Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Figure Drawing in Charcoal"
May 4, 2019
 

Explore the rich tonal and expressive possibilities of charcoal in order to take your figure drawing to the next level. Learn about the various types of charcoal and how to employ them at different stages of drawing to achieve a dramatic contrast of light and shadow and to create a delicate range of values. Work from the model in a single, extended pose with vine charcoal, small and large sticks, and hard to soft pencils on white, cream or gray toned papers. Enrich your drawing practice beyond linear, graphite rendering through this comprehensive exploration of the medium from a master of drawing techniques. Basic figure drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sketch on the Go"
May 11, 2019
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Large-Scale Figure Drawing"
June 8-9, 2019
 

Learn to draw the human figure life-size with Jerry Weiss, noted artist and instructor at the Art Students League in New York. Explore quality of line, proportion, rhythms of the standing figure, and the modeling of forms through value. Instruction and demonstrations will cover the initial blocking-in of the drawing, use of lines for comparison, attention to prominent anatomical landmarks, and shading through tonal massing and linear hatching. Working from model poses ranging in length from one hour to all-day, students will build from rapid gestures to greater resolution in this useful preparation for large-scale painting and means of creating visually dynamic life drawings.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jerry Weiss, www.jerrynweiss.com
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Reframing the Ordinary"
June 29-30, 2019
 

Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary while drawing in Old City, Philadelphia. Cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation to capture the light, form and feeling of place in the city’s historic streets. Use the camera as a viewfinder and analyze the structure of photographs as means to enhance and inform direct perception. Related activities include training memory, selecting motifs for working, and learning to identify what makes one place more interesting than another visually and graphically.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing I, Section 1"
July 1-6, 2019
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. No class on July 4 for Independence Day. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Portrait Drawing and Painting"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Draw and paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Render portrait models first through drawing media, in order to investigate head structure, proportions and features. Progress to oil painting, to explore color, value, and expressive brushstroke. Prerequisite: Drawing 1 (offered July 1-6) or other prior basic drawing experience. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Music Industry Illustration"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Explore illustration as a counterpart to music through the art of the concert poster. Experiment with traditional and digital methods to develop imagery that interprets the lyrical content of your favorite artists. Employ spontaneous and stream of consciousness drawing and lettering exercises to invent narratives from instrumental music. Learn about the history of the concert poster to gain insight and inspiration for your own music-themed work. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Heimer, www.jamesheimer.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing II - Life Drawing"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Figure drawing is one of the most time-honored methods of art training and a great way to rapidly produce valuable work for a portfolio. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportion and anatomy. Prerequisite: Drawing I (offered July 1-6), Portrait Drawing and Painting (offered July 15-19), or other basic drawing experience. Note: This class will utilize nude models. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing for Comics"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Learn step-by-step cartooning basics in order to create characters, tell a story from life or imagination, or build a portfolio. Develop your own short story to be included in a collaborative comic book to take home at the end of class. Instruction includes insights on the comic book and animation industry. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jeff Kilpatrick, jeffrokilpatrick.blogspot.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Drawing I, Section 2"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection, and portrait models to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Cast Drawing and Painting"
August 5-9, 2019
 

Drawing from plaster casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. PAFA’s beautiful and historic Cast Hall contains life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture – a unique resource that has been part of the school’s curriculum for over 200 years. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition with charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress to oil painting materials and techniques using a limited palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw- or paint-only based on experience. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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