Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Animal Sculpture: The Deer"
Saturdays, June 1-29, 2019

Study beautiful live deer subjects to improve your understanding of quadruped anatomy. Learn to build an armature and develop the anatomical structure in clay with the suggestion of life and movement. Lecture and demonstration will address sculpting techniques, anatomy, and materials in non-technical terms. Held on-location at Linvilla.
Location: Media, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins,
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"One-week ceramics Immersion for Professional Artists"
June 17-21, 2019

Take your craft to a new level with our one-week intensives, packing 30 hours of class into five days. Delve into a concentrated topic or process, led by an expert in her field. Topic: Uncanny Animal Heads. Discover Lindsay Pichaske's techniques for building life-sized ceramic animals. Explore the animal head in clay, learning solid construction with pipe armature, slab building, and sculpting facial features. Create a life-sized animal head. Lindsay Pichaske is a 2011-2012 Taunt Fellow, and has been awarded the NCECA Emerging Artist Award and the Maryland Individual Artist Award. See her work at Course information: Immersion Workshops: Ceramic Topics ADS438, CRN45061 June 17-21, Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. w/ 1 hour lunch break. Registration begins April 1.
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Instructor: Lindsay Pichaske
Cost: $400 for Maryland residents, $625 out-of-state
Sponsor: Community Arts at Montgomery College
Website, email, 240-567-5806

"Animal Écorché: The Doe"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 10, 2019

Écorché is a classical approach to identifying and comprehending the underlying bone and muscle structures of a living subject by building a three-dimensional anatomical figure in clay. Students in this class will construct an 8-inch deer in plasteline, beginning with the skeleton. References will include a scale model and print/video media.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins,
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

""Paint the Light in Pastel" with Rita Kirkman"
July 15-19, 2019

Join Rita for the Ultimate Summer Art Vacation - an all-inclusive 5-day Art Retreat at The Abbey of the Hills, in the heart of the glacial lakes region of South Dakota. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this former monastery while stimulating your creativity with a Rita Kirkman Pastel Workshop! The 5-day workshop will give you plenty of time to exercise and improve your pastel abilities (all skill levels welcome) in the classroom, while leaving extra hours to explore the beautiful grounds, paint outside, sketch and take photos, or simply relax! Learn from Rita’s 40+ years of experience with pastel. Lots of individual attention given. One price includes the workshop tuition, on-site lodging and daily home-cooked meals!
Location: Marvin, South Dakota
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $807 (shared room)
Sponsor: Rita Kirkman Studio
Website, email, 210-274-3384

"Animal Sculpture at the Zoo"
July 22-26, 2019

Compose clay sculptural studies of animal subjects on location at the Philadelphia Zoo. Begin with rapid three-dimensional sketches and progress to extended sculptural renderings in order to identify boney landmarks and convey the gesture of a variety of species. Comparative anatomy, materials, and techniques will be addressed, as well as methods for capturing expression. Transportation available. Note: Zoo admission fees not included in tuition price.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Diane Collins,
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"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

"Needle Felting Animals"
August 1, 2019

Learn to make three-dimensional felt sculptures of animals using the needle-felting technique, working with barbed needles to turn wool fibers into a more condensed material. The class will start with an overview of wool types and needles that are used for felting. We will then experiment with various felting techniques and will work on prepping the wool and creating a wire skeleton for your sculpture. In the second half of the class we will add wool to the skeleton and apply the needle-felting techniques to complete the felt piece. All materials (wool and wool accents, felting needles, foam pads and wires for creating the skeleton) will be provided by the instructor.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Tamara Tsurkan
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292

"Songbirds in Collage One-Day Small Format 10 x 10"
August 3, 2019

A comprehensive one-day workshop that will take you through the collage process step-by-step. A great prerequisite to this class is the Gel Plate Monoprinting for Collage Paper, so that you can bring your own papers to class, however, I will provide a sampling of papers for sharing for those who do not make their own papers. Colors of provided papers will, of course, be limited. You may also bring colored, decorative papers from the art supply store, or papers you may have already painted or monoprinted. No magazines, scrapbook paper, or shiny paper please. At the end of this workshop, you will have the skills and confidence to create an impressionistic, painterly collage - your very own Paper Painting!
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963

"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

"Bringing Animals to Life with Bill Suys"
September 24-27, 2019

Bringing an animal to life is both joyful and powerful. Through demonstrations, examples, and individual attention, this 4-day workshop will enhance each student’s ability to develop and execute paintings that will bring animals to ‘life’ while also building form, structure and surface. Regardless of current level of expertise, participants will leave with a better awareness and understanding of painting in general, along with a deeper appreciation of ways to breathe spirit and personality into the characters that populate their paintings. Bill will address keys to both artistic and technical growth that will apply to all facets of one’s work, improving the result while bringing greater joy and depth to the process. 9:00am - 4:00pm (Tuesday through Friday)
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bill Suys
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405

"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
Website, email

"Debra Keirce - 4 Steps to a Realistic Painting"
December 4-7, 2019

In this workshop we will use modern materials in a way that I believe the old masters would have used them. My method optimizes speed and realism, using ancient concepts. My process is independent of subject matter. That means that you can apply it to still life, portrait, landscape, floral, pet paintings or anything you are working on. All skill levels welcome. I am limiting the workshop to 12 students, because I want this to be intimate for everyone. I will spend as much time with you as you like. We will be in the very comfortable and well lit back rooms of Seaside Art Gallery, surrounded by the work of master artists.
Location: Nags Head, North Carolina
Instructor: Debra Keirce
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Seaside Art Gallery
Website, email, 252-441-5418


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