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Illustration with Kate Samworth
December 10-11, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Develop your illustration and story-telling skills with Kirkus Award-winning author/illustrator Kate Samworth. Develop an understanding of book design, story-pacing, and balance of text and image through close examination of classic and contemporary picture books. Learn to create a story mock-up in pencil based on your original work or text from the public domain. Instruction includes a discussion and Q&A on the publishing process. Students are invited to bring one outside project to class for feedback. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kate Samworth
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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5 Paintings in 5 Days, a unique painting vacation in Mexico!
December 12-16, 2016 (9:30AM-1PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/ since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for you when: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu & Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 19-23, 2016 (9:20 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color,joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzale & Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende
December 21-25, 2016 (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Experienced painters and facilitators, muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching in San Miguel de Allende. The studio is located in a quaint Mexican villa tacked away from the noisy central area. With bright light and unobstructed views of the rolling hills it’s easy to relax and enjoy painting. We incorporate sketching, plein air, alla prima, studio painting in the morning. The afternoons are yours to explore this little town full of excitement, music, color, and joy! Admire the Colonial architecture, enjoy the mariachi in the park, be inspired by the brilliant light and long shadows of the afternoon. Register early! Small group for individualized instruction. Visit website


Location: San Migueld de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $650.00 including materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Head Drawing
January 3-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The simple, abstract beauty of line, when combined with accurate values and thoughtful edges, is one of the most beautiful mediums of human expression. The aim of this workshop will be to give students a better understanding of how to become an excellent draftsman, and time to practice drawing from life. This workshop will cover the following topics: how to handle the medium of charcoal, how to draw accurately and what makes a drawing beautiful. Joshua will open each day with a demonstration and students will spend the remainder of the day drawing from life, with individual critiques. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Josh Clare, www.joshclare.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $375 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Anatomy and Drawing
January 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This anatomy class is a must for all 3-D and 2-D artists. Simon covers each body part, toward an understanding of movement and form: how a joint moves, how far you can "push" it for expressions sake, and when you will "break" it. This workshop is an intense class with Simon illustrating the concepts as he moves through the body parts. It will empower students drawing and increase their understanding and freedom to manipulate the figure in space. Students will create an anatomy textbook of their own, forever a useful resource. This workshop will reinforce the understanding and use of anatomy in the future work of each student. Students can use pencil, chalk, charcoal, brush, stick, anything that leaves a mark on paper. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Simon Kogan, www.simonkogan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Drawing Better for Better Paintings with Mike Rooney
January 4-25, 2017 (Wednesdays) — Most people who try to paint have never had a drawing class, so it’s no wonder they aren’t happy with their paintings. In this class Rooney teaches easy and fun ways to draw better, instantly. Your drawings will be amazing in four short weeks and your paintings will reflect this new skill set. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Mike Rooney
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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CE Preview Saturday: Drawing Fundamentals
January 7, 2017 (10am-1pm) — What better way to start your PAFA experience than a beginning drawing course? CE faculty member Phyllis Laver will guide you through the basics of drawing what you see, including techniques and materials, plus tour you through the historic PAFA Cast hall. This course is an excellent introduction to Drawing Fundamentals and other CE drawing classes. New student attendees will receive a 10% tuition discount on a regular Spring class or workshop! Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: tuition-free with a $10 materials fee (all supplies provided)
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure and Portrait Drawing with Charcoal
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from live models. Different techniques mentioned in the book (Henry Yan's Figure Drawing-Techniques and Tips) will be introduced and practiced, as well as some basic skills in drawing human anatomy and portraiture. Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensionally; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Henry Yan, www.henryyanart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $635 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Constructing the Head
January 21, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this one day class is improving drawing skills necessary for capturing a likeness when working from life. Class will cover basic head construction, learning to see underlying forms which make up facial structure, and finding the features within this structure. The first half of the day will be spent drawing quick sketches of the Asaro head from various angles. The second half of the day students will draw quick sketches from a live model. There will be demos followed by student drawing time. This drawing class is a great addition to Annette Smith’s Watercolor Portraits from Life class (Jan 28-Feb 11), but will be beneficial to anyone interested in portrait studies. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Annette Smith, www.annettesmithfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
January 23-27, 2017 (9:30 AM - 1:30 PM ) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Life Painting and Drawing
January 24 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-12pm) — Explore contemporary and traditional realism in drawing and oil painting. Learn fundamental elements of figure drawing including anatomy, quality of line, tone, composition, design, proportion and space. Students will work from nude models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses to develop finished paintings. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Cast Drawing
