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Caricature Drawing
April 19, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Learn the basics of discerning expression, exaggeration, and capturing a likeness to draw your own portrait caricatures. Work from life models, photographs and examples of classic caricature, while improving your technique in various media including pen and ink, pastels and water-based crayons. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steve Smith
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $95
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Frida Style Self Portrait!
April 20-27, 2014 — No art experience needed. Discover your inner "Frida", your exotic exuberant self. Free your creativity enjoy the process! Engage all your creative juices: writing, mediation, collage, painting. Uncover your innate resilience and find new ways to experience life’s beauty! Get in touch with inner wisdom and expand your imagination. Workshop is offered in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Also called "The Heart of Mexico". This little colonial town with big personality is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers. Enjoy the bright colors of Mexico, the architecture, shopping and food. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Starts at $990.00 double, $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Portrait Sketch in Oil
April 23-25, 2014 — Instructor from Studio Escalier (www.studioescalier.com) in France and Whidbey Island Resident! Learn an approach to painting a fast (2-3 hours) portrait from a live model. Bring the supplies that you have, "canva paper by canson" and black masking tape. Toby is an experienced teacher with a lot of patience. Visit website


Location: Bellevue, WA
Instructor: Toby Hall
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $300
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Art of Me
April 26, 2014 (12:30-3:30pm) — In this class just for middle-school children, students will design and create three different styles of self-portraits. Students wanting to work more slowly may choose to do only one or two. The first will be a realistic drawing of the face, using a drawing pencil and eraser, and done in a step-by-step guided manner. The second piece will be an abstract face using Picasso as inspiration. The third piece will be a cut-paper collage. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Pam Horn
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $20 youth 12-14, $10 each add'l family member
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 26 - May 3, 2014 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to a maximum of 8 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,295 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 6 78 85 22 82

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Portrait Painting with Jason Espey (Incammanati approach)
Begins April 28th (Mondays, 6-9pm) — This 6 week portrait painting course will focus more on the 'how' of starting a portrait through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a model, Jason, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head and value gradation as taught at Studio Incamminati. Students will gain practical ability each week with three hour poses that lay the foundation for building a portrait. So, if you've ever had a family member pester you to paint them, yet you didn't think you had the skill, this class will equip you to do just that. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Jason Espey
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Sculpting from the Inside Out
April 28 - May 2, 2014 (9:30-4:30 pm) — Sculpting a portrait with expression. In this class we'll work on understanding the anatomy of the face and neck, learn about the planes of the face and build a portrait from the inside out. Knowing the structure of the head and understanding the core muscles that come into play in facial expression is key in creating a good portrait. Choose between oil based clay or water based clay for this class. There will be some ecorche building of the muscles in days one and two, refining shapes and planes in day three with the introduction of the model and days four and five will be devoted to likeness and expression in the sculpture. Visit website


Location: Loveland, CO
Instructor: Lori Kiplinger Pandy
Cost: $425 +model fee and supplies
Email: Lori Kiplinger Pandy
Phone: 970-310-8233

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Portrait Painting in Oil (advanced beginner to intermediate artists)
Begins May 1st (Thursdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm) — Join exceptional instructor, Gary Weiss, a graduate of one of the leading art centers in the country, The Art Center of Design in California, a past instructor at Atlanta's Portfolio Center for 25 years and current MFA graduate student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco in this weekly portrait painting class. Gifted in teaching drawing, landscape painting, color theory, perspective and portraiture, Gary will work with each student in creating portrait studies with a focus on form, planes, color, value, design, shadow, etc. Classes will include weekly studies with a one and a half class session on a longer pose. We will be painting from life. Basic drawing skills required. Model fees are extra. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Teen Class: Faces and Figures
May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 15 (Sundays, 1-3:30pm) — This class will explore figure drawing and portraiture through a variety of drawing media, including graphite, charcoal, and pastel. Designed for students aged 12-18, we will work with live, clothed models, studying proportion, contrast, and gesture. Younger students may submit a portfolio to the instructor for approved entrance to the course. Additional model fee applies. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Catherine Anne Moore, www.catherineamoore.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $190
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Costumed Figure: Drawing and Painting
May 5 - June 2, 2014 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in California and instructor at the Portfolio Center for 25 years will provide guidance for students in the art of drawing and painting the figure. We will draw the figure from life with a variety of interesting costumes. Basic drawing skill of the figure required. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Figurative Painter's Retreat
May 5-9, 2014 — This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a brand new looser, abstract direction. Drawing, painting and collaging the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. Variety of poses with undraped model. Lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques. Be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. Plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Materials list provided. No photography, please. Handouts provided. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $575
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
May 5-9, 2014 (9:30am - 5:30pm) — This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with "inborn talent". However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Instruction by Brian Bomeisler, Dr. Betty Edwards' son. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian's instruction, through the day. The day will end with a critique of the day's session. To view some of his and student artwork and biography, log onto www.drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $1,600
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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7 Unforgettable Days
May 10-17, 2014 — Seven unforgettable days of painting the Italian landscape and figure for artists and travel enthusiasts of all levels. Explore the towns, museums and vineyards of Tuscany, as you paint side by side with nationally acclaimed watercolorist Mary Whyte. We will stay at the Tuscan Renaissance Center with stunning views of the Tuscan hills, while enjoying first class meals and wine, all within a short distance to historic cities like Florence and Sienna. Enjoy a full morning of one-on-one instruction, then choose to spend your afternoons painting on your own, or exploring with Mary Whyte on fully guided tours. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $3095 - $3395 Inclusive
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Graphite Portraiture
May 10, 2014 (9am-4pm with 1-hour lunch break) — Students will study creating portraits that depict a face logically while also capturing the likeness of an individual. Students will work in marker, graphite, and charcoal from photos and a live model to study light, form, and anatomy. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Catherine Anne Moore, www.catherineamoore.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $150 + $30 model fee ($155 total)
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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From Idea to Image: Pictorial Composition
May 15-18, 2014 (10:00 - 4:00 daily with a lunch break) — Understand and practice an essential element of great paintings: the composition. Observe the principles of line, value, and color, in masters like Vermeer, Sargent, and Repin. Then apply the lessons learned while creating a multi-figure sketch in oils. Excellent for intermediate and advanced artists, this workshop also welcomes beginners. There will be daily lecture, demo, in-class composition exercises based on 19th century examples, and three hours each day of drawing or painting from live models. Sean Forester is Director of Humanities and Composition at Golden Gate Atelier in Oakland, CA. He studied classical painting at Charles Cecil Studios and the Florence Academy of Art, where he was Director of Art History, Humanities, and Composition. More about Sean: www.goldengateatelier.com. Visit website


Location: Ashland, OR
Instructor: Sean Forester
Sponsor: Ashland Art Center
Cost: $300 AAC Members, $350 General + $30 Book Fee
Email: Kara Q Lewis
Phone: 541-482-2772

