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Come learn the same step-by-step methods taught in our regular program in an intensive format in our workshops. Students will learn skills in drawing and painting that can be applied to their own projects. Whether you are an experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

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    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
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    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date: Nov 30, 2020 - Dec 4, 2020

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 600.00

    This intensive workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by William Adolphe Bouguereau, considered by many to be the premier academician of his era. His impeccable drawing skills and facility in depicting form are widely admired, making his work some of the best to study to learn to paint realistically. Bouguereau’s methodology follows a series of repeatable steps, ultimately leading to a painting of the highest finish. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Portrait Drawing from Life

    Date: Nov 13, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

    In this 3-day portrait workshop, Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. He will be covering how to start with the structure of the head, focusing on proportion and placement of the features. Special attention will placed on the planes, forms, and volumes of the face. Whether a beginner or advanced artist, participants will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

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    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers

    Date: Nov 2, 2020 - Nov 6, 2020

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    This intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by 19th century painter John Singer Sargent, one of the most influential direct painters of all time. Participants will work from copies of Sargent paintings to become familiar with the wet-into-wet technique that he used. This direct technique allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results. 

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    Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head

    Date: Sep 21, 2020 - Sep 25, 2020

    Duration: 5 days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    This 5-day drawing workshop focuses on creating a solid understanding of the anatomy of the head as the base for building the structure of the portrait. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses, where with a lineal drawing, the construct of the head will be broken down into a series of big to small steps. The workshop will discuss the planes, proportions, and features of the face, and how these can be explained through anatomy.

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    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    Date: Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 28, 2020

    Duration: 7 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting. This workshop teaches the chiaroscuro approach (which means light and dark) used by such artists as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Drawing the Figure from Life

    Date: Jun 19, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020

    Duration: 2 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 275.00

    Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this drawing workshop. Students will be working directly from the nude using charcoal or carbon pencil. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Students will then finish their drawings with big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.

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    Alla Prima Portrait Painting

    Date: Apr 17, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 350.00

    This 3-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method, which means “all at once.” This is a method that has to be done in one section, wet-into-wet, where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. Participants will execute one sketch each day throughout the week, from a range of different points using live models. This course is suitable for all levels.

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    In the Studios of the Old Masters

    Date: Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 27, 2020

    Duration: 7 days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this 7-day workshop. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience, each student will take home their own master copy as well as the step-by-step knowledge of the process.

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