January 24 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — 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. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Drawing Fundamentals
January 24 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Drawing Media on Paper
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Learn everything you need to know about the wide variety of materials artists use on paper. Work in charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, and collage from models, still life, and your own references. Framing, storage, materials’ care, and health concerns will be covered. Optional museum trips available. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Studio Anatomy
January 25 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — This drawing course is designed for the intermediate to advanced artist with an interest in the study of proportion, form, skeletal and musculature structure of the human body. Work from lectures and demonstrations, reference material, PAFA anatomical casts and the life model. Use this knowledge to create accurate and dynamic figure drawings! Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Drawing and Painting Atelier
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 9am-12:30pm) — A community working space for students interested in representational drawing and painting. Students will work in PAFA’s Cast Hall on projects of their choice including the cast collection, human figure/portrait, still life and interior spaces. Individually-tailored instruction and critiques will be supplemented by presentations on design, perspective, color mixing, and the depiction of light, volume and space. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Peter Van Dyck
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing and Painting
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 6-9pm) — Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence. Drawing instruction will address head structure, proportions and features. Students have the option to progress to oil painting, focusing on value, flesh tones, and paint application. Students may work in the medium of their choice, including watercolor and pastel. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Large Scale Figure Drawing
January 28 - April 22, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-12pm) — Learn to create detailed and expressive large-scale figure drawings using sketches and enlarging with a grid. Drawing demonstrations on scale, proportions, skeletal framework, surface form, and movement of the figure will help students develop the human form on a larger scale with spatial accuracy. All media welcome. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Anatomical Drawing: The Skeleton
January 28 - April 22, 2017 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Draw from full size, medical school-grade adult skeletons for focused anatomical study. Students will draw bones from multiple views, undertaking the limbs, pelvis, rib cage and spine before culminating in the skull. This class is ideal for those interested in anatomy and medical illustration. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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High School Portfolio Preparation: Drawing
February 4 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — 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 the human figure/portrait to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $425, Non-Credit: $425
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Draw Your Pet
February 11-12, 2017 — We all love our furry, four-legged friends! Learn the techniques to draw a portrait of your beloved companion or memorialize a companion who has passed. We will incorporate your companion’s personality enabling us to create an appealing and insightful portrait using your photographs. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Stephanie Schuemann
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Drawing with Color Pencil
February 13 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — Discover the vibrancy and realism of color pencil! Topics include descriptive and expressive line quality, use of value to describe light and volume, cross-hatching and layering, color relationships, and working on colored and textured surfaces. Subjects include still life, live animals, master copies, and the self-portrait. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Anatomy Casting & Drawing Intensive Alaina Plowdrey
February 17-19, 2017 — The best way to learn anatomy is by studying your own body. Take casts of your hands, arms, and feet as you study the way muscles work and skeletal structure connects. Students will then use the cast to create finished drawings and figural studies. A fun and intensive approach to studying the figure for those who wish to advance their studies. All materials are included in this price. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, www.alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $210, $175 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende Mexico
February 20-24, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Drawing the Portrait
February 24-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will concentrate on learning how to draw and construct a fine portrait. Students will work in conte as it is very flexible and useful in learning this process. Ned will teach some fairly easy steps to accurately render the proportions and structure of the head and models will be used to show the structure and changes in the facial planes. Students will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges, make a compelling portrait. Ned will review the generic structure of the individual features of the face including: the eye, nose, mouth and ear. Students will learn how to see and interpret the forms to get a strong likeness. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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"Colored Pencil: Vivid and Versatile"
February 28 - March 2, 2017 (10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) — Hawaii beckons you; forget cabin fever! Explore the possibilities that can literally be drawn from the point of a colored pencil- or watercolor pencil! With vast choices of surfaces, blending tools, and techniques, colored pencil yields a tremendous range of effects: shimmer and shine, saturated intensity, sparkling highlights, even fluid, transparent effects. This promises to be an enjoyable workshop in an outstanding state-of-the-art store with a gracious staff. (Inquire about registration options for this fascinating course.) Kristy is an experienced, supportive instructor who is the author of two colored pencil books and the featured artist in four DVDs. She has taught over 200 workshops, readily making her students feel at home, whatever their experience. Visit website


