Adult (ages 16+)

Adult Classes

Learn a new skill or expand your artistic practice with these classes designed to engage both the beginning and seasoned artist. *Great opportunity for college-bound high school students looking to add quality work to their art or design admissions portfolios!!!

All classes are for ages 16 and up, unless otherwise specified. Looking for our Figure Study Programs, like Long Pose and Life Drawing? See our Figure Study page.


Summer 2016

Painting Realistic Skin Tones

Friday-Sunday, May 27-29
Instructor: Stephen Cefalo
$300 members/$375 non-members


Human skin reflects and refracts light unlike anything else in nature.  The key to painting great skin tones is a matter of capturing light effects through color relationships, as well as noticing the nuances of color not noticeable to an untrained eye. To eliminate the distraction presented by the challenges of painting faces and hands, we will produce a number of color studies that focus strictly on the torsos of models varying in color, age and body type.

Stephen Cefalo is an American artist in the traditions of Symbolism and the Baroque.  He was born in the hometown of Albrecht Durer (Nuremberg, Germany) on the birthday of his heroes, Winslow Homer, Charles Le Brun, and Franz Von Stuck, and felt a calling from early childhood to become a painter. Stephen and his two sisters were raised in Newburgh, Indiana by a single mother who worked full-time at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. His aunt Marilyn gave him oil painting lessons at twelve, and his mother bought him books on figure drawing and supplies when she found them.

During his undergraduate studies at the former Savannah Campus of the School of Visual Arts, Cefalo found mentors in Jeff Markowsky and Anthony Palliser. When SVA Savannah closed its doors in 1997, he was already married with his first child, and moved to the main campus in New York. There he studied with one of his heroes, Steven Assael, and Max Ginsburg. After graduation Stephen continued to study privately with Assael,  and completed his graduate studies in Painting in 2004 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Formerly an instructor  at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Stephen currently paints full-time in New York City.


Printmaking with Photo Transfers

Instructor: Susan Soper
Saturday, June 18
Class Fee: $45 members/$50 non-members
$25 supply fee paid to instructor on day of workshop


Using the techniques of photo transfers and chine-collé (printmaking collage technique), you will transfer images to paper and waterless lithography plates. Working both in black and white and in color, you will have the option to print your images as notecards or frame-worthy pieces. The class printed transfers can afterwards be incorporated into collage work! Instructor will supply ready-made, copyright-free photo transfers of various subjects.


Printmaking without a Press

Instructor: Susan Soper
Saturday, June 25
$45 members/$50 non-members
$25 supply fee paid to instructor on day of workshop


Learn exciting printmaking techniques without expensive equipment! Multi colored multiples will be created using the techniques of Relief, Pronto Plate Lithography and Monoprinting. Learn how to use common tools, as well as a Pasta Press for printing. Safe water based inks will be used. We will also experiment with various printmaking papers.

Susan Soper was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island. She graduated from the State University College at Buffalo, NY with a BS degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Art therapy. After graduation she moved to Wyoming where she and her family stayed for the next twenty years. Soper began creating Lithographs in 1988. She furthered her studies by attending The Tamarind Institute of Lithography’s Summer Workshop in New Mexico and traveled to South Dakota to attend Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops at the University of South Dakota.  She specializes in stone and waterless lithography. She relocated to North Carolina in 2003 and in 2006 she was juried into Artspace Artist Association.  She currently works from her Artspace studio 102 in Raleigh’s city market.  Currently she teaches youth and adult printmaking and drawing at Pullen Art Center, Village Art Circle, and Artspace and conducts private printmaking workshops in her Artspace studio. Many of her original hand pulled lithographs have been included in exhibitions in, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Colorado, and Wyoming.


Summer 2016

Urban Sketching For Adults
Scott Renk

Mondays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1 & 8; 6-9pm
Class Fee: $180 members/$200 non-members

Embark on a hands-on journey into the world of urban sketching. Students will gain knowledge of techniques and concepts, as well as learn experimental methods to find stories in the places we take for granted. The class will sketch on location around the Artspace/Moore Square area using a variety of media including pen and ink, watercolor, rubbings of gravel and asphalt, etc.

Image: Brooklyn Bridge



Portraiture in Oils
with Stephen Cefalo

Mondays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1 & 8; 6:30-9:30pm
Class Fee: $180 members/$200 non-members

Portraiture can be intimidating, but with a few practical concepts that are easy to remember, capturing the likeness can be far less bewildering. Learn the meaning behind portrait motifs, and and how to breathe life into a likeness with great color and dynamic composition. All portraits will be completed from the live model.

Image: Untitled, detail



adults2Abstract Painting with Anne Gregory

Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2 & 9; 6:30-9:30pm
Class Fee: $180 members/$200 non-members

Have you ever looked at modern and contemporary art and wondered “How did they do that?”  This class will take the mystery out of abstract painting. Working in acrylics, we will explore various techniques to create original abstract art. Splattering allowed!

Image: Another Uprising, detail



Dynamic Figure Drawing
with Scott Renk

Wednesdays, July 13, 20, 27, August 3 & 10; 6:30-9:30pm
Class Fee: $180 members/$200 non-members

This drawing course is designed to emphasize energetic and intensive color studies of the human figure. Working with a live model, the instructor and participants will create gesture studies in charcoal and pastel which visually capture the force of the poses. They will then begin sketching longer poses to learn how to obtain various color effects with pastels.

Image: Untitled


adults6Alla Prima Figure Painting
with Alia El-Bermani

Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28, August 4 & 11; 6:30-9:30pm
Class Fee: $180 members/$200 non-members

This class is designed for the student who has some experience with drawing or painting the figure from the live nude model. Working on a new painting each night and working in a direct manner you will learn to quickly capture the gesture of the pose. Our goal is to retain this vitality as we continue to flesh out the figure in oil paint. Several approaches to Alla Prima painting will be discussed and demonstrated.

Image: Angel Seated, detail



Drawing: Anatomy for Artists

with Stephen Cefalo

Fridays, July 15, 22, 29, August 5 & 12; 6:30-9:30pm
Class Fee: $180 members/$200 non-members

To represent convincing figures and faces in art, it is essential to understand its operative parts, their movements and relationships. This course is a creative and entertaining take on anatomy as you’ve never experienced it before. Gain an insider’s knowledge on the design of the body that you will not learn in a medical class. The class will involve open discussions and drawing from various live models.

Image: Drawing, detail



Hladky Artwork DetailPaint Sculptures: Sculpted Paintings

Instructor: Andrew Hladky
Saturdays, July 23 & 30
$150 members/$175 non-members
materials provided (but bring your own found objects and images) 


In this two-day workshop, meet English artist Andrew Hladky and work with him to create your own work of art that exists somewhere between painting and sculpture.

Session One: Saturday June 23rd

Andrew will demonstrate the techniques and materials he uses to create his sculptural paintings. You will then work with a variety of found objects, both items provided and objects you have brought to include in your piece. A surface of caves and hollows, walls and structures will be completed, connected and covered with paint.

Session Two: Saturday June 30th

Please bring an image, photographic or otherwise, that you would like to work from for this portion of the workshop. Andrew will demonstrate how he works to paint imagery onto the structure previously created. Play with space and distortion using sticks, paintbrushes and your fingers to create a painting that literally stands out.


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