Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Perspective Drawing: The City"
July 20-21, 2019
 

Capture the buildings and streets of the urban environment without rulers, complicated geometry or stress! Using basic sighting techniques and helpful guidelines, learn to create a convincing sense of three-dimensional space with just a sketchbook and pencil while you work at select downtown locations near PAFA.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Paper Collage Workshop"
July 21, 2019
 

Collage is a highly individualistic medium with the potential to enhance your full creativity. Collect and combine random materials to create new images. Learn how to organize materials according to color, texture and patterns; compose the layout; develop the surface; and paste your composition onto an appropriate support.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Figure Drawing with Bruce Samuelson"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Capture the vitality and gesture of the life model under the guidance of PAFA professor Bruce Samuelson, whose work combines a virtuosity of Old Masters-influenced draftsmanship with elegant abstraction. Hone your own approach to the figure, whether academic or expressive, through Samuelson’s individually-tailored instruction. Foundational principles of structure, anatomy, form and gesture will be presented through critique, and discussion of master drawings, past and present. Work in the media of your choice including graphite, charcoal, pastel, and paint.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Bruce Samuelson
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Lithography"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Lithography is the versatile printmaking process that allows for a complete range of drawing effects: contour line, hatching/cross-hatching, liquid wash applications, bold expressive mark-making, and reductive techniques. Learn all aspects of the lithographic process through step-by-step demonstrations and engaging hands-on practice: preparing (graining) a traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plate, creating a drawing, applying an etch, choosing and preparing printmaking paper, printing in black-and-white and color, and editioning your prints. Transferring a photographic image to stone or plate will also be discussed.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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, www.dianecollinsstudio.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bucks County Landscape"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the region made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm!
 
Location: New Hope, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $295
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: Photography"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Discover the creative possibilities of digital photography. Learn to use the camera as an expressive tool as you develop an understanding of photography’s technical and visual aspects. Instruction covers camera functions, compositional strategies, image editing in Photoshop, and creating digital prints. Required: DSLR camera or compact camera with manual functions. Note: A limited number of cameras are available for checkout during the course from the PAFA library if needed, on a first-come-first-served basis. 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: RA Friedman, www.rafriedman.com
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


"Power of Pastel with Christine Swann"
July 25-27, 2019
 

Learn everything needed to know about this medium and how to control it. Workshop will focus on understanding light by painting still lifes and then the portrait from models. All levels welcome. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Level: Adult, 18+
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Swann
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"Portrait Painting Basics Workshop"
July 27-28, 2019
 

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stenciling Workshop"
July 28, 2019
 

Stenciling has been used widely throughout history of interior design, decoration, and fine art. Create your own stencils, and apply your motif to hand-made paper using pigment colors, acrylic paint and gold leaf. Learn methods to apply stencils to a variety of materials including walls and furniture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype: The Painterly Print"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Monotypes are an expressive and accessible entry into printmaking: draw or paint an image on a plexiglass plate or other surface and then print it on paper or fabric to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. Instruction will cover both hand-printing and press techniques, as well as water- and oil-based colors.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati, tonyrosatiprint.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Watercolor"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, portraits and the cityscape. All levels welcome. 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: 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: Painting II - Figure Painting"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Figure painting is one the most versatile and popular subjects taught at PAFA. Learn to paint the life model in oil/acrylic, focusing on human anatomy and proportions, paint handling, materials, and design. Prerequisite: Painting I: Still Life (offered July 8-12), Portrait Drawing and Painting (offered July 15-19) or prior basic painting 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
Instructor: David Wilson, www.davidcampbellwilson.com
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Spontaneous Abstraction"
August 3-4, 2019
 

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi, kassemamoudi.com
Cost: $195
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


"High School Intensive: Printmaking - Woodcut & Screenprinting"
August 5-9, 2019
 

Explore the exciting possibilities of relief printing using a wood or linoleum block, screenprinting on t-shirts and other materials, and mixed media techniques. Learn methods of image development, printing for each process, and the safe handling of all materials. 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: Shushana Rucker
Cost: $425 + Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Join acclaimed painter Stuart Shils for a three-day painting intensive, focusing on pictorial structure, composition and color. The life model will be the primary subject, with emphasis placed on close-looking, improvisational shorthand and editorial intervention to establish perceptual hierarchy. A day will be devoted to working from reproductions of old and modern masters to interpret their construction and organization of painted space. Acrylic paint will be the main medium, with considerable emphasis on drawing with graphite, crayons and cut-paper collage.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils, stuartshils.com
Cost: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne"
November 2-3, 2019
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of America’s premier painters and long-time PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work in the medium of your choice from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement as you explore means of translating form and articulating space. Maximize the expressive impact of luminous color through stronger, more focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and present a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. Revitalize your work and advance your love of color while working directly with a contemporary master.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne, elizabethosborne.us
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Intuitive Painting with Jane Davies"
November 16-17, 2019
 

Tap into your creative intuition to embrace a more spontaneous way of art-making! Paint to music, draw with crayons, create your own collage papers, and use improvisation and collaboration to stimulate unexpected outcomes. Learn to be present to the process, let go of expectations that inhibit you, and expand your expressive capacity. All techniques are accessible, so participants of all levels of experience can jump right in. Experienced painters will find this a refreshing way to re-energize their art practice. If you have never painted before, this is a great way to start! Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, painting, and encaustic. Through her workshops, she helps people find a personal and playful approach to art.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jane Davies, janedaviesstudios.com
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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