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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
December 9-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Sean Cheetham uses a very distinct palette, called a "mud-palette", when working on alla prima portraits. This palette will be discussed extensively throughout the workshop. The benefits of working with this palette are value and color control. Sean will discuss harmony and unity in your final piece. He will teach you a simple step-by-step process to painting alla prima portraits. Sean will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait. The workshop will start off with a demonstration and then Sean will continue to paint alongside the students throughout the weekend and offer critiques. There will be a different model each day as the focus is on direct wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


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

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Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference
December 9-11, 2016 (9am-4pm) — This 3-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own & others’ paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $325
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting Old Saint Nick
December 12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Whether you have been naughty or nice, you may join Robert Lemler for this festive one-day workshop! Students will practice their figure painting skills with a live, professional Santa Claus model. Robert will offer students a simplified understanding of principle and procedure when painting the costumed figure. While painting alongside the students, Robert will be answering questions and demonstrate his techniques. This is a great workshop to get in the spirit of the holiday season! Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Go Big or Go Home!
December 12-16, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Have you ever been inspired to work in the grand scale of paintings hanging in museums? Figure painter Timothy Rees will lead students through the mechanics of executing large figure paintings, from conception of idea to execution. Students will be provided a large stretched canvas (which can be rolled and shipped after the workshop), as well as extra-large brushes. After watching a demonstration each morning, students will work for five days to execute a painting that is five feet or larger. All styles are welcome, and the main focus will be in planning, setting up the model, positioning the model and canvas to view everything in the correct perspective, painting on a large scale, and more. Class is limited to 10 students. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $600 + $150 materials fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Spontaneous Figure Painting
December 17-18, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Tired of getting lost in the details, and the look of traditional figure painting? Then this workshop is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, www.kassemamoudi.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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


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

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Portraiture in Oil and Pastel
January 3-7, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The objective of this workshop will be an emphasis on representational painting using various live models as subjects. This is an intensive workshop and will include demonstrations, explanations of materials and techniques. Students will choose their medium, either oil or pastel, and will be instructed in the fundamental development of a painting with an emphasis on drawing, composition, values, color and edge control. Wende will explain the elements to consider when arranging the model. The set-up, lighting, and positioning of the model to create an interesting composition, will be addressed. Instruction in drawing and color mixing for portraiture as well as suggestions to address specific aspects of the process of working in either oil or pastel will also be given. Visit website


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


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

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Figure Painting Workshop with Warren Chang
January 4-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 3-day figure painting workshop with Warren Chang. Working with a limited palette, students will complete a figurative painting working from the live model. Instructor demonstration on the first day and lecture on the principles of light and shadow and how it applies to the human figure. Visit website


Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Instructor: Warren Chang
Sponsor: Art Trek
Cost: $450.00
Email: Wendy Gordon
Phone: 805-750-0313

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Painting the Flesh with Alaina Plowdrey
January 4-18, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm) — Strengthen your understanding of the figure with this special topic class by one of our most popular instructors. Using her atelier academic background, Plowdrey imparts fun and thoughtful ways of looking at and understanding the human form, paying specific attention to mixing and applying color to mimic various skin tones. Art will be created from life and photo. Some experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Alaina Plowdrey, www.alainaplowdrey.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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The Figure in Pastels
January 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this three-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. This workshop is for students who want to learn about color and who want to speed up and become less tight in their work. Students do not need prior pastel experience. 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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Portrait Sculpture from Photo or Historical Reference
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Doing a portrait from a live model has become a rare event. Of all the portraits Eugene has done, which number in the hundreds, only 5% are from life. In reality most portraits being done today are from photo reference. Working from reference (photo or other) challenges artists to flesh out the information that is difficult or impossible to see, and accentuate the uniqueness by taking reasonable artistic liberties. Students will also be working from a live model as part of the learning experience. The main goal is to gain a deep understanding of the head and features. And into that matrix, we weave expression and a psychological context. Students are welcome to work in relief as well as in the round. 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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The Completed Painting: From Beginning to End
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on a certain process in creating finished artwork. This will involve creating oil sketches from the live model to capture value and color relationships, as well as taking photos to record details not captured in studies. Mike will then walk through the process of using these aids to create a more completed painting of the subject. During the workshop, Mike will discuss design, composition, and look to the masters of the past to gain understanding. As part of this workshop, students will be working from printed photos or other digital devices (not provided by the school) to paint from combining both working from life and from photos. 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

