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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.


2017


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Best Present Ever! Oil Painting from photos SOLD OUT

December 11th - December 15th (Limit 12 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $700
Instructor: Julie Beck

Just in time for the holidays! Bring in a photograph to create a painting for someone special. This is a twist on our oil painting fundamentals class.

Do your children sit still for hours at a time? Do you have wild animals just hanging around your house waiting to be painted? Do you have everything you want at all times no matter what? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably don’t need to know the best ways to work from photo-reference. If not, then you’re probably a normal human being who just wants to make a great painting. While working from life is ideal, sometimes we want something that’s easier, cheaper, and doesn’t move. I’m not only a realist painter but I’m a realistic painter.

In this class, we will go over the fundamentals of drawing and painting in the ARA Boston method of indirect painting. Using photo reference that YOU provide ( or we can provide one for you if you don’t have one), you will each work on a painting of your choice. You will learn how to bring your flat photos to life in a realistic painting.

If you plan to bring in a photo with people in it, there should only be preferably 1 (or 2 maximum) people in the photo. People are quite a challenge and you don't want to make things too complicated!!

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Spanish Still Life with John Morra

April 2 to April 6 (5 days)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch)
Cost: $700
Instructor: John Morra

What is it about Spanish still-life that sets it apart from Flemish, Dutch or French painting in the same genre? Have you wondered how painters like Cotan, Zurbaran, Pereda and Melendez transformed the ordinary contents of a kitchen pantry into stunning little baroque theaters? In this class, you'll design and paint your own Spanish still-life that makes full use of dramatic, typically Spanish conventions— those that turn something like onions or ordinary pantry items into something beautifully mysterious.  We’ll be emphasizing the paintings of Juan Sanchez Cotán; each student will have use of a “Spanish Cotán box” for their set-up. Additionally, students will draw their still-life through a framed grid of strings — in the tradition of Alberti and Durer — to further enhance the quality of Spanish naturalism. This is an intense, fast-moving five-day class , but it’s as much fun as it is eye-opening. So, naturally, we’ll conclude with Tapas and Rioja!  

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Old Master Composition and Design

June 30 to July 2 (3 days)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch)
Cost: $550
Instructor: Koo Schadler 

Does the “secret” to Old Master painting lie in traditional materials or a specific working method?  Possibly neither, given that masterpieces have been made from many different mediums and methods.  What unifies all great art is a common, visual language: formal elements organized through universal design principles.  Becoming conversant in this language is essential to succeeding as a painter.  Studying traditional painting is one of the best ways to acquire visual fluency because old master images are both realistic and full of visual abstraction.  

 

Guided by a wall of images that outline the history of western art, students and teacher engage in extensive study and discussion of paintings old and new. Students learn to recognize and incorporate into their own work the most important visual elements and compositional principles of the Old Masters.  Practical experience is gained through hands-on exercises.  Students are encouraged to bring work of their own for discussion and critique. Open to artists of any medium or skill level, art historians, and anyone who wants to understand the difference between traditional and modern painting.

Testimonials: “This [old masters design] workshop was filled with rare jewels of information that one doesn’t find in the best art schools and ateliers.  Thank you so much for a fantastic workshop.  I got so much out of it.”  

“I find myself thinking a lot about the concepts you taught in your design workshop.  Certain concepts…have really hit home for me recently….I’m seeing and understanding much more about the fine line between realistically depicting nature and creating an artistic design.  I keep learning… it’s extremely enjoyable

Koo Schadler’s egg tempera paintings and silverpoint drawings are in more than 400 private, corporate and museum collections worldwide, including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Philadelphia Athenaeum.  She is a popular instructor who has taught workshops around the US and abroad for more than 18 years.  Schadler is a master painter of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA and a contributing editor to The Artists’ Magazine.  Her work is represented by the J. Cacciola Gallery in New York, NY and Arden Gallery in Boston, MA. For more information visit www.kooschadler.com

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Figure Painting in Oils: Exploring the intensity of color with a limited palette - 3 Days - 4 SPOTS LEFT

July 6 to July 8 (Limit 11 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $550
Instructor: Jennifer Balkan

In this class, students will improve upon their overall approach to painting the figure with an emphasis on brush control, paint mixing, and color harmony. We will approach painting by learning to see our environment as composed of simple shapes and values, lay down shadow and light masses with confident brushwork, which will lead to stronger visual statements and weightier paintings. Students will work from a model, beginning with short poses in monochrome and gradually work up to longer sessions in full color enabling them to make quicker decisions leading to a more intuitive approach when handling the paint. This class is designed for all levels of painters who have life drawing experience. Jennifer Balkan will be doing demonstrations throughout the workshop and students will be working from a live model.

 Our goal is to see the figure as an abstract composite of dark and light shapes (values) in order to create a strong value statement and to get it proportionally accurate, both of which will contribute to a compelling composition and statement of light and shadow. We will begin our study doing simple three-value studies using a monochromatic palette in order to focus solely on values. We will later discuss color; specifically some color theory, color harmony and choosing a palette.  We will mix paint together.  And afterwards, we will do limited palette studies, beginning with very short poses and increasing time.

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Portrait Painting in the Sight Size Tradition - SOLD OUT

Accurately represent your subject as the eye sees it.

July 9 to July 20 (Mondays - Fridays, Limit 12 students) 
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $1350 plus $125 Model fee ($1475 total)
Instructor: Emanuela DeMusis

"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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Floral painting with Carlo Russo - 4 Days

July 10 to July 13 (Limit 14 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $595
Instructor: Carlo Russo

This one will fill up fast!! Sign up early!

In this 4 day class will focus on painting the floral still life in oils. Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. Since flowers and plants tend to move from day to day and even hour to hour the students will draw and paint directly on the canvas with the brush only. The focus will be on capturing the essentials of the still life and finishing areas wet in to wet. I will give frequent demonstrations and critique as we explore the unique nature of flowers and plants in paint.

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Artistic Anatomy for Figurative Artists

August 6th to August 17th - Monday through Friday (Limit 12 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $1350
Instructors: Iliya Mirochnik and John Asimacopoulos

This workshop is meant to familiarize art students with the structural basis of human function. Students will participate in a 10-day workshop in which the majority of the human skeletal and muscular structure will be explained, analyzed, and related directly to artistic practice. The quality that sets this course apart is the dissolution of the barrier between theory and practice.

Human anatomy is learned and applied with comparisons to basic 3-dimensional forms through drawings and analysis of one’s own body and that of the model. The 6 hour classes are divided into an interactive and engaging morning lecture in which the instructors will draw and demonstrate the anatomical material. The afternoon is a session with a live model in which students work on a 2-dimensional écorché followed by a 3-dimensional exploration of the learned forms.

Iliya Mirochnik studied in Saint Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from which he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting. The Repin Academy has one of the best known and oldest systems of education in figurative painting and drawing with an emphasis on human anatomy. Iliya has been recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and awards in the United States, Italy, Austria and Russia. He regularly teaches workshops and lectures internationally. John Asimacopoulos is a student at the ARA Boston. He began his studies in the arts in Boston following extensive schooling in the medical sciences at Kings College London and University College London. He has studied both clinical and artistic anatomy and has performed dissections.

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Crash Course in the ARA Drawing and Painting Method - 10 days - 2 spots left

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