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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.


From Idea to Image: Pictorial Composition

July 10 - 14 (Limit 10 students)
5 Days 9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch)
Cost: $850
Instructors: Iliya Mirochnik and Sean Forrester

"The fame of the painter and of his art is found in the following—the composition…”   
- Leon Battista Alberti

Composition is the study of visual language. For an artist to communicate his or her ideas, familiarity with composition is indispensable. In this workshop, participants will explore the principles of line, value, and color through lectures and practical assignments. The course will study the paintings of the masters and apply the lessons learned through drawings and sketches, exploring the genres of still-life and multi-figure composition. This class is excellent for intermediate and advanced artists, but beginners are welcome.

The workshop will include lectures, in class critiques, and drawing or painting from the live models.  There will be homework for each class:  composition exercises based on 19th century examples.  Every student will receive ample one -on- one time with the instructor.  Whatever you skill level, now is the time to explore this fascinating subject.

Day 1 - Morning Intro Lecture Iliya and Sean (with Q&A) Afternoon  (Value Lecture) Still life exercise in line, and value

Day 2- Morning  Color lecture- Limited vs. Prismatic Palette, Harmony (analagous, triads, etc), color and emotion. Afternoon Still life studies in color based on color schemes from the masters)      

Day 3- Morning  Line and Design,  Master Copies(Discuss in Class what students did at home) Afternoon 2 models with line and value

Day 4- Morning   Narrative Painting Lecture, Personal color choices of various masters Afternoon  2 models in costume in color

Day 5- Morning   Composition in 20th century Art,   2 models either color or value   Afternoon Continue with models. Finish with final critiques 

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Sight Size Drawing Boot Camp for All Levels 6 spots left

July 10-14 (5 days, Limit 10 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $750
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza

Sight Size drawing, used in ateliers and workshops throughout the world, is one of the oldest and most effective ways to draw. As term might imply, you are drawing in a "one to one" ratio meaning; your drawing and subject are the same size when viewed from a distance. This allows for a direct comparison and quick assessments of the: Proportion, rhythm, and gesture - these are the elements of a solid draftsman and in turn, a competent painter.

This workshop offers a crash course in the use and application of Sight Size drawing. This course is a great introduction for those wanting to strengthen their drawing foundation and broaden there technical repertoire. This class is open to people of all experience and skill levels, and there are no prerequisites required.

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Floral Painting with Carlo Russo - SOLD OUT!

July 24-27 (4 days, Limit 10 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $750
Instructor: Carlo Russo

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. 

Day 1- Slide lecture, Demo, students will use the rest of the day to do flower studies
Day 2- Demo, Arrange floral arrangement and begin floral painting, 
Day 3- Demo, Continue work on painting
Day 4- Demo, Finish painting

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Portrait Drawing with Chalk and Charcoal - SOLD OUT

July 24-28 (5 days, Limit 10 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza

Portraiture  poses a uniques set of problems such as proportion, anatomical credibility, and likeness. This workshop will offer a straightforward approach on tackling these fundamental challenges, as well as more complex aspects such as composition and lighting.

Graphite and white chalk on toned paper offer an expedient and  holistic  approach to rendering form from life. Lectures, demonstrations, and one on one instruction will ensure a comprehensive working environment for all students. 

There are no prerequisites for this class and is suitable for people of all skill and experience levels.

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Still Life Workshop - Crash Course in the Academic Method SOLD OUT

August 7-18 (10 days, Limit 10 students)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $1350
Instructor: Christina Mastrangelo

Learn how to paint a realistic still-life in a supportive, academic, inspiring environment.  

 The goal of the course is to introduce artists to the representational painting world, understand the observational painting process, and come away with a beautiful painting. Working from life in the sight-size method, students will learn how to overcome the challenges of painting a variety of objects, including cloth, metal, wood, glass, or perishables, and how to push past visual limits to extend the illusion of depth and realism.  We explore line, shape, form, color, texture, edges, composition, and a logical process that makes creating this type of work streamlined and obtainable. Relevant short demonstrations will be given each day, and as students work on their painting they will be guided and critiqued suited to their individual pace and needs.  Besides watching, painting, lectures, and critiques, Christina's much-loved handouts further enhance the learning experience. You will come away knowing how to confidently paint a still life from start to finish, including how to: use the sight-size method, draw and paint with accuracy, mix and match exact colors, use mediums in layers, deal with sinking-in, care for palettes and brushes, set up a still life, set up studio lighting, promote the archival nature of your painting, varnish, and more.  Gain confidence no matter your prior experience, and feel satisfied knowing that everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject from life.

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Oil Painting for Newbies (or not so Newbies) - 7 Spots Left

August 7, 8, and 9 (Limit 10 students)
3 Days 9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $450
Instructor: Julie Beck

Using the most basic of materials, you can make great realistic paintings from life or from photo reference! 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, etc. We will also use our first canvas to explore some basic exercises to experiment with paint application, value, transparency, etc. Day 2 we will further discuss value, and also discover 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, and cover the concept of edges, transitions, etc.

Throughout all three days we will reinforce and reiterate the fundamentals of good realist painting. You will leave this short workshop with three canvases that will act as a great reference for your future masterpieces. Spots in this class are limited so the instructor can have maximum one on one time with each individual.

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Painting the Clothed Figure Workshop 8 Spots Left

August 28 - Sept 1 (Limit 11 students)
5 Days 9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $750
Instructor: Iliya Mirochnik

The clothed full-figure portrait has long been considered a complex undertaking. In addition to the extensive list of challenges encountered when working from the nude model, the clothed figure requires a more subtle depiction of anatomical forms. This workshops aims to break down this process, exploring the effect of underlying anatomical structures on clothing, as well as how a figure's attire influences the overall composition of the painting, its mood, and on the viewers' perception of the model. In addition to working on a painting, participants will be analyzing examples from the history of art and supplementing their work with graphite and charcoal sketches of cloth on human form.

Iliya Mirochnik will be doing demonstrations throughout the workshop.

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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