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Representational Watercolor Intensive, Studio and Plein Air
January 3-10, 2015 (all day) — You can expect an incredible week of serious painting, study and fun in a charming fishing village and other exotic locals along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico, with award wining artist - workshop leader Stan Miller! If you are interested in building the skills and learning the techniques of this award winning artist then this workshop is for you. Stan generously shares his knowledge, wisdom and expertise through a variety of exercises, demos, lectures and critiques. Immerse yourself in the joys of authentic Mexican village life at one of the most beautiful and arts oriented locales in Latin America, Casa de los Artistas, in the safe and serene village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Visit website


Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Stan Miller
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studi
Cost: $1,895. - $1,995.
Email: Robert Masla
Phone: 413-625-8382

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Weekend Warrior, Figure Workshops
January 3-4, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796


Exploring Portaiture
January 5, 2015 (10 Mondays 10AM-3:30PM, with 1/2 hour break) — This class will focus on life painting and drawing methods to explore and understand the gesture, expression and structure of the human form. Students will have the option to work either in oil or charcoal, with a strong emphasis put on composition. Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students will be taught the principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. In this intensive observation, students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the foundational technical elements of drawing and painting, as well as the artist's analysis and interpretation. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Daniel Bilmes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $629.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level

The Nude Figure: Drawing and Painting
January 5 - February 9, 2015 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of the renowned Art Center 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 nude figure. We will draw and paint the figure from life. Any additional model fees will be paid to the instructor the first day of class in cash. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356


Alla Prima Painting Master Studies
January 5, 2015 (10 Mondays, 7PM-10PM) — In this class, we will study old masters and learn all important questions they went through. Tonal solution of the composition, composing details, color balance, figure construction, and a lot more. Art was developed through the centuries, just like scions, and we should always learn from them. To understand and progress more in your art. We will learn from masters like Sargent, Zorn, Repin, Bouguereau, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, etc Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Vadim Zang
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level

Portrait Painting Class with Jason Espey Using Incammanati Approach
January 5 - February 9, 2015 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Jason Espey
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $235
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Painting People from Photographs
January 5-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted's daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting - plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. Significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for their art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


Life Drawing
January 6, 2015 (10 Tuesdays, 7PM-10PM) — In this Life Drawing class students will learn a simple and effective approach for drawing the human figure. Beginning with an exploration of gesture, volumetric drawing and light theory, we will address a different aspect of the figure each week, discussing major anatomical forms and structural considerations. Class will consist of lectures/demonstrations and individual critiques. Students in Life Drawing may also learn about Life Drawing for Animation. Students will integrate the figure into compositional settings while continuing to study the figure itself and study the figure's role in narrative storytelling. Students will develop drawings that serve as the planning stages of more ambitious drawing or painting projects. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ramon Hurtado
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Constructing Dynamic Poses
January 7, 2015 (10 Wednesdays, 10AM-1PM) — It is impossible for a model to hold many poses of a dynamic nature for long periods of time. This unique class will present a strategy for approaching life studies of the figure with the goal of combining multiple studies into a single dynamic pose. Starting with gesture drawing and quick sketches, poses will be studied for their rhythm, motion, underlying structure, and emotional power. After a pose has been selected, long studies will be made of various parts of the body in isolation where light, form, and anatomical features are captured in detail. In the last portion of the class these will be combined to inform the original gesture, resulting in a finished rendering of the figure. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Carl Dobsky
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $529.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Understanding the Figure (Nude)
January 9, 2015 (10 Fridays, 10AM-3:30PM with 1/2 hour break) — Classes focus on life painting and drawing methods to explore and understand gesture, expression and structure of the human form. Students have the option to work either in oil or charcoal, with emphasis on composition. Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students learn principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. In intensive observation, students explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be on the foundational technical elements of drawing and painting and the artist's analysis and interpretation. Shorter studies followed by considerably longer poses, give students ample time to explore the stages of a finished piece. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Daniel Bilmes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $629.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Long Pose Figure Workshop
January 9, 2015 (10 Fridays, 11AM-3PM) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose figure painting and/or drawing workshop. The nude model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $250.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Street Scenes - Where People Meet People
January 10-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Christie - Irish painter, is a classically trained artist, who prefers to say that she is self taught as it has taken her years of living to develop her constantly evolving art. She has been a professional painter since 1990. Noted for her luscious oil paintings, Christie's success started in her native Ireland and has spread world-wide, with her works included in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of South Africa. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lorraine Christie
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356


Long Pose Costumed Workshop
January 11, 2015 (10 Sundays, 11AM-3PM) — This is an open and uninstructed long-pose costumed painting and/or drawing workshop. The costumed model will remain in the same pose for the day. There will be a different model and a different pose each week. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $300.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Analytical Figure Drawing
January 11, 2015 (10 Sundays, 10AM-2PM) — This class is a figure drawing class designed for people of all levels. From novice to pro, the need for continued practice is essential in making a more personal figurative drawing. Through thought-out and easily understood exercises, the student will more easily understand the living form of the model. After this class, the student will have the greater facility to create more easily from the imagination and will have greater confidence to edit the living model. Therefore, the student can interpret more poetically what he/she sees and make the drawing or painting more personal as a result. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Rey Bustos
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $579.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Contemporary Russian Colorism
January 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — "Check your work with the rules, but paint what you see." This workshop will show students the best way to paint color using the secrets of Russian Impressionism, with a contemporary feel. Nancy will give you a lecture on the rules of painting to give you a good start. Two days of the workshop will be devoted to still life, and three days to models. Students will learn to paint what they see, and check their work with the rules. There will be a lot of information to give a new perspective on color and painting. You will never look at painting the same way again! Visit website


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

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The Art of the Portrait
January 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — There are many approaches to portrait sculpture. This class is a gestalt approach that employs many theories and techniques. Structure and anatomy will be reviewed but the emphasis will be Learning 'how to see' and assimilate. The final effort will be to attain that which is the most beguiling... 'A psychological presence'. We will work from live models, and also from photos. Students are encouraged to bring photos and or digital images. Eugene Daub is the sculptor of the Rosa Parks sculpture recently unveiled in Statuary Hall in the Capital in Washington DC. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Eugene Daub, www.dfsculpturestudios.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $725 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Figure Painting
January 12-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This intensive five-day workshop is designed for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improving craftsmanship and visual concept. The class will focus on painting from the model as well as studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding visual elements such as design, placement of composition and focal point. Students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment. The instructor will be doing a one day formal demonstration in class, sharing his thoughts and experience throughout the process. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Huihan Liu, www.huihanliuart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In Jeannie's Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she shares many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, using a higher ratio of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change one's mind. Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day's 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. Artists receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire, www.jeanniemcguire.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Painting the Portrait
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it's not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its makers' compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait: creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles. Students paint from a live model each day. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figure Drawing
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will feature both short and long pose charcoal drawings using the figure model. Different techniques, including composition, values, form, line, shape and massing will be introduced and practiced in class. Students will also be encouraged to find their own way of seeking beauty from each pose, and interpret what they find with their personal artistic approach instead of just copying. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Sculpting the Figure
January 19-23, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Vala Ola will take you through the process of creating a figurative sculpture that is suitable for casting in bronze. The clay figure will be one-third life size in a creative pose. The focus will be on anatomy, curves and planes, bone structure, ribcage, contraposto, and face. A day devoted to the head. Special focus on: eyes, lips, hair, and tips on achieving likeness using calipers. Hands and feet will be addressed. Fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Tools to use, how to create textures. Composition, communicating emotion. The final result will be a beautiful anatomically correct figure, compositionally strong, and emotionally engaging. Visit website


