Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pre-College: Painting: Porfolio Preparation (Online)"
Saturdays, September 26 - December 5, 2020
 

Students can build work for a college level portfolio. A focus on painting from direct observation using the still life and the self-portrait will be emphasized, as well as making copies from master works. Lectures and discussions will revolve around exploring works from past and present artists, materials and techniques and historical and contemporary painting concepts. Discussions, lectures, and work feedback will be made using Zoom and Canvas platforms. Zoom sessions will be structured to be about 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 at the end of class with students having ample time to work on their own painting in between. Instructor will be available for live feedback on Zoom and Canvas throughout the scheduled class time.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Drawing: Portfolio Preparation (Online)"
Saturdays, September 26 - December 5, 2020
 

Drawing I is an exploration into the mediums of drawing for students at all levels. The class objective is to learn observational study and what the imagination can unveil using the linear method of mark making. This class encourages the artist to draw from their own observation and to observe their mark making as they relate the image to a surface. Each class will start with a 30-minute live demonstration on drawing with different mediums on diverse surfaces. The last 30 minutes will be focused on sharing student art as a group, helping students to improve their technique as well as their ability to talk about art.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Inga Kimberly Brown
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Public Art in America: From Monuments to the Monumental (Online)"
Saturdays, October 3-31, 2020
 

What is the role of the monument in American culture? Whether monuments stand, are defaced, or destroyed, public art has profound social and political implications. Studying the complicated narrative of public art is one way to uncover the histories, social conflicts, and the aspirations of a nation. This is an introductory course on American public art and monuments. We will explore the international influences and distinctly American elements of famous public artworks found across the United States. We will examine historical and contemporary American public art from the Statue of Liberty to Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War to give students a firm understanding of public space, public art, and the greater American visual landscape.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: TK Smith
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Contemporary Myths + New Media (Online)"
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 3, 2020
 

In times of crisis we turn to stories to make sense of the world. Films like The NeverEnding Story, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Time Bandits and The Last Unicorn provide mythical imaginings of the apocalypse that we can draw on to explore the present moment. This course will meet weekly on Zoom for seminar style, discussion-based learning. Students will engage in critical viewing of select films that continue to inspire the look and feel of our favorite entertainment media today. Additional resources, assignments and communication will be on the learning management system Canvas. Assignments will challenge students to apply new visual knowledge toward the creation of their own characters and fantasy worlds of their own design.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dr. Li Sumpter, lisumpter.com
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Short Story Writing Workshop- Flash Fiction (Online)"
November 7-8, 2020
 

Good storytelling allows us to lose ourselves in different worlds by immersing us so thoroughly in the creative imagination of others that we momentarily suspend our disbelief. In this workshop, you will write immersive flash fiction – no more than 500 words! – that uses the best storytelling tools available. Take an idea from your own culture or lived experience, build on a comic or illustration you’re already working on, or compose a creative glimpse into a completely imagined world. Whatever your inspiration, you will learn to help your audience suspend their disbelief through great writing that eliminates clichés, uses active language, and develops compelling, unforgettable visual scenery.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Brian Heston
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Public Art in America: Landscapes and Cityscapes (Online)"
Saturdays, November 7 - December 12, 2020
 

The architecture of Chicago is distinct from the architecture of New Orleans. The city of Boston is made of brick, while stucco is found in Miami. The architecture in the United States is as diverse as its people and tells the history of war, migration, and American identities. This is an introductory course on American landscapes and architecture. We will explore the international influences and distinctly American elements of landscapes and public structures found across the United States. We will examine public parks, cemeteries, theaters, and government buildings to give students a firm understanding of iconic American architecture.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: TK Smith
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Imagining Diverse Futures (Online)"
Tuesdays, November 10 - December 8, 2020
 

This course will explore apocalypse myths of birth, death and rebirth that imagine different futures and new realities. Focusing on the visions of the future shaped by the African Diaspora, we will explore mythic and media landscapes of the black imagination with Dr. Li Sumpter. The course covers key concepts of world building and contemporary myth-making known to black culture across the African Diaspora. Students will examine connections between speculative fiction and historic headlines revealing patterns of apocalypse that permeate the black experience and all of human existence. Assignments focus on visual and media literacy, testing students’ ability to recognize and re-imagine archetypes and aesthetics of afrofuturism and apocalypse for their own story worlds.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dr. Li Sumpter, lisumpter.com
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College: Persuasive Writing Workshop: Rhetorical Tools for Visual Rhetoric (Online)"
December 5-6, 2020
 

Persuasive writing is essential in many fields. Researchers, policy makers, advertisers, critics and visual artists all must convince others to adopt their point of view, often in writing. To practice this skill, we will focus on an ongoing cultural debate: is graffiti art or vandalism? How we answer this question has huge ramifications for real people and communities. Writing a clear and persuasive answer will require students to take a position and defend it convincingly. Students are also free to develop an op-ed on another topic they are interested in.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Brian Heston
Cost: $110
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Online Art Mentoring-Customized Drawing, Painting and Mural Painting"
Anytime
 

The Online Art Mentorship is a long distance learning from the comfort of your home at the time that most suits your needs. You will be able to practice drawing, painting and/or mural painting at your own pace, getting systematic instructions and feedbacks on the art project you are working on. Note that, because of the nature of the one-to-one mentoring, each student will be taken great care and time in personalised critiques and lessons. This is a most affordable and time flexible learning practice which requires self-discipline and commitment. The students will need to be open to work under guidance and critique to be able to reach goals and experience art technique and creativity improvement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Valeria Latorre
Cost: £150 or £250 per month
Website, email, 00393664977501


 

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