Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Oil Painting in Layers: Achieving Luminous Color & Depth"
Wednesdays, October 27 - December 8
 

The skill of building multiple layers of paint over an underpainting is as relevant today as it was in the earliest use of oil paint by Northern European artists, who recognized its tremendous potential toward achieving luminous optical effects. Elevate the color and realism of your own work by understanding and employing a broad range of layering techniques. Learn traditional underpainting techniques, clear and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting in this exciting and informative class. In addition, learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Some oil painting experience is recommended. No class on November 24.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Pastel Drawing"
Fridays, October 29 - December 10
 

Learn everything you need to know about drawing with soft pastels! Instruction will cover technique, use of light and its effect on color, types of pastels available, paper selection for various effects, fixing and transporting finished drawings, and important safety issues. Work from the still life and/or your own photographs. All levels welcome! No class on November 26.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery & Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Tempera Painting Workshop"
November 13, 2021
 

Artists from Ancient Egypt through Medieval Europe to American Masters such as Andrew Wyeth and James Gurney have used tempera – the technique of mixing dry pigments with egg yolk, glue or casein – to create paintings with intricate detail and luminous, jewel-like color. Learn all aspects of the medium including the characteristics of each binder, brushes and surfaces, mixing and storing paint, and both layered and direct, gestural, painting methods. Work from a still life or your own drawings and photographs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $105
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 2675148647


"Pinhole Photography"
December 11, 2021
 

Pinhole photography imparts a unique look and the process is both fascinating and fun. In this one-day workshop you'll learn to capture beautiful images on silver using nothing more than a tiny aperture and readily-available DIY materials. The workshop will cover basic theory and creative ways of working with the medium. You'll get to try out various pinhole photography techniques, including working with instant film and light painting. Participants will build their own highly-functional 35mm pinhole cameras and see how they can develop their film at home using a non-toxic coffee-based developer. All materials and necessary tools are provided.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Mixed Media Watercolor Workshop"
December 18-19, 2021
 

Use India ink and watercolor to create drama and mystery from nocturnal and low-light subjects in this two-day, in-person workshop. Learn to develop a drawing on rag paper from photo references then layer ink and watercolor to develop a deep, rich surface. Add gouache and drawing media for contrast and definition.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michael Kowbuz
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Gouache Painting Workshop"
January 8-9, 2022
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint in this two-day workshop. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syverstesn
Cost: $185
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Impasto Painting Workshop"
January 15-16, 2022
 

Learn how to turn a quick sketch or painted study into a fully-textured oil painting using basic painting tools and a high-chroma color palette. After planning out a still life with an underpainting, use thick layers of brushwork and palette knife strokes to make an expressive surface. Other techniques will include sanding multiple paint layers and building up dried paint for a sculptural effect. Make your masterpiece unique with the impasto techniques you learn in this workshop!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeanne O'Shell
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


 

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