Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Cast Drawing"
Wednesdays, May 22 - June 19, 2019
 

Drawing in the Academic manner 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 PAFA’s curriculum for over 200 years. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 1"
Thursdays, May 30 - June 27, 2019
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for Session 2 only should have basic drawing/painting experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Study: Two & Three Dimensional"
Thursdays, May 30 - June 27, 2019
 

Enrich your understanding of portraiture through drawing and sculpture. Mornings session will focus on creating a portrait head in clay, developing it from deep geometric structure to surface form. Afternoons will be devoted to drawing the portrait, informed by the exploration of its three-dimensional form. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Extended Pose"
Fridays, May 31 - June 28, 2019
 

Draw or paint from a life model in a single pose for the entire course in order to develop one large image or several smaller studies. Instruction will focus on two-dimensional linear accuracy, three-dimensional volumetric integrity, clarity of space, and color analysis specific to the human form. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Renée P. Foulks
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure - Session 1"
Saturdays, June 1-29, 2019
 

Depicting the clothed and partially clothed model allows the opportunity to define character, imply a narrative, or just incorporate fabric and accessories. Explore gesture, structure and anatomy with graphite and charcoal, then progress to painting with limited and expanded palettes. Demonstration and references will address color mixing, rendering cloth, body language and the expressive inclusion of hands.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Anatomical Drawing"
Mondays, June 3 - July 1, 2019
 

Understand human anatomy through lecture and drawing from the model. Topics include proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure. Basic figure drawing experience recommended. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portraits in Watercolor"
June 3-7, 2019
 

Though often viewed as intimidating and challenging, painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life and landscape, and brings with its accomplishment a unique satisfaction and reward. Ted will discuss the pitfalls and pluses of painting from photographic reference as well as how to achieve spontaneity, character, and life in your paintings. Class will include daily demonstrations and one-on-one interaction with class members. As Ted shares the specific techniques he uses to bring excitement to his figurative work, you will find your paintings taking on a new life. And, experience great fun in the process! Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and Watercolor West.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $750 by May 3; $800 after May 3
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Figure & Portrait Modeling - Session 1"
Mondays, June 3 - July 1, 2019
 

Sculpting from the life model is the foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Learn to model the life-sized human portrait and 24-inch full figure in clay, from armature construction to finished sculpture. Topics of study will include basic structure, gesture, proportion, anatomy and achieving a portrait likeness. Students may focus on the portrait, the figure or both. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $215; Lab Fee: $5
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting with Theodore Xaras"
Tuesdays, June 4 - July 2, 2019
 

This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Learn how to achieve a likeness, model light and shade, mix flesh tones, and apply paint. Includes demonstrations, and insights into the history of portraiture. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Two-Day Figure Design Intensive with Jeannie McGuire"
June 5-6, 2019
 

This workshop focuses on both planned design and spontaneous painting within a series. Demonstrations of storytelling in paint will be given along with individual mentoring of each student's design and project. Students will have individual painting time and private and private consultations.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"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


"Learn to Sculpt Faces with Polymer Clay"
June 8-9, 2019
 

This class is about sculpting faces, but it includes more than just the basic steps for creating a face. This class will also be about family stories and the ancestors, both real and imagined, the elders. Who are your elders? How might you represent them? What are their stories? Every face contains a story that is written in the features, lines, and expressions of that face. While we will not be creating exact replicas or portraits of any real people, we will be incorporating the essence of each story into the faces we create. An important part of this is the memorabilia you will choose to attach to each sculpture.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"David Lobenberg's 'California Vibes' Watercolor Portraiture Workshop"
June 9-11, 2019
 

Come spend three days with David in Rehoboth Beach, DE as he shows you how to create vivacious, carefree portraits in stunning color. No prior portrait experience required! View David's website to see his artwork and his unique approach to portraiture. Go to the Delaware Watercolor Society's website for additional information and to download the registration form. Registration opens for non-members beginning May 2, 2019. Maximum participation is limited to twenty participants. For questions, contact Beth, Workshop Director, at 302-670-4117.
 
