Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Animal Portraiture"
Mondays, January 28 - April 1, 2019

Learn to draw and paint your favorite animals or pets using professional techniques for a realistic result. Instruction will guide you through the different steps involved in portrait production including selecting a photograph, establishing a solid foundational drawing, and creating realistic effects through acrylic painting techniques.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Lian Quan Zhen Watercolor Workshop"
April 22-24, 2019

Learn composition and color along with Lian's unique method including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around". You'll learn how to mix colors right on the watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments painting themselves. Only three primary colors will be used. Join Lian for his unique approach!
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email

"Drawing and Painting Animals (Ages 6-8)"
July 29 - August 1, 2019

In this workshop, students will learn how to use fundamental art elements to accurately draw and paint their favorite animals. Photo references, as well as possible class visits from furry, scaly, or feathered friends will provide inspiration throughout the week. Children will use graphite, oil pastel, watercolor, tempera, and more to capture these animals and their environments.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Cost: Members: $125, Non-Members: $140
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Birds and Blooms"
August 12-16, 2019

Collaging exotic birds in mixed media. An impressionistic painted backdrop sets the stage for exotic birds in colorful collaged plumage with a variety of media. Learn to create collage papers exclusively with Gelli Plate mono printing techniques. In addition to collage we will experiment with adding (and subtracting) charcoal, watercolor pencil, metallic leaf, pigment pens, and found objects such as string, yarn, wrappers, feathers, and anything else a magpie might steal!
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire,
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054

"Layering the Light with Rita Kirkman"
November 6-8, 2019

Infuse your pastel paintings with the life and warmth of sunlight with Kirkman's creative under-painting technique. By completing several small paintings you will quickly grasp the concepts of value and temperature that create a believable and beautiful impression of light! Related principles such as design and color will inspire discussion, as well as how to creatively interpret your photos and stay productive in your busy lifestyle.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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