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A19. Steven Assael: Color and Form Masterclass

For the very first time, we are offering CE Students the opportunity to study with world-renowned painter and draughtsman, Steven Assael, in a masterclass exploring the beauty of oil paint and the human figure. Steven Assael is internationally recognized as one of the leading representational figurative artists of his time and is also a Senior Critic in the Academy’s MFA Program.

Working from live models, this exciting two-weekend-long workshop will explore both an analytical and emotive approach to painting; emphasizing color and value relationships and the psychological tension created through observation and interpretation. Students will explore a variety of direct and in-direct painting techniques; techniques that Assael masterfully employs in his own work, learning how to create atmospheric and visceral qualities through paint.

Intermediate to Advanced.



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SP19-WS44.ASSAEL Assael 2/23 - 3/3 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $850.00 View

B19. The Portrait in Watercolor Workshop

In this 4-day workshop, explore the unique qualities of creating Portraits in Watercolor!

As a medium that allows only for a few corrections, the basis of watercolor must be understood!

In this class, students will learn how to connect shapes rather than drawing separate objects, achieve life-like flesh tones and hair color, and avoid overworking.

 The key is to learn how to allow accidents without losing control, permitting the medium to express itself and create images that are spontaneous and alive. The goal is to gain trust and obtain definitive results in the watercolor technique.

Head anatomy will be an important part of the workshop. Students will learn a series of lessons, revolving around drawing the head from head casts, pictures, self portraits and live models. This foundation will bring solidity and structure for the application of watercolor, slowly revealing the complexities and beauty of the portrait form.

 There will be daily lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one guidance to find each student’s own style.

Students will also experience great fun in the process of painting each other's portrait!

 

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS79.DALDOCE Daldoce 3/2 - 3/5 Mo Tu Sa Su 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM $495.00 View

C19. Forensic Sculpture Workshop

The Academy is pleased to announce the return of its workshop Forensic Sculpture, the nation’s first-ever art class to use actual skulls from cold cases as a base to sculpt the faces of unknown crime victims. In partnership with Forensic Artist: Joe Mullins from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, students will use their anatomical and figurative training to reconstruct the faces of real people. This Continuing Education workshop is a rare opportunity to develop sculptural skills via real-world application. The pieces created during the workshop will be displayed at the Academy.

“The forensic sculpture workshop was an enriching experience beyond art. Originally I just wanted to learn anatomy, but I also learned about the fragility of life and the importance of identity. This experience has had a positive unexpected effect on my life and made my artistic practice better” - Marco Palli, MFA 2016 Sculpture.

“I learned about the practical application of anatomical knowledge and the interpretation of data, completely outside the realm of aesthetics. It was a benefit that helped me develop as an artist.” - Charlie Boots, MFA 2016 Drawing.



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SP19-WS201.MULLINS Mullins 3/4 - 3/8 Mo Tu We Th Fr 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $525.00 View

D19. Going Dutch: Painting Workshop

The art of Dutch and Flemish figure painting is based upon a centuries-old body of knowledge that includes innovative use of oil media, paint layering, and aesthetics. In this 3-day intensive workshop, painters Andrew S. Conklin and Helen Oh share how the oil painting techniques of artists such as Van Dyck, Rubens, and Vermeer gave their figures such naturalistic flesh tones.

The 3-day workshop covers topics including materials (canvas grounds and imprimaturas, flesh-tone palette colors), paint handling, layering, scumbling, glazing, and color theory. Students also have the opportunity to make and use traditional earth-pigmented paints favored by Dutch Masters. Demos of, and brief lectures on, this traditional process supplement the course. Students produce a painting from a model taking a single pose throughout the workshop.

Intermediate to Advanced



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SP19-WS20.CONKLIN Conklin 3/8 - 3/10 Fr Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $545.00 View

E19. Figure and Texture Workshop

Painting flesh requires a confidence in observation, boldness in application of marks, and certainty of instinct. In this course, students will learn to harness these skills and tackle the obstacles of beginning a successful foundation for a painting.

Through use of a simplified composition with dramatic lighting, students will paint from life focusing on the texture of the paint and the brushstrokes.

Emphasis will be placed on beginning the painting with a strong attitude and immediate approach. Information will be presented through discussion, demonstration, and repetition. Additionally, particular attention will be placed on color temperature.

Beginner to Advanced

 



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SP19-WS25.SICILIANO Siciliano 3/16 - 3/17 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $350.00 View

F19. Exploring Facial Expression Through Drawing Workshop

 

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveTaught by Academy Faculty and CFA Chair, Dan Thompson, this portrait drawing workshop will study the aesthetic changes which take place in a model’s facial expression.  The plan is to use four different poses over two days, focusing on a variety of expressions.  Students will learn about landmarks in the face and how to modify their relationships to describe the details of features within major planes.  Tonality utilized in this context will greatly affect the degree of expression and lead to dialog about over/under modeling as well as unity of expression.  Insights offered by the instructor should provide a strong foundation upon which to develop more proficient life drawing skills.