Location: Kailua-Kona, HI
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Akamai Art Supply
Cost: $295
Email: Johanna Wiseman
Phone: 808-334-0292

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Classical Figure Drawing with Lothar Speer
March 2 - April 6, 2017 (Thursdays, 10am-1pm) — Lothar Speer brings his classical approach to the figure back to The Studios. Following in the footsteps of the masters, Speer leads his students through the basics of anatomy, rendering muscle and skeletal structure and the importance of lighting and tone. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer, renproject.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $270, $235 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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The Figure and Portrait in Line and Wash
March 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — From the delicate hatching of silverpoint to the liquid washes of watercolor, master artists have developed a rich assortment of techniques to create an image on paper. Each approach provides a distinctive perspective which allows artists to better understand form and render with greater fidelity. Artists as diverse as DaVinci and Sorolla will be reviewed to see how each resolved issues related to drawing and painting. The first two days will be devoted to line drawing using silverpoint and pen and ink. The last two days will focus on watercolor in both monochrome and full color painting. A diversity of methods and techniques will be demonstrated in addition to a thorough analysis of form and anatomy. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $660 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Head Study
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop students will learn a variety of techniques to create a convincing head study. Jerry will provide a thorough investigation of the individual forms of the head and teach students how to make them come together as an integrated whole. Students will also learn to use an approach to help first identify the large shapes and then go into the details. The core of instruction will be focused on drawing, values, edges, planes of the head and composition. Before the workshop, a booklet of information will be emailed to all students to help prepare for the class. Bring your chosen medium: charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic or digital. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jerry Salinas, www.salinasart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure and Portrait Drawing in Ink
March 13 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — From the Renaissance to the present, artists have favored the expressive qualities of drawing with ink. Experience both the fluid gestural brush applications and detailed reed pen drawing techniques. Focus on head studies and full figure work using both clothed and life models. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Animal Drawing
March 14 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-1pm) — Working from life in the PAFA studios and at off-site locations, explore animal subjects in a variety of approaches using dry and wet media. Use the underlying architecture to represent the form through contour drawing, wipeouts and more. Instruction will cover anatomy, effective representation of the figure, and emotional expression. Van transportation from PAFA available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Creativity Workshop in Florence
March 14-18, 2017 (9 AM - 12:30 PM) — Using the Tools of Creative Writing, Memoir, Art, Photography, Storytelling and Mindfulness. Visit website


Location: New York, NY
Instructor: Shelley Berc, Alejandro Fogel
Sponsor: The Creativity Workshop
Cost: From $1,395
Email: Ceci Glusman
Phone: 212-203-3252

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Portrait Drawing with Pencil and Water Soluble Graphite
March 17-19, 2017 — In this 3 day workshop, students create a single portrait drawing from the live model in tandem with the instructor. At each major stage of the drawing process, there is a demonstration and lecture to map out the next step forward. The first day students learn to work with water soluble graphite, and we will establish our portrait design through thumbnail/value studies. The second day we begin the portrait block-in based on our design, and then begin massing in key tonal areas with water soluble graphite. On the third day, we'll focus on rendering the half-tones and lights of our portrait. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Tenaya Sims, www.tenayasims.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $350
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Drawing the Portrait from Life
March 18-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be on life drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will explore charcoal on toned paper with one pose for the duration so that they can patiently observe and record their findings. All observation will be cumulative and used towards finishing the final work. Instruction will include discussion of practical technical information on the use of charcoal and white chalk, the properties of light on form and how the topography/depth of the face's form can be visualized and represented. Most importantly, students will learn to transcend the materials so that their full concentration is placed on expressing the model’s presence and emotion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $475 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Drawing Words and Pictures: Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling
March 18-19, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Comics is a kind of alchemy, blending words and images on the page to tell stories that make powerful impressions. Words and images play off of each other and swap roles in ways that give great power and expressive range to the author. Learn how to master the basics of this rich visual language through a series of short exercises and slideshows. Investigate the principles of panel-to-panel storytelling, view examples of page and book design, and survey the traditional tools of the trade: India ink, pens and brushes, and bristol board. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Matt Madden, mattmadden.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495, Lab Fee: $15
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
March 20-24, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Advanced Level