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Light and Shadow: Painting the Portrait and Still Life
January 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop 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 Michael's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will have the option to paint either portrait or still life, or both during the course of the workshop. Michael will also help students set up their own vivid still-life compositions, and there will be a live model each day as well. All painting will be done from life. 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: $675 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Drapery Painting with Lothar Speer
January 15-29, 2017 (Sundays, 12-3pm) — Invigorate your knowledge of form, light and value by going to school with the Old Masters. By popular demand, Speer returns with an extended version of his drapery-painting course, focusing on a slow and deliberate approach to classical technique. Some experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Lothar Speer, renproject.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $125, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Painting the Portrait
January 16-20, 2017 (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 maker's 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. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal 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 associated with these three areas. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jeff Hein, www.jeffhein.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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Sculpting the Figure
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Vala Ola will take students 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 full day will be devoted to the head and special focus will be spent on eyes, lips, hair. Vala will provide tips on achieving likeness using calipers and will address sculpting the hands and feet. Other topics such as: fleshy forms vs. defined muscles, using shadows, points of interest, leading the eye around, texture, lost edges, and drapery will also be discussed. Vala will detail tools to use, how to create textures, composition and communicate emotion. 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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Alla Prima Figure Painting
January 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is about painting the figure Alla Prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to the subjects. On the first morning there will be a demonstration then students will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, students will start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then they will block in three simple values: light, dark and mid-tone. This helps artists to paint the subject with greater clarity and directness. This workshop will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Painting the Portrait
January 23-26, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on every aspect of painting a portrait in oil—from drawing, values, edges, color, and the various techniques of thin to thick paint. This workshop will benefit the beginner to the advanced artist. Each morning, Scott will paint a three-hour demonstration focusing on a different aspect of painting. After lunch, students will paint a portrait, while Scott works with each student individually. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Scott Burdick, ScottBurdick.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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Painting the Costumed Model in a Scene
January 23-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on blocking in the costumed figure in a scene; the lighting will be strong and dramatic. Susan does not want to focus on the portrait; instead there will be props, like tables and still life items, to integrate into the painting. Susan will demonstrate the mornings of day one, two and four with students painting in the afternoon. Students will spend the final two days working on a full color study. Visit website


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


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

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


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

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Écorché: Head Structrue and Facial Expression
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 9am-12pm) — Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin – a method of study dating back to the Renaissance. Learn the anatomy of the head by constructing a 3/4 life-size portrait in plasteline. Sculpture experience recommended. 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

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


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

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Portrait Painting
January 26 - April 20, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Learn how to achieve a likeness, model light and shade, mix flesh tones, and apply paint. Includes demonstrations, and insights into the history of portraiture. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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Figure and Portrait Modeling
January 28 - April 22, 2017 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Learn to sculpt the human 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, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome. 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

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Revealing the Soul: Creating Sensitive Portraits in Pastel
January 30 - February 2, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The best paintings, especially portraits, go beyond mere rendering. They capture an emotion! Somehow, shapes of color magically seem to reveal the soul of the sitter. In this workshop, students will learn how to take advantage of the unique properties of pastel. Students will work to achieve high art by creating drama, maximizing suggestion and freeing oneself from the literal. William will explain color temperature, simplifying values and the basics of composition. Students will learn how to achieve glowing, realistic skin tone, suggest movement and capture expression. In addition to demos and detailed handouts, students will also view a slide show of masterworks that embody these principles. Expect your work to become fresher, looser, and more painterly. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: William Schneider, www.schneiderart.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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The Unspoken Rules of Color
February 3-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In the beginning we are all told to paint what we see. If we understand the rules of color creating that illusion of what we see will become a little closer to reality. This is a hands-on workshop and brief demonstrations will be given to exercise the objective. Students will work from the live model as reference. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Maczuga, www.michaelmaczuga.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $395 + $35 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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High School Portfolio Preparation: Painting
February 4 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Add color and variety to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Students will work from direct observation using the still life and human figure/portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the modeling of forms through values and color relationships. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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High School Portfolio Preparation: Drawing
February 4 - April 8, 2017 (Saturdays, 10am-1pm) — Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection and the human figure/portrait to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude figure models. Open to high school students currently enrolled in 9th - 12th grades. All levels welcome. Visit website