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

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Life Painting and Drawing
January 20 - April 14, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9am-12pm) — Explore contemporary and traditional realism in drawing and oil painting. Learn fundamental elements of figure drawing including anatomy, quality of line, tone, composition, design, proportion and space. Students will work from models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses to develop finished paintings. The course includes drawing sessions at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, where students will capture the fluidity and disciplined movement of dancers in motion, and student dancers posing at PAFA. Open to all levels. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figure Drawing: The Dynamics of Motion
January 20 - April 14, 2015 (Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Learning how to draw the posed human form is an essential challenge for every artist. However, drawing what the figure is doing, and how movement and behavior are expressed in graphic terms, is surprisingly within the reach of anyone through the study of basic drawing principles. Discover and build on your innate understanding of drawing and spatial concepts to develop your technical skills and inform your content. Study the methods for depicting motion through examples by drawing masters as you develop your personal calligraphy. Basic drawing experience required. Visit website


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

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Portrait Painting
January 21 - April 15, 2015 (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm) — This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing skin tones and applying paint. Includes demonstrations, insights into the history of portraiture and tips on painting children's portraits. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required. Visit website


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

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Advanced Level

Portrait and Figure Drawing
January 21 - April 15, 2015 (Wednesdays, 9am-12pm) — This course is designed to further develop your portrait drawing skills, while questioning existing notions and definitions of portraiture. Work from costumed and life models with emphasis on composition, expression, rhythm and mark-making in a range of dry materials as well as ink to create richness and clarity. One-on-one and group critiques will be held throughout, as well as discussions of master drawings, past and present. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


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


Atelier at Night
January 21, 2015 (8 Wednesdays, 7PM-10PM) — This program is for those students who want an intensive atelier experience that are unable to commit to a full-time program. Students will be evaluated by Carl Dobsky based on an initial classroom assignment. Each student will be given projects based on their skill level and required to master each skill before moving to the next level. Students should expect to draw and work from master copies, casts and still life. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Carl Dobsky
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level

Tonal Portrait Drawing & Painting
January 22, 2015 (8 Thursdays, 10AM-2:30PM with 1/2 hour break) — Tonal Portrait Drawing and Painting is based on Academy principals. We will begin with basics, such as: Drafting Geometry, Shadows in Perspectives, and Constructive Drawing. Students will learn how to find Tonal Solution of the composition how to balance Negative/Positive space, with editing. In order to learn Direct Painting (Alla Prima), students will combine knowledge of Constructive Drawing and the ability to control overall values, working from midtone to dark and light. Discussion of techniques will also be included. A short demonstration will be held on the first day. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Vadim Zang
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $549.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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Anatomical Drawing
January 22 - April 16, 2015 (Thursdays, 9am-12pm) — Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level

Sargent through the eyes of a Devotee
January 22-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — You will have the opportunity to learn the terminology, methodology, and philosophy of John Singer Sargent and his teacher Carolus Duran. Both had the ability to paint the essence of a portrait in less than an hour, and both sought to capture the effect of light in a methodical way. This class will help guide students to better understand what to really look for in an organized method. After doing an informative lecture, the instructor will demo how to capture the effect of light through massing. Students will also learn about the significance of paint quality, brushwork, edge work, color notations, squinting, glancing, and likeness. Things like fashion, harmony, rhythm and lighting will be discussed to reveal their role in a beautiful composition. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Juan Ramirez Jr.
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $595
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drawing the Human Form with Lothar Speer
January 22-24, 2015 (9am-12pm) — Lothar Speer presents an intensive three-day figure drawing seminar combining gestural quick sketching with short and long poses, and an emphasis on solid anatomy, good proportion and movement. Among his many accolades, Speer was recently commissioned by the City of Chicago to create a portrait of President Obama. Limited to 16 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $150, $100 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level

Basic Drawing & Painting Fundamentals
January 24, 2015 (8 Saturdays, 12PM-3PM) — This class is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of visual perception. Students may choose to draw or paint. Regardless of media, we will cover the most basic aspects of vision: from purely practical considerations to more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges. Using a simple, proven method, students will learn to simplify objects, represent them as two-dimensional shapes and arrange them to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object. Topics include the use and care of materials, types of pencils, brush handling, painting mixing, value organization and simplifying visual observations into manageable 2D shapes. Students will receive personalized instruction and individual projects ranging from cast studies, still life and drawing from the live model. Visit website


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Instructor: Ramon Hurtado
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $449.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Life Drawing II
January 24 - April 18, 2015 (Saturdays, 9am-12pm) — Lectures and drawing demonstrations on proportions, skeletal framework, surface form, and movement of the figure will help you develop the ability to draw the human form with anatomical and spatial accuracy. Designed to advance the skills of students who have studied drawing previously. Visit website


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

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Thailand Painting Holidays
Thru January 24, 2015 (One week unlimited instruction) — Our small arts retreat guest house is in a sleepy Mekong riverside town in rural NE Thailand. We provide a combination of painting /photography tuition and a unique access to Thai rural culture. Off the beaten track safe and friendly. Run by internationally recognised artist and teacher Jeremy Holton with his Thai wife. Visit website


Location: A Phon Phisai, Thailand
Instructor: Jeremy Holton
Sponsor: Thailand Painting Holidays
Cost: From $700 per week
Email: Jeremy Holton
Phone: 66925850243

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Figure and Portrait Modeling
January 24 - April 18, 2015 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This sculpture course introduces the conceptual and practical aspects of modeling the figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Technical procedures discussed will include armature construction, orientation of the armature to the model, clay-modeling (methodology), the specific use of tools, and basic elements of plaster casting. All levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John Horn
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit $625, Non-Credit $495, Lab Fee $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Let's Figure it out - Painting the Model in Oil
January 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The week will be spent painting models set in a variety of settings, moods and poses. Sensitive observation and attention to accuracy will be encouraged but not at the expense of personal expression and "picture making". There will be demonstrations, discussions and drollery. The intent of the class is to inspire, inform and encourage with knowledge, humor and fun. As Harley Brown used to say..."take your art seriously...not yourself". Visit website


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


Portrait Drawing in Charcoal | Critique
January 26, 2015 — This 9-week online critique 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 Personal Video Critiques, 9 Lectures/Slideshows, 9 Demonstrations, A library of other student critiques, Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $995.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

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The Figure as a Point of Departure
January 26 - April 20, 2015 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm) — Work from the human figure as a vehicle for personal expression in clay, drawing media and/or painting with a limited palette. Explore how different media inform your understanding of the subject and each other. Clay modeling, basic drawing/painting techniques and mixed media processes will be covered. The work of historic and contemporary artists who have used the human figure as the basis of their art in a range of media will be addressed, including Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and Kiki Smith. Suitable for students at all levels. Visit website


