Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Drawing in Color - Session 2"
Tuesdays, July 9 - August 6, 2019
 

Gain hands-on experience using various traditional and contemporary color drawing materials, including chalk, pastel and colored pencil. Presentation, lecture and demonstration will teach the applications and advantages of each medium. Observational study, as well as options to work from sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, will encourage students to develop their personal style.
 
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


"Plein Air Lanscapes with Aaron Schuerr"
July 17-20, 2019
 

From thumbnail sketches to planning a studio painting, we will explore the possibilities of landscape painting. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence. This workshop is open to all mediums, but demos will be in oil and pastel. 9:00am - 4:00pm (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Level: Adult, 18+
 
Location: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Aaron Schuerr
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Website, email, 412-741-4405


"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


"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


 

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