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: Members: $350. Non-members $425.
Sponsor: Delaware Watercolor Society
Website, email, 302-670-4117


"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


"Portrait in Pastels Workshop"
June 15-16, 2019
 

The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to rendering convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Juan Ramirez - The New Portrait"
June 21-24, 2019
 

In this workshop we will explore the relationship between realism and abstraction to create a strong portrait. Each day Juan will demonstrate how he designs and paints a realistic portrait that begins with strong abstract statement. This workshop will challenge artists of all levels to observe, compose and paint realistically using a proven method. Juan Ramirez is an experienced, sought after instructor. He will help each student identify their strengths, and offer suggestions for improvement. On June 25, join us for an optional visit to the National Gallery of Art. Juan is spilling over with knowledge of the old master artists he has studied, and he will share how he applies his observations of their work in his own paintings.
 
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Juan Ramirez
Cost: $485
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


"Figure & Portrait Sculpture Workshop"
June 22-23, 2019
 

Learn the techniques and tools of figure and portrait sculpture through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the model. Explore anatomy, proportion, design and expression through the versatility of terra cotta clay (no armature required). Sculptures will be fired at the end of the workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: $195; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Expressive Figure Sculpture"
June 24-28, 2019
 

Explore the possibilities and processes of expressive figure sculpture. Utilizing the life model as a point of departure, work from observational drawings, personal response, memory, and imagination. Create one figure sculpture in each of three techniques: clay modeling, plaster carving, and welded steel construction. All techniques and materials will be explained in-depth and demonstrated. An ideal course for beginning sculpture students and for those with experience looking to broaden their aesthetic.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Drawing Workshop"
June 29-30, 2019
 

Learn the basics of drawing the human figure. Emphasis will be placed on a thorough understanding of the body’s underlying geometry and anatomical structure. Learn to draw the figure as convincing volumetric form through the study of proportional accuracy, foreshortening, spatial relationships, and basic use of light and shadow.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Color for Painters"
Mondays, July 8 - August 5, 2019
 

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, landscape, figure models, and interiors in a series of studio paintings. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Self-Portrait Drawing"
Mondays, July 8 - August 5, 2019
 

The artist’s self-portrait can chronicle a life, imply a narrative or serve as a study. Create your own head and full-length self-portraits in this tradition, drawing from direct observation in graphite, charcoal, pastel and ink. Instruction addresses structure, volume and proportion, as well as styling, costuming, and lighting. Includes a discussion of self-portraits throughout history.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure & Portrait Modeling - Session 2"
Mondays, July 8 - August 5, 2019
 

Sculpting from the life model is the foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Learn to model the life-sized human portrait and 24-inch full figure in clay, from armature construction to finished sculpture. Topics of study will include basic structure, gesture, proportion, anatomy and achieving a portrait likeness. Students may focus on the portrait, the figure or both. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt, morgandummitt.com
Cost: $215; Lab Fee: $5
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"The Portrait and The Figure"
July 9-11, 2019
 

Join Mary Whyte for an extraordinary workshop in watercolor in Greenville. Using live 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: Greenville, South Carolina
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $1095
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Life Drawing"
Tuesdays, July 9 - August 6, 2019
 

Learn the basics of drawing the human figure. Emphasis will be placed on a thorough understanding of the body’s underlying geometry and anatomical structure. Learn to draw the figure as convincing volumetric form through the study of proportional accuracy, foreshortening, spatial relationships, and basic use of light and shadow. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting with Al Gury"
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2019
 

Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. All levels welcome. Full - or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Al Gury, www.algury.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture"
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 7, 2019
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome. Full- or half-day course.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Écorché"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 2019
 

Écorché is the three-dimensional study of human form by developing the bone and muscle structures beneath the skin. Working from the skeleton, students will model the underlying forms in clay on an armature. Excellent for both draftspersons and sculptors interested in a detailed study of human anatomy.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing and Painting - Session 2"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 2019
 

Learn to draw or paint the portrait with confidence through time-honored methods. Drawing instruction will guide students through a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Extended poses will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome, but students registering for Session 2 only should have basic drawing/painting experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Portrait in Aqueous Media"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 2019
 