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

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Drawing and Painting for High School Students
January 31 - April 4, 2015 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing and painting skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work from still life, PAFA's historic cast collection, and human portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, color mixing and paint handling. Note: This class will utilize nude models. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $415
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Sculpture Intensive
February 3-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is an opportunity for artists to sculpt a life-size portrait in clay, working directly from the model. Designed for all levels of ability, Rick Casali's innovative teaching style embraces the French concept of "secret figure" - a knowledge/concept approach to understanding the Portrait. This unique 4 day workshop will consist of daily sculpture demos by Casali covering proportion, pose, geometric planes, and the anatomy of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and the forms of the hair. Thorough measurements of each model will be recorded as a reference. Students will have their choice of a male or female model. Recommended for portrait painters, sculptors, illustrators, and computer animators. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rick Casali, www.rickcasali.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Light and the Figurative Subject
February 3-6, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this class is light and its characteristics of direction, strength and color. A consideration of these characteristics is essential to the successful interpretation of the subject. Working from the model, students will examine the character of natural and artificial light sources. The weak and cool light source offered by the north facing studio skylight is very different from direct sunlight with its strength, and warm color. Students will learn to recognize and interpret the qualities of these very different lighting conditions. We will paint portraits, nude and costumed subjects illuminated by both warm and cool light sources. The principles taught in this class are applicable to all mediums. Be prepared to work hard and have fun! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $500 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
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Intro to Photo Portraiture with Andrew Printer
February 6-27, 2015 (Fridays, 2-5pm) — Take people photography to the next level! After covering camera basics, Hong Kong-born photographer Andrew Printer explores staged and editorial portraiture. Printer's whimsical, colorful photographs - often of nude men in unlikely situations - have been exhibited worldwide, and can be seen throughout the US in museums and permanent collections. Limited to 16 students. Bring a DSLR Camera. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Andrew Printer, www.andrewprinter.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $110 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

The Child Portrait
February 6-8, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this three day workshop Mike will cover methods of posing and modeling the child portrait. He will also cover anatomical differences to look for between adults and youth. The workshop is intended to help you find the issues to avoid, and pointers to help you when painting the child portrait. This class will consist of brief demonstrations in order to exercise the objective and students will work from live children models as reference. There will be plenty of individual attention and critiques throughtout the workshop. You will leave this class with a better understanding of how to approach painting the youth. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Weekend Warrior, Figure Workshops
February 7-8, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sculpting the Figure
February 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop consists of day-to-day instruction and demonstrations in modeling the figure with water-based clay. You will have the opportunity to work with a live model all five days while learning anatomy, proportions, and composition along with being introduced to special sculpting techniques and tools in the making of your figurative sculpture. During this workshop, you will learn two different methods for making a clay figure. One method is making your sculpture with a wire armature and the other method is creating your work of art in the traditional terracotta method using no armature. There will be individual attention given to each student. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ann Rosow-Lucchesi, www.annrosowlucchesi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Pastel Portrait Workshop
February 9-15, 2015 (9:30 am-4:30 pm) — This workshop will take place in a very relaxed environment. All levels are welcome to attend. The instructor, Ellen Eagle, will be present every day and instructions will be focus on each individual need. Visit website


Location: San Diego, CA
Instructor: Ellen Eagle
Cost: $650.00
Email: Vivien Ressler
Phone: 619-807-1218

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting with Emphasis on Color: Still Life and Figure
February 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will emphasize capturing and understanding the variety of lights through color relationship. By doing so the local colors, such as fresh tones, will be eliminated. The same principle applies to all subjects. Still life is always the best subject to learn about color relationships and constructing planes. This knowledge and skill are essential in portraiture, not only to capture the likeness, but the light that will help set up a paintings harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also focus on design and the art of setting up a still life. Students will have the option to work from the live model as well as still life throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Sunny Apinchapong-Yang
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Drink N'Draw: Casual Figure Drawing with Alaina Plowdrey
February 10 - March 24, 2015 (Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm) — It's the perfect Key West art class - with a pencil in one hand, and a drink in the other! Former Artist in Residence (and recent Key West transplant) Alaina Plowdrey leads a relaxed figure drawing class for artists at all levels. For beginners, she'll get you started with basic tips for figure drawing and composition; more advanced artists can glean expert feedback or just work at your own pace. Alaina Plowdrey received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art, in New York City, NY, her BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and AFA from Delta College in University Center, MI. Limited to 16 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $20 per session, $10 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Watercolor & Goauche 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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Portrait Painting Workshop with Al Gury
February 14-15, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Learn all aspects of painting a traditional portrait from Al Gury, Chair of the PAFA Painting Department and author of Alla Prima - A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting, and Color - Its Traditions and Practice in Painting. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing skin tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations, and discussions of the history of portraiture. For all levels of experience. Visit website


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Terracotta Sculpture
February 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will consist of day-to-day instruction in modeling with water-based clay. During the course of this workshop, you will make a portrait, a figure and a bas relief. Students will be introduced to various tools and materials used in terracotta sculpting techniques through basic principles. There will be instructor demonstrations and individual attention. Bruno Lucchesi's is a world-renowned sculptor. His works are part of many museum collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum, and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Washington Museum amongst others. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bruno Lucchesi, www.brunolucchesi.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $995 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Capturing the Essence
February 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This course will focus on capturing the essence of our subject. Students will work from life focusing on painting accurate value and color relationships. Much of the week will be spent doing several quick oil studies from live models with a shorter time restraint to force us into painting only the things that are absolutely necessary to capture the light effect. Michael will be doing several demontstrations and provide individual instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mike Malm, www.michaelmalm.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Southeast
February 18-22, 2015 — After a decade of conferences and fine art exhibits on the West Coast, Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation proudly presents its first Southeast Regional Christian Artists Conference and Workshops February 18 - 22nd at Laguna Beach Retreat Center on the sugary white sand beach in Panama City Beach, Florida. Featuring 4 artist tracks to choose from. Thomas Blackshear - Executing Excellence in Design, Frank Ordaz - Portraiture, Tim Solliday- Plein Air and Randall Hasson Calligraphy/art Journaling. Using the finest technical training by highly respected contemporary master artists a bar is raised and artists of faith enjoy dynamic camaraderie while being equipped to refreshingly and effectively infuse a Biblical worldview with excellence into their piece of the world through fine art. Visit website


Location: Panama City Beach, FL
Instructor: Thomas Blackshear, Frank Ordaz, and more
Sponsor: Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts
Cost: $499. Food and lodging extra
Email: Jeanne Randall
Phone: 541-601-7496

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Broma Sole Artist Residency - Costa Rica
February 20 - March 8, 2015 (17 Days: 2 weeks, 3 weekends) — The Broma Sole Artist Residency is an unequaled all-inclusive drawing & painting experience in Costa Rica. Classes and studio time will be dedicated to having a tropical twist on classical painting-from-life exercises. Do plein air painting in lush tropical gardens, stunning cloud forest views, and picturesque Caribbean beaches, gather gorgeous exotic produce and flowers into still life arrangements, and paint live models against a backdrop of bamboo and palms. Overlooking farmland, river, and mountains on the edge of a village in the Central Valley, Broma Sole will be the space for our studio, meals, and festivities and serve as the springboard for outings. Choose between full immersion stay with local host families or stay at Broma Sole. Deadline: 11/15/14. Visit website


Location: San Rafael de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Instructor: Elody Gyekis
Sponsor: Impresas Visionarios
Cost: $2,800
Email: David Klaue
Phone: 8148800890