 

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS352.THOMPSON Thompson 3/23 - 3/24 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $350.00 View

G19. Maggie Rose Color Theory & Practice Workshop

Week 1: Color Theory: Color Dynamics

This popular workshop is all about understanding the dynamics of color. It explains, in a concise manner, how to successfully juggle hue, value, temperature and chroma - and how to confidently alter one of these properties without altering another.  The class progresses through color information based on simple to complex palettes and how to maximize all color possibilities with each palette. There will be continual mixing demonstrations to accompany the information (you’ll want to definitely have a good notebook!).  There will be a group mixing exercise in which you will quickly learn how mix and match almost any color with a limited palette.  In addition, the class covers a variety of other color information such as the differences in various paint brands and how to understand the important relatively between the colors you may have.  

This class is ideally taken with Maggie’s Painting Workshop: April13 &14 

Beginner to Advanced


Week 2:
Color Practice: Flowers, Flesh, Fabric… and more!

This weekend workshop explores various techniques for creating translucent realistic representations of diaphanous surfaces in oil paint.  We will contrast these surfaces with those of density and texture and discuss how to create the successful illusion of each.  We will focus on how to keep chroma high (without overshooting it) in order to represent light passing through objects and how to best utilize the use of transparent and opaque paint layers to add to the illusion of diverse surfaces.  Maggie will introduce various flesh palettes and techniques for creating skin and will illustrate how these can be used to paint a variety of subtly nuanced coloured objects.  Students may work on paintings or studies that they may already have in progress or begin a series of new studies.  There will be class demonstrations and discussions with time allotted for one-on-one instruction.

This class is best taken in conjunction with Maggie’s Color Dynamics workshop on March 30 & 31.  

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS99.WEEK1.ROSE Rose 3/30 - 3/31 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $300.00 View
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SP19-WS99.BOTHWEEKS.ROSE Rose 3/30 - 4/14 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $550.00 View
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SP19-WS99.WEEK2.ROSE Rose 4/13 - 4/14 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $300.00 View

H19.Contemporary Portrait Painting With a Full Palette Workshop

This three-day portrait painting workshop is a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn the process of painting the portrait using a full palette.  The course will center on the experience of painting from a live model and there will be a single, sustained pose throughout the workshop. Students will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones. Each day will include a painting demonstration, discussion and individual instruction at the easel. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, anatomical proportion, structure of the face and features, as well as value, edges and modeling with color temperature. The beginner will learn fundamental principles such as how to mix colors and render form modeling. The more advanced student will discover how to take their work to the next level and achieve the finish that they desire.

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS59.GORDON Gordon 5/10 - 5/12 Fr Sa Su Varied $395.00 View

I19. Nocturne Painting Workshop

Nocturne, a musical term borrowed by James McNeill Whistler to describe his paintings of the night, has been a celebrated tradition in art for centuries—from Caravaggio and Rembrandt, to Edward Hopper and Alex Katz.

Join painter Jake Fischer for a two-day workshop where students will explore techniques of this luminous and contemplative genre. Students will learn to build light from a dark ground, while exploring a variety of oil painting mediums and tools including Neo-Megilp and an assortment of palette knives and brushes. Working from photo references, students will compose and execute a "Nocturne Painting" using an alla prima technique.

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS41.FISCHER Fischer 5/18 - 5/19 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $335.00 View

J19. Alyssa Monks: Transcending the Photo Reference Workshop

This 4-day workshop is designed to guide students toward creating a painting from a photo reference, using both indirect and direct painting techniques.  Rather than simply translating a photograph, however, students will learn how to use a photograph to create a painting that ultimately transcends its reference.  Students will also gain insight into the process of creating a useful photo reference; proper lighting, camera settings, lenses, Photoshop, and printing will all be covered in this course.  The process begins with quick compositional sketches, followed by an imprimatura wash to lay in the chosen composition.  Students will learn to create color relationships that suggest more illusionistic space and volume.  Emphasis is placed on paint application and activating the surface.  From there, students will be guided towards deciding what information is useful to look for and what usual pitfalls to avoid when interpreting a photograph.  Finally, indirect layers of opaque and transparent painting (glazing and scumbling) will create the delicate nuances of flesh and other surfaces.  The final result can be a painting that captures the essence of the subject and contains the intimacy of the human touch that reaches beyond a photo-realistic image.

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Interested students are asked to submit five (5) images of their own work in oil painting. 

All applications must be received by February 24th, 2019. Participants will be notified of acceptance and section by March 1st, 2019.

If you have questions about this workshop or the application process, please contact the Continuing Studies Department at [email protected].



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SP19-WS12.WEEK1.MONKS Monks 5/20 - 5/23 Mo Tu We Th 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $975.00 View
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SP19-WS12.WEEK2.MONKS Monks 5/28 - 5/31 Tu We Th Fr 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $975.00 View

Landscape Painting: Acadia Maine

Be inspired by the rocky coasts and forests of Maine’s Acadia National Park in this plein air landscape painting retreat led by Ard Berge. Over seven days, explore nature drawing, the colors of sunlight on surf, and quick painting on locations mined by Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church.  The retreat fees include meals and shared housing at Schoodic Institute inside Acadia National Park as well as five days of optional instruction.

Beginner to Advanced



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SU19_WS23.ACADIA.BERGE Berge 6/23 - 6/30 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM $1,645.00 View