Translate the portrait model through the surprisingly versatile range of water-based media. Explore traditional watercolor, gouache, and ink; wet application techniques for non-traditional graphite, chalk, and pastel; and the various substrates and surface preparations for working in wet media. Demonstrations of materials and techniques will be supplemented by basic guidance in head structure.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill A. Rupinski
Cost: $215; Lab Fee: $5
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure Drawing"
Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 2019
 

Drawing the nude life model is one of the most time-honored methods of art training at PAFA. Work in charcoal and graphite directly from the life model in short and long poses, exploring gesture, proportions and anatomy. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: $215
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure - Session 2"
Saturdays, July 13 - August 10, 2019
 

Depicting the clothed and partially clothed model allows the opportunity to define character, imply a narrative, or just incorporate fabric and accessories. Explore gesture, structure and anatomy with graphite and charcoal, then progress to painting with limited and expanded palettes. Demonstration and references will address color mixing, rendering cloth, body language and the expressive inclusion of hands.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Meghan Cox, meghancox.net
Cost: $215
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


"The Portrait: From Drawing to Painting"
July 15-18, 2019
 

Discover the intimate and compelling art of portraiture in this four-day intensive painting workshop. Gain confidence and proficiency as you practice capturing the portrait from start to finish in both charcoal and oil with Stuart as your guide. The first day and a half will be devoted to solving some of the recurring drawing issues that come up in portraiture using gesture, comparative measurement, and the invaluable tools of a hand mirror and plumb line. Over the next two and a half days, you will focus on painting the model’s portrait in oil. Using a standard palette of colors, explore the warm and cool relationships in the portrait; expanding on the value relationships learned when working in charcoal.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Stuart Fullerton, www.StuartFullerton.com
Cost: Members: $510, Non-Members: $550
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Anatomy for the Artist"
July 15-19, 2019
 

The human body is one of the most fascinating subjects an artist can depict, but its anatomical complexity can make it intimidating. Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide, makes understanding and drawing the anatomy of the human form approachable and enjoyable. Study the structural aspects of the human form: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportional relationships. Progress to the main muscle groups to identify their surface effects and aesthetic characteristics. Each day will be divided into a lecture and then drawing from the model, with individual assistance.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti, www.robertoosti.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
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


"The Portrait in Pastel with Cuong Nguyen"
July 22-24, 2019
 

The core of the lesson will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel. The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the session. This is a great opportunity for you to discover your own passion for drawing, or just take your existing skills to the next level.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Cuong Nguyen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"The Figure in Clay"
July 22-24, 2019
 

Designed for artists of all backgrounds looking to expand their understanding of the human figure, this workshop investigates a methodical and anatomical approach to sculpting. While hand building from observation, you will learn how to identify and translate the planes, gesture, and expression of the figure. Join Robin as she discusses and demonstrates topics related to human anatomy, skeletal structure, body proportion, and pose. Hands-on practice will help you develop skill in building armatures, sculpting and manipulating clay, and problem-solving throughout the process. From clothed and nude models, you will use self-hardening clay to sculpt a head, torso, and full figure. Surface treatment of finished pieces will be addressed as time allows.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Robin L. Power, www.RobinPower.com
Cost: Members: $415, Non-Members: $445
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"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


"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


"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


"Gouacheamole! (Cubism with Gouache)"
August 2, 2019
 

Cubism (a style of art that preceded Abstract Expressionism), incubated a grand rebellion against Realism. Basically, cubists argued that a still life painting of a tomato fell short of showing the entire truth of that tomato and that the way to remedy that was to show all aspects of the fruit at the same time. And in order to do that, the tomato needed to be shattered/fragmented and then all its parts and pieces painted on the canvas at the same time. In this workshop we will paint with gouache on paper..... and instead of smashing tomatoes, we'll learn to use photo references to paint a portrait showing different aspects of a face all at the same time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Watercolor Portraiture & Hand Lettering: Introduction & Techniques"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Learn to paint the portraits and words of people who inspire you. During this workshop, we will review the basics of using watercolors, explore different techniques, and discuss ways to approach painting portraits. Initial steps will include studying facial features and proportions. We'll sketch a base layer drawing of the face, review the basics of color theory like mixing hues and using light/dark hues to create highlights and shadows, and work with layers of watercolor to bring your portrait to life. We'll experiment with combining portraits and hand-lettered quotes with fine tip black markers into a cohesive, compelling composition. Leave with a finished portrait and quote of the influential person in your life.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kimothy Joy
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"30-Minute Painting"
August 4, 2019
 

