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Workshops

Scroll down to view all of our currently available workshops. If you would like to be notified when new workshops are available, please fill out the form below. We would also be interested in your specific current workshop interests. Fill out this survey to give us a better idea of what you would like to see! Check out our Facebook Page for photos from previous workshops. Please note: Workshop payments are non-refundable. If there is a waitlist and someone can take your spot, you will receive a refund minus 15%.


2018 Winter Workshops


Color Bootcamp - A Two Day Intensive (limit 12 students) SOLD OUT
Dec 1st - Dec. 2nd, 2018
9:30 am to 5:30 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Julie Beck
Price: $290

Who doesn’t love color?!?! This workshop is a dive into the world of chroma (and hue and value!). Do you want a reliable strategy for getting accurate colors? Do you want to make your painting life easier? Of course you do! Join us as we fly through color space, develop color mixing strategies, and create amazing color studies. Day 1 we will discuss some technical info about color, paint, and mixing. Then we will get down and dirty and do some color matching from reference and from life. Day two we will use what we learned from day 1 to work on a color study or two.

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Portrait Drawing Intensive 4 Spots Left

Dec 10th to 14th, 2018
9:30 am to 4:30 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza
Price: $700

Drawing is a prerequisite for all painters. I dare say that drawing does all the work that painting gets all the glory for. So much of the problems we have as painters are rooted in drawing errors. This is especially the case in portrait painting: color, composition, paint application are all complex topics that demand most of our focus. So it’s necessary, as a portrait painter, to be so versed in the basic tenets of portrait drawing to the point they become second nature.

In this 5 day intensive, we will be studying how to compose a portrait drawing from start to finish. Students will be provided handouts, lectures, and demonstrations as well as 1 on 1 critiques to ensure a thorough understanding of the process. Working from the live model I will be reviewing anatomy and how I use it to inform the drawing. We will also be covering: materials, proportional formulas, and how this drawing process relates to painting.

This workshop is open to all experience levels and disciplines.

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2019 Spring Workshops


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Alla Prima All the Time!

April 1st to April 5th, 2019
9:30 am to 4:30 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Eric Johnson
Price: $700

For 5 days, we will create 5 alla prima paintings. 3 days still life, 2 days portrait. 5 paintings total! More details to come!

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Coming soon! ARA Boston Painting 3 Day Intensive

April 3rd to April 5th
9:30 am to 5:30 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza
Price: $500

Interested in our method of painting? Well here is an intense 3 day workshop where we cram as much painting info into 3 days as possible!


2019 Summer Workshops


Summer bargues (bargue only, no cast) - 12 students Limit

July 9th to Aug 31st (8 weeks)

Tuesday Evenings 5:30 to 8:30
Wednesday Evenings 5:30 to 8:30
Saturday AM 10:00 to 1:00
Saturday PM 2:00 to 5:00
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza
$450 (with discounts for multiple classes)

Try out our basic drawing classes as a new students or continue your progress on your bargue drawings if you are already a member of our community. Students will work on the regular school curriculum so the instruction format will be the same as during a regular term. Students working outside the atelier program should also consider this class as it will improve your ability to see and think about value and rendering form. This class will run for 8 weeks.

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Portrait Painting in the Sight Size Tradition - Limit 13 students

10 Day Intensive
July 8th to July 19th 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday
$1475 (includes model fee)
Instructor: Emanuela De Musis

"It is also advisable to go some distance away, because then the work appears smaller, and more of it is taken in at a glance, and lack of harmony and proportion in the various parts and in the colours of the objects is more readily seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci

The goal of this 10 day workshop is to complete a realistic head and shoulders portrait with an emphasis on achieving volume and creating a dramatic light effect.

In the sight-size method, the canvas is placed next to the subject with the artist standing at a distance to the set-up. Rather than dwelling on detail, the artist takes in the whole to comprehend the larger visual effect, a critical element to producing a realistic piece that holds together from afar.

Students will begin with a simplified graphite drawing. Prior to transferring to the linen, a small color study will determine color mixtures and composition. Students will then proceed into an underpainting of raw umber with white and culminate with full color palette in oils.

The instructor will lecture and demo on subjects including: facial anatomy, planar modeling, the indirect painting method, color temperature, edge quality, glazing and scumbling. As is typical in a classical atelier setting, two students will paint from one model.

Emanuela is an award winning portrait artist who has won such awards as the Gold Medal at the Annual guild of Boston Artists, and both First and Second Place in the portrait category for the Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon.

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Crash Course in the Academic Method- Limit 12 students

10 Day Intensive
July 29th to Aug 9th 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday
$1350
Instructor: Christina Mastrangelo

Students will learn how to approach an oil painting from start to finish. This course teaches traditional atelier-style methods, from using a campiturra, to dead color, first painting, and second painting, all working from life and using the sight-size method.  Demonstrations will be given on the layout & methodical uses of the full-color palette, as well as lectures and handouts on mediums, steps of the process, hue/value/chroma, color mixing, palette care, composition, set-up, and varnishing. The goals of the course are to understand the observational painting process, come away with a realistic still-life painting, and be able to paint with confidence after the course is over.

This course is recommended for artists looking to create more realistic work. Prior experience with painting in oil is not necessary. This is a very logical, academic course; everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject from life.

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Graydon Parrish's Super Duper Color and Form Workshop - Limit 12 students

10 Day Intensive
August 12 to 23, 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday
$1350
Instructor: Graydon Parrish

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Figure Painting with Kamille Corry - Limit 11 students

August 26th to Aug 30th
9:30 to 4:30
$700
Instructor: Kamille Corry

Winner of the 2019 ARA Boston Figure Painting competition, Kamille Corry shares her secrets.

This five day workshop will focus on painting the nude figure from life. Starting with limited palette, and working up to a more extended color palette, students will be developing their painting by focusing on strong draftsmanship, building form with correct values, and honing their skills with naturalistic color application. Drawing, color sketching, anatomical principles, and composition will be discussed as we progress with our figure painting. Students will have the full five days to complete one painting. One half day will be dedicated to the structure of the hands, with methods that will allow students to more fully understand rendering one of the most difficult components of the human figure. Kamille will be painting alongside the students and giving individual critiques daily. 

Add on Kamille’s Composition and Design of Figure Painting 1 day workshop for a discounted price below. This class, taking place the Sunday before the start of this one will be a great way to kick off the week!

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Composition and Design with the Figure - a 1 Day Exploration with Kamille Corry - Limit 11 students

August 25th
9:30 - 5:30
$190 (If you are taking Kamilles 5 day workshop, the price to add on this additional day is $140)
Instructor: Kamille Corry

This one day course will focus on composition and design in figurative work.  We will talk about the techniques and reasons behind doing small preparatory color sketches in oil, and theories of color, design, and composing the human figure.  The first half of the day will be spent doing value studies and analyzing compositions.   In the afternoon we will be doing an oil sketch copy of a master painting.  

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By far the best workshop I have ever taken. Christina’s instruction was incredibly clear and the structure of the course was well thought out. The atmosphere was positive and helpful. I think each student was amazed by the work they created.
— Phyllis, 2014 Still Life Workshop with Christina Mastrangelo student
The class was amazing. Thank you very much. You are such a generous teacher, sharing a wealth of information with us. The class was an excellent introduction to many important things to think about — things that I wish I knew in my past attempts to work in oils.
— Dennis, 2016 Oil Painting for Newbies student