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

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Classical Portrait Painting
February 5 - April 9, 2017 (Sundays, 10am-1pm) — Create luminous portraits using time-tested materials and traditional painting procedures established during the Renaissance. Step-by-step instruction will demonstrate how to begin and develop a portrait painting from start to finish. Open to all levels and an excellent choice for students wishing to learn glazing techniques. Visit website


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

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Painting the Inspired Portrait and Figure in Oil
February 6-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this oil painting workshop is to define and organize the essential structure of a clarified visual approach as students paint the portrait along with the clothed and nude figure. Students will explore abstract value patterns, visual concepts, form and edges with feeling and movement while developing their aesthetic sensibilities. The workshop will include demonstrations, individualized instruction and visual presentation intended to renew and expand each student's visual vocabulary. Good drawing skills and a strong grasp of painting fundamentals are recommended. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Johanna Harmon, www.johannaharmon.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Taking Your Figure and Still Life Painting to the Next Level
February 13-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the figure and still life 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 stronger and more exciting: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint 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. Techniques of past great artists like Sargent, Zorn, and Sorolla will also be discussed. Visit website


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

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


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

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The Figure: Arriving at Full Color
February 18-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore alla prima painting in a progressive study from bold, accurate monochromatic structure, reinterpreting this into color temperature, followed by directly relating these practices to sensitive full-color understanding. There will be two short demos and one longer demo, along with a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate figural painters encounter. Together with Rose, students will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist. Visit website


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

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Quick Sketch Figure Painting
February 20-24, 2017 (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. 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

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


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

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Portrait Painting FAQ
February 25-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This advanced workshop will explore "Alla Prima" portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. 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

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Digital Portraiture
February 25 - March 4, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — Learn to create your own unique, digitally-painted portraits. Topics covered include researching and collecting reference, combining reference material in Adobe Photoshop to form a digital underpainting, and using a Wacom tablet to digitally draw and paint a finished image over your underpainting. Visit website


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

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
February 27 - March 3, 2017 (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. In an atmosphere that's both creative and supportive, Ted encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art - regardless of their skill level. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $675
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Painting the Figurative Subject
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting portraits, nude, and costumed subjects. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain a further understanding of the interrelated components of painting: shape, value, color and edges. "The gamut of paint is far smaller than the gamut of our visual reality. Values, color and edges must be painted relative to one another; not piecemeal." These concepts and suggestions regarding value, color and edge relationship will be reinforced through exercises designed for that purpose. A direct simplified interpretation will be encouraged. A consideration of the temperature of the light source will precede painting the subjects in both cool and warm light sources. 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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The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work
February 28 - March 3, 2017 (9am-4pm) — A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Ned will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Ned Mueller, www.nedmueller.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $550 + $35 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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The Best of Watercolor
March 6-8, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM) — Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in New Orleans, Louisiana. Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Visit website


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

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Alla Prima Portrait and Portrait Sketch
March 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Each of the three days, students will have opportunity to explore the fundamentals of painting, using "Alla Prima" methods to faithfully render the human head. Topics will include, drawing, values, color and color temperature, edges, composition, as well as brushwork, setting up and lighting the model, and capturing a likeness. Daniel will demonstrate each morning, followed by student painting time, critiques, and one-on-one instruction. Day one will also include a digital presentation featuring an in-depth look into the foundations of sound painting, further enhancing the learning experience. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.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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Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait
March 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait "Alla Prima" in oils. Michelle will do a demonstration each morning while discussing the key elements that make up not only an accurate portrait, but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of painting are key to achieving a solid effect of light and form in paint, but great portraiture goes beyond this and captures a sense of breath and aliveness in the finished painting. Students will paint after the morning demo and Michelle will give individual help to each student as they work from a live model, not only advising on the current painting, but helping the student as a whole achieve the next desired level in their work. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michelle Dunaway, www.dunawayfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $625 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Creating Strong Figure Compositions from the Live Model Utilizing Abstraction Principles
March 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Michael will instruct on the process of creating structurally sound paintings from a live model. The emphasis of the workshop will be placed on producing “finished” paintings by addressing the principles of abstract design and motifs. Importance will also be placed on creating a strong sense of light and form utilizing his approach to color and light theory. Michael will take students step-by-step through his process of setting up the model, analyzing shapes, creating a black and white compositional study, determining a color palette, and finally executing a well-designed vibrant figure painting. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Steirnagle, www.steirnagle.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $495 + $50 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference
March 10-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This 2-day workshop will concentrate on painting animal and human figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting. Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes. This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own & others’ paintings. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $200
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture Workshop
March 11-12, 2017 (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. Sculptures will be ?red 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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Painting People from Photographs
March 12-18, 2017 — Join us for great fun in San Miguel! The weather is perfect at this time of year, cool, and spring-like, with many flowering trees in bloom. All levels of painting experience welcome. 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. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, he encourages, in each participant, a renewed enthusiasm for his or her art – regardless of their skill level. Our hotel with its beautiful studio is located across the street from the Art institute and a short walk from the main plaza in San Miguel. Visit website


