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"Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life"
Tuesdays, March 5 - April 9, 2024
 

Explore both the versatility of watercolor and the exciting possibilities of color through still life painting. Learn to capture form with the freshness and fluidity of all prima techniques. Promote color in your work through instruction on color properties, mixing, and basic theory, as well as how to use hues in combination to create impactful compositions. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will enforce all content so that students gain the facility and freedom to use color and painting techniques as means of personal expression.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Advancing Your Acrylics"
Wednesdays, March 6 - April 10, 2024
 

For students with some experience and training with acrylic paints, this course will increase the fascination and challenge of the medium by guiding you into a wide range of techniques and materials that will advance your skill level. Explore transparent and semi-opaque layering more deeply while investigating masking and blending techniques. Content will include color theory and compositional structure, as well as the introduction of a broad selection of acrylic paint types and additives. Subject matter includes still life arrangements, the human figure, and the expansive views of the city from the upper floors of PAFA. Previous acrylic painting experience required. Tuition includes a $35 models fee.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Techniques"
March 6 - April 10, 2024
 

Create luminous color and depth in your painting! Learn traditional underpainting techniques, transparent and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. Practice these techniques by making a series of small-scale paintings from your own source material or invention. Receive helpful feedback and critique along the way. In addition, you will learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"From Drawing to Painting"
Thursdays, March 7 - April 11, 2024
 

Drawing is integral to all types of painting, but many beginning painters lack the fundamental drawing skills, or the understanding of how best to use them, to serve their painting goals. This combination drawing and painting (all media) class will focus on how to use drawing to create a roadmap to develop your finished work. Observational, measuring, and compositional rendering tactics will be addressed with attention to using positive and negative space and breaking your composition down to basic components. Students then will be guided toward adapting their drawings to paintings in their choice of oil or water-based media. Historical examples will show how painters past and present have used drawing in the creation of their work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Watercolor"
March 8 - April 12, 2024
 

Explore the world of watercolor! Watercolor is a wonderful painting medium due to its vibrant and translucent nature, quick drying time, and easy set-up and clean-up. Learn the tools and techniques of the medium while painting directly from engaging still life arrangements. Direct and layered painting methods, color, brushes, and the variety of papers available will all be covered. Receive helpful feedback and critique along the way. Great watercolor painters of the past and present will be discussed including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Charles Burchfield and Andrew Wyeth. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced and all forms of expression from realist to abstract.
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Cost: $250
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"Color and the Landscape"
March 16-17, 2024
 

In this workshop, you'll learn how to use color for emotional impact and scenic clarity in your landscape paintings. We'll see how color works in both realistic and expressive landscapes throughout art history, and learn how to apply those lessons in our own paintings. We will discuss how color is used to create depth, atmosphere, and mood in a painting. We will explore how the color of the sky disperses itself throughout a landscape unifying and harmonizing everything you see. Students will work from photographs to create small paintings using a limited number of colors. This is a great way to learn how to mix and use color effectively and will help you learn to create subtle and sophisticated color worlds.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Claire Haik
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Printmaking without a Press Workshop"
March 17, 2024
 

Learn to print without a press! Explore monoprints, the painterly approach to printmaking that combines the spontaneity of painting and drawing with the process of printmaking. Learn additive, subtractive, and trace monotype techniques using Plexiglass, Gelli printing plates and water-based inks with stencils and masks. The instructor will demonstrate all techniques and supply the materials. Experience the moment of magic and surprise when you pull a print and see the results of your effort!
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Brookover
Cost: $125
Sponsor: Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio
Website, email, 267-514-8647


"American Art: 1900 - 1945"
March 21, 2024
 

At the turn of the 20th century the social and cultural landscape of the United States underwent dramatic changes and American art began to develop a form informed by, yet distinct from, European modernism. Robert Henri and the Ashcan School painters and Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Charles Demuth, promoted at Alfred Stieglitz’s Galleries, began to shape a new “American” direction for painters. This session will explore American art up until the end of WW II and will consider painters both familiar and underrecognized. William M. Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes Foundation. William is an art historian whose scholarship focuses on Modernism, particularly in the United States.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: William Perthes
Cost: Members $15, Non-Members $25
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action (4-Day)"
March 23-26, 2024
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tonal values, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. His workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. Subjects: Seascape, Landscape, Urban Scene, Interior or Alternative 1 x Day Plein-Air if weather permits.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Modern Impressionism-In-Action (3-Day)"
March 27-29, 2024
 

Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tonal values, composition, brushwork, color saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. His workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed. Subjects: Seascape, Landscape, Urban Scene, Interior or Alternative 1 x Day Plein-Air if weather permits.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Painting with a Palette Knife"
April 6-7, 2024
 

This two-day workshop will focus on the use of the palette knife, the freedom it affords and the emphasis of color in your paintings. While the palette knife can be used to enhance brush paintings, it is a perfect tool for impressionistic as well as abstracted images rich in color. We will work from the still life as well as from landscape photos. I will show how the palette knife can add its own vibrancy to the image. Materials: Oil or acrylic paints.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"American Art: 1945 - 2000"
April 11, 2024
 

After WW II, New York exploded onto the world stage as the new center of modern art with Abstract Expressionist painters like Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning. However, surging in their wake were new generations of painters eager to push the limits of American art. From Joan Mitchell and Alice Neel to Horace Pippin and Romare Bearden, from Andy Warhol and Keith Haring to Barkley L. Hendricks and Jean-Michel Basquiat, American art of the second half of the 20th century was diverse and challenging. William M. Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes Foundation. William is an art historian whose scholarship focuses on Modernism, particularly in the United States.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: William Perthes
Cost: Members $15, Non-Members $25
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Still Life in the Interior"
April 26-28, 2024
 

This workshop will focus on the problem of combining the genres of still-life and interior painting into a single picture. We will start by addressing the problem of finding a subject and the practical and formal problems of setting up a still life. We will discuss how to organize and simplify complex information, how to have a unified sense of light throughout the picture and how to perceive color and tone relationships. We will also cover aspects of drawing that will help in the creation of a convincing sense of space. Students are welcome to bring their own objects or work with objects on hand at the center.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"Aesthetic Design Tools for Landscape Painting"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Jill Carver will discuss how unity and variety are paramount to create overall harmony in a painting, exploring design tools relating to the core components of shape, value and color. Not only will she be explaining how to manage each of these elements but also how to explore the visual ‘what-if’s’, experiment, and identify ways to produce personal, poetic, intentional paintings. Jill embraces the notion that creativity - and fun - are rooted in the design choices we make. She will also explain how the choice of design/compositional tools should be dictated by the subject matter and what an individual artist wishes to say about it. Jill will structure the workshop through set exercises, slide-shows, lectures, demos and brainstorming discussions.
 
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Carver
Sponsor: Wayne Art Center
Website, email, 610-688-3553


"In-Class: With an Eye to Color"
September 9-11, 2024
 

The primary focus of this 3-day in-classroom workshop will be on color. While Cynthia is known as a palette knife painter and will give a knife demo, the aim of the workshop is to help people find their own visual voice. What separates you from your fellow painters, what are your particular skills and strengths from which to grow?
 
Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Susquehanna Art Workshops
Website, email, 717-314-9551


 

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