Portrait Drawing Workshop
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Learn to create finished portraits in pencil and charcoal that capture likeness and convey expressive effect. The workshop will begin with a structural approach to the head and its features and progress to the study of anatomy, composition and value. Excellent for all levels. Visit website


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

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Botanical Alla Prima
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Spring is here! Learn to capture the essence of a living, botanical subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor, to create fresh and immediate work. This method can be used for preparatory studies for sustained paintings, compiling a field sketchbook, or as an end in itself. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Ink and Watercolor Studies with Judi Bradford
April 5-19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 5-7pm) — Capture the essence of a scene in just a few strokes of the pen. Bradford teaches tricks and techniques for quick sketching in permanent and washable inks. These ink drawings can then be highlighted with ink wash or watercolor to emphasize certain elements of the piece. Bring photos of people and places (can be on your phone or ipad) to work from. All levels welcomed. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $135, $115 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Figure Drawing from Life (gesture, structure, and shading)
April 6-8, 2017 — Students will learn the fundamental concepts for drawing the human body. On the first day, we'll capture the motion of the pose with quick gesture drawings. On the second day, we'll add structure to the body to make it feel 3 dimensional and solid. On the final day, we'll do a longer drawing combining gesture, structure and tone to create a finished shaded figure drawing. Students will be drawing from a live model. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Stan Prokopenko, www.stanprokopenko.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $350 (excluding model fee)
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Capturing the Figure and Portrait in Grayscale Pastel
April 7-9, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) — Join Elana Hagler for this 3-day intensive workshop focusing on depicting the figure and portrait through the use of both line and tone. This way of working emphasizes large spatial relationships, and can be adapted to either a loose and very gestural approach, or to the most highly-detailed, developed pastel drawings. We will focus on pastel application, proportion, gesture, composition, problem-solving, creating a feeling of light and air, and attaining visual harmony. The workshop will include demonstrations of both figure and portrait drawing. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Elana Hagler, elanahagler.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $395 + model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 8-15, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W.Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 15-22, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands
April 15-22, 2017 (9-5) — We are returning to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain to spend a week together exploring nature and finding inspiration to set us on our own artistic path. Our days will be filled with on-site drawing and painting of the abundant native vegetation as well as nearby beaches and coastal towns. Camaraderie and casual critiques are part of the week of making art in a beautiful natural setting. Visit website


Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Cost: $1500
Email: Meredith Nemirov
Phone: 970 318-8444

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 22-29, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W.Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 24-28, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Forensic Art Focus: Composite Drawing – Based on Experience
April 24-28, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Composite drawing is one of the most commonly needed types of forensic art to aid law enforcement investigations. Accurate sketches from eyewitness descriptions require a thorough knowledge of art, anatomy and psychology. This important new workshop offers the combined skills of three highly accomplished forensic art practitioners and instructors. It offers a unique and unprecedented compilation of years of knowledge and proven keys to success. In particular, this class focuses on ways to go well beyond just copying photos or photo pieces so that artists can achieve more accurate likenesses to the target subjects. Attendees will gain insights into various approaches to the interview and facial drawing process and a view of the successful strategies of each of the three instructors. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, Stephen Mancusi, Jorge Molina
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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"Exploring Colored Pencil Potential"
April 24-26, 2017 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time) — Explore colored pencil potential- both traditional (non-watercolor) and watercolor pencils. Kristy Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil, is also featured in four instructional DVDs. She brings a wealth of experience and a friendly, supportive attitude that bolsters everyone- beginner to veteran. Kristy guides students through many techniques, with frequent demonstrations and access to large demonstrator sets of pencils. Come prepared to take home plenty of samples and goodies, too! This workshop will be held in a peaceful country studio setting with a small group (maximum 12). Students wishing to stay on-site should inquire about lodging at the nearby Lindenwood Retreat Center. Daily lunches are included in the price of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Donaldson (near Plymouth), IN
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Moon Tree Studios
Cost: $250 for members, $275 for non-members
Email: Evie Schwenk
Phone: 574-935-1712