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

The Figure in Pastels
February 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this 3-day workshop, Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step pastel painting method. Working with live models, students explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow, and layering color for a translucent effect. If you want to learn about color, if you want to speed up and become less tight in your work, this is the class for you. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Pastel is one of the most misunderstood of all media. Often confused with chalk, which is limestone and dye, pastel is actually dry powdered pigment molded into a crayon shape with binding solution. Pastel is as close as an artist can come to painting with pure color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Margaret Dyer, www.margaretdyer.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — English professes, "Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint." In this workshop, students will concentrate on developing their ability to paint quickly and accurately, a skill that can be useful in many situations. Students will work from models in natural situations (chatting, playing music, walking around, but not strictly "posed") both indoors and outdoors. The goal of this workshop is not to create a finished painting, but numerous very quick, spontaneous, yet controlled studies. Many studies may even be wiped out during the day, as students practice their oil sketching technique. Portable easel required. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Figure in Oil, Inside and Out
February 23-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this intensive three-day workshop students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their paintings of the figure, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges), or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them. Together with Rose, they will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist. Each student's solution will vary as the class learns and discovers as a whole. The workshop will include a demonstration on Monday morning, followed by two and half days of student painting with a lot of individual attention. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $575 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure
February 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this oil painting workshop is to develop and clarify your visual intention while nurturing the overall painted subject. Beginning with the core elements of painting (line, shape, tone/value, color, texture, and edges) we will then explore the infinite visual possibilities that can originate with just a flash of inspiration. Harmon will provide demonstrations, individualized instruction, critiques, and group discussions intended to renew and expand your visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended. Students will paint the portrait, the clothed and semi-nude figure. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannharmon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Classic Portraiture: A Master Class
March 1-6, 2015 — Capturing the elusive "true likeness" of a person has always been a challenge - and often even a high calling - for photographers since the medium's invention. Norman Mauskopf and Kurt Markus have a combined 75-plus years of working knowledge and expertise, and together over a period of five days they help you expand your technical skills as well as develop your eye for creative portraiture. Using master photographers as inspiration, we engage in daily assignments to make portraits - both formal and candid - of one person, two people, and groups. These are created against simple backgrounds as well as more complex environments: indoors and out, with artificial and natural light. Participants photograph each other in addition to models. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Kurt Markus & Norman Mauskopf
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1595 + $265 Model & Location Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

Intermediate Level

Intermediate Photography with Michael Marrero
March 2-19, 2015 (Mar 4 & 11: 2-5pm; Mar 18: 6-9pm) — Cuban American photographer Marrero will take your photography to the next level by sharing his expertise on elements such as time lapse shooting, lighting, and practical solutions to common problems. Whether your interest is in commercial work, fine art or family archives - this class will make you a better photographer. Michael Marrero is an award winning artist whose entire life has been dedicated to the creative. His assignments have taken him from tropical paradises to shantytowns in Central America. He has dealt with both the volatile and the delicate, always finding the compassion and humanity of his subjects. Bring a DSLR Camera. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Michael Marrero, marrerostudio.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $180, $150 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Artist Guild Week
March 2-6, 2015 (9:30am-4:30pm) — Scottsdale Artists' School is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Artists Guild Week featuring five prominent artists (David A Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, Rose Frantzen, Gregg Kreutz) who will share their expertise on drawing and painting the portrait and figure, as well as exploring the rich tradition of painting still life and landscape. Each studio will be designated to a specific discipline, and students will have the opportunity to study multiple subject matters with different instructors. Each student will receive individual attention and critiques from all of the instructors. Cost includes tuition for daytime programs, model fees, all evening presentations, and a Banquet Dinner Friday evening. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: 5 prominent artists
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,450
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Weekend Warrior, Figure Workshops
March 7-8, 2015 (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) — These popular weekend classes focus on the figure/portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Crockett, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Cost: $250/weekend
Email: Randy
Phone: 415-307-9796

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Head Examined - Portrait and Self Portrait
March 9-13, 2015 — Catherine Kehoe's workshop takes a reductive approach to painting the head, experimenting with how little information is necessary. By eschewing formulas in favor of fierce looking, we investigate whether translating the head into simple, accurate shapes of color and value can create a truer likeness than a detailed description. Light, and the way it affects perception of structure, will be emphasized, as well as discovering specific and surprising color. We will work from the model and have the option of a self portrait as well. Self-portraits and a study of historical and contemporary portraiture will be included. Drawing exercises will be included. Some painting experience is required; oil paint is the preferred medium. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Catherine Kehoe, www.catherinekehoe.com
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $625
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Oil Painting: Models and Still Life Arrangements
March 9-13, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Seeing with freshness, honesty and great clarity is a fundamental tool used to create powerful paintings. Johnson focuses on exploring these time-tested principles of painting in this inspiring workshop, which will stress the beauty of working with fresh oil paint. The class will paint from both models and still life arrangements. Johnson will teach careful observation and control of values, color and edges as a means of achieving realistic honesty in a painting, while preserving the magical and mysterious quality present in great works of art. The brush stroke itself will be emphasized as a means to depict form, achieve expressive power, and maintain a paintings freshness and life. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Capturing a Likeness in Graphite
March 12-14, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Drawing is a fundamental component to the life of an artist. Whether it's a sketch or a drawing executed in a full value range, the act of drawing is an immediate expression of an idea. Students will create detailed graphite drawings from a nude model by observing how light and shadow move across the body to create form. We will move through the value range from the lightest highlights to the darkest areas. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mario Robinson, www.marioarobinson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Turbo French Academy
March 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This five-day workshop tackles each aspect of a finished painting one by one. In the traditional French academic method, students will work from a live model to complete a finished genre painting utilizing all of the preparatory steps. Day one will have students execute compositional designs as well as drawing studies of hands, feet, drapery and portrait. The second day will lead to the completion of a full size drawing, or cartoon. Day three will involve color studies and paintings completed alla prima. The fourth and fifth day will have students execute a drawing transfer and complete their final piece. Students will walk away with a sound working method for not just painting a model, but creating a work of art. Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Lighting the Editorial Portrait
March 15-20, 2015 — Thousands of good portraits are made every year. But to create great portraits, portraits that stand above the rest, photographers must produce images that are original, energized, inspiring, and provocative. This workshop is about making great portraits for the continually changing world of magazine portraiture. During the week, Andrew demonstrates his signature lighting and camera techniques, talks about fostering rapport with subjects, and offers advice on the various situations that can arise when photographing celebrities as well as "real people." Image presentations and discussions cover the business aspects of editorial photography, including portfolios, self-promotion, marketing, reps, rates, and resale of images through syndication. Daily studio and location assignments incorporate significant production decisions such as location, light, and styling. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Andrew Eccles
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,495 and $340 Model, Location, and Stylist Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Advanced Level

Figure Painting
March 15 - April 26, 2015 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — 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. Basic drawing experience recommended. (Note: No class on Easter Sunday, April 5). Visit website


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

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mastering the Fundamentals of Watercolor
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the basic building blocks of the medium of watercolor. The goal is to approach the medium with a greater understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of painting a portrait in watercolor. The instructor will demonstrate his technique as well as provide individual instruction. The class will be broken up in stages. The first step will be a monochromatic block in, followed by a series of thin glazes of color to build form. Lastly, the students will learn how to bring their paintings to a high level of completion. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Mario Robinson, www.marioarobinson.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


Color Theory 1
March 16, 2015 (8 Mondays, 10am-1pm) — This course is a unique approach to color and is also an introduction to color theory along with the tools to train your eyes to recognize color in everything around you. Course work can be done traditionally or digitally and will include developing a hue/temperature/value/chroma wheel, studying the chroma keys and how to manipulate the colors for each chromatic key, identifying color through temperature, and mixing colors accurately. We will be solving color problems utilizing various subject matter. We will discuss composing and lighting your own set-ups to do studies from life, and there will be documents available to accompany and support the lectures and demonstrations. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ron Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Beginner Level

