Academy Workshops


Jeremiah Patterson

Finishing Your Painting

(Postponed from July)

A Two-Day Workshop, Sept. 22-23, 2017, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

This is a workshop that will guide you down the home stretch of completing a painting. Do you have a painting you started that is just waiting for inspiration, words of wisdom from a knowing teacher to complete? Bring them in! Jeremiah Patterson is a master painter, teaches at University of Hartford's Art School, holds workshops here and abroad in several mediums. Please indicate on registration form the subject of your painting and medium. 

Fee: $180. members, $210. non-members

Richard Scott

Narrative Portrait Painting

A Five Day Workshop, September 12-16, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

This course will be a five day intensive portrait workshop, exploring indirect painting techniques of the old masters with a focus on narrative development. Richard will walk you through the stages of conceiving, composing, and beginning a portrait. There will be helpful information on how to analyze your work in order to improve both your skills and give yourself the tools to express your vision.

We will explore both symbolism and how to express ideas through the composition itself. We’ll cover adaptive methods for utilizing the movement of the model, compositional changes due to the decision of the painter, and enhancing both analytical and intuitive approaches to painting.

Emphasis will be on balancing the detailed and accurate observation of light, form and anatomy - with composition and expression.

Fee: $425. members, $455. non-members

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Christina Mastrangelo

Still Life in Oils  

A Ten Day Workshop, October 23-27, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

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.

Course outline available upon request.

Fee: $1200. members  ($30 member fee)

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From Memory to Memoir:  Writing and Preserving Your Life Story
Taught by Susan Omilian, writing coach and published author

A One-Day Workshop, Nov.18, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Whatever your creative gift or passion, why not tell your story?  A book about your life can support your work, embellish your cause, explain your path and celebrate you. You can also turn memories of significant events in your life into a memoir for your children and grandchildren. Learn where to start, how to get organized and keep going until you’ve finished. Get tips on pictures to include and how to self-publish your story. No previous writing experience required.  Bring notebook.

Fee: $85. members  ($30 member fee)

Katie Whipple

Floral Studies Workshop     (Workshop Filled, Waiting List Only)

January 18-20, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

In this three day workshop Katie will discuss the ins and outs of her methods for flower painting. Working with Katie’s “petal-by-petal” technique, students will learn to create true floral portraits. We will work to slow down our painting process to observe the beautiful nuances of each flower.

 Katie will explain how to create informed floral studies with accurate floral anatomy, light effect, and color. Starting with a simple drawing and underpainting, we will talk about how to take steps to making an accurate study while using time efficiently to record all necessary information.

 Students will focus on painting just blooms, rather than a more formal still life setup. This narrowed focus will allow us to really dive into discovering the nuances of floral painting.

 All levels of experience welcome!   Katie will provide flowers, but students are also welcome to bring their own. 

Fee: $390. members, $420. non-members

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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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