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Understanding the Human Face
May 1-5, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen T. Taylor, www.karenttaylor.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $950
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Sketch on the Go
May 13, 2017 (9-5pm) — Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Documenting “Non-places”
May 27-28, 2017 (10am-12pm) — Godlewska challenges participants to look beyond the tropical veil of paradise to see the ordinary. Participants will wander Key West with Godlewska photographing or sketching everyday settings – “non-places”. Key West is a unique place but to serve people’s everyday needs, it requires ordinary areas such as parking lots, loading docks, and chain stores. Back in the classroom, participants will create one drawing or painting based on one of their photos or sketches. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Maja Godlewska, www.majagodlewska.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $75, $60 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
June 10-17, 2017 — Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint watercolours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points which will wow your friends and family alike! Locations may include the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Il Duomo, The Boboli Gardens and views of the Arno. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: from $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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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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"Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil"
June 13-16, 2017 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) — This workshop focuses on "painting from a point", using a variety of pencils and surfaces to create dynamic paintings. Products include: waxy/oily colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and wax pastels. Surfaces include papers, boards, even sanded papers. Featuring an abundance of colored pencils and art materials, this workshop is full to the brim with demonstrations and techniques that are sure to increase your repertoire. Some drawing experience preferred. Grand Marais is located on the north shore of Lake Superior- ideal for a summer getaway. Kristy is a supportive, experienced instructor who is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Kristy is the featured artist on four instructional DVDs. Visit website


Location: Grand Marais, MN
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Email: Ruth Pszwaro
Phone: 218-387-2737

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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

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
June 25 - July 2, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
July 3-11, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Nature Journal
July 10-14, 2017 — You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal. Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create mono-prints and add collage to your journal. By the end of the week, your journal (made fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
July 11-14, 2017 (9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) — The majestic Oregon coast is calling! Kristy Kutch, author and longtime workshop instructor, invites you for four fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watersoluble colored pencils, plus watercolor crayons, will be featured, even combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. Classes are held (ocean-view classroom) at Newport Visual Arts Center. (Contact Kristy to register, not the Visual Arts Center.) Kristy Kutch is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Fee includes welcome lunch and snacks. Visit website


Location: Newport, OR
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Cost: $300
Email: Kristy Kutch
Phone: 219-874-4688

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"Exploring Colored Pencil Techniques"
July 18-19, 2017 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) — Plan a sojourn in historic Astoria, Oregon, where the majestic Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The Astoria Art Loft (above Dots 'n Doodles art supply store) welcomes you to two wonderful days with artist/ author Kristy Kutch. An upbeat, supportive, nationally-known workshop teacher, Kristy introduces and demonstrates techniques for wax-based (“dry”) and watersoluble colored pencils and wax pastels on a variety of surfaces. Included are many aspects of this vibrant medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Kristy is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil and is featured in four instructional colored pencil DVDs. Plan for this memorable summer workshop! Visit website


Location: Astoria, OR
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Astoria Art Loft
Cost: $250 includes a generous array of sample products
Email: Jo Pomeroy-Crockett
Phone: 503-791-8444