Foundational Painting
March 16, 2015 (8 Mondays, 3pm-6pm) — This course is an introduction to painting in oil. Course work will include a materials and tools overview, application and mark-making, observing value and color, color mixing, composition, and will practice different techniques through studies in still life and portrait, from reference provided by the instructor. All exercises are designed to be applied to other subjects such as landscape and environment, and abstract as well. We will also discuss composing and lighting your own set-ups to do studies from life, and there will be documents available to accompany and support the lectures and demonstrations. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Vanessa Lemen
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $695.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Russian Impressionistic Figure
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This painting workshop gives you a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian impressionistic figure painting with a contemporary flare, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to figure painting helping you gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Each session, students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their figure painting abilities. All mediums are welcome. Visit website


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

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Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level
March 16-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the "feeling" of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting/drawing work: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint or charcoal application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Romel provides easy-going individual instruction, as well as critique and group discussion. Techniques of past great artists will also be discussed. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Romel de la Torre
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Advanced Level

Drawing Hands and Feet
March 20 - April 17, 2015 (Fridays, 12:30-3:30pm) — 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: $225
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Advanced Level

Figure Drawing & Painting with Tim Rees
March 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In painting, composition involves much more than a system of rules or the placement of objects. Composition is the entire relationship of parts to whole, from the individual brushstroke to the largest shape. Brushstrokes themselves, far from being just surface texture, are carriers of direction and intent: every mark has a character and is part of the composition, moving the eye through the canvas, creating structure and meaning in painting. It's all about connections and movement. This oil painting workshop will focus on the gesture of brushwork and its role in making strong compositions. Work will be from still life. We will also use some Chinese ink painting techniques as a path to understanding the gesture of brushstrokes and gestural unity in painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Tim Rees, timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450 plus $25 model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

Beginner Level
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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mel Stabin
March 22-28, 2015 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! There are usually art openings, plays or other cultural events going on when we're there. Music is everywhere. You've heard of it, you've wanted to go, now is the time. The hotel has a lovely, large heated pool. The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. The cobblestone streets with a few indigenous people in native garb will be most interesting. This is a painters' workshop and studio experience for those ready to move past the ordinary. There will be much unusual subject matter to choose from. All levels of painting experience welcome. Included: tuition., 6 nights lodging (dbl. occ), all breakfasts, 3 dinners. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1695 painters, $1495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Movement in Fashion, Beauty and Dance
March 22-27, 2015 — One of the most intriguing challenges for all still photographers is how to deal with movement. A photographic image stops or slows motion better than any other medium. Whether freezing action or blurring movement, powerful images can be created to visually enhance your subject. This unique aspect of photography is especially important in the diverse and yet interconnected worlds of fashion, beauty and dance photography. Spend five, lively days at Sarah's side and work in collaboration with models, dancers, and hair-and-makeup artists to create your own high-energy imagery in beauty, fashion, and dance. From creative brainstorming to final image retouching, participants practice a tethered studio workflow by learning Sarah's approach to mood boards, model interaction, editing and post techniques, and movement practices. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Sarah Silver
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,595 and $360 Model, Location, and Materials Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Light and Shadow: Painting the Still-Life and Portrait
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Michael Siegel will be giving a 5-day workshop on the art of Still-Life and Portraiture. The class will focus on the "chiaroscuro" approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. The workshop will include two instructor demonstrations, illustrating Mr. Siegel's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. The instructor will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model as well. Students will paint from life, on both the still-life and portrait. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges, color, and sculptural brushstroke. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Siegel, www.siegelfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Art of the Figure in the Intimate Setting
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — 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 most rewarding of all subjects...the human figure. We will also cover the many facets of creating ambiance (mood, atmosphere, lighting and composition) as it pertains to integrating the figure in an environment. The proper use of photographs to help complete paintings will also be part of the curriculum. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bryce Cameron Liston, www.listonart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 23-27, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this course will be advanced life painting and drawing methods to investigate the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Students will work to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of us without being overwhelmed. Through this intensive observation students will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist's analysis and interpretation. All questions will be answered both visually and verbally. The majority of instruction will be one-on-one coaching, in order to help diagnose any stumbling blocks that students may have. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Jon Kassan, www.davidkassan.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $700 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Master Class with Daniel Greene
March 26-29, 2015 — PAFA is pleased to present Daniel E. Greene, N.A., one of America's leading figure, portrait and still-life painters and internationally acclaimed pastelist for a four-day Master Class experience. His work hangs in more than 700 public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Medal of Honor from the Portrait Society of America, the John Singer Sargent Award from the American Portrait Society, and the Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal. He has taught at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Design. This Master Class is designed to provide a foundation of fundamental and advanced professional information to help artists successfully paint portraits in oil or pastel. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Daniel Greene
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $1200
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Lighting Dramatic Portraits
March 29 - April 3, 2015 — Portraitists, whether painters or photographers, are always confronted with the challenge of creating evocative and meaningful images of their subjects. In this workshop, David aims to decode this mystery and explore techniques to help participants develop their own unique voice and style. Portraiture is a collaboration between photographer and subject, requiring skills beyond the technical. After examining the work of some of the master photographers in the genre, we explore simplified methods of working with subjects, including using light and setting to "speak" with our images. Through studio and location demonstrations, discussions, guest speakers, and assignments, participants learn how to visualize each portrait and how to create the appropriate environment and lighting to convey mood and emotion. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: David Robin
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $1,245 and $295 Model and Location Fee
Email: Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Phone: 505-983-1400 x111

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Figurative Painting - 2 weeks
March 30 - April 10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $1,300 + $100 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Painting
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Figurative Sculpture
March 30 - April 3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Try your hand at life size figure sculpting, by starting with a torso or portrait (other options available). We will work from a life model, introducing classical techniques as you build from the armature out. Daily PowerPoint sessions guide you through The Drawing in Space Method of Sculpting, along with 30 hours of model time, instruction, and personalized critiques from Karen Cope. You have the option to work life size or smaller (full figure, torso, portrait, quick sketch in clay) during this intensive week long pose. Painters, sculptors, and drawers alike walk away with a new understanding of how the Form Turns, Anatomy, and Sneaking Up to Skin, that will take your work to a new dimension. All levels of experience welcome. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Karen Cope, www.copestudios.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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One Way Trip to Composing Sculpture
April 6-10, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Composition is often mistaken for design: Designing is thoughtfully organizing placement; it requires an experienced, educated, intelligent eye, taste and a certain elegance. Composing is none of the above, it's transcending the raw experience and observation, living it all again in a new, unknown form. Composing is a much more carnal, visceral, unruly process; whereas design is much more planned, logical and ruled. Making the block of clay exude emotions is composing - that is the art of sculpting. In this class, we will work with wet clay (water based clay). We will observe the model and sculpt what we have not seen before. We will breathe emotions into the clay. We will experience sculpting. Visit website


