Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting Pearls, Gems, Gold and Silver"
May 4-5, 2019
 

Learn step-by-step painting methods to depict jewelry accessories in portraits and figure paintings. Master the luster of pearls, the sparkle of precious gems, and the polished shine of gold and silver while working from a variety of still life objects. Demonstrations, Old Master examples, and handouts will provide the student with a wealth of information and ideas. Basic drawing and painting experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 5, 2019
 

Portray the spring landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan, kaplanpicturemaker.com
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Flower Painting"
May 18-19, 2019
 

Celebrate the floral wonder of spring! Working from fresh flowers from the instructor’s garden, paint colorful still life arrangements of irises, lilacs, tulips and more. Oil painting demonstrations will address light, color, gesture of the bloom, and composition. Examples from master flower painters throughout history will provide inspiration.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dori Spector, dorispector.com
Cost: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Oil Sketch: The Landscape"
May 18-19, 2019
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Held on Kelly Drive, along the Schuylkill River. (The materials fee includes oil paint and surfaces)
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez, rogerchavez.yolasite.com
Cost: $95; Lab Fee: $35
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


"Alla Prima Still Life"
June 17-21, 2019
 

Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $850
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Intensive: Painting I - Still Life"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Add color to your portfolio by developing your fundamental painting skills in oil or acrylic. Work from still life arrangements to explore the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize composition, value, and color relationships. 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: 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


"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


"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


"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


"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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