Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Group Critique with Al Gury"
December 10, 2022
 

PAFA offers a vibrant community of faculty-artists and students who can stimulate your art-making with advice and new perspectives. A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Gain valuable feedback on your own completed or in-progress work in this helpful and engaging online discussion led by Al Gury, longtime PAFA faculty member and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice and Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting among other works.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury
Cost: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sorolla Master Copy Workshop"
January 7 - February 4, 2023
 

In this online workshop we will copy one of Joaquin Sorolla’s paintings. You will learn how to prepare your canvas, map out a drawing, assess warmer and cooler color hues, and apply impasto paint like a Master! Since not everyone can leave their homes or jobs to study copy making, I am offering this workshop online to everyone who shares the passion for painting. The workshop consists of five weekly 2.5 hour sessions, starting at 16:00 CET/15:00 GMT/10am EST/7am PST. Participation is limited to four to eight people to allow for individualized feedback in each class. Sign up by December 7, 2022, and receive 20% off the course fee!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Celia Knab
Cost: 199€/249€
Sponsor: Atelier di Belle Arti
Website, email, +1-540-435-3897


"Foundations of Watercolor"
February 11-12, 2023
 

Join award-winning watercolor artist Thomas Schaller to learn the essential Foundations of Watercolor. This two-day workshop is an exciting opportunity for the beginning artist to learn the foundational concepts and techniques of painting with watercolor. Tom will introduce you to the world of watercolor, explaining the medium's strengths and quirks, sharing his favorite materials and tools, demonstrating essential brushwork techniques, and discussing the foundations of design and composition. Tom will also share how he uses tone and value as the foundation of his work and discuss the role of planning and sketching in executing a successful painting. This class welcomes curious beginners to watercolor and experienced students looking to strengthen their foundations.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W Schaller
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Mastering Texture with Ginger Thomas"
ongoing
 

Discover a new abstract art technique to add excitement to your painting. World-renowned artist Ginger Thomas teaches her signature texture style in her new intermediate online course. In Mastering Texture with Ginger Thomas you will learn: How to add elements to the texture, Contouring the texture to develop different patterns, Creating a landscape painting with texture and drip effects, Mixing colors with high-flow acrylics, Choosing paint colors for your pieces, How to fix texture problems on your canvas. You’ll also receive bonus material on becoming a professional artist including the pros and cons of art fairs. Take Mastering Texture with Ginger Thomas at your pace. Lifetime access. Now available.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ginger Thomas
Cost: $199
Sponsor: Ginger Thomas Studios
Website, email


"Basics of Encaustic"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Raised and Inset line work, and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $119
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, (708) 680-6759


"Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage"
Online ongoing
 

I cover studio safety and set up, as well a many tips and tricks in each lesson from my 17 years of working in encaustic and mixed media, and 12 years of teaching classes and workshops. Some of the topics we cover: Sizing Panels, Direct and Indirect Fusing methods, Scraping to refine surface and shape, Image Transfers, Using oils, Using various types of paper, Mounting Paper to a panel and much more!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Cost: $149
Sponsor: Sarah Rehmer | visual artist
Website, email, (708) 680-6759


"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


"Design & the Power of Imagination"
ongoing
 

As an instructor, it is my sincere desire to help guide aspiring painters to find better ways to trust, develop, and listen to their artistic voice. This is not done by providing answers so much as in helping artists to ask the right questions. When we begin to grasp this and ask ourselves these fundamental questions, we are well on our way to making significant strides. The curriculum presents a comprehensive and sequential education of watercolor techniques while inspiring the development of your own unique style. The program has rolling admission; you can join anytime and start from the beginning of the curriculum. Each month you will progress through a new 4-8 hour video series while honing your style & technique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Bold & Colourful Watercolors"
video course
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 3 days of recordings available, 2 personal critiques from Andy Evansen and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen'; it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. This workshop will focus on using value studies to identify the large shapes in a scene. Then we will move on to color. Demonstration paintings will reinforce the day’s lessons. In order to loosen up, it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $238
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Rustic Textures: Personal Project"
video course
 

With this self-paced class you will enjoy the convenience of learning on your own schedule. There are 4 days of recordings available, 6 personal critiques from Angus McEwan and lifetime access to recordings, videos, and resources. This class will primarily focus on mentoring students to develop their own body of work from concept to manifestation. In addition to exercises and demos, students will work on self-directed projects that incorporate drawing, painting textures. The class will also include critiques, discussions, and readings. This course is an opportunity to work on your own unique painting with guidance, support, and mentoring, with a whole host of supplementary videos, pdfs, and other support material.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Angus McEwan
Cost: $315
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"The Built Environment"
video course
 

During this video course, award-winning watercolorist, Thomas Schaller, demonstrates the way to express your experience of the built environment through watercolor painting. Tom will walk you through the process of discovering new methods to compose, simplify, and edit images of the built environment in dynamic ways. You will also examine the narrative power of one and two-point - as well as more unusual - perspective angles. The course was filmed in Tom's studio and includes three complete painting demonstrations for a total of 3+ hours of video lessons.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


"Drawing and Perspective"
video course
 

Learn with Thomas Schaller as he instructs on how to establish perspective and dimensionality in your work. Thomas W. Schaller AWS NWS TWSA ASAI, is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in New York City. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons), and Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master. (Penguin Random House)
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Thomas W. Schaller
Sponsor: Terracotta
Website, email


 

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