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Painting a Model in Oil
May 17, 2014 (9am-4pm with 1-hour lunch break) — Learn to create a sensitive painting using design elements. We will work on incorporating abstract elements while preserving a likeness of the model. Using sighting techniques, we will practice translating the 3 dimensional form to two dimensions. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Nancy Blum, www.portraitsandstilllifes.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $150 + $30 model fee (total $155)
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Life Drawing
May 19-23, 2014 (9am-5pm) — This in-depth investigation of basic drawing issues explores the human figure. Emphasis will be placed on a thorough understanding of the body's underlying geometry and anatomical structure. Learn to draw the figure as convincing volumetric form through the study of proportional accuracy, foreshortening, spatial relationships, and basic use of light and shadow. Full or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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"The Figure in Florence" - Painting in Italy
May 24 - June 1, 2014 — Join artist, Vianna Szabo for a nine-day workshop in the heart of the Florence, Italy. This experience will combine instruction with touring the treasures of the city and immersing yourself in Italian art, culture, and food. Like Florentine artists of the past you will study figure and portrait painting from a live model and learn how to paint portraits that are beautiful in color and expressive in character. Class size limited to allow for individual attention. You'll stay in the historical district, and will need only to step out your door to explore Florence on foot. We hope you will join us as every painter should experience Florence at least once in a lifetime! Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Cost: $2800 (does not include airfare)
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Figure Modeling
May 27 - June 24, 2014 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — This sculpture course introduces the conceptual and practical aspects of modeling the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Technical procedures discussed will include armature construction, orientation of the armature to the model, clay modeling (methodology), the specific use of tools. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Painting
May 27 - August 5, 2014 (Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Paint in oil from the life model and make full figure, head and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color mixing and painting technique will be addressed. Includes demonstration, lecture and discussion of master paintings of the figure. Drawing experience required. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $505, Non-Credit $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing
May 28 - June 25, 2014 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Focusing on portraiture in pencil and charcoal, the class will begin with a structural approach to the head and its features. Students will work from a variety of models to study anatomy, composition and value, in order to create a finished portrait that captures likeness and conveys expressive effect. Excellent for all levels from beginner through advanced. Full or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Gellmin Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Watercolor Portraits from Photo Reference
May 28 - June 1, 2014 (10am - 5pm) — For the exacting realism found in Paul's work, day one will focus primarily on the drawing aspect of the portrait. As the course continues, this intensive 5 day workshop will then focus on painting and the 3 basic watercolor techniques that Paul uses to execute all of his watercolor paintings; wet-into-wet, wet-onto-dry (glazing) and his signature dry brush technique. Additional lectures will include basic color theory, how to see and execute correct value relations, proper treatment of edges, how to take good photographic reference shots, lighting and posing your subject, printing your own photos for optimal color, how to deal with distortion and so much more. Visit website


Location: Beacon, NY
Instructor: Paul W. McCormack
Sponsor: McCormack Studios, Inc.
Cost: $750.
Email: info@mccormackstudios.com
Phone: 845-380-9546

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The Extended Pose
May 28 - June 25, 2014 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint the figure from a life model in a single pose for the entire course. Work with the instructor to tailor exercises that address individual interests including the development of one large image or several smaller studies. Instruction will focus on two-dimensional linear accuracy, three-dimensional volumetric integrity, clarity of space, and color analysis specific to the human form. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Renee P. Foulks
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing
May 29 - August 7, 2014 (Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Develop a solid background in drawing the human head and features. Learn first the structure of the head - planar structure, axial relationships, proportions and foreshortening - and progress to anatomy and the features. Work with a variety of materials including charcoal, conté crayon, pencil, and silverpoint. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $505, Non-Credit $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Anatomical Drawing
May 29 - June 26, 2014 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Understand human anatomy through focused study, and use this information for pencil and charcoal figure drawings. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. This course includes both lecture and work from the life model. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting
May 29 - June 26, 2014 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully - a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Populate Your Watercolor Landscape
May 30-31, 2014 (9 AM - 4:30 PM) — Learn how to draw and paint simple human figures to add life to your landscape, beachscape or cityscape paintings. Claudia will show you how to get past the fear while you practice creating the human figure in quick and care free brush strokes. In this beginner class, see how easy it can be to draw realistic people in the proper proportion and perspective to meet the needs of your painting. This fun watercolor workshop will conclude with the creation of a simple populated beachscape painting. Visit website


Location: Sandy, OR
Instructor: Claudia Nice
Sponsor: Brightwood Studio
Cost: $235
Email: Claudia Nice
Phone: 503-622-3060

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Life Drawing and Painting
May 31 - June 28, 2014 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — Approach drawing and painting the figure in a creative and personal manner, while developing the fundamentals of both disciplines. Topics to be covered include anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. Suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidwilsonlives.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting
May 31, 2014 (9am-4pm with 1-hour lunch break) — Join Paolo Chiezzi for an emotional walk through a 7 points checklist to paint realistic eyes, nose and mouth. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Paolo Chiezzi, www.florartstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $150 + $30 model fee (total $180)
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Elementary Figure Drawing and Painting
June 2-30, 2014 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — This structured approach to drawing and painting the figure from life includes topics such as anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. This class is excellent for those interested in developing their painting and drawing portfolio. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
June 2-6, 2014 — During this workshop you will focus on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition. You will go beyond illustration and find your own signature style! Through versatile projects and extended experimentation you will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, size, shape and cropping impact, pigment maintenance, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change your mind. Each day will begin with a demo pertaining to the days project such as: exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way, focus on a single figure with an obscure background, and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Drawing Hands and Feet
June 7, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Novice and experienced artists alike struggle with the realistic rendering of hands and feet, elements that add credibility and expressiveness to figure and portrait drawings. Learn to translate these complicated forms from simple planar construction to complex, intricate drawings. Students will explore this subject through various materials and gain inspiration from master and contemporary drawings. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neil di Sabato
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 7-14, 2014 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to a maximum of 8 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,295 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 6 78 85 22 82

