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


"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


"Painting the Costumed Figure"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Work with esteemed artist and PAFA alum David Graeme Baker to envision, compose, and execute figure paintings that embody your personal vision. Working from a costumed model in an interior setting with still life elements, learn how to effectively tackle issues of pose, placement and detail through preparatory drawings and oil sketches. Use your drawn and painted studies to progress to a thoughtfully composed long pose painting that demonstrates your personal design and expressive intent. Demonstrations and discussion will address capturing the proportions and gestures of the figure, tactics for painting fabric and surrounding elements, strategies for planning extended projects, and sources of inspiration. Drawing and painting experienced required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: David Graeme Baker, www.davidgbakerpainting.com
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Painting: Light & Form with Alexander Soukas"
June 13-15, 2019
 

In this three day workshop, students will be introduced to a direct painting method for painting the human figure with gesture, rhythm, accuracy, and solid structural form that can be applied to short and long term paintings. Starting with short poses, students will learn how to draw on the canvas with their brush to capture the dynamic shapes of light and shadow. The next two days will be a long pose where students will learn to control paint application, values and limited color to model three-dimensional form. Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Level: Adult, 18 +
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Alexander Soukas
Cost: $325
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"High School Intensive: Figure Sculpture"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Explore three-dimensional concepts and diversify your portfolio through terra cotta clay sculpture. Work from a life model to study clay modeling techniques, anatomy, proportion, composition, and personal expression. Sculptures will be kiln-fired after the course ends. 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: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $425 + Lab Fee: $20
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: 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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