Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 1"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and figure/portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Figure Sculpture"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Explore clay modeling and expand your portfolio with three-dimensional work. Work from a life model to learn methods of terra cotta clay sculpture, focusing on anatomy, proportion, composition, and personal expression. Sculptures will be photographed for portfolios and kiln-fired after the course ends. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Landscape Painting"
June 22-26, 2020
 

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Learn to depict ever-changing light and shadows through rapid decisions and swift mark-making. Study landscape masters to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, and clouds; then take your skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Illustration: The Art of the Concert Poster"
July 6-10, 2020
 

Explore illustration as a counterpart to music through the art of the concert poster. Students will experiment with traditional and digital methods to develop imagery that interprets the lyrical content of their favorite artists. Spontaneous and stream of consciousness drawing and lettering exercises will be employed to invent narratives from instrumental music. The history of the concert poster will provide context and serve as inspiration for the students own projects.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Heimer
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Painting 1: Still Life"
July 6-10, 2020
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Photography"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Discover the creative possibilities of digital photography. Learn to use the camera as an expressive tool as you develop an understanding of photography’s technical and visual aspects. Instruction covers camera functions, compositional strategies, image editing in Photoshop, creating digital prints, and photographing artwork for a portfolio. Required:DSLR or compact camera with manual functions.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Portrait Drawing & Painting"
July 13-17, 2020
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or other prior basic drawing experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 2: Life Drawing"
July 20-24, 2020
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing (Section 1 or 2), Portrait Drawing & Painting or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Drawing For Comics"
July 20-24, 2020
 

Learn step-by-step cartooning basics so you can create characters, tell a story from life or imagination, or build a portfolio. Create your own short story to be included in a collaborative comic book to take home at the end of class. Instruction includes insights on the comic book and animation industry.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeff Kilpatrick
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Painting 2: Figure Painting"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life, Portrait Drawing & Painting or other prior basic painting experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Wilson
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Printmaking"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Printmaking enhances drawing/painting skills and creates striking contributions to a college portfolio. Explore the exciting possibilities of traditional line etching, screenprinting on t-shirts or other materials, and the painterly monotype. Learn the methods of image development, printing for each process, as well as the safe handling of all materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Watercolor"
July 27-31, 2020
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, and the cityscape. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Pre-College Intensives: Cast Drawing & Painting"
August 3-7, 2020
 

Drawing in the Academic manner from plaster casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. PAFA’s beautiful and historic Cast Hall contains life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture – a unique resource that has been part of PAFA’s curriculum for over 200 years. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition with charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress to oil painting materials and techniques using a limited palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw- or paint-only based on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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