Evening Programs offer artists the opportunity to concentrate on skill development in specific areas of realist drawing and painting. Students experience focused study in small, intensive groups led by professional artists. Courses and lectures are conducted at Studio Incamminati’s main studios in Center City, Philadelphia. Evening Program participants and alumni receive invitations to lectures and special events at Studio Incamminati. Each program runs for 10 consecutive weeks, with one extra week for any make-up days. Enrollment is limited to first-come, first-served.
Evening Program participants and alumni also receive invitations to lectures and special events at Studio Incamminati. All are welcome to join Professional Program artists in Open Studio sessions most Sundays from 1–4 p.m.
||April 15 - June 24
Figure Drawing in Graphite
Mondays, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
April 15 - June 24
No class May 27 Memorial Day
The course goal is to offer the chance to push a drawing to the highest possible level in the time allotted. Students begin with one-hour, block-in drawings for the first day, learning to see the figure as a whole and to clearly develop proper proportions and gesture in a linear way. Then, students begin the long pose. This drawing is for eight nights and is developed to completion, starting with a loose gesture drawing and progressing to a highly finished, fully modeled figure drawing. Proper proportion, beautiful gesture, correct anatomy and an understanding of simple and complex forms are stressed throughout.
Guest Instructor Darren Kingsley's paintings hang in the collections of Lucasfilm Ltd., the film production company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Union League of Philadelphia as well as numerous private collections.
See Darren's work at www.darrenkingsley.com
Portrait Painting Fundamentals
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
April 16 - June 18
The class addresses the fundamental skill sets that go into building a competent head study or portrait. The first skill is drawing, which deals with relating abstract proportions and subsequently developing structure and anatomy. This is done with graphite on paper as a line construction drawing. This will later be transferred to canvas for painting.
The second skill set is value. This is best studied with black and white paint. Learning to calibrate and manage value relationships is mandatory to build a painting. Black and white painting is also good for understanding planes, developing form, rendering, edges and learning to finish.
The third skill set is color which is explored in two ways. The first is a simplified formulaic color system which is combined with rendering in order to develop a completed painting. The second is an experimental alla prima color study exercise that develops an expanded understanding of what color pigments are capable of and finds new and exciting color combinations within the painting. Competence must first be displayed within all skill sets independently and afterward are combined into one cohesive painting process to develop finished full color portraits. All students are required to go through each stage of development. The class is ongoing and progressive, building on students’ experience throughout the year.
Visiting Instructor Kerry Dunn received a 2009 Portrait Society of America Certificate of Excellence. His works have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and hang in numerous collections.
See Kerry's work at
Alla Prima Painting
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
April 17 - June 19
Alla Prima, also called “direct painting,” translates from the Italian as “at first go.” Characterized by expressive, painterly brushwork, Alla Prima paintings are completed wet-in-wet in one session. During each class students will complete one portrait in full color. Concepts covered include: anatomical landmarks, basic planes of the head, value and color relationships, edges and paint handling. Methods of figurative painting taught at Studio Incamminati are covered including “grisaille,” “duo tone” and color study, and are explained by instructor demonstrations and examples. The goal of Alla Prima painting is to achieve a final look in one session and to develop greater facility in handling the materials and greater understanding of the painting process.
Teaching Fellow Peter Kelsey, a graduate of the Professional Program, monitors Studio Incamminati’s Sunday Open Studio public sessions. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and his work hangs in several private collections.
See Peter's work at www.peterkeslseyart.com
Color Studies: Still Life and Figure
Thursdays, 6 - 9 p.m.
April 18 - June 20
The class focuses on three areas of study: drawing, color, and painting development. Each student's individual start depends upon their experience and their's and the instructor’s assessment of their current needs and future development.
In drawing, students learn the skills needed to use line, mess and values to recreate the illusion of form. The medium will be either charcoal or oil paint. Once students become proficient in this area, they move into color, where they learn to combine and mix colors and use color relationships to recreate the subject matter and lighting situation. When students achieve a satisfactory level of understanding in drawing and color, they move into the area of painting development, which is the combination of good drawing with color sense and an ability to handle the oil painting medium.
This is a year-long, continuous class. Students may join in at any time. Instruction builds on students’ ability, needs and past experience.
Guest Instructor Jafang Lu received the 2012 Leeway Foundation for Art and Change Grant. She holds a Bachelors of Art from the City College of New York University.
See JaFang's work at jafanglu.blogspot.com
|Public Programs Payment and Refund Policies
Due to limited class space, tuition must be paid in full at time of registration.
A $100 fee is applied for cancellation up to the first class.
No refunds will be issued after the first day of class.