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

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Figurative Painting
April 6-10, 2015 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take you through the arc of an oil painting, dealing with the problems that will arise, embracing alternative solutions, and exploring tangential ideas as they present themselves. His morning demos will focus on design and composition as a means of pushing an idea. He will talk about values and the affect light has on form. By midweek, he will be taking you through his process of painting. The class will be a practical demonstration of problem solving and hopefully, enable the students to embrace their creative nature and break free from linear thinking. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Milt Kobayashi
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $750 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Keiko Tanabe
April 7-17, 2015 — Japan, exotic, traditional, with wondrous sights, aromas and surprises. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, has numerous temples, gardens, and streets of historical significance. We are planning a 10 day painting trip to Kyoto, hopefully when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. We will visit cultural sites and take you to the famous street of the geishas. They will surely yield many painting opportunities and inspirations. We will also take a trip to the unusual, small, harbor village of Ine, where picturesque landscape/waterscapes will be ready for us to paint. We also may have time to visit Miyama. Both are among the most beautiful villages of Japan. Miyama has many traditional, thatched-roof houses surrounded by rural landscapes. Visit website


Location: Kyoto, Japan
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Character Reveals Itself: Painting the Portrait Figure
April 10-12, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Painting a portrait which includes most (or all) of the subject's body is a challenging but rewarding experience, giving the artist the opportunity to explore ways to express the subject's character. Linda will be discussing gesture, clothing and body language as you set up the live model, and you'll express narrative concepts while establishing composition and visual design. Linda will demonstrate but will work with students during the workshop to help with any specific issues. Students of all levels are welcome to take the class, but a background of working from life is encouraged. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Linda Tracey Brandon, www.lindatraceybrandon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Form Painting with the Figure
April 13-17, 2015 — This workshop focuses on the principles essential to transform abstract flat shapes into fully dimensional form. Students will focus on painting the figure with a complete range of values and develop the ability to make accurate, relative value calibrations. The focus is on structure, anatomy, proportion, light direction, handling of edges, abstract movements through the figure, composition and an understanding of basic and complex forms of the figure. These concepts are executed through an application of opaque and semi opaque paint in the light and shadow areas. Control of the paint is a priority and is essential to achieving the required goals. The class will be taught with a limited palette of colors to keep the emphasis on the development of form. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Darren Kingsley, darrenkingsley.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $599
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Achieving Color Harmony Through Quick Studies
April 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to be fun and full of information. All experienced painters know that the biggest downfall to a painting is made in the first five minutes. We will offer a systematic approach to help the student painter to approach a head study without fear. We will cover all aspects such as composition and placement, drawing and planes, value and color values, edges and brushwork but know the emphasis will be on capturing the color relationships of your subject from the start. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: C.M. Cooper, www.cmcooperfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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The Dynamic Figure with Kevin Beilfuss
April 15-19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This class will concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using dynamic markings and gestural movements of paint application. Some knowledge in the figure is a plus, but not necessary. Students will learn how to "suggest" rather than "render" what they see. Students will create many quick drawings and paintings, as well as, work on more finished paintings. Demonstrations will occur every morning with the students painting afterwards to explore what was learned. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $695
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture
April 18-19, 2015 (9am-5pm) — Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model. Anatomy, proportion, design and personal artistic growth with both representational and abstract approaches to the figure will be addressed. Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205, Lab Fee $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Drawing and Painting the Figure and Portrait
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop we will be alternating between portrait one day and figure the next. Students will be doing drawing in the morning and painting in the afternoon. Jeff will be emphasizing the importance of tonal drawing. We will explore ways of navigating the figure and portrait using an abstraction system that is remarkably efficient and will change how you approach both drawing and painting the head and figure. Jeff will demonstrate several times and work on each artist's piece daily. Students will also delve into gesture drawing and painting. You will leave this workshop feeling more confident with your abilities and have a better understanding of how to study at home as well as from life. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeffrey Watts, www.jeffreyrwatts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $850 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Guided Freedom of Self-Expression
April 20-24, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This "casually intense" workshop includes the traditional basics such as anatomy, composition, proportion, building your own armatures, etc. The instruction is set up in such a way to give the greatest amount of individual freedom for every student to pursue their own strongest interest. This includes their choice of subject matter and size they wish to work. Although accuracy of anatomy and proportion is discussed, the greater emphasis is on allowing individual uniqueness to blossom...often in spite of how things "technically" are. This technique is used to help release the "aesthetic power" that resides in everyone. Guided freedom of self-expression is the essence of this workshop...whether working realistically or abstractly. Lincoln is especially gifted at gently pushing each student along their chosen path. Visit website


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

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Weekend Warrior Workshop: Figure Focus
April 24-25, 2015 — This workshop will focus on the figure and portrait in a series of exercises designed to challenge artists at every experience level. Working from life, students come away with a new understanding of the human form, color-mixing, composition, and paint-handling. Saturday is an "aerobic work-out" of short poses (25 to 40 minutes)....and Sunday consists of longer poses - (one in the AM and one in the PM). Each student is expected to bring their own easel (plein air set-up works great) and supplies (a supply list will be sent out upon registration). Class size limited - 10 students maximum. Visit website


Location: Nashville, TN
Instructor: Randall Sexton
Sponsor: Warehouse 521, www.warehouse521.com
Cost: $295
Email: Jeanie
Phone: 615-337-2570

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Figure Painting: An Intuitive Approach
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (9am-4pm) — 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 the 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. Individual attention will be given during the student's work sessions. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kevin Beilfuss, www.kevinbeilfuss.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Forensic Art: Master 2-Dimensional Facial Reconstruction
April 27 - May 1, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This master workshop provides an intense five days of advanced techniques for skull-to-face reconstruction drawing. The 2-D technique will be reviewed with emphasis on accurate prediction of the facial soft tissues from bony clues. This includes subtleties of head and neck muscle attachments, individual feature development and anomalies. Methods for repairs of missing areas of the skull and missing mandibles will be discussed. During class, there will be exercises of various ancestries and ages to provide the opportunity to simulate actual forensic case experience in a compressed time frame. Upon completion of each facial reconstruction exercise, attendees will view a photograph of the person in life for comparison. Taylor's Advanced 2-Dimensional Identification Techniques workshop is a pre-requisite for this drawing course. Visit website


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

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Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture
May 4-8, 2015 (8:30am-4:30pm) — This hands-on workshop presents the forensic technique of sculpting a face based on the bony architecture of the skull. Attendees learn step-by-step procedures for creating an accurate skull-to-face likeness along with the placement and function of head and neck muscles. Participants will build musculature and facial features using oil-based plastilene clay. Anatomical skull models are provided for in-class use only. We will work on identical skull castings to incorporate elements of the Anatomical and the Tissue Depth Facial Reconstruction approaches using a Combination Method. Upon completion of the sculptures, attendees will see and compare an actual life photo of the deceased person whose skull they have reconstructed. This workshop benefits both technical and fine artists who deal with the human face. Visit website


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

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The Figure in Florence
May 14-26, 2015 — Paint in downtown Florence, Italy with Margaret Dyer. Join us for a thirteen-day adventure of art and beauty. For more information visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Classical Oil Portraiture
May 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to lay in an accurate underdrawing in vine charcoal and create a small color poster study as a tool for making color choices. Then we will create an underpainting, a wash in a thin layer of color over your underdrawing. Next we will learn to execute the overpainting. There is an emphasis on turning form and use of color in doing so. The goal is to finish the painting region by region. Finally, we will learn a glazing technique. We will be using an alkyd medium that will help our overpainting to dry overnight so that we can apply a glaze to it the next day and continue with the overpainting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Charcoal Wash
May 15-16, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Join Bill Lundquist in this two-day workshop as he introduces you to the art of charcoal wash. This is an exciting drawing medium that combines traditional line work with the freedom and creativity of broad brush work. Powdered charcoal is mixed with water to produce the ability to "paint" a charcoal drawing. Charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils are drawn into the washes refining the image, and erasers are used to redact lights. The results can be quite dramatic. The class will be a fun experience as well as a great opportunity to get your hands really dirty. The instructor will lead you through demonstrations and provide you with plenty of individual guidance. The class is open to all levels of experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bill Lundquist, www.billlundquist.blogspot.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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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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Artist Retreat: Abstract/Figurative Workshop
May 26-30, 2015 — This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a 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 is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. "Drawing the nude" skills are not a prerequisite. Classes will include a variety of poses with an 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. Visit website


