All Princeton Academy of Art classes have moved online or are now en plein air in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Online and plein air courses are now available for students who would like to try distance learning, or practice social distancing while still getting the highest level of instruction in the classical disciplines of drawing and painting.

Using a combination of our student portal and the most advanced video conferencing technology in the world, Princeton Academy of Art offers you the at-home distance learning art education that you have been searching for.

We provide our distance learning Academy students with the same information that has been available to students taking courses in-person.

We also plan to include classes in the following languages very soon: English, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil) and Russian.

With multi-lingual instructors, Princeton Academy of Art is able to offer a comprehensive and international distance learning experience. Our student portal allows students and instructors to translate the entire portal to their desired 1st language. All instructional videos will have subtitles available in these 4 languages.




academic sculpture


8/6 – 8/27

There is no better way to study the head than to go back to the masters and draw from them. That is precisely what we do in this course. Each session will begin with an in-depth slide lecture using a series of Greek and Roman busts to explore the construction of the idealized features and surface muscles and the bony architecture they are built upon.

Students will be given reference drawings from various stages of the drawing process to see how focal points, line weight, symmetrical points across the middle line, and the shading of light and shadow all work together to create composition with clarity and draftsmanship with conviction. During each 5- hour class the professor will give specific one-on-one ongoing verbal and visual critiques by drawing anatomical schematics on images of the students’ work in progress and comparing them to the master works.

Students can use these personalized guides until they are ready for more feedback and can watch and learn from other students critique as well as everyone will be working from similar images.

James Sondow Online Summer Workshops



8/7 – 8/28

The previous sculpture class “Sculpting the skull” is recommended but absolutely not required and new students will receive the same hand-casted half-skull from a mold of a real male specimen the returning students already have. The durable resin, the skull is made from, provides an ideal surface from which to lay on the plasticine for the muscles of the face and cranium. Students will do this using multiple images of ecorché heads and live demonstrations.

The plasticine used will not harden, dry, or create any dust, and so can be worked easily at the students’ convenience, both in and outside of class without the need of spraying or wrapping. During each 6-hour class the professor will give specific one-on-one ongoing verbal and visual critiques by drawing anatomical schematics on images of the students’ sculpture from various angles and comparing them to the master works provided. Students can use these personalized guides until they are ready for more feedback.

Each session will begin with an in-depth slide lecture using old-masterworks to discuss individual muscles; their origins, insertions, and most importantly, their function in facial expression.

James Sondow Online Summer Workshops

Basic Human Anatomy I – Roberto Osti

4 Sessions


10:30am – 12:30pm EST

August 7th – August 28th

Language(s): English, Italian*

In this course, you will learn the basics human proportions and how to simplify the skeleton.

“Basic Human Anatomy I” is the first workshop in a series of 3 totaling the equivalent of 10 weeks of study. Each workshop will offer the students complete access to the fundamental elements of anatomy with anatomist, artist and author, Roberto Osti. A thorough understanding of anatomy is essential for an artist that is interested in drawing the human figure.

The topics covered will include skeletal structure and muscular structures in detail, proportions and proportional relationships of the body and essential drawing techniques used in figure drawing.

The content of each course is delivered both synchronously and asynchronously.

For the asynchronous part of the course, students will have access each week to one or more videos where Roberto will discuss and demonstrate a specific topic. These videos will be accessible for the duration of the course.

The synchronous part of the course will be held on Fridays from 10:30am to 12:30pm. During these live Zoom meetings Roberto will prepare demonstrations, answer questions and give in-depth critiques. Students will practice copying from the demonstrations in his videos, the Zoom sessions and specific exercises that will be assigned weekly.

This course is based on his book “Basic Human Anatomy”, published by The Monacelli press, that the students will need to purchase for the course. The book can be ordered at Amazon or any other major bookseller.

Whether you are taking 1 workshop, or all 3, the following supplies are required…

TEXTS: “Basic Human Anatomy”, Roberto Osti


  • Graphite pencils in H, HB 2B
  • Colored pencils in earth red (indian, pompeian, venetian or english red are all good) BRAND SUGGESTION: Caran D’Ache, Faber Castell & Derwent.
  • Erasers: Staedtler and your preferred brand of kneaded eraser.
  • High quality pencil sharpener or blade if you prefer that.
  • A pad of drawing paper

BRAND SUGGESTION: Canson or Strathmore.

  • OPTIONAL BUT SUGGESTED: Sketchbook for taking notes

This online course will consist of pre-recorded instructional videos, at-home assignments and live Zoom video meetings for further discussion and critique.