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Loosen Up! Techniques of Nikolai Fechin in Oil or Pastel
June 9-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Nikolai Fechin was a master of suggestion, whose work continues to influence the work of great artists. With Fechin's work as the example, create powerful paintings through suggestion. Learn to apply sparkling color, avoid unpleasant detail, obtain masterful edge control, simplify color harmony, and turn the form with color temperature. Bill discusses Fechin's techniques as he paints from a live model. Demonstrating in both oil and pastel, he completes a head study, as well as several "mini-demos" that involve painting features of the face and other details. Engage in exercises that include copying a painting by Fechin, as well as incorporating Fechin's techniques into your work as you paint from the live model. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bill Schneider, SchneiderArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $450 + model fee, Non-Members: $475 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Sculpting in Alabaster
June 9-13, 2014 — Through demonstration and one-on-one attention this workshop will guide you to completing an alabaster stone sculpture. The workshop will be appropriate for professional artists as well as beginners. Subject matter could be a bust, animal, still-life, or bas-relief. Quarried alabaster stone, approximately 14" high, will be provided and students will be able to choose the stone appropriate to their theme. If possible, participants should bring their own Dremel tools. They should also bring a block of oil-based clay, approximately 5" X 3" X 3", to use for a maquette. The class will also include some history of stone carving and Native American design influences in stone carving. Safely goggles, masks, gloves and ear plugs will be provided. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Alvin Marshall
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $575
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Painting the Figurative Subject
June 10-13, 2014 — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color, and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color, and edges must be painted relative to one another: not piecemeal." This concept and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. Initially, we will focus on head studies where simplified value and color relationships will be explored. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Figure Collage: A Black & White Workshop (for Adults and Teens)
June 10-13, 2014 (9am-1pm) — This figure workshop class will focus on creativity and freeing yourself to experiment, and to be spontaneous in your approach to drawing from the model. In addition to working directly from the model in a traditional way and drawing to simplify the form, we'll then explore cut or torn paper collage to apply to the work, and we'll go from there. Experimentation will be encouraged, using a variety of media and approaches. The workshop will be fast paced, and will outfit us with many ways to push our figurative work, with or without a live model, once back in our own studios. Some drawing experience is desirable. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Lucy Barber, www.lucybarber.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $245
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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The Figure in Clay
June 12-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpting the figure while working from a live model. Using a self-hardening clay, choose to sculpt a head, torso or full figure. Robin discusses topics such as human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportions, pose, and gesture. Your hands-on practice provides experience with building techniques, problem solving, developing observational skills, creating an internal armature, and more. Robin explores both traditional and non-traditional finishing techniques that can be used to creatively finish your sculpture. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Robin Power, RobinPower.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + model fee, Non-Members: $375 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Sketching and Drawing Workshop
June 16-23, 2014 — During this urban sketching course, we will explore the unique ancient urban scenes of a truly authentic part of Italy. The unspoilt historic character of the surrounding towns and cities gives the observant visitor the impression that here time stands still. Many of the traditions of days gone by are still ever present in the daily life of the Marchesian population. Life here happens in slow motion and you will be able to step out of time and observe and capture. Our drawings will tell the story of our ancient surroundings and capture the spirit of it's time and space. Visit website


Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: 2,050 USD single w/bath all inclusive
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: (0039) 3349034401

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Quick Capture
June 16-20, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Need a crash course in value and shape? This dynamic workshop will teach you to rapidly capture gesture, light, and form. Discover how to paint quickly and accurately concentrating on the "process". We will have models each day and paint numerous studies practicing techniques for achieving a spontaneous, yet controlled approach. A working palette will be developed simplifying the comparison of color and value, an essential part of picture making. Kim's Gold Medal artwork has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Artists Magazine, and in the book Figure Drawing Workshop by Carole Katchen. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $755 (includes model fees)
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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The Romantic Image
June 16-20, 2014 (9am-4pm) — In this intensive workshop, students explore their emotions and the many beautiful possibilities of creating stunning portraits, sensual figure images and the grace of the human form in motion. Participants examine their passion with photography to be the visual voice for stories left behind, as we understand that all good photographs are self-portraits. We will learn about incorporating fabric and props into the image, the mysterious qualities of water, finding movement within the frame and seeing the moment. This workshop demonstrates combining natural light with reflectors and how the use of infrared (film or digital) creates an ethereal mood to finding the beauty within. Working together on location sharing ideas, students discover new ways to convey intention and remember why we are photographic artists. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Opalenik
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $795
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Portrait Painting Basics
June 21-22, 2014 (9am-5pm) — This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations, portrait history and tips on painting children's portraits. Valuable information for all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Intensive Figure Study
June 21, 2014 (10am-4pm with 1-hour lunch break) — The figure Immersion is an exploration of the human form that allows artists at all levels to improve, experiment and sharpen their perceptions and improve their ability to capture motion through gestures. Scott will work individually with each student to improve and expand their knowledge and understanding of the figure through paint. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Scott French, www.scottfrenchstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $150 + $30 model fee ($155 total)
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Frida Style Self Portrait!
June 22-28, 2014 — No art experience needed. Discover your inner "Frida", your exotic exuberant self. Free your creativity enjoy the process! Engage all your creative juices: writing, mediation, collage, painting. Uncover your innate resilience and find new ways to experience life’s beauty! Get in touch with inner wisdom and expand your imagination. Workshop is offered in the beautiful San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Also called "The Heart of Mexico". This little colonial town with big personality is a Heaven for painters, writers and photographers. Enjoy the bright colors of Mexico, the architecture, shopping and food. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allend, Mexico
Instructor: CristianaMarinescu painter art therapist
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: Starts at $990.00 double, $1200 single
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Expressive Figure Drawing
June 23-27, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Learn to draw the human figure using traditional and contemporary approaches, including techniques of chiaroscuro, cross-hatching and basic color theory. Become familiar with charcoal, graphite, and pastel, and begin to develop a personal visual language. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Figure in the Landscape
June 23-27, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — Give life to your landscapes. Figures accent a painting unlike anything else. Don will teach you how to capture man's relationship or contrast to nature and the environment. He will show you how to paint believable figures with lessons on figure construction and the variety of ways to use the human form as an accent, point of interest or dominant character. Don is a signature member of the AWS. He is the author of Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor, Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, Short Stories of a Traveling Artist. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $625
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Beginning Photography: People and Places of the Apostle Islands
June 23-27, 2014 — Spend a fun filled and adventurous week on Madeline Island learning from internationally acclaimed photographer, and social media maven, Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. Improve your photography skills and move from auto mode to manual, all while learning about the beauty, artisans, craftspeople, and history of the Apostle Islands region. You'll spend the first 3 days exploring the Island and documenting its people and places, while at the same time learning about your camera. The last two days concentrate on digital workflow, light editing, and private one on one learning sessions with Hannah. Every day will be filled with fun in a supportive learning environment. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Color Boot Camp: Discover A New Way of Seeing Color
June 23-27, 2014 — This workshop is an introduction to a way of painting outdoor light; capturing the time of day, the type of day, and learning to discern and express the subtle differences in the light keys of nature. Monday and Tuesday will be devoted to outdoor still life, which will prepare you to tackle the landscape. On Wednesday and Thursday you will be on location painting landscape studies. You will explore the structure of the landscape, and on Friday you'll work from the figure and still life. You will concentrate on the development of strong starts, with a focus on expressing the big masses, light key and aerial perspective with accurate color relationships. Camille will demo twice each day. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Camille Przewodek
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $700
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Teen Studios: Exploring Figure Drawing (for students entering 9th-12th grades)
June 23-27, 2014 (1-4pm) — This classical drawing course develops the student's figure drawing skills through the study of proportion, anatomy, gesture, figure/space relationship, value and line quality. Students will explore various techniques and materials drawing from the live (clothed) model. Experiment with different drawing materials and creative approaches in this high-energy class. A must have for future animators! Prerequisite: Drawing I (see class offered June 16-20) or Concept Sketching (see class offered June 16-20), or equivalent. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Kevin Costello, www.kevincostelloart.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $210
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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Expressive Figure Drawing
June 26-28, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Figure drawing is more fun and less difficult if you've got the right tools. Work from a live model using the finest European drawing and painting materials provided to the class by Savoire Faire. Gain observational skills and develop eye-hand coordination as you learn to draw the figure with courage, freshness, and freedom. Use multiple media - including bamboo pens, acrylic gouaches, and conte crayons - in your drawings. Learn accessible and expressive ways to draw the figure. Bill demonstrates mixed media techniques using a wide range of materials. He provides ample time at your workspace to guide and promote your progress. Bill encourages you to learn a lot and have a fun time in his workshop. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Bill Buchman, FigureDrawing.org
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425 + model fee, Non-Members: $450 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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3-Day Painting with Movement
June 27-30, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — Bringing a painting to life with a sense of movement. Movement is one of the key factors that brings a work of art to life yet it is a challenging quality to achieve in a finished painting. The standard approach to understanding movement in the live model is the practice of gesture drawing, but the action so easily captured in a quick gesture drawing is often lost when we attempt to render the figure in greater detail. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Christopher Pugliese
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $395
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
July 5-12, 2014 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to a maximum of 8 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,295 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 6 78 85 22 82