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100 Drawings, Paintings, and Explorations
August 28 - September 1, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — How do you make good art? How do you make art that is truly yours? Jane's view is that there are no tricks, gimmicks, or shortcuts to this elusive goal: it just takes a lot of art making to cultivate your inner awareness of who you are as an artist. Fortunately, making a lot of art is fun, if you can let go of the expectations and negative voices (that inner critic!) that get in your way. In this workshop we will focus on quantity – making a lot of pieces from a given starting point. By focusing on quantity, you begin to let go of the constant judgment and evaluation. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Jane Davies
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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"Lush and Lively Colored Pencil"
September 11-14, 2017 (9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) — Sharpen your colored pencils for workshop fun in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin- post-summer rush but still during the mild September weather. Kristy Kutch, a supportive teacher, is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is also featured in 4 instructional DVDs. Included are many aspects of this medium and its compatible surfaces. Create effects ranging from soft, transparent, and aqueous to dense and dramatic. Harbor Shores Hotel, located on Geneva Lake, offers fantastic student discounts. Guests receive continental breakfasts and rooms featuring mini-fridges and microwaves. (Lodging reservations should be made separately: 888-746-7371. Mention this workshop for discount.) Bring an extra tote bag for samples; plan for this memorable fall workshop! Visit website


Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Cost: $285
Email: Kristy Kutch
Phone: 219-874-4688

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Charcoal: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing
September 15-16, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Combine additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The workshop will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center. Visit artist’s website at garychapmanart.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $225 Museum members/$250 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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"Luminous, Lustrous Colored Pencil"
October 2-6, 2017 (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. dismissal Friday) — Discover the "pointed potential" of colored pencil! Kristy Kutch is the author of Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil; she is the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs. Kristy teaches colored pencil workshops nationwide, providing an informative and enjoyable classroom atmosphere. Both "traditional" (waxy) and watercolor pencils are included, with fascinating "painterly" techniques for both types of pencils. Watersoluble wax pastels (which resemble larger crayons) are also featured. Explore a wide range of compatible papers and boards which lend themselves beautifully to this dynamic medium. Kristy's workshop features demonstrations, individual attention, many materials to sample, and a generous cache of supplies for each student. Enjoy an unforgettable workshop in a top-notch atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Boone, NC
Instructor: Kristy Kutch
Sponsor: Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Email: Edwina May
Phone: 800-227-2788

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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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2D Anatomy
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fascia that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. 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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Beginning Composition
Ongoing — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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Fantasy Illustration
Ongoing — Explore the aspects of Fantasy Illustration, including the successful design of the fantasy elements in an illustration such as costumes, props and architecture. Improving the structure and underlying emotional impact, and the composition of the illustrations will be discussed. Composition of real and limited space (graphical space) will be compared and experimented with. Creature and human character design though posing and integration into the composition will also be explored. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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Visual Development Fundamentals
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, learn the critical components of making great Concept Art by studying Film, Animation, Games and Painting, as well as developing your own project to flex your artistic muscle. You will select a classic story to redesign by choosing a style and creating that world with much reference and sketching, leading to a final concept painting. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Peter Markowski
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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Sketching for Environment Design
Ongoing — Sketching and drawing rough and clean final layouts, interiors, buildings and other environment elements, for animation and concept art, will be discussed in this self-study course. In this online self-study course, there will be demos and lectures on perspective, blocking in scenes and simple composition. Prop design and sketching demos will also be included. In this class the student will learn: -Quick visualization of perspective and elements in a scene -How to build and design buildings and structures -How to visualize and draw quick interior spaces -Methods of developing sketches for props and vehicles Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Craig Elliott
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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Fundamental Art Skills
Monday - Friday - year round (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) — Sherry Egger has a background in graphic art and has experience in a variety of mediums. Her work has been featured in The Colored Pencil Magazine and she was selected to do a technique demonstration article for this magazine in 2015. A popular instructor, she is comfortable with many different artistic mediums and her classes consist of not only pencilists but also those who paint in oil and acrylic. Her emphasis on fundamentals, values, and strong contrast bring both beginning artists as well as those who have been painting for years. Creativity is her strong suit and she is constantly experimenting with new techniques, new concepts and different mediums. Sherry instructs weekly classes at Anderson Gallery’s - Artist's Annex. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Sherry Egger
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $40.
Email: Sherry Egger
Phone: 912.506.2982

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Visual Journaling Online Workshop
Begin any time — Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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