Location: Sedona, AZ
Instructor: Robert Burridge
Sponsor: Sedona Arts Center
Cost: $600
Email: Vince Fazio
Phone: 928.282.3809 or 888.954.4442

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Alla Prima: Figure Painting in Oil
May 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on how to use beautiful oil colors to paint from live models. Students will learn effective ways to paint human figures from 25-minute quick studies, to a one-day length session incorporating the alla prima approach. Class will start from a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, to a full color palette for longer paintings. Different techniques will be demonstrated and practiced: such as premixing unique colors, matching the right values with expressive or exaggerated color temperatures, the application of various thin and thick brushworks and more. Visit website


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

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Ireland's Castle with Artist Sharon Rusch Shaver
May 28 - June 7, 2015 — Join adventure-artists looking for exciting places to create in Ireland 2015. 10 days of exploration and challenging subject matter, all while staying in private modern apartments in the Castle's renovated 2 story 18th century stone buildings with full kitchen facilities, comfortable living room, balcony on the River Unsine*, all transfers*, Castle Chef prepared 3 course meals, in the Louis Phillipe dining hall of the Castle*. Plein Air painting demonstrations and excursions to villages and sites with artist Sharon Rusch Shaver. Irish Stout hour with critiques daily, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography and creative writing welcome! This is a workshop you will not want to miss! Since 1996 we have been creating exciting adventures for creative people. Join us! Visit website


Location: Ennis, Ireland
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists.com
Cost: $3,275
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-579-8841

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The Figure in Florence
May 30 - June 7, 2015 — Live and paint in downtown Florence, Italy! The city that every artist must visit at least once. Join Vianna Szabo and your hosts for a 9-day adventure of art and beauty. For detailed information please visit artensity.org or email Debra at: idzamperla@gmail.com Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra
Phone: 734-662-8734

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Figurative Design in Watercolor
June 1-5, 2015 — You will focus on creating paintings of people as works of art worthy of exhibition. Pushing beyond illustration you will find your own 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. You will receive plenty of personal attention and painting time. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $450
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Alla Prima Workshop
June 2-5, 2015 — Born in California, Teresa was trained in the academic tradition. Teresa is inspired by artists such as Gericault, Odd Nerdrum, Ribera, Nicholas Aime Morot, and Leon Bonnat. "My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently my compositions are spontaneous...For this reason I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand. My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas...multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form." Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca, www.teresaoaxaca.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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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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People in Places, Places with People
June 25-28, 2015 — This workshop focuses on creating images that combine people and place to add emotional impact and tell a more engaging story. People can be a powerful but tricky element in a photograph. Their placement, action and expressions can greatly enhance an image, but can also diminish or completely change it from what you originally intended. Likewise, place can also be a powerful but tricky element in a portrait. Place can help tell a better story about a person, but the person can also get lost in the place which will diminish the power of the portrait and change the image completely. We'll explore how to most effectively incorporate people when photographing places, and how make the best use of place when photographing portraits. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mark Gardner
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Russian Impressionism and the Contemporary Figure
July 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This painting workshop gives you a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Russian impressionistic figure painting with a contemporary flare, from a highly respected artist and instructor. Henry will lecture on the impressionistic approach to figure painting helping you gain a maximum understanding of color and relationships as you develop a solid foundation for creating paintings. Each session, students will be given individual instruction and will work directly from life. This workshop is a must for artists of all levels interested in improving their figure painting abilities. All mediums are welcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Henry Stinson
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2015 — This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. After a demonstration, the class will work in monotone from the model for the first day, concentrating on value. After that, the class will work in full color from the model, learning how to interpret and simplify by seeing the figure as a series of basic shapes described by color/ light and shadow. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $650
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting Through Modern Masters
July 13-16, 2015 (9:00-4:00) — Looking closely at the methods of Cezanne and the cubism of Picasso and Braque during this four day workshop, we will work with a series of exercises based on their exploration and invention. These exercises will be designed to investigate various aspects of abstraction, and ways of working, in relation to still life and the figure. In turn, these explorations will equip us with tools and language to find our own new and unique ways of painting. Among the different aspects of painting and abstraction that we will work with: composition, color, shape, distortion, mark-making, edge and line. Risk and play will be encouraged! Individual attention will be given in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Cohasset, MA
Instructor: Jordan Wolfson
Sponsor: South Shore Art Center, Inc.
Cost: $525M, $575NM
Email: Sarah Hannan
Phone: 781-383-2787

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Watercolor : Simple, Fast and Focused!
July 20-25, 2015 — This five-day watercolor workshop, painting landscapes and people in landscapes, will reflect the title of Mel's book, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused. Emphasis will be on design principles with the objective of building strong paintings by seeing and thinking simply, painting quickly and energetically, and focusing on the "idea" of the painting. Mel paints in a loose, representational style. Design, composition, and color/value relationships will be discussed throughout. This workshop, which will take place outdoors on location, includes daily demonstrations with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject, personal instruction, and critiques. The workshop is designed for beginners to advanced painters. Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Mel Stabin AWS NWS, www.melstabin.com
Sponsor: Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Cost: $695
Email: Lyn Donovan, Director
Phone: 207-594-4813