Iliya Miranda Portrait

AUGUST 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th

10:30am – 1:30pm EST

The Princeton Academy of Art online 4-Day Portrait Drawing Workshop is a great way to hone your portrait drawing skills through an in-depth study of the skull and facial structure while focusing on the fundamentals of drawing. Iliya Mirochnik will be drawing live demonstrations on Zoom, explaining the key assignments and principles. Participants will also work alongside Iliya and have their work critiqued through screen and file sharing. Each lesson will be recorded, and the students will be able to download it afterward for review. 
Students will also have access to Princeton Academy of Art’s student portal to connect with workshop peers for the duration of the workshop.
Workshop breakdown
Day 1: Students will focus on quick studies of heads focusing on both a structural and an observational approach. Students will begin by studying fundamental reference angles and points to grasp the tilt, character, and proportions quickly. Participants will then continue drawing quick studies by analyzing value relationships and contour drawing.
Day 2: Students will devote time to all of the features of the face, working from example images of casts and real human features. The forms will be analyzed and explained from a structural standpoint.
Day 3: Students will continue working on the head features and draw one 1.5 hour portrait study. 


A NOTE: Strict health regulations must be followed at all times. Instructors and students will have their own supplies & materials as to not spread germs. Students must remain 6 ft apart from each other and instructors throughout the duration of the workshop.


Plein Air Figure Painting (Clothed) – Aleksandr (Sasha) Budayev

TUESDAYS – 8/4 – 8/25

10:30am – 4:00pm

 Clothed figure is the intersection of genres of portrait and (nude) figure study. Starting with basic poses we will then move toward more complex gestures and situations. Students are going to get aware of different approaches and techniques in sketching a model from life. We will explore how sunlight, shadow, multiple reflections and uncommon gestures change our understanding of basic properties of the human figure and the very painting.

Day 1:

During the first session participants will explore basic properties of the figure in the natural surrounding. We will avoid getting into the details. For the 5 hours participants will do up to 4 short studies practicing alla-prima approach and examining shapes and color relationships.

Day 2:

Full size portrait in white clothing. Being depicted as a big object juxtaposed to a relatively limited nature view the model’s body becomes a type of portrait. Students will examine the relationships of the body plastique and the character of the model’s face and the very set up. White clothing will help us to focus on the way color and light transform shapes of the body and to realize the inevitable unity in terms of values and color as a result of infinite transitions and reflections en-plein-air. 

Day 3:

Acting in a midground. Students will paint the model staying far enough from the setup so the model become literally a part of the landscape. Whole there’s no clearly articulated face we will focus on a silhouette and big tonal and color relationships and structure of the sketch’s compositional structure.

Day 4:

The lay or reclined figure. Last day of the workshop participants will spend working on their studies of the model lay down or reclined. This point of view shows unusual shortening of facial and bodily proportions.  The grass and other natural properties makes the model partially blend with the environment. It is also the chance to focus and emphasize the bodily features other than the face as a main object in the picture.


Oil or acrylic or casein paints, brushes, solvent (terpenoid for oils, water or acrylic medium for acrylic paints, water for casein paints), canvas pad 9″ by 12″, stretched and primed canvases about 16″ by 20″ to 20″ by 24″, rags, oil can or water can, palette (classic plywood soaked in boiled linseed oil for oils or white plastic or enameled for acrylic and casein paints), foldable chair and easel or plein-air box.

2020 Summer Workshops: Plein Air

Plein Air Still Life Painting – Aleksandr (Sasha) Budayev

WEDNESDAYS – 8/5 – 8/26

10:30am – 4:00pm

Not only do both the figure or the portrait change dramatically when being moved outdoors, but still life as well. Surprisingly, still life en-plein-air is actually one of the most exciting outdoor painting experiences. Every branch, rock or blade of grass can appear as a motif for still-life. This significantly broadens our understanding of what still life can mean. 

Students will switch the monotonous yet extremely important paradigm of in-class academic painting for extremely different methods. 

Instead of ellipses, accurate shadows and straight lines, plein-air painting pursues materiality, subtleness of color/tonal transitions and uncommon compositions. Depth is explored by assessing the density of an object as well as  its closeness to the student guiding them to emphasize atmospheric perspective.

2020 Summer Workshops: Plein Air

Princeton Academy of Art offers online courses for both children and teens as well. Students gain access to their respective student portals where class documents are stored and Zoom meeting links are posted.

By joining our online Academy, for their time enrolled, students have access to amazing resources such as step by step videos, downloadable reference photos and bonus art history documents!

We meet on Zoom each week for lectures and to discuss homework assignments.

*Age restrictions apply for children & teen classes. Please email ” ” to register



email if your child would be interested in either online or plein classes this August!

(Drawing or painting)