This workshop will explore how to create fast, loose, gestural paintings - made with intention and without fussing. A series of energetic painting exercises will unleash that feeling of spontaneity in your work. We'll simplify the painting process, pick up the pace and learn ways to circumvent overworking a painting. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Lisa Daria Kennedy
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Spirit Portraits"
August 4, 2019
 

Tap into the energy of your subject and draw their 'spirit'! There is so much more to drawing a person than meets the eye. Tap into the energy of a person and allow that to inspire our drawings. Does their delicate, soft personality inspire the use of a thin pencil? Are they bubbly and hilarious and you can't help but use 3 markers at once? We'll practice our drawing and 'seeing' skills. We'll play and experiment through half the class and then dial in on a portrait and really bring that person, and their spirit, to life!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennifer Mercede
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"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


"Painting the Head"
August 7-10, 2019
 

Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Dawn Whitelaw, www.dawnwhitelaw.com
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"'Go Figure' in the Landscape"
August 9-11, 2019
 

Hosted by the Redwood Art Association in Eureka CA, this three day retreat will focus on the figure en plein air. Exercises to incorporate figures into a scene will be combined with more portrait like staging of models out of doors.
 
Location: Humboldt, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $425 for members, $475 for non-members (plus model fees)
Sponsor: Redwood Art Association
Website, email, 707-268-0755


"The Portrait and The Figure"
August 19-23, 2019
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"About Face: Let's Turn Things Around"
August 21-24, 2019
 

Have you always wanted to paint people, but have been held back by fear, or perhaps attempted a few portraits and been uninspired or discouraged by the results? This workshop focuses on removing barriers that are keeping you from fully enjoying the process of painting people. Through daily demonstrations and discussions, Susan will introduce a variety of ways to approach portraiture, expanding the possibilities of what a portrait can look like. As you work through each project, working from a selection of inspiring reference photos, she will help you to find the methods that work best for you. Experiment with different surfaces, ways to apply paint, and color palettes. No matter your style, the focus will always be on the FACE – freedom, amusement, courage, and exploration.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Ploughe, www.SusanPloughe.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Fabulous Faces"
August 23, 2019
 

Faces can be a challenge but fear not! We will first focus on learning the proportions of realistic faces and then, from there, learn how to create stylized, or more dramatic and unique faces with character and life in their eyes. I’ll show you several tricks that make creating faces a joy in your art journal, as well as how to give the face some realistic shading and highlights that add depth and character. We’ll work with all my favorite art supplies and techniques including: oil pastel and watercolor/spray resists, stencils, stamps, collage, and tools to create texture, colorful DIY collage paper, adding texture with modeling paste, oil paint sticks for shading and highlighting – just to name a few!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Austin
Cost: $140
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Abstracting The Figure"
August 26-30, 2019
 

Have you ever wanted to take the essence of the figure and present it in a way that is ssensual and thought provoking? When you are abstracting the figure you don't have to worry about anatomy but are more concerned with shape, value and color. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Portrait Class"
Thursdays, September 12 - October 17, 2019
 

These classes offer a different model every week, in a variety of clothing, costumes and poses. There is no instruction, but there is a friendly critique from the group, towards the end of class. There will be some time to make changes (if needed) to your painting if desired.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Cost: $135
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
September 23-27, 2019
 

This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills – perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Students participate in daily drawing exercises and critiques. Bomeisler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York in 1975, and has been a working and showing artist since then. He taught alongside his mother, Betty Edwards, since 1988 and since her retirement in 1998. Visit drawright.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Cost: $1,600 Museum members or non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal- An Academic Approach"
Tuesdays, Sepember 24 - November 12, 2019
 

