Art Academia workshops allow attendees to learn from and work alongside renowned artists from around the globe to master their craft. Be sure to check back often to see who's coming next!

Hand-Build Ceramics for Beginners (Adult workshop)
April 3 - June 5, 2019

In this 3 month workshop, students are introduced to 3 primary hand-building techniques (including Pinch pot, Slab, and Coiling), along with surface decorating techniques including Glazing, Majolica, Sgraffito, and Mishima. Students will experience small class sizes & instructor led step-by-step demonstrations by our very own ceramics expert, Marina Smelik. By the end of the course, each student will have completed and can take home 4-5 ceramic pieces they’ll be proud to put on full display.

  • 10 Wednesday sessions

  • September 18 - November 20, 2019

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • $480 (includes material & firing fees)

  • 6-8 person class size

  • Adult students only

  • Instructor: Marina Smelik

Marina Smelik’s work: www.marinasmelik.com


Direct Stone Carving for Beginners (Adult workshop)
Dates will be announce soon

In this 3 month workshop, students will be introduced to 4 primary stone working techniques including Carving, Sanding, Polishing, and Mounting. Students will experience small class sizes and instructor led step-by-step demonstrations by our very own 3D art expert, Marina Smelik. Students of all physical strengths are able to successfully do this stone carving project. By the end of the course, each student will have completed and can take home an impressive stone carving they’ll be proud to put on full display.

  • 10 Wednesdays sessions

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • $500 (includes 15-20 lb Alabaster stone & carving tools)

  • 6-10 person class size

  • Adult students only

  • Instructor: Marina Smelik

  • Note: Students are responsible for purchasing their own mounting bases directly from an online vendor (we’re happy to make recommendations), and will need to bring their own goggles, mask, gloves, and an old towel.

Marina Smelik’s work: www.marinasmelik.com


Landscape Painting Workshop with Colley Whisson

  • Dates: Saturday August 11th – Tuesday August 14th, 2018 (4 x days)

  • Cost: $590

  • Times: 9am - 4pm

  • Eligibility: Adults only

Back by popular demand, Colley Whisson is returning to Art Academia for a 4 day Master Series workshop in which we will work in the studio for 2 days, and 2 days will be spent at a chosen offsite location (Half Moon Bay, Coyote Point or the picturesque streets of San Francisco). Colley's workshops employ a step-by-step process, demonstrating the best approach to constructing a painting.  They are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner, and will focus on tone, composition, brushwork, color saturation, and the importance of edges. 

Colley is an internationally recognized artist from the Brisbane, Australia. Under the guidance of this father, renowned artist Eric Whisson, he commenced oil painting at the age of 20, and has long been considered a leading artist of his generation.

Colley's work: www.colleywhisson.com


Past Workshops

Figures & Portraits with Slava Korolenkov (past)

  • Dates: May 2-4, 2016

  • Times: 9am - 4pm

  • Eligibility: Adults only

Art Academia is honored to host Slava Korolenkov from Moscow, Russia for a 3 day figure and portrait workshop ether in our San Mateo, CA studio or in San Mateo Central Park. As a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Storgaov Academy of Art, Slava is best known for his mastery of color and bold brushwork  evolved primarily under the influence of Nikolay Fechin, Konstantin Korovin, Michael Vrubel and the French Impressionists.

His works are exhibited internationally and are well represented in private collections throughout Japan, USA, Germany, France, and elsewhere. He has extensive teaching experience both in Russia and abroad, and we are excited to have him share his techniques with us during his Spring trip to California.
See the gallery from our workshop participants

Landscape & Still Life with Slava Korolenkov (past)

  • Dates: April 25-29, 2016

  • Times: 9am - 4pm

  • Eligibility: Adults only

Art Academia is honored to host Slava Korolenkov from Moscow, Russia for a 5 day landscape and still life workshop in the field. As a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Storgaov Academy of Art, Slava is best known for his mastery of color and bold brushwork evolved primarily under the influence of Nikolay Fechin, Konstantin Korovin, Michael Vrubel and the French Impressionists.

His works are exhibited internationally and are well represented in private collections throughout Japan, USA, Germany, France, and elsewhere. He has extensive teaching experience both in Russia and abroad, and we are excited to have him share his techniques with us during his Spring trip to California. See the gallery from our workshop participants

 

Master Series Workshop with Colley Whisson (past)

  • Instructor: Colley Whisson

  • Eligibility: Adults

  • When: August 15-18, 2015 (9-4pm)

In this 4-day Master Series workshop, Colley Whisson will conduct daily outdoor or indoor demonstrations and teach the fundamentals needed to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and sensitivity to the subject. See the gallery from our workshop participants


Portrait Master Series Workshop (past)

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  • Instructor: Professor Boris I. Kokhno

  • Eligibility: Teens and adults

  • Dates: Feb 21, 28 & March 7, 2015
    ( 1-5pm)

  • Cost: $300 plus model fee

In this 4-day Master Series workshop, Professor Boris Kokhno joins us from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg to teach us advanced still life composition, forms and plains, values and colors, temperature, harmony and art discovery skills. See Professor Kokhno's past portrait workshops.


Old Dutch Style Still Life - Master Series

  • Instructor: Ernest (Ernie) Baber

  • Eligibility: Teens and adults

  • When: tbd

  • Cost: $300

A true master Mr. Ernest Baber offers an exciting week of demonstrations in still-life. He will teach methods and principles of the Old Dutch masters focusing on atmosphere, harmony, and light. Ernie Baber has been painting professionally for 30 years, having studied at the Art Students League of New York with anatomy professor Robert Beverly Hale, author of several books on artistic anatomy, and David Leffel, renowned painter and teacher, having published books of his paintings and teachings.