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

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Art of the Figure Sketch
March 13-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Timothy Rees as he presents his thinking and methods behind his delicate and colorful figure oil paintings. Students will explore a thoughtful approach to rendering out a highly realistic figure painting, touching on such topics as initial studies, handling color, and working out drawing issues. On the last day, students will focus on the design process, learning how to simplify, abstract objects, and apply paint in various ways on a separate canvas before applying it to their figure painting. By foiling realism and abstraction together, students will end with a painting that is both powerful and beautiful. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Timothy Rees, www.reesfineart.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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Sculpting Faces
March 13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This class will be a fun one day exploration of faces – human or animal – and as representational or as “fantastic” as you like. Using slab building techniques, students will create three dimensional faces that can be displayed on the wall when completed. Jane will discuss basic facial anatomy and proportion and will demonstrate how to establish structure and model features. She will also demonstrate the application of ceramic underglazes. Firing is not included in the class but a list of businesses providing firing services will be available. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Jane Kelsey-Mapel, www.janekelseymapel.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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


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

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Loosening Up & Seeing Color Everywhere: Watercolor Portraits
March 16-19, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) — Do you find yourself picking up those small brushes too soon? Do you wish you could see more and different colors in your images? Do you always intend to loose some edges but then find your finished paintings very tight? In this workshop, students work on understanding the structure of the face and expanding their color palette and then applying what they learn to working from photographs and from life. Kathy Durdin has exhibited and won awards in numerous watercolor exhibits across the US. She is a signature member of Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Societies. In 2013, she was featured in Watercolor Artist “Ones to Watch”. Visit kathydurdin.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Kathy Durdin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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

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


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

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Figure Painting
March 19 - April 30, 2017 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model to make full-figure, head, and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be covered through lecture and demonstration. Basic drawing experience recommended. 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

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Painting Life with Life
March 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, students will learn how to paint people and animals with energy and excitement while mastering techniques of design and color. This is a no-nonsense approach to watercolor and will answer many of the questions artists constantly ask. Why is my work muddy? How can I loosen up? Students will learn to paint boldly, think outside the box and paint outside the lines, with examples of basic color mixing including luscious greens, glowing white, great grays, and rich blacks. Students will learn to develop good composition and strong values while focusing on wild life figures. Bev will help create a recipe for great skin tones, good ways to paint hair and how to choose the best photographs to work with. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Bev Jozwiak, www.bevjozwiak.com/wp/
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $650
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Investigating the Modern Portrait
March 22-26, 2017 (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 them without being overwhelmed. 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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The Female Form
March 27-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Working from the nude model on a sustained pose, this unique four-day workshop is for artists wishing to expand their knowledge of the human figure through sculpture. Rick Casali's innovative teaching style embraces the French method of "secret figure" - a knowledge/concept approach to understanding the body. This workshop will consist of daily sculpture demos by Rick covering proportion, anatomy, pose/action, and geometric construction. This proven method relies on memorization and understanding, thus students are advised to keep a sketch book during the week. Each student will sculpt their own 24" female figure in oil clay on a wire armature. 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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Painting with Emphasis on Light and Color: Still Life and Figure
March 27-31, 2017 (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 principles apply 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 painting's harmony, mood, and atmosphere. This workshop will also include a 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, apinchapong.blogspot.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 Figure in Oil: In Studio and Plein Air
March 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter; however, the focus will be on improving drawing skills and seeing values and colors correctly, along with understanding their relationships to each other. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing the big shapes and establishing their relationships correctly. This provides a springboard to adding additional information, if the individual artist desires. Students will address design and technique in a manner in which the individual artist may express themselves in a personal way. Students will experience many specific assignments, which will help them to "get to the point a little more quickly." Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to "learn through earnest mileage." Students will receive plenty of one-on-one instruction. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Peggi Kroll-Roberts, www.krollroberts.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $685 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Figurative Painting
April 3-7, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students 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 students through his process of painting. The workshop 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 Painting (2 Week)
April 3-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students 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 students through his process of painting. The workshop 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: $1300 + $100 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 3-7, 2017 (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. The workshop will focus on observing the model and sculpting what students have not seen before. Simon will teach students how to breathe emotions into the clay and how to truly 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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Watercolor: Simple, Fast and Focused!
April 3-7, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Gain more confidence by simplifying your approach to subject matter. Learn to paint with energy and focus. Understand that clarity of thought and emotion are essential in the medium of watercolor. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and also studied the art with Edgar Whitney. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society. Mel has written numerous feature articles and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused. Visit melstabin.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Mel Stabin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $850 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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


