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Bird Drawing
May 7, 2017 (10 am - 4pm) — Spend the day drawing your favorite bird in this workshop with artist and avian enthusiast Lauren Levato Coyne. Workshop will cover bird anatomy, how light effects plumage, and how to interpret this information for a successful drawing. Students may opt to draw on a maple panel or paper substrate but colored pencil will be the primary medium. Visit website


Location: LaGrange, IL
Instructor: Lauren Levato Coyne
Sponsor: LaGrange Art League
Cost: $95 members/ $105 non memebers
Email: Registrations
Phone: 708-352-3101

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Pastel Portraits and Beyond
May 19-21, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Create a finished 11" x 14" pastel portrait of your favorite subject(s), human or animal, using French Soft Pastels. Work from multiple photographs as well as Plein-air or natural backgrounds to build a free-flowing portrait in a meaningful setting. Final portraits will capture not only the spirit of your subject, but will reflect the memories and love for a particular natural backdrop. We’ll discuss using color composition to evoke emotion and how to build a pastel portrait from a charcoal sketch, adding hard pastels, then finalizing with soft French pastels. You will make your portraits "sing" on the final day with the application of highlights and light effects particular to the mood of your piece. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Marie Fritz Perry
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $350
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Nature Journaling with Cynthia Quinn
May 20-21, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) — Combine your interests in art and nature by starting a sketchbook journal in this two-day workshop. Start with the basics of drawing fundamentals, then begin to explore using various media. Pen and ink, watercolor pencil, and watercolor techniques will be presented along with ways to incorporate words or poems, and decorative borders. Cynthia will present many examples from her journals, give brief demonstrations to generate ideas and will work one on one with students to assist as you get started. Cynthia has been teaching this popular class for a number of years to students of all levels of experience. Beginners are welcome. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Cynthia Quinn
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $125
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Kimberley Photography Adventure
May 22-28, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback on this challenging photographer's adventure. Experience life on a Kimberley cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped at a private billabong. Activities include sunset champagne and canapés, barramundi fishing, bull buggy ride, whip cracking, aboriginal cave art, one night camp, final night party. View the itinerary and details online. Inclusions: 6 night's accommodation. All meals. 24 hour tea and coffee. Workshop tuition over five days. Land transfers. All activities as per the itinerary. Exclusions: Flights, Alcohol, Mandatory travel insurance. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Bewley Shaylor
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon

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Animal Drawing
May 30 - June 27, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-1pm) — Draw from live animal models in the PAFA studios and on location at the Philadelphia Zoo and other venues. Topics include working in line and tone, moving from gesture to resolved drawing, gauging comparative anatomy, and using technology when live study is not an option. Transportation available from PAFA. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins, www.dianecollinsstudio.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air Safari - Zambia
June 12-23, 2017 — Adventure painting in the heart of Africa. This is an Art Safari: paint the landscape, sketch animals from life, photograph, and see amazing creatures in safe, stable, beautiful Zambia - "The Real Africa". This is a trip of a lifetime! Please write me an email: ringkat@usa.net, and I will send you the PDF describing the package. Visit website


Location: S. Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Instructor: non-instructed
Sponsor: Katerina Ring (with Abbondanza Toscana)
Cost: $5160 sharing
Email: Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Master Class with Patricia Traub: Avian Drawing
June 14-16, 2017 (9am-3:30pm) — Join esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub in this unique bird-drawing workshop. Focused drawing studies of bird anatomy and feather structure will supplement work from live avian subjects, including both seed-eating varieties and birds of prey, provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Referencing Old Master drawing techniques, students will work in graphite, charcoal, and colored chalk and pastel on toned papers. Students are invited to present both their in-class work and paintings or drawings from home for critique and advice. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of methods to make finished paintings beyond the workshop by using gesture drawing and studies in combination with photography. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level

