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2021 Virtual Fall Portrait Academy


These are the themes for our Fall Portrait Academy. Each class will focus on either encouraging you, instruction in specific techniques or taking you on a virtual tour of an artist's studio. Our Fall Portrait Academy is a perfect fit to motivate you, learn new methods and connect you to fellow artists from all over the world. 


Sign up today for these unique opportunities to watch, learn, and talk with renowned artists. Full tuition is $235 for three days of learning. Pre-register with a $50 deposit to hold your spot (even though the format is virtual, space is limited).

Faculty Artists: Anna Rose Bain, Bo Bartlett, Suchitra Bhosle, Louis Carr, Casey Childs, Rose Frantzen, Max Ginsburg, David Kassan, Pramod Kurlekar, Michael Shane Neal, Alicia Ponzio, Mary Qian, Mario Robinson, Ron Sherr, Adrienne Stein, Mary Whyte, and Kristen Yann. 


Friday, October 15, 2021


10:00am-12:00pm EDT – Behind the Scenes – The Artist Studio Tour

Casey Childs, Alicia Ponzio and Mary Qian

Join these artists as they walk you through their workspaces (painting and sculpture), including a tour of the iconic Palette & Chisel founded in 1906.

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT  In the Studio

Ron Sherr: An Interview by Michael Shane Neal

Sit in on this conversation between Ron and Shane as they view a selection of Ron’s work and hear his thoughts about the process he goes through to finish a portrait.


3:00pm-4:30pm EDT – BIG IDEAS!

The Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University - Bo Bartlett

The Journey of Facing Survival – David Kassan

We the People – Mary Whyte

Watch as these artists describe and illustrate successful large scale artistic projects and find out how you can plan your own BIG IDEA.


6:00pm-9:00pm EDT – Color and Form Demonstration

Louis Carr

Using an alla prima method of painting and focusing on form, Louis will be demonstrating his approach while describing his procedure and methods.

9:15pm-10:15pm EDT – After Hours

David Kassan, Alicia Ponzio, and Mary Qian

Join these artists for an informal discussion of today’s programs with a time for you to offer your own comments and takeaways from the day's programs.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT  Who Inspired You and Why?

Anna Rose Bain, Mario Robinson, and Adrienne Stein

Discover the artists that inspired and influenced these artists and learn how and why they affected their artistic development.


3:00pm-4:30pm EDT – Insights for a Better Portrait: Critique Session

Louis Carr and Kristen Yann

During this session, faculty artists offer feedback and encouragement to participants while analyzing and interpreting their pre-submitted work.


6:00pm-9:00pm EDT – Live Demonstration

Rose Frantzen

Painting live, during this exciting demonstration, Rose will illustrate her contemporary perspective to a traditional alla prima approach.

9:15pm-10:15pm EDT – After Hours

Louis Carr, Mario Robinson, and Adrienne Stein

Join these artists for an informal discussion of today’s programs with a time for you to offer your own comments and takeaways from the day's programs.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

1:00pm-4:30pm EDT  The Power of Presence

Suchitra Bhosle and Pramod Kurlekar

Observe Pramod as he demonstrates a portrait, stressing the importance of presence throughout the painting process. Suchitra will reveal Pramod’s thought process by way of an informal and interactive discussion giving importance to topics on sustainability and benefits of one’s presence.

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