In this class we will work with a model from life to understand the necessary components of a successful portrait. Through the medium of charcoal we’ll explore values, anatomy, and drawing techniques. Students will learn a method working from simple to complex with the goal of capturing the model’s likeness in a realistic portrait. Class size is limited to eight students, so don't wait!
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Marty Welsh
Cost: $400
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"The Human Figure: Concepts in Drawing and Anatomy"
Wednesdays, Sepember 25 - October 16; October 30 - November 20
 

Throughout this class, we will take a tour of the human figure, focusing on areas of the body one at a time, exploring traditional concepts related to anatomy, observation, and techniques in charcoal. The goal at the end will be to understand how the constituent parts of the human figure add up to a unified structural whole. Class size limited to 8 students.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Instructor: Richard Greathouse
Cost: $100 per day
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Brushing Up in Maryland!"
October 11-13, 2019
 

Randall Sexton returns to Maryland for a "two-part" Four day workshop opportunity. Open to all levels - Sexton will review the basics of bold design and solid picture making while sharing his own methods on location for 3 days of plein air painting (weather permitting) followed by an optional day (Oct 14th) in the studio painting from life with the model(s).
 
Location: Stevensville, Maryland
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $495 for first 3 Days, add $130 for Oct 14th
Sponsor: Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Website


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 28-31, 2019
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Beyond the Likeness"
October 31 - November 2, 2019
 

Let Jeannie help you create stronger figurative work by adding the story. Through demonstrations, candid conversation and individual time Jeannie shares her painting style and thoughts as well as the versatility of watercolor. Her workshops focus on; absorbing the viewer by developing emotion and movement; intertwining figurative subjects with their background; seeing natural design in reference materials; and most importantly a purpose for creating art in your unique style.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Artensity Art Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Portrait Class"
Thursdays, November 7 - December 19, 2019
 

These classes offer a different model every week, in a variety of clothing, costumes and poses. There is no instruction, but there is a friendly critique from the group, towards the end of class. There will be some time to make changes (if needed) to your painting if desired.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Cost: $135
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Sculpting the Figure with Stephen Perkins"
November 9-12, 2019
 

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists. Working from the male model, the first two days will focus on the archetypal or memory shapes of the figure by abstracting forms into simpler geometry and convex planes and working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes. Working from the female model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a dynamic pose from life, including capturing the gesture, blocking in the figure using a straight line method, carry through lines, rhythmic patterns, harmonies, and proportion. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method from Walker Hancock and others and currently teaches at Studio Incamminati.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
Website, email


"The Portrait: Alla Prima with Felicia Forte"
November 10-12, 2019
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Cost: $475 plus model fee
Sponsor: Artensity Art Workshops
Website, email


"Sculpting the Portrait with Stephen Perkins"
November 14-17, 2019
 

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the portrait as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. Working from Stephen’s demonstration, the first two days will focus on how to block in the head using basic convex planes, and then working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes, create the fundamental structure or map of the head. Working from the live model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a portrait from life. Stephen Perkins was trained in the classical method from Walker Hancock and others and currently teaches at Studio Incamminati.
 
Location: Oakland, California
Instructor: Stephen Perkins
Cost: $525
Sponsor: Dogtown Sculptors
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


"Portrait Class"
Thursdays, January 9 - February 13, 2019
 

These classes offer a different model every week, in a variety of clothing, costumes and poses. There is no instruction, but there is a friendly critique from the group, towards the end of class. There will be some time to make changes (if needed) to your painting if desired.
 
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Cost: $135
Sponsor: On Track Studios
Website, email


"Learn to paint on Thursday nights in my studio"
Thursdays in 2019
 

Every Thursday, I’m opening up my studio from 6 to 9 p.m. to students who wish to develop their oil painting skills, work with me side by side, and enjoy themselves for a few hours. Students are expected to bring their own supplies and have a basic knowledge of oil painting. The minimum age to participate is 14 and there is a maximum of five students per session. We’ll build a learning experience based on camaraderie and a shared purpose. I’ll lead and teach—but there is always the possibility of learning from other members of the group as we experience a coming together of like-minded souls.
 
Location: Stanfordville, New York
Instructor: Nadine Robbins
Cost: $100 for 3 hours
Sponsor: Nadine Robbins Art
Website, email, 845-233-0082


 

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