UPDATED 2020/2021 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

3-Day Realistic Portrait Drawing Workshop

October 23, 24, 25, 2020. 10:00am-4:30pm

- NOW ONLINE -

Open to All Levels  -  Medium: Graphite

Learn how to draw a beautifully realistic portrait from a photo using classical techniques. Students will be guided through the sight-size process, learning the time-honored methods of how to create stunningly realistic results without gridding. Demonstrations will help show the methods. We will learn about the anatomy of facial features, how to utilize the pencil to obtain convincing form, and techniques to render the portrait to perfection. Students work at their own pace and get personalized critiques. Prior to class a handout will be given on how to light your subject for a beautiful portrait, and how to take a great photo reference so it is ready the first day of class. 

Through the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach

Details & Registration  or (904) 280-0614


10-Day Still Life Painting Workshop

February 8-19, 2021. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm

- ONLINE -

Open to All Levels  -  Medium: Oil Paint

This ten-day/60-hour intensive painting workshop will lead workshop participants through the process of painting a realistic still life from the first drawing to the final varnishing. Working from life in the sight-size method, students will learn the structured process of building a painting of many layers in order to achieve correct color, form, and dimensionality for each object. Over the course of two weeks, students will acquire a solid set of skills which will provide them with the confidence needed to paint independently.

The workshop will assist students in understanding and developing the following skills: • drawing accurately using the sight-size method • identifying a range of colors using the concepts of hue, value and chroma • evaluating half tones as they relate to turning form • using mediums effectively • creating textures • setting up an effective still life and studio lighting at home • varnishing the painting to insure that archival methods protect the work for generations to come... and more.

Instruction will include a slide show introduction showing each stage of development, handouts that clarify important concepts, painting demonstrations, and personal critiques to guide each student along the path to success. Whether you are an atelier student, beginner, or seasoned painter, Christina will meet you where you are and guide you to maximize your learning and make your best work. 


This online format is live on Zoom. For more information click here.

Let's get your home studio set up! For more information, click here.


Through the Academy of Realist Art, Boston  

Details and Registration or (617) 426-3006


Reviews from the Online Still Life Workshop Participants:

All images above are student work from the ONLINE still-life painting workshop in 2020.

"I was nervous about taking the class online, but it wasn't hard to get use to the Zoom platform. I could see the critiques and save them. The lectures are saved (and up close) so I can review them whenever I need to. After 10 days in person, the set up normally would have to be taken down but being in my own home I can keep it up as long as I need it. Plus, I didn't have to drive anywhere. I would definitely recommend the online format."

"The online experience was very seamless. I especially benefited from the feedback delivered via the critiques when images I sent to Christina could be imported into Photoshop by her and she could then mark up the image and send it back to me for reference. I was able to print those out and so I gained a personal file of my progression through the stages. It was also helpful to receive recordings of portions of the day via email. I really enjoy the online workshop format. Christina has it down to a science."

"Amazing workshop! Christina was a constant source of encouragement and she has the amazing ability to critique forcefully without it ever feeling like I messed up, even when I had to change a whole lot! She pushed me way farther than I would have gone on my own and she explained WHY the changes would make the painting look better as she gave suggestions, instead of just telling me to fix things, which is already helping me take my other paintings to the next level."

"Christina is knowledgeable, articulate, and included all of the elements in the content one needs to know to paint realistically. She is a natural teacher. The demos and handouts she provided were excellent. Her calm patience while troubleshooting anything and everything from our painting conundrums to computer glitches was impressive. Her dedication to her work is evident in all she does. Although I did not finish my painting I feel equipped to do so and I am sure I will be employing what I learned going forward. Overall a great learning experience."


"I was so pleasantly surprised at how great it was to take the workshop from my own home - now I'm completely set up to do more still life paintings (something I never was confident doing having only done still live paintings in a classroom setting where the teacher provides everything) and I can take all the extra time I needed to really get all the detail I wanted in my painting after the workshop ended - no rushing to finish it by the last day or else! There is so much value in having this workshop online. I went through the struggle to find items that were interesting and make it into a good composition, and in doing so I became really passionate about the still life I would paint. And now I'm more confident I can find more interesting objects in my home! Lastly, because of how Christina has us set up the still life and canvas, when you take a photo for a critique, Christina can draw on top of it and literally show you exactly how your painting is off. It's magical."


3-Day Realistic Portrait Drawing Workshop

April 9, 10, 11, 2021. 9:30am-4:30pm

- IN PERSON -

Open to All Levels  -  Medium: Graphite

Learn how to draw a beautifully realistic portrait from a photo using classical techniques. Students will be guided through the sight-size process, learning the time-honored methods of how to create stunningly realistic results without gridding. Demonstrations will help show the methods. We will learn about the anatomy of facial features, how to utilize the pencil to obtain convincing form, and techniques to render the portrait to perfection. Students work at their own pace and get personalized critiques. Prior to class a handout will be given on how to light your subject for a beautiful portrait, and how to take a great photo reference so it is ready the first day of class. 

