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.

 

ONLINE WORKSHOPS SUMMER 2020

JULY:

Online Portrait/Figure Painting: Anna Neis

MONDAYS: 7/6 – 7/27

Learn to paint both the portrait and figure in-depth with Princeton Academy of Art Director and Founder, Anna Neis. Copy from the old masters while learning the fundamentals of human anatomy, proportions, perspective and much more.⁠

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EXPLORING COMPOSITION – Aleksandr (Sasha) Budayev

WEDNESDAYS

7/1 – 7/22

10:30am – 3:30pm

Description:

The 2 days will be dedicated to exploration of the basics of formal composition. Students will focus on practicing the fundamentals of composing and organizing two-dimensional images according to the principles of harmony and purpose. Students will cover all of the aspects of abstract composition as well as stylization and color harmony. 

Students will be able to use and understand the rules and principles which any painting is based on.

The second 2 days participants will explore the principles of figurative composition. Starting from what was learned during the first 2 days, they will then complete black and white thumbnail sketches. They will also develop a creative piece with several figures placed in a complex surrounding. The workshops will cover topics such as figure in action/interacting figures, understanding of space in a realistic composition, the principle of montage applied to colors, features/ textures, the conception of movement as a way to direct the spectators eyes (active/dynamic) and gesture as the inner (passive) dynamic in addition to much more.

Day 1:

Fundamentals of formal composition. Format, spot and line, scheme, static and dynamic, rhythm, connections, geometric and amorphic (random) shapes.

Day 2:

Color harmony and its types. How to work with color to express an idea. Principles of montage method applied to color composition.

Day 3:

Stylization of simple objects by intrinsic or adscititious properties. Simple and complex expressions and combination of both. Stylized composition and composition of stylized objects.

Day 4:

Final decorative composition that employs all previously covered topics. 

SUPPLY LIST:

Paper pad 18″ by 24″, paper pad 9″ by 12″, soft and hard graphite pencils, erasers, black and white gouache or acrylic paint, watercolor, set of gouache or acrylic paint, brushes, ruler, permanent black marker, scissors, Indian or Chinese ink, white glue

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DRAWING THE SKULL – James Sondow

4 SESSIONS

JULY 2nd – JULY 23rd

10:30am-5:00pm

Students will draw the skull from multiple view-points using images of plaster casts of a real skull with light designed to clarify crucial plane breaks. We will focus on the structural planes that unify, simplify, and create compositional rhythm to this complex form that lies just below the skin and so is paramount in properly rendering the human head.

Reference drawings of the skull drawn at different stages will also be provided to better understand the compositional focal points the anatomy lends itself to both in the skull and by extension in the portrait. 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 work.

Students can use these personalized guides until they are ready for more feedback. (Those who are taking the sculpture class in tandem will have the added bonus of being able to draw the profile of the skull from the half skull purchased.)

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SCULPTING THE SKULL – James Sondow

FRIDAYS

7/3 – 7/24

10:30am-4:00pm

Live Zoom Meetings & Student Portal Access

Students will purchase a hand-casted half-skull from a mold of a real male specimen complete with planar demarcations drawn on by the professor along with the rest of the Sondow sculpting kit.

Using this reference along with multiple images of idealized plaster skulls and live demonstrations, students will sculpt the other half of the skull focusing on the symmetric points across the middle line that when grouped into lines delineate major plane breaks, all of which are vital in properly conceiving of and rendering the human head.

Each session will begin with an in-depth slide lecture discussing individual bones of the skull and their importance in creating the architectural planes the surface details of the face and cranium are built upon.

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’ sculptures from various angles and comparing them to the master works provided.

Students can use these personalized guides until they are ready for more feedback. Students will use oil clay (plasticine) which 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.

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FIGURE DRAWING MASTERCLASS: Copying the Masters I – Gilberto Geraldo

Language: Portuguese (Brazil) with subtitles in, English, Chinese and Russian.

English, Russian and Chinese translators present for live Zoom meetings.

4 SESSION INTENSIVE

JULY 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th

10:30am – 3:30pm

Copy from a 19th century academic figure drawing with master draftsman and ARC living master Gilberto Geraldo from the comfort of your own home. A five day online intensive that will consist of pre-recorded videos as well as live Zoom meeting to discuss and critique work.

This drawing masterclass is unique in that it will be offered in 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. All pre-recorded materials will have proper sub-titles and translators will be present during live Zoom meetings.

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DRAWING MASTERCLASS: The Portrait – Iliya Mirochnik

 

Iliya Miranda Portrait

4 SESSION INTENSIVE
JULY 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th

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. 
 

AUGUST:

DRAWING THE CLASSICAL BUST: James Sondow

academic sculpture

THURSDAYS

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




SCULPTING THE MUSCLES OF THE HEAD: James Sondow

FRIDAYS

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

Fridays

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

MATERIALS LIST:

  • 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.

Options


 


FIGURE DRAWING MASTERCLASS: Copying the Masters II – Gilberto Geraldo

Language: Portuguese (Brazil) with subtitles in, English, Chinese and Russian.

English, Russian and Chinese translators present for live Zoom meetings.

DATE: TBD
TIME: TBD

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS SUMMER 2020

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.

JULY

Plein Air Portrait Painting – Aleksandr (Sasha) Budayev

TUESDAYS – 7/7 – 7/28

10:30am – 4:00pm

Painting outdoors is a key in understanding color and the matter of paint. During class indoors, students are learning to sculpt the form and the subject’s surroundings in paint, but color remains a formal element. En-plein-air they can focus on the exploration of color and value in its natural environment. Shapes transform, losing their density and clarity due to beams of sunlight disguising the model’s face. Object and landscape merge to create patterns and ultimately lead to the discovery of new expressions. The meaning of portraiture in the traditional sense is reexamined. 

During this extremely rare workshop, participants will explore a variety of approaches and techniques of painting quick sketches from life. Each day, the location and set up will change to cover the many juxtapositions and interactions of the face and surrounding natural environment. The instructor will paint along with the students to demonstrate the discussed approaches and make short critiques and corrections at the break. At the end of each session there will be a group critique.

Day 1:

Participants will spend time exploring the basic properties of the face and landscape without getting into detail. There will be 2-4 short portrait studies practicing the fast alla-prima approach. Students will examine the shapes and colors most noticeable as opposed to the slowly calculated in-class observation.

Day 2:

Large scale head. Students will focus on facial features and will explore how this approach changes the way that they perceive portraiture. We will paint the face relatively simple in terms of its shape juxtaposed to  the clear landscape background. 

Day 3:

Portrait in a hat and white clothing. Students will explore a relatively complex situation of the face partially covered with the shadow. Additionally they would be able to study palette knife technique applied to realistic painting approaches.

Day 4:

Portrait in action. Students will have a chance to paint the models face in an uncommon tilt and point of view. We will explore unusual composition and color relationships.

SUPPLY LIST:

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″ (3 item), 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



AUGUST

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.

SUPPLY LIST:

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 ” info@princetonacademyofart.com ” to register

SUMMER

PLEIN AIR PORTRAIT/ CLOTHED FIGURE DRAWING

JULY 6th – 8th

11:00am – 2:00pm

Social distance with us outside this summer at the historic Princeton Battlefield. We will draw and paint from a live model!

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