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Summer Classes & 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%.

Summer 2018


Summer Bargue/Cast Classes (8 classes each)

Instructor: Garrett Vitanza

For students who wish to participate in the Atelier Program, we offer weekend and evening classes in which students will work on the regular school curriculum. 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. We do not no offer normal atelier programming over summer, however, if you are already currently enrolled, this is a good opportunity to keep your momentum going!

Saturday Morning session, July 14th to Sept 1st: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday Afternoon Session, July 14th to Sept 1st: 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Wednesday Eve Option: July 11th to August 29th 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm



In the Studio of Rembrandt - 1 spot left

5 Day Option: August 13th to August 17th (Limit 12 students)
Cost: $775
10 Day Option: August 13th to August 24th (Limit 12 students)
Cost: $1425
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Eric Johnson

Rembrandt is one of the greatest portrait painters of all time. You can step into the 17th century and explore the time specific paint colors and mediums he used to create magic. You will create a glowing Rembrandt master copy using the methods employed by Rembrandt himself. The course includes informative lectures, individualized critiques, demonstrations and hands on traditional materials exploration.

Please note! This is a 5 day workshop. You will have the option to sign up for 5 or 10 days for the workshop. All information about the painting process will be covered in the first 5 days of the workshop.  The 10 day option is open for students who want to continue their master copy with additional instruction on the completion of their painting.

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Portrait Drawing Intensive Evening Workshop

August 27th to August 31st
4:00 pm to 8:00 PM
Cost: $500
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza

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, these 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 evening 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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“A Painting a Day” and alla prima painting - 1 spot left

Gain Mentoring and Valuable Insight from Oprah-favorite artist, Abbey Ryan

August 18th to August 20th - Saturday Through Monday (Limit 13 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $550
Instructors: Abbey Ryan

Drawing on her acclaimed career as a painter and teacher, Abbey shares how to strengthen your approach to painting and manage your internal painting dialogue so you’ll have a consistently positive painting experience. Abbey’s inspiring teaching approach balances all there is to love about painting with what she has identified as the most universally challenging aspects of painting.

Abbey begins by discussing topics such as selecting painting subjects, concepts and content in still life painting, poetic realism, and her strategies to begin and finish a painting in one sitting. Abbey also shares her thoughts on beauty, gesture, the Old Master’s concept of light as a subject, alla prima painting, celebrating the sensitivities of a brush, and the classical revival of still life painting in 2018.

Through handouts, lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction, Abbey reveals all of the techniques and methods that have made her daily painting practice so successful and prolific. While working in the studio together, Abbey will address subtleties of color mixing, lighting, palette choices, materials, blogging, galleries, showing, selling, relationships with collectors, social media, and marketing your work.

Abbey provides specific, actionable methods and inspiring tips tailored to you to help you move forward in painting. For all levels, beginner through advanced.



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Crash Course in the ARA Drawing and Painting Method - 10 days - SOLD OUT

August 6th to August 17th - Monday through Friday (Limit 12 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $1350
Instructor: Christina Mastrangelo

This workshop sells out every single year. Sign up early!

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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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