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Advanced Anatomical Drawing
July 7 - August 4, 2014 (Mondays, 9am-5pm) — This course is for students who have a working knowledge of anatomy and want to improve their skills to an advanced level. Lectures will focus on the skeletal structure, the origins and insertions of muscle, and how they together influence human form. Old master drawings will be analyzed to support lecture content and to aid understanding as to how anatomical knowledge has been used expressively. Students will draw directly from the skeleton as well as from the life model. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Drawing and Sculpture
July 7-11, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Comprehension of gesture is an important compositional principle and is crucial to rendering the human figure in art. Explore the movement and the rhythmic arrangement of forms that constitute gesture through both drawing and sculpture. Students will make short and fast studies in charcoal, brush and ink, palette knife and black paint, and torn paper collage, working towards studies in clay and direct plaster, and explore scale by working in a broad range of sizes. Historical references to understand figure gesture will include classical Greek sculpture, Baroque spiral complexity and Beaux Arts sense of movement. Clay figure sculptures will be fired. Lab fee of $20. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Steve Nocella, www.stevennocella.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting the Figure Alla Prima
July 7-10, 2014 — This class will focus on painting the figure Alla Prima "wet into wet". The object of this workshop is to advance your skills in the direct application of painting wet on wet method. There will be a preliminary demonstration, then students will have the opportunity to work directly from a live model each day applying the basics of color relationships to create a bold response to their subjects in cool and warm light conditions. Artists of all levels are welcome. Henry has taught drawing and painting for the past 18 years in numerous colleges, privately owned schools and national workshops and has exhibited his work all over the U.S. as well as in the United States Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Henry Stinson
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Transparent Watercolor: Portraits & People
July 7-11, 2014 — During this workshop, award winning watercolorist, Fealing Lin will teach you how to relax and enjoy the process of painting, as you discover the spontaneity and uniqueness of watercolor. Each day, there will be daily lecture, exercise and demo. You will learn how value and temperature change when planes of the face change, as well as how to use transparent glazing to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. By balancing colors and weaving lights and darks, you will achieve painterly and successful paintings. Fealing will provide individual assistance for you as well as constructive critique for your work. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Portrait Study: Two and Three-Dimensional
July 8 - August 5, 2014 (Tuesdays, 9am-5pm) — Each day of this course addresses the portrait subject through drawing and sculpture. The morning session will focus on creating a portrait head in clay, developing it from deep geometric structure to surface form. The afternoon will be devoted to drawing the portrait, informed by the exploration of its three-dimensional form. Students will work from two models for the entire class (a.m & p.m.). All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Extended Pose
July 9 - August 6, 2014 (Wednesdays, 9am-5pm) — Draw or paint the figure from a life model in a single pose for the entire course. Work with the instructor to tailor exercises that address individual interests including the development of one large image or several smaller studies. Instruction will focus on two-dimensional linear accuracy, three-dimensional volumetric integrity, clarity of space, and color analysis specific to the human form. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Renee P. Foulks
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Painting
July 10 - August 7, 2014 (Thursdays, 9am-5pm) — Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully - a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Portrait in Clay
July 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The portrait is one of the most intimate traditional subjects for artists - look into a person's eyes and you see their heart. To create, from clay, the human face, requires skill, patience, and focused determination. All assisted by a sense of humor. As a student of master sculpture Mustafa Naguib, Doug often heard, "I can't teach you art; I can only teach you technique. You already have art in your heart." Doug brings this same sensibility to his workshops - teaching both the techniques and poetry of sculpting the human form. Working from a live model, each student will create a life-size portrait in clay. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Doug Freeman, FreemanStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Life Drawing
July 11 - August 8, 2014 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — Advance your drawings of the human figure through strengthened awareness of anatomical structure and potential for visual impact. Study anatomy and muscular structure to boost your understanding of the underlying forms, while learning to incorporate a variety of materials and approaches to create more expressive drawings. Contemporary and historic images will serve as examples and inspiration to produce more individual drawings. Open to all levels. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neil di Sabato
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting Techniques of the Old Masters
July 11 - August 8, 2014 (Fridays, 9am-5pm) — This course will highlight how the powerful work of the masters remains relevant today. Examine select great works to discover how major artists of the past approached specific visual problems. Instruction will cover Goya's expressive organization of light and dark, the complex color of Titian, the dynamic compositions of Poussin and Degas, the powerful figure drawing of Michelangelo, and the expressive light of Leonardo and Vermeer. Learn to integrate these master techniques into your own paintings of figure and portrait models in visually rich settings. All levels of experience welcome. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia, norciaportraits.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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"Painting Children in Watercolor"
July 12-13, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Portraits and figures in watercolor, either from the model or from photographs that students bring or from the instructor's collection will be the focus of this workshop by renowned watercolor artist Janet Rogers. She is well known for her sensitive portraits of women and children. Through a series of painting and drawing exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach, giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. Join the class when Janet returns to Charlotte for another great workshop! Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $200.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Life Drawing and Painting
July 13 - August 10, 2014 (Sundays, 9am-5pm) — Draw and paint the figure in a creative and personal manner, while developing the fundamentals of both disciplines. Topics to be covered include anatomy, drawing methods, gesture, figure structure, palettes, and basic figure painting methods. Suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, www.kaplanpicturemaker.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Adapting to Outdoor Lighting in Portraiture
July 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Attention to light is the skill that separates the professional photographer from the amateur. Learn how to choose the best available light, position your subjects correctly, add reflected light, use fill light with an LED fill or off-camera flash, and subtract light from a scene. Adapt to any lighting situation to produce high quality images and create effects like a dreamy haze or a dramatic sunflare. Kasey uses the genre of portraiture to teach you how to light your subject properly, avoiding common lighting pitfalls such as overexposed skin, harsh shadows, and unflattering skin tones. Learn to select or customize white balances for accurate color, as well as choose the correct aperature for your image. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kasey Hembel, PMPSPhotography.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $325, Non-Members: $350
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Portraits Workshop in Oil
July 14-19, 2014 — The first three days will be taught by Susan, she will focus on painting the portrait with an emphasis on drawing and value. Each morning she will show the class oil paintings from masters that inspire her; she will discuss why these paintings capture our attention and how we can learn from them. After seeing some of the paintings from Master artists, she will demo each morning for two hours. In the afternoon, the class will work from a live model. The last three days, taught by Scott, will focus on how to create a pleasing composition of the model in a scene. Each morning, Scott will demonstrate a different approach to painting a model, focusing on portrait and head and hands. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $1000
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Watercolor Portraits
July 14-18, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Email: Sue Manley
Phone: (541) 408-5524

