Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class or workshop. We cannot be responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a workshop is cancelled by us, all money will be promptly refunded.


Deidre Sassano

Elizabeth Rhoades


Christine Kornacki

Doug GIllette

Justin Wood

Academy Workshops


John Marinelli

Photographing Your Artwork     One-Day Workshop

January 27, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join professional photographer John Marinelli as he demonstrates the optimal lighting setup necessary for shooting your 2-dimensional artwork, whether it is a drawing in graphite or an oil painting. Please let us know if you have 3 dimensional artwork as well.

Bring your artwork and camera (preferably a 35mm SLR or Point/Shoot). You will learn how to capture an image of your artwork for show competition or portfolio. We will also cover some Photoshop techniques worth knowing. Optional: bring your laptop/iPad if you have this app.

This workshop will be mostly demonstration with Q & A.

Fee: $95. members   ($30. member fee)

Eliza Moser

Color Mixing with Zorn      One-Day Workshop

February 3, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Limited Palette, famously used by Anders Zorn, gets at the heart of the nature of light and color. Using only the primary colors, the artist is compelled to interpret what he sees, instead of copy. In the process, he or she gains a deep understanding of how all colors are connected and relate to each other. In this one-day course students will learn applicable methods to push the boundaries of the limited palette, all the while exploring color theory and the inner workings of light, form and color.

Fee: $95. members   ($30. member fee)

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Deidre Sassano

Sculpting in Clay

February 15-17, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Additive sculpture is one of the most fun, easy and enjoyable ways of expressing yourself in art.  It also can seem like magic. You will learn clear ways to build armatures, balance form, find symmetry, and make convincing anatomy. (Humans to dragons, it's all the same process...and you can do it!)  In this 3 day workshop, you will be given important keys to seeing and understanding form - which will allow you to sculpt anything with clarity and ease.

It doesn't matter whether you are sculpting faces, figures or fantasy...the keys of sculpture are the same.  Join us for 3 days of form exercises, technique and methodolgy, material options (to mix or not to mix?) how to approach molding and casting choices, anatomy, avoiding common mistakes and loving yourself and your work through the process. Material list to be forwarded.

Fee: $250. members   ($30. member fee)

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Elizabeth Rhoades

Painting Snow Scenes in Pastel

February 22-24, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

In this three day workshop, Elizabeth Rhoades will explain and share her technique in crafting colorful winter landscapes using exciting color harmonies. Her award winning snow paintings are full of vibrant color and emotion. This class in pastel painting is for the beginner as well as advanced pastel artist. Elizabeth is an accomplished teacher, and her workshops provide comprehensive  instruction, take home materials, and plenty of individual attention.

Fee: $285. members, $30. membership

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Christina Mastrangelo

Portrait Master Copy in Oils  

A Three-Day Workshop, March 9-11, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Choose from selected Van Dyck, Velazquez, or Bouguereau portraits. We will transfer the image right onto the canvas and begin painting the first class. You will be guided through the process of discovering their palette, mixing and matching their flesh tones, seeing the structure of the eyes, nose, and lips through their eyes, mimicking their brushstrokes and edges, and recreating the image to better understand what it takes to paint a masterpiece.

Fee: $295. members  ($30 member fee)

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Steve Linberg

Color Theory for Oil Painters in the Munsell Color System

A Five-Day Workshop, March 14-18, 2018, 9 am to 5 pm

This class will teach you everything you need to know about color theory, and introduce the Munsell color system for oil painters. Although the subject matter applies equally to any medium, we will be painting in oils to explore the concepts taught in the class. Students will learn the scientific principles underlying color perception, and how to control color’s aspects of hue, value and chroma in painting. No prior painting experience is necessary.


 1. Learn the Munsell color system

 2. Learn how to mix and match colors quickly and accurately

 3. Learn how to predict light and shadows from local colors

 4. Paint 12 cubes in varying hues, chromas and values, reflecting this process

 5. Learn science-based color theory and dispel some art-school color myths

Fee: $560. members  ($30 member fee)

Christine Kornacki

Illustration Workshop for April Vacation Week

April 9-13, 2018, 9 am to 12 pm

In this workshop, children’s book illustrator, Christine Kornacki will immerse students into the world of illustration.  We will learn about the history of illustration and the current market as Christine shares her process and walks students through a finished illustration of their own. 

Students will illustrate a “Fancy Animal Portrait” by choosing from a selection of animal photographs and combining it with a classical portrait. Christine will show how to properly use references and studies to understand the anatomy of their animal and figure. After sketching out their fancy animal combination, students will move onto their final color illustration, paying attention to the emotion, lighting, and form of their character. 

For ages 7-16. 

Fee: $210. members  ($25 member fee)

Materials list to come. 

Doug Gillette

Perspective in Graphite Workshop 

A Two-Day Workshop, April 28-29, 2018, 9:45 am to 4:00 pm

This two day workshop aims to teach everything you need to know about the fundamental skill of drawing in perspective. Understanding perspective brings a grounded reality to your art and transforms the way your audience interacts with it. It is key in taking your work to the next level.

The overall goal of the class is to have you demonstrate an improved understanding and implementation of perspective in your art, and hopefully how you see the world around you.The information this workshop provides will be crucial to helping you create an environment drawing quicker than you ever thought possible! It's not as daunting as you might think!

Fee: $180. members  ($30 member fee)

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Justin Wood

The Trompe L'oeil Oil Painting

A Five-Day Workshop, May 7-11, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Trompe L'oeil paintings deceive the eye by making a painted flat surface appear three-dimensional. In this workshop, participating artists will design, draw and paint their own trompe l'oeil. We will discuss the history of the genre and examine different trompe l'oeil paintings from various times and places with the purpose of better understanding the subject and methods used in their production.

Fee: $475 members  ($30 member fee)

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Additional 2018 Workshops - Details to come

June 4-8      Sight-Size Portrait Drawing with Christina Mastrangelo

June 15-17       Frame Painting & Guilding with Christina Mastrangelo

June 29-July 1       The Art Business with Christina Mastrangleo

July 9-13, 15-19       10-Day Still Life Painting with Christina Mastrangelo

Aug. 23-25       Finishing that Painting with Christina Mastrangelo

Sept. 3-7       The Portrait in Costume with Katie Engberg

Oct. 4-7        The Dutch Breakfast Still Life with Justin Wood

Nov.  15-17      The Landscape Painting with Lauren Sansaricq

May 20-24, 2019       Landscape Painting in Oils with John MacDonald