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

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


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

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Figurative Painting
April 10-14, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Milt Kobayashi will take students 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 students through his process of painting. The workshop 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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Capturing Facial Expression
April 18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This one-day workshop will focus on capturing the expressive quality of a face. There will be discussion of the structure of the face with examples of various artists’ portraits showing different approaches. Cynthia will demonstrate drawing the structure of the face with oil, then applying color. Students will first do a series of short studies from different angles with a limited palette in both drawing & painting in order to see and capture the essence of the portrait. Finally, there will be a 3 hour pose for a longer exploration of the portrait. The objective is to learn to quickly see and respond to the uniqueness of each facial angle and expression. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Cynthia Peterson, www.cynthiapetersonfineart.com
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $90 + $10 Model Fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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


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

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Painting the Figure in the Landscape with Tina Garrett
April 26 - May 6, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting holiday in scenic southern France! We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Tina Garrett has earned a Master Artist designation through the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Signature Member Guild and an ARC Associate Living Master designation by the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as the Museum of Modern Art Europe (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Design and Painting
April 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach to painting with a model morning paint demo. The afternoon will be devoted to painting life models. Mike will demonstrate his technique of “drawing” with paint as well as show other techniques or “tricks” to simplify the figure, which can be a daunting task for many oil painters. He will discuss the balance between representational technique and instinctive design decisions that can transform an academic figure study. The idea is to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it. Visit website


Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Instructor: Michael Carson
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Cost: $350 + $50 model fee
Email: Scottsdale Artists' School
Phone: (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 29 - May 6, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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


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

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Painting the Clothed Figure in the Environment: An Energized Start and Graceful Finish
May 9-12, 2017 — In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, in conjunction with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photographs. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Studying the Old Masters
May 15-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will provide the opportunity to deeply study an old master painting (figurative or portrait) and learn various processes of the old masters. Students will do a small color study of the chosen work, develop an accurate drawing to work from, and then create the final painting. This experience will provide a better understanding of the painting process, how to draw for an underpainting and explore several different approaches to creating a painting from start to finish. The workshop will also cover the painting process used throughout the 19th century and by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and Dean Cornwell. Additionally, the course will cover how to apply modern tools to this process and your own work. Visit website


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

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For Love or Money: Portraiture and the Pursuit of Excellence, with Chris Saper
May 22-25, 2017 — This four-day workshop is designed to provide hands-on skills necessary to paint portraits successfully. The course is focused on gaining painting skills by working from life with a special emphasis on seeing, mixing and painting color in light, and in shadow. Drawing skills and specific portrait measuring techniques will be emphasized to achieve likeness, giving students a solid plan to continue to work on improving their results. Artists are welcome in any medium. Chris has experience in pastel, charcoal, and oil painting. Topics include: producing excellent photographic resources from which to work, presenting yourself and your work effectively, client relations, understanding your market, embracing and sifting through social media and the Internet presence, and developing your own business plan. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Chris Saper, chrissaper.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $630 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 27 - June 3, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Oil Painting: Inspiration and Design
June 2-5, 2017 — This four-day oil painting workshop presents the opportunity to paint directly from the model or a still life setup, and emphasizes the importance of having a clear idea for a painting. What is it you see that makes you want to paint something? Awareness of your inspiration guides the decisions you make as you paint. Lectures and demonstrations will reinforce an understanding of design, vision, and a lighthearted approach. Afternoons are studio time, with time for students to paint on their own and receive individual instruction. Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, before class starts. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Aimee Erickson, www.aimeeerickson.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $680
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Alla Prima Figure Painting - "Wet-on-Wet" Workshop
June 16-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this class will be on drawing the figure and Alla Prima oil painting and the various techniques used to create a fresh, spontaneous response to your subject matter while the paint is still wet. Students will work by applying paint in large tonal patches and refining/ adding details as they move along. This class will be helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely, use brush strokes economically and take advantage of the inherent beauty of wet oil paint. All levels welcome. David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA). His work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $495
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting the Portrait with James Tennison
July 8-11, 2017 — During this four-day workshop we will be painting a head-and-shoulders portrait from a live model. On the first day I will give a demonstration of my painting procedure and will discuss my approach to capturing a likeness. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of accurate drawing, analyzing the planes of the head, determining correct values, mixing clean flesh tones and controlling hard and soft edges. On the following days, workshop participants will paint from the model and I will give personalized instruction and demonstrate as needed. Painting a portrait is no easy task and it is recommended that students have experience with drawing the head and painting in oils, but all who are truly interested in learning will be welcomed. Visit website