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Figurative Sculpture in Clay
July 17-19, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Use basic hand building techniques to create a narrative ceramic sculpture. Build your own small scale, figurative sculpture as you work from photographs. All levels of experience welcome. Melissa brings a wealth of information and experience as she guides you, step-by-step, to create a clay bust or small figurative sculpture. Besides demonstrating han-building techniques, Melissa discusses topics such as: idea generation, basic human anatomy, and surface decoration. Students may take their work home at the end of class and have it fired at a local studio, or leave their sculptures and have them fired at Peninsula School of Art for a fee. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Melissa Gohman, MelissaGohman.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + materials fee, Non-Members: $375 + materials fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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France, Lavender, the Carmarque and Van Gogh
July 17-25, 2014 — The Lavender is in bloom, The Carmarque horses are still running free. Arles, France, the place selected by a youthful Van Gogh over 100 years ago, enamored by all of the beauty surrounding him is inviting you to visit. Travel down that historic path with us, immersing ourselves in what he saw, creating all the while through photographs, paintings or words. Daily you will be given the opportunity to explore villages and countryside that have inspired artists from around the world. Quiet, countryside accommodations, private en-suite room, stated meals, transfers and painting en plein aire with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver included. She will be your host and will guide you on this amazing journey. Visit website


Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Artists, Writers and Explorer Excursions
Cost: $3,250
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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3-Day How to Sculpt the Human Head
July 18-20, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — Student will learn how to sculpt a head using a live model. All process from the initial blocking features of the face and finalization. The whole process will be covered during the workshop. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Alex Oliver
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $495
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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3-Day Rethinking the Figure
July 18-20, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — This intensive figure drawing workshop will address the method of drawing as practiced by the Repin Academy of Arts. The focus will be on exploring how the knowledge of anatomy, form and movement influence how we perceive the figure. In this class the students will be studying the human form as a set of interconnected anatomical elements, which should allow for a greater freedom in prioritizing the most important elements of the drawing while leaving the rest understated. The class will consist of a long pose figure drawing that will span the full length of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Iliya Mirochnik
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $395
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Figure Workshop: Drawing, Painting, Collage and Relief
July 20-26, 2014 (Monday-Friday, 9:15 am-12:15 pm) — In this unique figure workshop we will take a fresh and creative approach by focusing on subjectivity - where the artist is encouraged to explore the subject from his or her own unique perspective. To accomplish this, the focus will be on exploring a combination of ways to work with the model that will steer us away from rendering, toward the more thrilling approach of composing and, closer to the excitement of reality. We will create using a variety of methods: drawing, painting with acrylic, collages with cut color paper, and relief sculptures. The workshop will be fast paced, and will outfit us with many ways to push our figurative work, with or without a live model. Visit website


Location: Little Switzerland, NC
Instructor: Joseph Loccisano
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $425 (Model Fee included) + lodging fees
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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The Art of the Figure
July 21-25, 2014 — With frequent demos, hands-on instruction and working from the live model, students will be covering the many aspects of painting the figure and portrait in the intimate interior setting. Focusing on the essential building blocks of art (shape, value, color, edge and drawing) students will learn how to confidently and systematically approach the complexities of the most difficult yet rewarding of all subjects...the human form. Weather permitting I would also like to work with the figure in an outdoor setting. I typically work with draped and undraped poses. I like to include some anatomy lessons as we work with the figure. Flesh tones are something that students always want to know more about, so the undraped figure is great for that. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Bryce Liston, www.listonart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $600
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting I for High School Students: Still Life and Portrait
July 21-25, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Develop your painting skills through direct observation using the still life and portrait model. Explore the fundamentals of painting including the use of painting materials and mixing color. The class will visit the PAFA Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art to view masterworks. Prerequisite: Drawing for High School Students (July 7-11, 2014) or prior basic drawing experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidwilsonlives.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Teen Studios: Exploring Figure Drawing (for students entering 9th-12th grades)
July 21-25, 2014 (1-4pm) — This classical drawing course develops the student's figure drawing skills through the study of proportion, anatomy, gesture, figure/space relationship, value and line quality. Students will explore various techniques and materials drawing from the live (clothed) model. Experiment with different drawing materials and creative approaches in this high-energy class. A must have for future animators! Prerequisite: Drawing I (see class offered June 16-20) or Concept Sketching (see class offered June 16-20), or equivalent. Visit website


Location: Sarasota, FL
Instructor: Kevin Costello, www.kevincostelloart.com
Sponsor: Ringling College of Art and Design
Cost: $210
Email: Diane Zorn
Phone: 941-955-8862

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People at the Beach, On the Boardwalk & In the Cityscapes
July 25-27, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Many artists hesitate to add figures to their work, as it is not an easy thing to do. Michele teaches you how to add the figure in a natural, fluid way, simplify the subject, and break it down into basic shapes. You will learn how the light falls onto the subject and affects the colors and values in a landscape. Michele will help you streamline your technique and see in a new way that will greatly enhance your painting skills. There will be a short demo each morning and then students will work on their own paintings with Michele's expert advice. Michele will be working in Water Mixable oils, but students may use standard oils if they prefer. Visit website


Location: Newport Beach, CA
Instructor: Michele Byrne
Sponsor: Debra Huse Gallery
Cost: $400
Email: Debra Huse Gallery
Phone: 949.723.6171

