WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Classes and Workshops are held at the Woodstock School of Art, 2470 Rte 212, Woodstock, NY 12498

Workshop: Portraits from Photographic Reference ~ 2020

March 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020, 9 AM - 4 PM

In this workshop students have the opportunity to work and be mentored on portraits of friends and family members using photographs as reference. In the first class we will employ a live model to explore what constitutes good photographic reference for drawing and painting, and to make studies of the structure of the head in three dimensions as preparation for the rest of the workshop. Among the skills we aim to develop are design, composition, methods for transferring images to paper and canvas, drawing, and paint application. Absolute beginners welcome.  


Click HERE to be taken to the Woodstock School of Art website for more information on this workshop.


In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art  does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. 

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Class: Portfolio Development

A Journey from Realism to Abstraction September 17 - November 12, 2020. Thursdays 5 - 8 pm.

Please note that there are scholarships available for this course. There is a link to the application form at the end of this section.  Click HERE to be taken to the course page on the Woodstock School of Art to learn more. This course is limited to 10 students. 


This course is designed people intending to apply for art school or to be art majors at the college or university level.  While the art created in high school classes should provide a valuable contribution to a portfolio, it is unlikely to be enough; the limited time available for the subject is a factor.  Art schools want to see a portfolio says  something about the prospective art student; they also want to see a portfolio that shows an interest in experimentation in different kinds of media, different styles, and about different subjects. The portfolio should show that the student is open to all kinds of creative solutions to all kinds of questions including "visually approaching a single question 100 different ways"  (Portfolio advice from Pratt School of Art). In this course, we will aim to take that visual journey. In addition to working on the course project, the project will act as a template for the student to use in their own artistic inquiries outside of class.   


The course will be divided into two stand-alone 4-week blocks with a concentration on Still Life through drawing, collage and painting. The two blocks are connected and students are advised to take both  if possible.


In the first block of four classes, the instructor will guide students in the study of Still Life objects working from direct observation and, through that, build and hone their skills in drawing in graphite and oil pastel.


In the second block, students will deconstruct those images to create an abstract composition through the use of collage; the final project in this block will be realized in an abstract work in paint on canvas. Students who did not attend the first block will be required to bring a selection of Still Life works made from observation in any medium, including photography, from home and/or school to use as a basis for their work in this block.


Over the 8 weeks in the studio, students will explore a range of media, build skills in a range of art techniques, and be exposed to art concepts. 


Merit based and financial need based scholarships are available. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Thompson Family Foundation Scholarship for this class. You may download a scholarship application here, fill it out electronically and send it to info@woodstockschoolofart.org. Please enter “SCHOLARSHIP” in the subject line. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill in the form electronically.  Alternately, you may print it and return it by postal mail to:


SCHOLARSHIPS Woodstock School of Art 2470 Route 212, Woodstock NY 12498 


​In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art  does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. 

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