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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%.


2019 Summer Workshops


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

July 10th to Aug 31st (8 weeks)

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 - SOLD OUT!

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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The FUN-damentals of Oil Painting- 3 days - Limit 12 students

July 17, 18, 19 - 9:30 to 5:30
$475
Instructor: Julie Beck

Have you recently started oil painting and are not sure where to start? Have you been painting for a while but feel you don’t have a reliable way to mix colors or are not happy with your results? Oil painting doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated. Day 1 we will go over our materials. What they are made of, what they do, why and when to use them, different painting approaches, etc. We will also explore some basic exercises to explore paint application, value, transparency, etc. Day 2 we will explore our paints and their personalities, color space, and begin to develop a thought process for mixing accurate colors. Day 3 we will create a color study from a photo using what we learned the past 2 days.

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Figure Drawing with Garrett Vitanza

August 5th to 9th
9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday
$700

5 day drawing workshop, details to come.

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10-Day Still Life Painting Workshop - Nautical theme!

July 29th to August 9th
9:30 to 4:30
Cost: $1350
Instructor: Christina Mastrangelo

Learn how to paint a realistic still-life from beginning to end in this 60-hour intensive. Working from life in the sight-size method, students will learn a dependable process of painting in layers.  We begin with a drawing, transfer it to canvas, and paint in layers to achieve correct color, form, and realism for each object.

Each still life hosts a variety of objects, including cloth, metal, wood, glass, or perishables. We use a logical process that makes creating this type of realistic artwork streamlined and obtainable. Additionally, with this amount of time, students acquire a skill set to know how to overcome challenges that present themselves.

Some of the many things learned include how to: Use the sight-size method, Draw and paint with accuracy and control, Mix and match exact colors, Have confidence in your materials and application, Properly use mediums in your paint layers, Deal with sinking-in, Create form through halftones, Tips and tricks to train your eye, See color in three parts and utilize your palette, Mimic certain textures with paint, Care for your palettes and brushes, Set up a still life and studio lighting at home, Promote the archival nature of your painting, Varnishing tips/techniques

Gain confidence through learning a dependable process, understanding your materials, and learning techniques to enhance and refine your skills. No matter your prior experience, everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject at home.

As a former teacher at ARA, Christina understands the importance of connecting the drawing foundations to the painted still life. In the classroom she is known for her clarity and sensitivity when teaching. She has taught this workshop to hundreds of students over the last ten years, utilizing a thorough slide show introduction showing each stage, handouts that outline the vast array of things to know, short yet refined demonstrations, and personal critiques to guide each student to success. Whether you are an atelier student, beginner, or seasoned painter, Christina will meet you where you are and guide you to maximize your learning and make your best work. Many students that have taken this workshop have gone on to paint wonderful (and award-winning!) still-lifes of their own.

Christina’s still life paintings have won awards and recognition from the Art Renewal Center, Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and the Salmagundi Club.

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In the Studio of Rembrandt - Limit 12 students

5 Day Option
August 12 to 16
9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday
$700 plus $75 materials fee ($775 total)

10 day option
Aug 12 to 23
9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday
$1350 plus $75 materials fee ($1425 total)
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.

YOUR CANVAS AND ALL PAINTS AND ARE INCLUDED IN THE MATERIALS FEE. Paints are handmade by Eric!

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Graydon Parrish's Super Duper Color and Form Workshop - SOLD OUT

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

This two week course will cover just about everything related to mixing color.    The course will begin by teaching the fundamentals of color matching using the Munsell Color System.  By the end of the first week, students will be able to accurately mix the entire gamut of oil paint, from neutrals to the most vibrant hues.   The last day of the first week will be exclusively dedicated to mixing flesh tones and foliage, two difficult problems artists face. 

Week two students will apply their color knowledge to actual painting.   From simple to complex, painting exercises will demonstrate how colors on objects change in the lights, halftones and shadows.   Students will learn to handle the subtle shifts in color on neutral objects as well as the bold colors associated with, for example, fruits and flowers.  The end of the class will look at using the Munsell Color System for indirect painting and design.

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Figure Painting with Kamille Corry - SOLD OUT

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 - SOLD OUT

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