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Portrait in Pastels
July 26-27, 2014 (9am-5pm) — The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering as well as color mixing as applied to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques will expand the knowledge of the material. Drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Theodore Xaras
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $195
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting II for High School Students: Figure Painting
July 28 - August 1, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Figure Painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA, and a valuable inclusion in any portfolio. In this intensive course, students will paint the life model from observation in oil paint. Instruction will focus on human anatomy and proportions, as well as paint handling and materials. Demonstrations and discussion will promote students' understanding of the subject matter, with an emphasis on how elements of design work together in a painting. Prerequisite: Painting I for High School Students: Still Life and Portrait (July 21-25, 2014) or prior basic painting experience. Please note: This class will have nude models. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez, www.rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Why the Model?
August 1-3, 2014 (10-4) — How to use the model and not be a slave to it in your art work. Three-hour morning session with the model followed by three-hour session working on drawings and ideas in any media. Bill Flynn received a Diploma from the Museum School, where he also took graduate courses. He was a long time faculty member at the Museum School as well. He has exhibited in Boston and New York and teaches master workshops throughout New England. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Bill Flynn
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center
Cost: $450M $500NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing Ch'i
August 11-15, 2014 (9am-5pm) — Designed for those with drawing experience who desire to improve their drawing skills and elevate their artistic expression. Learn to recognize ch'i, or energy, as you draw the human figure with pencil, charcoal, conté and ink. Begin to sense ch'i, in lines, space, and chiaroscuro; see color in black and white drawing; and understand the effects of changing light, pressure, and media. Achieve a spiritually profound artistic expression through a new understanding of ch'i, soul, and spirit. Includes demonstration, discussion of master artists' drawings and critique. Full- or half-day. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Yasuji Paul Hamanaka, www.myartmuseum.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $595, Non-Credit $475, Non-Credit, Half-Day $315
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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California-Vibe Watercolor Portraiture
August 11-15, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm Friday) — Shake it up with David Lobenberg. Apply watercolor with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes to that portrait you've been waiting to paint or use one of David's outline drawings. Come flood, blossom, and create textures with a style that is about gesture, expressive color, soft transparency and hard opacity. You'll paint several studies with step-by-step demonstrations from painting start to painting finish. David's watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector magazines. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $595
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

Beginner Level

A New Vision: Painting Portraits of Your Loved Ones from Photos
August 14-16, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Learn to create an oil portrait painting. Achieve the basic skills needed to paint faces from photographs. Learn how to apply these skills to different genre, including animals, landscapes and still lifes. Kay will discuss what makes a good composition. She will demonstrate how to plan your painting, create a "grisaille", mix colors, and use various brushstrokes. There will be ample time to practice "seeing" and drawing skills, including how to recognize edges, shape, value and color, and measure for accuracy. At the end of the workshop, you will have a completed portrait created under Kay's direction. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kathleen Eaton, KathleenEatonArt.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Sculpture to Painting: An Anatomical Journey
August 18-23, 2014 — 3 days Ecorche/Sculpture and 3 days using this information for Painting and Drawing. Robert Liberace is equally accomplished in drawing, painting, and sculpture. His work is inspired by the centuries of knowledge, skill, and elegance of the old masters. He works in a variety of mediums including pencil, chalk, pen and ink, watercolor, and oil. Robert received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from George Washington University. Rob is known for his inspiring and informative teaching style. He teaches at The Art League of Virginia and holds workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $1125
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Expressive Flowers, Faces & Figures in Watercolor
August 18-22, 2014 — Some students may want to paint just portraits or just flowers, although the demonstrations and instruction are geared to beginning with painting fresh flowers in the studio and ending with painting the portrait and figure. Through a series of fun painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach - giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait. Many "features" will be covered!! - including children's portraits. We will work with photographs and progress to the model. Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student, as well as provide class instruction and group "show and tell" sessions. Visit website


Location: Bernard, ME
Instructor: Janet Rogers, www.watercolorsbyrogers.com
Sponsor: Acadia Workshop Center
Cost: $595
Email: Gail Ribas
Phone: 207-244-9742

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The Drama of The Figure
August 20-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Kevin Beilfuss, graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and OPA Regional and National award recipient, comes to Atlanta for a five day figure workshop. Lighting, color, symbolism will be explored. Basic figure drawing skills required. In this workshop Kevin will emphasize a more intuitive way to look at drawing and painting. Learning to see 'impressionistically' -the ability to 'suggest', rather than 'render' the subject will be explored. This approach involves many quick drawing and painting exercises from both the nude, and clothed figure, as well as having students work on more finished paintings during the course of the workshop. Demonstrations will be done every morning, followed by students exploring what was taught during the demonstration. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $625 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356


5-Day Figure Painting in Oils
August 20-24, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — This 5-Day workshop will focus on the fundamental principles essential to achieve a convincing three-dimensional representation of the human figure in oils. These principles will be analyzed in a logical sequence of repetitive exercises, beginning with gesture and Block-ins continuing through to a long pose with the opportunity to apply the principles practiced. We will analyze light and its effect on color and the human form. Focus will be on prioritizing the information unique to each stage, then establishing a cohesive balance between the use of abstract movements and shapes with structure and anatomy. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Stephen Early
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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Beginning Figure Drawing
August 21-23, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Draw the human figure from a live model in a relaxed, encouraging environment. Learn to measure for accurate proportion, simplify, overlap, and determine correct perspective as you construct the figure. By thinking of each pose as a puzzle you can solve by using the right tools, figure drawing is not intimidating, but enjoyable and challenging. Begin each session with a half hour of quick, warm-up sketches followed by a long pose. The emphasis is on the figure in general, and depicting the essence of its pose and proportions. Leave the workshop knowing the fundamental tools of figure drawing, as well as a portfolio of drawings to serve as reference for future works. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, StuartFullerton.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $350 + model fee, Non-Members: $375 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Figure from Life
August 25-29, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Working from a live model, learn the basics principles of painting the figure in the landscape from celebrated painter, Dawn Whitelaw. Instruction includes the following: drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. The subject will be a costumed model, but the knowledge offered will be helpful in painting any subject matter. Students with painting and drawing skills, at intermediate level and above, will benefit most from the instruction. Models will be posed both outdoors and in the studio. Dawn will share her knowledge through power point presentations, lectures, demos, and intensive individual instruction at your easel. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, DawnWhitelaw.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $550 + model fee, Non-Members: $575 + model fee
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 6-13, 2014 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to a maximum of 8 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,295 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 6 78 85 22 82

Advanced Level

Beyond Skill
September 9-12, 2014 — There will be a Spanish translator in attendance during the whole course of this 4-day workshop. Golucho was born in Madrid, Spain 1949 and started painting at 12 years old. In 1964 he studied the masterpieces of El Prado and the Palacio del Buen Retiro. In his teens he studied the Impressionists in the Louvre. His works have been exhibited in numerous places like Madrid, Paris, Brussels, Philadelphia and New York. He was a guest artist at the New York Academy. In spring 2009 he started the group La Gallina Ciega, a group of figurative artists located in Spain. Their paintings connect with the flow of new realism and are characterized by the use of textures and psychological characters, you can see this on his website. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Golucho, www.golucho.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $950
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Figure Study with Robert Lemler
September 11-14, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Robert, for over a decade, has, taught drawing and painting in the classical tradition at the Scottsdale Artists' School and is represented by the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale. Swiftly reproducing emotion and beauty of a moment with a direct, naturalistic approach with an intense interplay of light, form, and color are hallmarks that give his paintings a unique luminosity and richness. He believes real beauty lies in simplicity; stripping a statement down to its simplest form to make the most impact. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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4-Day Painting From Life and Seeing Form
September 18-21, 2014 (10AM-5PM) — This workshop will focus on painting from life in the traditional Alla Prima manner, painting directly wet on wet. We will block in the larger forms first and then develop the smaller forms in a painterly manner. We will concentrate on seeing the forms of the model in terms of shapes, proportions, values and color and mix our colors to achieve a natural realism. We will observe and paint the relationship of all these elements. Much attention will be given to mixing the paint on the pallet to achieve cool and warm colors for form and spacial design on the canvas. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Max Ginsburg
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695
Email: Holly Olin-Miller
Phone: 818-708-9232