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Inspiration and Design
July 27-31, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Aimee will emphasize the importance of having a clear idea for a painting and the practical matter of color and value. You will learn keys to this important relationship. You will use techniques painting live models and still life that are useful for any subject. Aimee's demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a light-hearted approach. Don't miss her biography. This up and coming artist is rising fast! Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Aimee Erickson
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
July 27-30, 2015 — This four-day intensive workshop focuses on alla prima portrait painting in oil. Rose gives a portrait demonstration on the first day. We attempt to cover all aspects of portrait painting, from palette choices to drawing to seeing and capturing the colors and forms we see in the models, all the while attempting to maintain a critical and patient eye. During the workshop, Rose welcomes discussions on art, being an artist, and how we see ourselves in relationship to the creative experience. Participants often have meals together continuing the discussion and camaraderie. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Rose Frantzen, www.oldcityhallgallery.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Oil Painting: Quick Sketch
July 27-31, 2015 — During this class you will learn techniques for painting quickly and accurately, the key elements of gesture, light and form. Each day will be spent working from the model, both en plein air, and in the studio. You will concentrate on identifying the big relationships within your painting, instead of getting caught up in the details. Techniques for simplifying your color palette will also be discussed and you will discover how to see value more precisely. Expect to paint numerous small studies each day. Kim will work with you at your easel to address any compositional or color questions you may have. Model fees are included in the class tuition. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Kim English
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Drawing and Painting Figures from Photographs and Models
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will explore how to create expressive paintings using color, texture, and design. In a fun-filled environment, students will learn to "see" new ways to capture mood and emotion. Compositional planning, configurations, and texture will be examined; unconventional 3D techniques will be explored. The use of color and how colors relate to each other to create expressive artistic visions will be considered. Lectures are designed to encourage, expand, and explore. Exciting daily challenges are given that are personalized to each student's level of experience. Individual guidance is given to each participant. Students are encouraged to bring a few finished paintings for personal review. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Judi Betts
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting the Draped Figure & Portrait
August 11-15, 2015 — In this 4-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional "painterly" way to oil painting, and apply it to figure painting in an "alla prima" approach. The workshop will emphasize composition, color, understanding light on form, and producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. The workshop will lead the student into the figure painting practice through Zhaoming's demonstrations, individual instructions, and critiques. Zhaoming is a brilliant painter, his style and brushstrokes are perfect and stunning! His understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint loosely with his own concept and personal style. Don't miss this very infomative workshop! Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $850, plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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The Portrait & Figure
August 17-21, 2015 — Nationally renowned artist and instructor Robert Liberace is coming to Whidbey again. Rob has recently been qualified as a ""Living Master" (one of about 70 in the world) by the Art Renewal Center. This is an exceptional opportunity for art students. This workshop will focus on the portrait and figure with an emphasis on anatomical form and strong sculptural definition. Bones, muscular connections and the play of light on the surface will be explored. Artists are free to choose their media each day whether it be chalks, oils or pastels. Using these classic materials the human form will be thoroughly analyzed and explained. Mornings will focus mainly on demos and afternoons will be spent painting (or drawing). Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Robert Liberace, www.robertliberace.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $1,100
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Innovative Watermedia Workshop
August 17-21, 2015 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) — You'll never think about painting the same way again! Prepare yourself for Nicholas' high-energy, unorthodox, and varied approach to watercolor. This workshop will focus on concepts, composition and design elements with concentration on diversity in subject matter; poured watercolor; fluid acrylic used as transparent watercolor; unusual textures such as his popular "batik" technique; large scale painting; computer-aided design; and creative photography for obtaining unconventional reference shots. Nicholas was the sole judge representing the US at the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial, the world's largest watercolor exhibition, in 2010 and 2012. Visit website


Location: Bend, OR
Instructor: Nicholas Simmons
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $695
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Design and Composition Using the Figure
August 24-28, 2015 — This workshop stresses bold composition and strong design using the human figure for inspiration. A different aspect of design is the focus of each day's lesson: shape, light, linkage, texture, space, etc. We will explore abstraction, emphasize "the process" and concentrate on composing the entire page. There will be clothed models on three days that will be our subject for finding as many different ways as possible of "seeing." Each participant's preferences, originality, and creativity are most important. Carla will be using transparent watercolor and gouache and include frequent mini-demonstrations with this medium in a direct painting method. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carla O'Connor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Model Fee: Estimated $60-$70
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Still Life, Portait and Figure
August 27-29, 2015 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — Join Mary Whyte for an inspirational three day workshop in beautiful Salt Lake City while exploring the magic of watercolor still life, portrait and figure. Open to students of all levels, this class will cover the fundamentals of mixing clean colors, planning dynamic compositions, getting a likeness, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Tips on setting up a studio and marketing your work will also be discussed. Whyte's daily painting demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you on your way to making your best paintings ever. Visit website


Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Egg Tempera and the Early Renaissance Method of Developing Fleshtones
September 14-18, 2015 — This course will teach the technique of painting flesh tones in egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy and as documented by Cennino Cennini in his book Il Libro dell'Arte. Tempera painting is a medium for those who love drawing. This painting technique is fussy and requires great discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is actually applied in cross-hatch strokes. It combines the best of both watercolor (application of translucent layers of color) and gouache techniques (using semi opaques to re-establish the light areas). The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Fred Wessel, www.fredwessel.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $800
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting and Drawing the Figure
September 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on rendering the figure using live models. The mornings will be spent figure drawing. This embraces getting loose and gestural, as well as working on proportions, academics, and learning to express emotions through the figure. In the afternoon, we will set up long poses, some costumed. Students are invited to use oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, pastels, oil pastels, graphite, or charcoal. Artists are encouraged to find their edge and push themselves creatively. All styles, mediums, and levels are invited to attend this class. There will be individual instruction and critiques given. Here, line, color, value, stroke and composition are included in the instruction. This class will be fun, as well as challenging. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Meridy Volz, www.meridyvolzart.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus Model Fee: $75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
October 5-9, 2015 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — 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. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian Bomeisler's instruction, through the day. The day will end with a critique of the day's session. Visit drawright.com. Visit website


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

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Follow-On Drawing Class
October 10-11, 2015 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive two-day workshop is designed for those who have completed the introductory Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop, or have sufficient experience to follow the syllabus. Utilizing approaches developed by Betty Edwards, students gain further understanding of basic perceptual skills. Instruction focuses on expressing volume and space in drawing; exploring crosshatching techniques; and working with still life and the human figure. Students learn how to perceive edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows in ways that enlarge their understanding of drawing principles and enhance their drawing skills. Visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 for Museum members and non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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


3D Anatomy-Ecorche | Self-Study
Ongoing (Ongoing) — An ecorché/3D anatomy model is a centuries old method of learning anatomy through three dimensional means. The word ecorché is French for flayed body and refers to human or animal anatomy by which you can see the interplay between the skeleton, tendons, ligaments and the muscles on the living form. It is an essential means for every figurative artist to better interpret through knowledge of what he/she sees. Rey will guide the student through making a skeleton in Sculpey, followed by laying on the muscles that constitute artistic anatomical form. This is an intense, hands-on approach to learning the body - a necessity for any artist concerned with learning accurate anatomical representation. Visit website


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


Portrait Drawing In Charcoal - Full Demo (HD)
Ongoing — 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 illuminates how to: Construct and proportion the portrait clearly and accurately; Interpret the values of light and shadow to create the illusion of life on a two-dimensional surface; Design edges to create depth and artistic emphasis; Render with the time honored medium of charcoal; Create nuances of expression; Design the portrait composition. Nathan includes tips and techniques to make the challenge of portrait drawing accessible to all serious students. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Nathan Fowkes
Sponsor: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Cost: $59.00
Email: Holly Miller
Phone: (818) 708-9232


Portrait Drawing in Charcoal | Self-Study
Ongoing (Ongoing) — 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. Visit website


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

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Figure Construction | Self-Study
Ongoing — This online self-study class covers the basics of figure construction, a simple and effective method that helps the artist draw from life, reference or the imagination with ease. Each week, we will break down a different part of the body and learn to design or render it using various forms and rhythms. We will also learn to use different methods of measuring the proportions as well as study and render the volumes measuring the quality of light and its contrasting shadows. This is a class for all artistic levels from the beginner to the professional. Visit website


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


Painting From Life (Emphasis on Drapery & Folds) | Self-Study
Ongoing — In this self-study online class, Painting from Life will emphasize the mechanics of material through color, temperature, and abstraction. In addition, Ron will break down the drapery into its anatomy: the 7 folds principle and the fold characteristics of certain fabrics. You will also observe texture and reflection of light on the weave of fabrics from velvety materials to cloth with sheen. Although this class is taught traditionally, students may work digitally on their own. Visit website


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


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


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


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


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


2D Anatomy | Self-Study
Ongoing — In this online self-study course, students analyze the important muscles needed to create convincing figures and learn about surface anatomy such as the fat distribution and the fasciae that surrounds every inch of the living form. Through thought out, easily understood assignments, the student better understands the living form of the model and is able to more easily create from the imagination. Most importantly, the student will have the confidence to edit the living model and therefore interpret more poetically what he/she sees to make their drawing or painting more personal. Visit website


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

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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

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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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