Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Art Appreciation: A Global Perspective"
February 4 - April 14, 2019
 

This introductory course seeks to arm students with an awareness of the diversity and richness of art, as well as its sweeping impact on all aspects of human culture. Instruction will cover the fundamental visual elements and principles of design, art materials and methods, and an overview of the history of art. Includes discussion boards, quizzes, and small art projects.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Jacob Muldowny
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art History: Modern Art Since 1945"
February 4 - April 14, 2019
 

This online course will examine the development of art in America and Europe from the end of World War II to the end of the twentieth-century, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Land-Based art, and other significant artistic movements. Analyze the aesthetic ideas that have informed the narrative and contested terrain around art since 1945, including the challenges to the ideals of modernism. Online instruction will provide twice-weekly video lectures, readings, and instructor-moderated discussion boards.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Richards
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Drawing"
February 4 - April 14, 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)
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Digital Photography"
February 4 - April 14, 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


"Color for Painters"
February 4 - April 14, 2019
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings. Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Observational Perspective Drawing"
March 4 - May 12, 2019
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing and painting, allowing us to translate the observable world into a believable two-dimensional image and create invented spaces. Learn the fundamentals of linear perspective in clear, easy to-understand language, and apply these principles to still lifes, interiors and cityscape views. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Essential Human Anatomy: Arms, Legs, Hands & Feet"
March 4 - May 12, 2019
 

Designed for figurative artists and students of anatomy, this online course will explore the structural, anatomical, dynamic and aesthetic qualities of the arms, hands, legs and feet. These highly mobile and expressive parts of the human figure are notoriously challenging for an artist to depict. Master the beautiful complexity of the extremities so you can promote their expressive potential and add credibility to your depictions of the human form. Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback.
 
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


"The Portable Print"
March 4 - May 12, 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


"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


"Mesmerizing with Metallic & Interference Paints"
Begin any time
 

Add drama, flair & mystery to your paintings with interference paints and metallics. Be dramatic or subtle. The choice is yours…limited only by your imagination. You’ll learn easily with close-up on demand video and clear explanations. The camera is 3 feet from my brush. You see each brushstroke. Watch as often as you like. You’ll learn something new and get new ideas every time you watch. Connect with your creative spirit & have fun. The best art comes from creative play. I designed this class for all levels of experience. I’ve included some basic painting instruction so beginners can benefit. Experienced painters will enjoy learning how to master these versatile paints.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Mixed Media Online Workshop"
Begin this online class at any time
 

Learn mixed media in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. You'll learn how to connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. In this online class, you'll watch videos to learn collage & simple printing techniques. You'll learn to cut a stencil & apply paint or texture through it. I'll explain clearly & show techniques in a series of short videos. You'll learn & have fun, even if you've never painted before. Experienced painters will love exploring new tools & techniques. You'll have so much fun making your mixed media paintings. The best art comes from creative play.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Visual Journaling Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Visual Journaling offers an easy intuitive way to connect with your creative spirit, capture emotions & ideas, access inner knowledge, record life's special moments, and envision your future. This powerful tool is available to everyone, even non-artists, although many artists use it as a rich resource to develop new work & to access intuition. Carl Jung said "The soul speaks in images." You'll learn simple ways to create interesting color & texture on your pages, how to add images, personal photos & text. This powerful tool is yours forever after this introductory class. Watch online as many times as you like. Receive bonus journal if you register early. 6 weekly video lessons. Or receive all right away.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $75. Free journal
Website, email, 281-330-3827


"Creative Collage Online Workshop"
Begin any time
 

Learn Creative Collage at home, any time. Connect with your creative spirit as you express your personal ideas. My camera is only 3 feet from my hands as I clearly show you my perfect-every-time collage technique and my easy ways of painting texture with acrylic paint. I share my thoughts & choices. I explain what I'm doing & why, in detail. Over 4 hours of instruction. You'll learn to make real paintings (not just things glued on a surface), even if you are a new painter. Watch videos as many times as you like for at least 6 months. You'll have fun making your own original collage paintings. The best art comes from creative play. Free vintage papers.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Website, email, 281-330-3827


 

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