Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Photographing your Artwork"
August 4, 2018

The ability to document artwork is an important skill for any artist pursuing exhibition, professional or academic opportunities. Learn basic lighting and photography techniques to document drawings and paintings as well as three-dimensional sculptural works. Bring 2 - 3 pieces of art and your digital camera for hands-on experience.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples,
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"The Portrait and The Figure"
September 13-15, 2018

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Indianapolis, IN. Using live clothed 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. 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.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572

"Contemporary Practices Oil Painting Workshop"
October 5-7, 2018

This 3-day workshop is an introduction to J Louis' art-marketing process from conception to actualization focusing on figure photography, computer-aided design, and traditional oil painting technique. Whether you are a passionate painting enthusiast or professional artist, J Louis will help you explore new opportunities in figurative art. This workshop will focus on painting the figure with contemporary tools and techniques. You will be guided through the fundamentals of live model photography, composition, material application, and the completion of a finished art piece.
Location: St Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: J. Louis
Cost: $600.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414

"Successfully Promoting Your Work"
October 20, 2018

This professional development workshop is designed to outline various methods for promoting your work and practice. Topics such as building relationships with galleries, finding group exhibitions, and publication opportunities, both online and in print, will be covered. In addition to an outline of opportunities in the field, a variety of strategies will be discussed to customize the outcomes for desired professional goals on a regional, national, or international platform.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith,
Cost: Members: $40, Non-Members: $45
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Maximizing the Impact of your CV, Statement, Bio, and Cover Letters"
October 20, 2018

Create or improve the effectiveness of your professional documents in this hands-on workshop. Strategies for maximizing every document, including more formal formats, such as the CV and cover letter, will be discussed. In addition, you will write and workshop a draft of your artist statement and bio. Multiple approaches will be presented so that you can design a statement and bio that best aligns with your artwork.
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Trina May Smith,
Cost: Members: $45, Non-Members: $50
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455

"Taking Perfect Portrait Reference Photos Like a Pro!"
March 16, 2019

Shana and David will go through the different equipment such as cameras, lights, and software that they use to capture beautifully clear photo references that mimic the information that artists would have when drawing or painting from a live model. They fully describe the benefits of working with strobe lights to create natural lighting on the model even with many different strong chiaroscuro lighting conditions. Discussion will also revolve around the pitfalls of photography and how to fully understand all aspects of what one is capturing in one’s painting. Students will leave this workshop with many quality photo references of their own. This information is invaluable to those artists that work on commissioned portraits as well as personal paintings.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Jon Kassan & Shana Levenson
Cost: $90 + $20 model fee
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


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