Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer Workshops 2012

Summer workshops begin soon! To register, please visit the workshop page of our website:

Landscape Painting

Boston Common Plein Air Study

2 Days, July 7 and 8, 8:30 – 4:00 1 hour lunch $250

Instructor - Hudson River Fellow, Brian MacNeil

The historic Boston Public Garden offers many scenic spots for this plein air landscape painting workshop. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of the day’s activity – giving visual guidance in how to productively complete each day’s objective.

On day one students will select a spot and make a drawing and composition in grisaille. On the second day the composition will be finished using a full color palette. Issues to be discussed will include how to deal with changing light, atmospheric perspective and the retention of luminosity.


In The Studio of Peter Paul Rubens

July 9 – 20 10:00 – 5:00. One hour lunch break. (10 days – Cost $1150)

Instructor - Garrett Vitanza

This workshop offers insight into the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, his life and working methodology. Working from high resolution copies of some of Rubens’ paintings students will learn how to approach making a traditional oil painting. Students will be coached from the beginning drawing stage through to finished paint passages and work towards emulating the lush paint application of Rubens.

Figure Drawing: The Academic Tradition using the ARA methodology.

July 23 - August 3 10:00 - 5:00. One hour lunch break. (10 days - Cost $1,150)

Instructor - Emmy De Musis

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston continues in the figure drawing tradition established by the 19th Century French Academy in Paris. In this ten day course, students will work from one pose and be taught the method used to draw the live model at ARA.

Beginning in graphite, students complete a 'cartoon'. This is a preliminary drawing that establishes proportion, body type, gesture and the correct grouping of light and dark. This important phase creates a solid structure.

Using a light table, students then transfer the cartoon to fresh paper and the drawing continues in charcoal where rendering techniques accurately capture delicacy of form and quality of flesh. Through the articulation of subtle plane changes and correct value assignments, the students finish a naturalistic and volumetric drawing.

The instructor will provide individual critiques, demos and lectures.

Painting the Figure in Oil

August 6 – 17, 10 days 10:00 - 5:00. One hour lunch break (Cost $1150)

Instructor Colleen Barry

Students will learn how to paint the figure in oil employing a limited palette. During the first week students will draw the figure in graphite to establishing accurate proportion, shapes of light and shade and structure. Once this “cartoon” is transferred to canvas a thin under-painting will be made. In the second week of the workshop students will be taught the fundamentals of form, color and light. Utilizing a limited palette will aid students understanding of how to conceptualize form by narrowing down the color choices. The students will gain a more profound knowledge of how to synthesize the colors on the palette with the form and light on the model.


Still Life Painting
August 20 – 31 10 days 10:00 - 5:00. One hour lunch break. (Cost $1150)
Instructor Brian MacNeil

Students will compose, set up and complete a still life painting. Learning topics will include still life composition, paint handling, lighting, and oil painting techniques and materials. Brian will share his experiences on still life painting and how to overcome common difficulties that may occur during the process.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Saturday Afternoon Portrait Painting Class

Garrett Vitanza is teaching an eight week course on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-5:30.

Ten students are working from two models. Some will paint an extended dry brush painting, others will work in a limited palette.

The cartoons in graphite will be transferred to canvas or board.

Stephen Kivimaki

Frank Interrante

Daphna Zik