NOTE: Participants signing up for this workshop and Portrait Master Copy the following weekend (April18, 19 & 20) may deduct 10% from the total tuition amount. These two workshops shareinformation meant to build skills in the art of portraiture.

Cheney Homestead Arts Mill Building 

199 Forest Street, Manchester, Connecticut 06040. 

Details & Registration or cheneyhomesteadarts@gmail.com 



3-Day Master Copy Portrait Painting Workshop

April 18, 19, 20, 2021. 9:30am-4:30pm 

- IN PERSON - 

Open to All Levels  -  Medium: Oil Paint

This three-day workshop is pivotal for portrait artists and those wishing to explore the elements of painting that define the work of master painters. After selecting a project from a range of master copy prints, students will transfer the image directly to their canvases and begin painting the first day. A guided examination of the master’s work will reveal much about palette choices and value structures and enable correct identification of colors and values as they relate to accuracy in color mixing. Students will examine the structure and anatomy of the eyes, nose, and lips as seen and drawn by a master painter. Most importantly, students will learn to observe subtle value shifts and edge variety that allow master portraits to look so powerfully realistic.


Cheney Homestead Arts Mill Building 

199 Forest Street, Manchester, Connecticut 06040. 

Details & Registration or cheneyhomesteadarts@gmail.com 


10-Day Still Life Painting Workshop

June 7-18, 2021. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm

- IN PERSON -

Open to All Levels  -  Medium: Oil Paint

This ten-day/60-hour intensive painting workshop will lead workshop participants through the process of painting a realistic still life from the first drawing to the final varnishing. Working from life in the sight-size method, students will learn the structured process of building a painting of many layers in order to achieve correct color, form, and dimensionality for each object. Over the course of two weeks, students will acquire a solid set of skills which will provide them with the confidence needed to paint independently. 

The workshop will assist students in understanding and developing the following skills: • drawing accurately using the sight-size method • identifying a range of colors using the concepts of hue, value and chroma • evaluating half tones as they relate to turning form • using mediums effectively • creating textures • setting up an effective still life and studio lighting at home • varnishing the painting to insure that archival methods protect the work for generations to come... and more.

Instruction will include a slide show introduction showing each stage of development, handouts that clarify important concepts, painting demonstrations, and personal critiques to guide each student along the path to success. Whether you are an atelier student, beginner, or seasoned painter, Christina will meet you where you are and guide you to maximize your learning and make your best work. 

Cheney Homestead Arts Mill Building 

199 Forest Street, Manchester, Connecticut 06040

Details & Registration or cheneyhomesteadarts@gmail.com


Reviews from the In-Person Still Life Workshop Participants:

Images above are all student work from the in-person still life painting workshop.

"You will be amazed by what you can accomplish in this class, even if you have never painted before. Christina is an excellent teacher, she not only explains the concepts of classical painting with clarity, but also teaches you to apply them confidently and independently. I can't recommend this class highly enough!"

- Eliza M.

"It completely changed my level of confidence on what I could accomplish with a paint brush and canvas. Very highly recommended. This class completely opened a new door for me and over the past 18 months I have had the confidence to complete 6 oil paintings and enter/display them in shows. Christina is an excellent teacher.

Walt D.

"Christina is a very organized and thorough teacher. She supplies detailed handouts insuring that students can review the principles and techniques during and after her class. She is patient while expecting the very best of each student and giving you the tools to accomplish your best. The 10 day workshop is worth every penny!"

- Maryanne I.


1-Day Flower Painting Workshop

Summer 2021 Date TBD

Open to All Levels  -  Medium: Oil Paint

Learn how to paint realistic petals and leaves from life. Using oil paint, students are taught how to begin, how to mix and match colors, and how to more easily paint such a delicate and beautiful subject. We will paint sitting down, study each bloom, work slowly, and utilize certain techniques to make the painting process easier. Flowers will be provided. 

Cheney Homestead Arts Mill Building 

199 Forest Street, Manchester, Connecticut 06040. 

cheneyhomesteadarts@gmail.com



CONTINUE YOUR LEARNING YEAR-ROUND

& ONLINE THROUGH PATREON

Patreon is unique: it's a library of resources that you unlock with your subscription. 

Working on a project at home? Sign up for the Mentorship Level. You'll get a 1-hour live Zoom critique session with me, giving you personal feedback on your projects each month. The ENTIRE library of content is included. 

There are over 35 videos, 35 podcasts, 35 exercises, and more, already uploaded for your learning to begin.

Here is an example video from my Patreon library. 

This one prepares a palette for painting this master copy portrait by John William Godward. Learn by watching or advance your skills by painting along. 

The videos that accompany this demonstrate painting the eye, painting the nose, painting the lips, and first painting the entire face. More will be added throughout the year. It is a great supplement to my Master Copy Portrait Painting Workshop!

Independent learning or guided feedback, it's yours to choose!

www.patreon.com/christinagracemastrangelo 


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