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

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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The Figure in the Landscape
July 13-16, 2017 — This workshop will focus on painting the figure in the landscape while exploring the differences between working indoors vs. outdoors. Light and color variables will be talked about in depth, as well as how to best use photography to serve as source material for studio work. Dan will demonstrate techniques to the group and also offer individual instruction. Two days will be spent working indoors and two outdoors. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Dan Schultz, DanSchultzFineArt.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $550 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Alla Prima Figure Painting
July 13-16, 2017 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) — 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. The class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: David Shevlino
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $595 (Plus model fee)
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Figure and Portrait with Zhaoming Wu
August 19-22, 2017 — In this workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to figure painting in an “alla prima” approach. Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form. It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style. His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Zhaoming Wu, www.zhaomingwu.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $780 plus model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Painting the Figure from Photographs
August 21-25, 2017 — Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. In this class, Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques, and instills confidence so you can 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. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Ted Nuttall
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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"Carmel By The Sea" En Plein Air
August 28-31, 2017 (8:30am-4:30pm) — Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel. Visit website


Location: Carmel, CA
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Contact: Rich Brimer
Phone: 831.620.2955

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Making the Best Portrait of Your Life
September 11-15, 2017 — Developing sensitivity, honing communication skills, and perfecting technical skills in order to create portraits that are deeply in tune with the human spirit is the goal of this workshop with acclaimed portrait photographer Paul Mobley. Participants have daily opportunities to practice their skills working first with experienced models and then with complete strangers. The ability to engage and build trust is the most important factor in portrait sessions, and Paul works individually with each participant to guide this process. By week’s end, participants have acquired the technical skills coupled with the ability to comfortably communicate and engage with a wide variety of people in order to collaborate on portraits from the soul. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Paul Mobley
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $1,250
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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The Figure in Pastels
September 11-15, 2017 — In Margaret’s workshops students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with clothed models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
September 15-17, 2017 (10am-5pm) — Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary. Visit website


Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Instructor: Felicia Forte, www.feliciaforte.com
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Cost: $480 plus model fee
Email: Martha Jordan
Phone: 206-715-6663

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Master Workshop with Juliette Aristides at Keppel Castle
October 2-6, 2017 — Learn still life painting and portrait painting from the live model. Juliette Aristides will be our instructor. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing published by Watson-Guptill, NY and a frequent contributor to Artist’s Magazine. Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. Visit website


Location: Laag-Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $950 including lunch and model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 16-20, 2017 (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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 23-27, 2017 (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. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Oil Painting Workshop
November 10-12, 2017 — This three-day oil painting workshop will focus on specific observational skills to help you create more efficient, lively, and accurate alla-prima portrait paintings from life. Elizabeth will demonstrate time-saving techniques with a contemporary palette to achieve painterly results that reflect the sitter’s uniqueness. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and fresh color, with demos and helpful individual feedback throughout. Each day, new concepts will be discussed that will help build your skill set and application of paint. Special attention will also be given to anatomy and the dynamics of color and light. Each day we will work with a new model so we can practice achieving the individual characteristics that lead to a solid likeness and a successful portrait study. Visit website


Location: Langley, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Zanzinger, www.ezanzinger.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $450
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
November 18-25, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
March 17-24, 2018 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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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. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Beginning Composition
Ongoing — In composition, there are no standardized or predetermined rules. Beginning Composition will introduce students to a unique and proven method of learning the fundamental concepts of composition and visual literacy. Students will be exposed to information and demonstrations that will enable them to see problems and correct their own compositions and become more visually expressive. Videos are yours to keep. Visit website


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

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


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

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