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The Dance Between

Painting and Photography

• Winter 2021 Workshops •

Please Scroll Down to See All of our Workshop Offerings!



Workshop Description

The dance between painting and photography is as old as the invention of photography. While the two mediums often stand separately as art forms today, there is a space where they still move in solidarity together. That space is in the taking and usage of photographic reference.

In this two-part lecture series, we will dive deep into how you can get out of your camera’s automatic settings and into manual mode. You will learn to use photography as an intentional tool, creating the best references for the style of paintings you wish to make. Each class will run for about an hour, with the following half an hour available for questions.

Artist Bio:

Maria Teicher is a painter, photographer, and educator residing just outside of Philadelphia, PA. She has her BFA and MFA in painting and printmaking and is an adjunct professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Maria is also the owner and lead photographer of a wedding and portrait photography business called Iris and Echo (

Maria’s pedagogical passion resides in dismantling the negative stereotypes associated with using photography as a reference in paintings. She teaches painters how to use the camera as a proper tool to aid, guide, and become an extension of their studio practices.

Click HERE to see Maria's Website


Special Course Between Winter & Spring Terms - 2021

Painting and Drawing

the Human Head

Instructor: Maria Teicher

Date: Two Saturdays: February 6th and February 13th, 2021

Time:s 2:00pm - 3:30pm (PST)

Online ZOOM course

Tuition: $75.00

Enrollment Limit: 25

(Includes Registration Fees)

Instructor: Kai Lun Qu

Date: Two Saturdays: March 6th and March 13th, 2021

Time:s: 4:30pm - 7:30pm (PST)

Online ZOOM Workshop

Tuition: $300.00

(Includes Registration Fees)

Instructor: Kristy Gordon

Date: Saturday, February 27th 2021

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (PST)

(with a one hour break for lunch)

Online ZOOM course

Tuition: $150.00

(Includes registration and ZOOM Fees)

Workshop Description

Learn to create a well-structured painting of the eye with convincing colors. We will begin by discussing the construction of the eye, to get accurate proportions and structure. Then we will move to color and concentrate how to mix colors and how to add details like the highlights and eyelashes. You can use any medium you like in this course. I will be doing the demo in oils and will provide a suggested supplies list for those interested in using oils.  By the end of the course you’ll have a painting of the eye that you’re proud of as well as a solid understanding of how to render the eye which you can carry into all your future paintings! The class will include a demonstrations, discussions and individual instruction. The beginner will learn fundamental principles such as how to mix colors and render form modeling. The more advanced student will discover how to take their work to the next level and achieve the finish that they desire. In addition to the live Zoom class each student will receive links to the downloadable videos of the demo painting and mixing on the palette so that you can return to the course material whenever you like!


Artist Bio:

Kristy Gordon has twelve years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America. She is an adjunct professor at the New York Academy of Art and has taught at numerous schools and academies including the National Academy in NYC, and The Academy of Realist Art in Ottawa and Boston. Gordon has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Her work has earned numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America. She has been widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Kristy’s paintings hang in more than 600 collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection and The Clearing House in NYC.

Click HERE to see Kristy's Website

Special Course Between Winter & Spring Terms - 2021

Painting the Eye

Special Course Between Winter & Spring Terms - 2021

Workshop Description

During this informative four day workshop, students will explore the art of painting and drawing using the portrait as a learning vehicle. This workshop is primarily about painting and drawing the head in a convincing, representational manner. Initially, emphasis will be placed on shape accuracy and tonal relationships. The class will focus on creating a portrait from the early stages of setup to the finishing strokes. The first Saturdays of both weekends will be focused on drawing the portrait in charcoal, emphasizing a focus on capturing the structure and value relationships of the subject. The following Sunday students will explore oil paint using the same reference photo from the previous day, emphasizing controlling color relationships and paint mixing.

Artist's Bio:

Kai is a professional artist and the Director and Founder of CalColor Atelier in Cupertino. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, as well as having studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 2018, He was one of twenty-six recipients chosen out of nearly 3000 entries to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his painting Ashton in the 20th Annual International Portrait Society of America Competition.

Kai has had his work exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US, such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, US Capitol Building in DC, and Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore. His work has also been included and published by Poets Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. In 2018, Kai was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s 21 under 31 Article, where he was one of 21 artists under the age of 31 being celebrated as rising art stars from across the West and around the country. He is currently a Sentient Master Instructor for Sentient Academy, sharing his teachings to students of drawing/painting globally through their platform.

See Kai's Website HERE