Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Portable Print"
June 3 - August 11, 2019
 

Learn to make your own fine art prints without a press or special equipment! Create your own “portable” print-shop to use at home or to create plein air works outdoors. Gain the confidence and expertise to perform the following techniques on your own: relief, oil- and water-based monotype, Gauguin monotype, stencil printing on fabric, stamp printing, solar etching, and paste paper making. A demonstration on how to make a portfolio to store paper and prints and simple framing techniques will be provided. Comprehensive online instruction is comprised of video demonstrations, guides, and assignments with regular instructor feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Shushana Rucker, www.shushanarucker.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Drawing"
June 3 - August 11, 2019
 

Learn to draw what you see realistically and with confidence – from the comfort of your own home! Master the basics of observational drawing using line and tonal value with the still life as your subject. Videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback will promote understanding as you hone your skills. This course is ideal for beginners or for intermediate students wanting to refine their abilities.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Digital Photography"
June 3 - August 11, 2019
 

Achieve the technical knowledge and creative camera skills needed to make powerful, professional-quality photographs using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, from initial capture to final print. Learn the functions, modes, and menus of your camera; how they affect picture-taking; and how to select the appropriate settings for a given environment. Instruction will address shooting in RAW format, employing expressive natural and artificial light, creating setups for portraiture, photo-editing, and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom. Develop a unified body of work ready for exhibition, publication, or a portfolio. Demonstrations, discussions, reviews and short weekly projects are designed to get you up, out and behind the camera! Prior photography experience is helpful, but not necessary.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: RA Friedman, www.rafriedman.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art Appreciation: A Global Perspective"
June 3 - August 11, 2019
 

Discover the diversity and richness of art, as well as its sweeping impact on all aspects of human culture in this introductory-level course. Instruction will cover the fundamental visual elements and principles of design, art materials and methods, and an overview of the history of art. Discussion boards, quizzes, and small art projects will facilitate understanding. Jacob Muldowney is an artist and educator based in North Carolina. He exhibits his work extensively, both domestically and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Jason Penry Purchase Award and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award. Muldowney received a BFA in painting from PAFA and an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jacob Muldowney
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Eighteenth-Century British Society"
June 3 - July 1, 2019
 

In 1695, Parliament allowed the Licensing Act to expire, giving citizens the right to publish just about anything they desired. Visual artists also took full advantage of this new-found freedom. This course examines British art and its relationship to the broader society in the eighteenth century. Graphic works were used for social and political commentary, and will be the focus of the course, although paintings will also be included. Students will read contemporary writing from the period, providing insight into artists’ visual commentaries.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Paul Sivitz, Ph.D
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World"
June 3 - August 11, 2019
 

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect technique for recording nature in a fresh and fun way. In this course, learn fundamental drawing techniques and essential watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, animals and landscapes. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography. An ideal course for those interested in both the fine arts and the Illustration field.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Roberto Osti, www.robertoosti.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art, Science, and Medicine, 1600-1800"
July 8 - August 5, 2019
 

Until about 1800, “science” included not only the fields we expect: biology, chemistry, and what is now called physics, but also medicine and technology. Illustrations, paintings, and even simple line drawings had the power to communicate science to a large audience. This course examines the intersection of art and science during the eighteenth century. Topics include print culture, production of “archetypal” images, circulation of knowledge, and ideas of the Enlightenment.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Paul Sivitz, Ph.D
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $250
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Unlocking Color Secrets"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Color is magic if you know how to unlock its secrets! Learn the art of mixing color while perfecting value. Debra will share the essentials necessary to create dynamic paintings. Learn why color temperature matters and how to warm up and cool down a color. Explore new ways to paint “white” using color and discover what color white is in the shadows. Debra will walk you through 5 brushstroke-by-brushstroke paint alongs from a boat to conquering clouds, skies, mountains and fields. This is a must have course for any painter.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
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"Light, Shadow, Atmosphere!"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn how to achieve foreground, middle-ground and background. Debra will teach you how to look past color and achieve correct color value. Gain confidence and learn to see color, temperature and value, while creating great atmosphere in your work. Besides design, the most important component of a successful painting is Color Value! This is a great class for both beginner and more experienced painters. An ideal course to take before attending an advanced workshop!
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
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"Big Bold Basics"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Have you ever wanted a course that explains every aspect of painting in a way that is straight-forward and simple? Debra teaches the approach of every pro! Enjoy a fun way to finally learn the fundamentals for creating dynamic and confident paintings. Whether you are a total beginner or a more advanced painter, you will learn solid techniques to springboard your work into the next level! Debra Huse is an award-winning Contemporary Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold, fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her paintings. Debra is a Signature Member with the the American Impressionist Society, American Society of Marine Artists, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Debra Huse
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Paint Like a Pro/Debra Huse
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"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $19.99
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


 

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