Animal Artistry Through Applique
July 10-14, 2017 — This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Animal Sculpture
July 11 - August 8, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-1pm) — Learn to sculpt a variety of live animals in clay, capturing the anatomy, gesture and unique character of each subject. Work both in the studio and on site at the Philadelphia Zoo and other locations. Topics will include live animal study, using secondary references, comparative anatomy, and creating a sense of movement. Van transportation available from PAFA. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Introduction to Drawing and Painting the Dog
July 17-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — An artist’s best friend is fascinating to draw or paint. In this introductory class, students will draw (using charcoal or graphite) and paint in oil (limited color palette) dog subjects from life. Linda will discuss the best way to take photographs of dogs. Students may bring their own photos or use Linda’s photos to work on a painting. Linda will demonstrate and assist students with their own projects. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor
October 2-4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will provide a foundation in illustrating wildlife in watercolor from initial drawing through final washes. Learn how to render form and build color and value with confidence. Through lectures and demonstrations, Peggy will guide you through the process of drawing your image, mixing your palette, laying down transparent washes, removing and replacing imagery, pouring backgrounds, building up neutrals and color, and developing your composition. Animal and bird specimens will be provided by the Field Museum for reference, or you may bring your own images or sketches of natural subject matter. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Peggy Macnamara, www.PeggyMacnamara.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat
November 4-5, 2017 (10 AM - 4 PM) — Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield. Visit website


Location: Mount Jackson, VA
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Cost: $250.00
Email: John
Phone: 540-333-2877

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Polymer Clay Animal Sculptures Workshop
November 16, 2017 (4-6pm) — Students in this class will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. You’ll be amazed what you can do! Learn three different techniques called “Millefiore canes” that you can slice up to reveal magical designs. Then use those slices to create a unique animal sculpture about 3 inches tall. You can choose any animal you want to make and it will turn out very colorful and patterned. Once you are finished your creation can be taken home and baked in your own oven. Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Layl McDill
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $40
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant
November 17-28, 2017 — Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina. Visit website


Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Cost: from $7,295
Email: Find an Antarctica Expert

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Animal Anatomy - Imaginatomy (Self-Study)
Ongoing — A class created by Rey Bustos to augment entertainment and character designers, by bringing in anatomy and mechanics into the thought process of character design. This course is designed for those who want to invent a completely imaginative animal or creature while keeping the same logic of human and animal anatomy. With Rey’s excitement and deep knowledge of all things anatomical, he will guide you first in drawing, then sculpting a creature from your imagination that will make sense in terms of realism. This is a great way to know how and why we are different from other animals, and how species evolve. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Drawing From Imagination
Ongoing — Prepare to learn about how to draw using critical thinking and visualization in this online self-study course. Master Artist Glenn Vilppu teaches you that drawing does not occur on paper, but in the mind. He offers a fascinating insight on how to draw analytically while still managing to make it life like. You will find out what it takes to communicate the story your drawing is trying to tell, and how it can be best expressed. This is a great class for all artists; it even includes Glenn’s critiques of student work in this classroom video experience. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Glenn Vilppu
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Creature Design
Ongoing — In this self-study Creature Design course, we will fully develop 2-3 creatures using guided creativity while grounding students with real-world plausibility. Students will learn early stage ideation, rendering and color techniques to create new and original creatures from a blank page, all the way to a finished portfolio piece. We will go over more grounded earthly creatures all the way to creatively designed aliens. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Introduction to Character Design
Ongoing — Introduction to Character Design caters to those who are new to or at an intermediate level in terms of design knowledge when it comes to characters. We will be producing 3 characters (and their 3 variants) that fit together in the same world based off of classic archetypes. There will be a significant amount of freedom but the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative. This class is structured in a way that helps you have 3 or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design. Prerequisites: Significant understanding of human anatomy, some level of knowledge of animal anatomy, a decent foundation in the fundamentals of drawings/painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Eric Ryan
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495.00
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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