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The Brush and Beyond
September 22-26, 2014 — During this class you will develop your own personal painting style, while emphasizing the importance of developing your own creative approach to image making - with either abstract or representational imagery. You will explore new methods of watermedia application, including texturing and techniques for building of layers of paint. You will also experiment with new tools made from commonly found materials. Demonstrations by Mary Ann and individual discussions with her will help you approach your subject with a fresh eye toward composition and design. Finally, throughout the workshop the business of being an artist, including setting goals and priorities will be discussed. Each participant will discover how to become "inspired" and how to network as an artist. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Mary Ann Beckwith
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $550
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 27 - October 4, 2014 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to a maximum of 8 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,295 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 6 78 85 22 82

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A Brush with Tuscany
September 27 - October 4, 2014 — A Brush with Tuscany, a Landscape and Figure Painting workshop, gives both the plein air and studio painter a week-long opportunity to work in this inspiring region of Italy. Experience the joys of painting with award-winning artist, Eli Cedrone. Enjoy great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas and "la dolce vita". Visit website


Location: Sarteano, Italy
Instructor: Eli Cedrone
Sponsor: Tuscany: A Journey for the Senses LLC
Cost: $2850.
Email: Joan Hill
Phone: 508-255-7907

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Painting People from Photographs: An Approach to Watercolor
September 29 - October 3, 2014 — Though often viewed by many as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life or landscape and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. In his workshop Ted will discuss, with daily demonstrations and one on one interaction with class members, how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in your figure paintings. As he shares with you his approach to the figure and some specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his paintings you will find your paintings taking on a new life and will have great fun in the process. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Advanced Level

Portrait Painting
October 6-9, 2014 — Learn to paint portraits in the Classical Tradition. This 4 day workshop, led by artist David Gray, will give you the process on painting light and shadow, eye-catching detail and contemporary subjects in a classical approach. David's approach and tonal paintings are unique. His work reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the classical tradition in its craftsmanship. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Finding Your Style & Creativity
October 6-10, 2014 — This workshop is for photographers of any level who would like to develop more meaning in their photographs. Having a unique vision and making meaningful images is what develops creativity. In this workshop, Eileen will help you identify individual style and will teach you techniques for making creative photographs. You will accomplish this in three ways; finding creative subjects and perspectives, editing and processing your images to allow your creative voice to be heard, and constructive critiques. Throughout the week you will photograph beautiful Madeline Island, learn about historical photographers and their creative paths and learn techniques in software to draw the eye through the photograph to truly make the image sing. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Eileen Rafferty
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Anne Leafblad
Phone: 715.747.2054

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Seeing and Painting as an Artist
October 6-8, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Learn from an established colorist in this special workshop made up of three different classes! Each day will be devoted to a creating a different type of painting. On the first day you will paint from a still life setup. On the second day, you will paint from a landscape photograph. On the third day, you will paint from a live model. Visit website


Location: Springfield, OR
Instructor: Sarkis Antikajian
Sponsor: Emerald Art Center
Cost: $325
Email: Paula Goodbar
Phone: 541-726-8595

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Drawing and Painting the Figure: Alla Prima
October 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this class will be on drawing the figure (day 1) and Alla Prima oil painting and the various techniques used to create a fresh, spontaneous response to your subject matter while the paint is still wet. Students will work by applying paint in large tonal patches and refining/ adding details as they move along. This class will be helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely, use brush strokes economically and take advantage of the inherent beauty of wet oil paint. All levels welcome. David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA). His work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Thailand Painting Holidays
October 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015 — Art on the banks of the Mekong River in NE Thailand. Individual tuition in painting, drawing and photography combined with visits to Thai villages and markets to experience the unique Thai culture. Professional artist Jeremy Holton and his Thai wife Waree have a small luxury guest house away from the tourists where everything is provided for up to four guests. Visit website


Location: Phon Phisai, Thailand
Instructor: Jeremy Holton
Sponsor: Thailand Painting Holidays
Cost: $110 USD per day
Email: Jeremy Holton
Phone: 618 6394 1592

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"Going Beyond a Likeness"
October 17-19, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This class is designed for students who want to take their figure paintings and portraits to a more creative level by incorporating storytelling, design & composition, and color harmony. Topics we will cover: Creating a personal work of art vs. creating a likeness; Learn the rules before breaking them; Being prepared is not just for boy scouts; Value studies and thumbnail sketches; Creating harmony with color studies; Putting it all together in a creative, fine art painting. Visit website


Location: Charlotte, NC
Instructor: Peggi Habets
Sponsor: Nancy Couick Studios & Gallery
Cost: $325.00
Email: Nancy Couick
Phone: 704-541-6944

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 18-25, 2014 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to a maximum of 8 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,295 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 6 78 85 22 82

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Environmental Portraiture
October 20-24, 2014 (9am-4pm) — If you would like to be able to make portraits in any environment, using existing light only, in a minimum amount of time and with predictable results, this is the course for you. Kurt will outline a logical way to deal with light quality, direction, and a systematic approach to exposure determination. Placing your subject in their environment in terms of the light and geometry combinations available and making them comfortable throughout the experience will be our focus. There will be thorough critiques and discussions of your personal portfolios and visual answers to ongoing assignments. You should be a serious amateur or professional that has a few years of experience in order to benefit the most from this course. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kurt Edward Fishback
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $595
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Realistic Watercolor Portraits
October 21-24, 2014 (9 am - 4 pm) — Realistic Watercolor Portraits: How to Paint a Variety of Ages and Skin Tones. Learn to paint a variety of likenesses. Realistic Watercolor Portraits contains the information on how to address and overcome the many variables to consider when painting people. Visit website


Location: Plantation/Ft Lauderdale, FL
Instructor: Suzanna Winton
Sponsor: Plantation Art Guild
Cost: $340 members / $375 non-members
Email: Karen Braverman
Phone: 954-473-0497

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Painting the Self Portrait
October 22-25, 2014 — Alla prima is a painting done in one sitting while the paint is still wet. It leaves the surface looking its freshest, yet also is the most challenging because it forces the artist to complete the work within a much shorter time frame. Within this four day workshop we will spend time with and explore each stage of an alla prima portrait painting and the correlating principles that go along with each stage. Students will begin with grisialle, progress to a simplified value range of flesh tones, then add color. The final stage is a 'long pose' all prima painting where the student has a full day to build a portrait through all its stages while the paint is still wet. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Kerry Dunn
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Advanced Level

Watercolor Still Life, Portrait and Figure
November 3-7, 2014 (9am - 4pm Mon - Thu, 9am - 3pm Fri) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: Portland, OR
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Advanced Level

