797

"Pastel Workshop and Demo with Aline Ordman"
April 7-9, 2021

Philadelphia Water Color Society invites you to join Master Pastelist Aline Ordman, for her Pastel Workshop and Demo. In the workshop students will be working from their own photo references, and they will transform these images into pastel paintings using the principles of color and design. Along with daily painting demonstrations, Aline will emphasize the understanding of color in terms of temperature, intensity and value while translating those ideas using pastel technique. Individual attention and group critiques will serve to help students in their efforts. This class is limited in size to provide optimal time working with each artist. For details visit or contact Denise Vitollo at
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Sponsor: Philadelphia Water Color Society
Website, email

"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

"Rita Kirkman's Virtual Open Studio Days"
Online and Ongoing via Zoom

Are you in a slump with your art and need an inspiration boost? Are you craving the company of like-minded artists? Do you want to learn more about pastel and love to learn by watching? Is a full length workshop not in your budget? Rita Kirkman’s Virtual Open Studio days are a casual cross between classes, demos and mentoring. Laid back and informal with lots of live Q&A, demonstrations and discussions on technique, process, and more! “Share my space and enjoy some creative companionship and conversation about anything you want to ask about pastel, or art, or how to cut glass, or how to sneak up on a cow, or... whatever.”
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rita Kirkman, PSA, IAPS/EP
Cost: $10 / 1hr sessions, various dates
Website, email

"Short Introduction to Drawing"
TBD (to be determined by your availability)

Short Introduction to Drawing provides an opportunity to try different techniques for creating contour drawings and bringing them up to life with colors. This 3-session workshop, held via Zoom, is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery - a contemporary art gallery located in Chelsea NY since 1984. Learn or improve your drawing skills from the extremely talented and experienced instructor, Kinga Brassay, while interacting & getting encouragement from other art lovers from all over the world! In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy to use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and may be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kinga Brassay
Cost: $199
Sponsor: ARTiClass by Agora Gallery
Website, email, 212-226-4151


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