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1. Michael Grimaldi: Composing the Multi Figure Narrative Workshop

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to study with acclaimed artist and Director of Drawing in the Academy's MFA Program, Michael Grimaldi!

 During this 4-day workshop, Students will explore form and content within multi-figure compositions. Working directly from live model, students will study advanced foundational principles of drawing, painting and design with an emphasis on the effects that perspective, cropping, lighting, and the relationship of the figures to their environment have on a picture’s holistic design, psychological impact, and narrative interpretation.

Throughout the class, Grimaldi will demonstrate strategies and methods of drawing and painting to selectively focus on elements that contribute to composition’s formal efficacy while citing historical and contemporary sources.

Intermediate to Advanced

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SP19-WS54.GRIMALDI Grimaldi 1/7 - 1/10 Mo Tu We Th 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM $675.00 View

2. In The Flesh: Mastering Color in the Portrait Workshop

Have you ever struggled to create skin tones that are luminous and colorful when painting a portrait? In this 3-day workshop Manu Saluja offers the tools you’ll need to mix flesh tones with confidence as you work from the live  model. The key to making believable complexions is an understanding of hue, value, and chroma.

During morning demonstrations, you will learn about the structure of the head and neck, how to translate light and shade into color, and various approaches to neutralizing colors using either a controlled or open palette. Students will be shown how to plan their approach to achieving striking color and likeness. While the workshop is geared towards the painted portrait, the information is invaluable for portrait drawing and figure painting. Demonstrations, lectures, and handouts included.

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS13.SALUJA Saluja 1/9 - 1/11 We Th Fr 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $385.00 View

3. Michelle Doll: Figure Painting From Life Workshop

During this 3-day workshop, Students will paint from a live model and will study basic and advanced techniques of painting the figure from life. Students will learn the important step-by-step method of oil painting, beginning with the imprimatura sketch, then a direct method of  painting and mixing color to create a realistic figure painting.

 Important elements will be discussed with regard to creating a strong visual narrative through compositional design, cropping, lighting and perspective. Doll will demonstrate an organized method of mixing a color palette, and various painting processes to encourage spontaneity while creating a visual narrative. The student will gain a clear understanding of color and tonal relationships while strengthening realistic figure proportions and anatomy. The goal is to create a painting that carries meaning and artistry while studying the figure from life.

 

Beginner to Advanced




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SP19-WS52.DOLL Doll 1/11 - 1/13 Fr Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $435.00 View

4. A Classical Approach to Drawing the Head Workshop

Taught by the Academy's Senior Critic, Edward Schmidt, this immersive drawing workshop will concentrate on the anatomical, structural and surface forms of the head and its features. The head is first considered as a paradigm – its forms and proportions basically applicable to all human types and genders. Lectures illustrated with drawings and diagrams will focus in particular on the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and the larger structural forms of the forehead, jaw and cheek bones. Aspects of drawing technique will be demonstrated. Expression and emotion will be first considered as the articulation of the volumes of the head, neck and upper torso, and secondly as the play of the facial muscles. Models take extended poses for light and shade development.

Beginner to Advanced



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SP19-WS03.SCHMIDT Schmidt 2/9 - 2/10 Sa Su 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM $350.00 View

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 15th, 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