Watercolor Portraits
November 4-7, 2014 (9 am-4 pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall's workshop is designed to give you the tools and techniques, as well as the confidence and the inspiration, to enjoy painting people. Topics include photographic reference, as well as how to edit, interpret and compose from a photo. There will be lectures, daily demonstrations, and individual instruction, designed to help you find new enthusiasm for painting people in watercolor. He was also the featured and cover artist for the February 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine as well as a featured artist in the French publication Pratique Des Arts in 2013. Visit his website: tednuttall.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $575 Museum members/$600 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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The Figure and Portrait in Oil
November 5-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of direct painting from a live model. We will discuss various starting techniques, as well as color studies, value schemes, and the preliminary work involved in starting a painting. The first part of the workshop will focus on the portrait; the second part will focus on the figure and setting up a scene. There will be daily instructor demonstrations and critiques. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Aaron Westerberg, www.westerberg-fineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $625 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Portraiture in Egg Tempera
November 10-14, 2014 (10 - 5 on the first day, then 9-4 with a one hour lunch) — Egg tempera painting is becoming increasingly popular with artists today. Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing. Thus, egg tempera is an ideal medium for rendering the human face. In this workshop you will learn every step of how to develop a portrait in egg tempera, with ongoing individual instruction and critiques. Schadler explains the traditional Old Master palette used to develop flesh tones. She will also work on a painting of her own, so you can see firsthand how she develops her egg tempera portraits. Students also learn how to light and pose a model to create visually strong photographs that already look like beautifully designed paintings. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Koo Schadler, www.kooschadler.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600 + $60 Materials fee
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Acrylic Painting Workshop with Donna Zagotta
February 14-20, 2015 — Join us in the tropical paradise of Puerto Vallarta, located on the west coast of Mexico. It's situated on the same parallel as the Hawaiian Islands, which gives it excellent temperatures in February! Our hotel, with its beautiful colonial architecture, has one of the best beaches of the tourist area, with everything you need for ocean water sports plus 3 swimming pools. There is also a lovely spa massage area with reasonable prices. It has one of the best breakfast buffets we've ever seen and lovely restaurants in and around hotel. Facing an unbelievable blue sea, sunsets are fabulous from this location. The charming downtown has fun restaurants, lots of art galleries and boutiques and a river-front area full of arts and crafts. Visit website


Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Donna Zagotta, www.donnazagotta.com
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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In the Footsteps of Sargent
May 16-23, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Picture yourself painting and touring the Venetian landscape and painting side-by-side with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of painting the portrait, figure and more, planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore Venice and Burano, visit the local fish market, take a Gondola ride and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $3495
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Mary Whyte and the Inside Passage
June 8-15, 2015 (See Itinerary) — Join us for an unforgettable week as we cruise Alaska's Inside Passage with Mary Whyte. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of still life, landscape and portrait in watercolor with extraordinary views of Alaska as our background. Mary's demonstrations aboard the ship will inspire you for a day of painting from the still life or model, or prepare you for a day of sketching on your own in the picturesque harbor towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Evening gatherings will offer lively discussions, while still offering students ample time to enjoy the ship's many activities and amenities. Mary's work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and more. Visit website


Location: Juneau, AK
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 2-6, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
November 9-13, 2015 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon-Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice "direct painting", using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles is the author of Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets and Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions, and many more. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Visit website


Location: San Antonio, TX
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $895
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Consultation for Artists
Ongoing — Do you need help in making your art come alive? I can help you. I am in my fifth decade of being a full-time artist, and I have taught life drawing, still life, and plein air painting. You email me images of what you are working on. Then once a week, for ten weeks, we have an hour consultation covering your thoughts and feelings, the good points, and what you can do to make your art become more alive. I suggest you visit my website to see my work and contact my assistant. I work with only a few people. Please submit some images of your work. To successful art making! Visit website


Location: Idyllwild, CA
Instructor: Michael Newberry
Cost: $500
Email: Valerie Laughton
Phone: 626-712-6284


Online | Nathan Fowkes Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal | Self-Study
Online - 9 week class — This 9-week online self-study course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Nathan will take you step by step through the practical application of: Emphasizing the structure and planes of the head; Clearly rendering the values of light and shadow; Designing edges, create likeness and composition; Numerous drawing techniques, materials and approaches. Students Receive: 9 Lectures/Slideshows, 9 Demonstrations, A library of other student critiques, Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills, Free 3-month subscription to OnlineLifeDrawing.com. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Holly-Olin Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Online - Drawing The Potrait in Charcoal with Nathan Fowkes
Online — In this 2 1/2 hour full demonstration, renowned artist and veteran teacher Nathan Fowkes takes you through the entire process of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Nathan includes tips and techniques to make the challenge of portrait drawing accessible to all serious students. The HD video is extremely large (4.5 GB). You might experience a certain amount of buffering since running an HD 2 1/2 hour video will take most of your computer power, especially if you do not have up-to-date software, equipment and a fast connection. To play this video, we are providing you with the download of a custom player that is compatible with Window and Mac users. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts
Cost: $59
Email: Holly-Olin Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Online | Rey Bustos 3D Anatomy - Ecorché | Self-Study
Online - 10 week course — Rey Bustos is one of the leading artistic anatomists in the country today! He is known for his lively and passionate lectures. This 10-Week course was pre-recorded at LAAFA with Rey lecturing to the students enrolled in his 3D Anatomy-Ecorché class. This course is shot with multiple cameras in high definition full 1080p HD. This is an intense, hands-on approach to learning the body - a necessity for any artist concerned with learning accurate anatomical representation. You will receive 10-Weeks of lectures and demonstrations, 10 Master Drawing and bonus lectures, plus a 3-month subscription to OnlineLifeDrawing.com which allows you to receive visual references from any figurative image in 360-degree angles, with just the click of a mouse (A $50 Value). Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Holly-Olin Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Drawing Academy - How to Draw Video Course
ongoing (24/7) — The Drawing Academy is an online Drawing Course and Art Community, where you can learn how to draw using traditional drawing technique. The Academy was founded and is lead by professional fine artists and art teachers. The Drawing Academy Offers: 45 'How to Draw' Video Lessons - three-month curriculum; Multiple Bonus Videos, Art Albums and Books; Lifetime Membership; Diploma of Excellence in your name; Unlimited personal support by Academy tutors; Connection with the Drawing Academy Art Community; Questions Answered Directly by your tutors; Student Gallery; Artwork Critique by the Academy Tutors; Art Competitions. Flexible payment plans. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vladimir London and Natalie Richy
Sponsor: Drawing Academy
Cost: $257
Email: Vladimir London

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The Roaming Studio Super Sampler One-on-One Art Course
Online — Offers ten one-on-one, 90-minute private lessons online teaching all subjects (flora, fauna, still life, faces, figures and landscapes) and using all mediums (pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylic oil and watercolor). Learn what you love to do by dipping into all art subjects and experimenting with different art supplies. All levels welcome! Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Leah Kohlenberg
Sponsor: The Roaming Studio
Cost: $500/$625 if art supplies are included
Email: Leah Kohlenberg
Phone: 347-251-1984

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