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Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art

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340 North 12th Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For more than 15 years, Studio Incamminati has been in the forefront of the burgeoning contemporary realist art movement. Founded by Nelson and Leona Shanks, it is now accredited by the National Assocation of Schools of Art and Design and recognized nationally and internationally for its rigorous curriculum, accomplished instructors and diverse outreach efforts.

The school, modeled on the traditional Italian accademia and French atelier, is committed to the belief that mastery of technique is essential to creative expression. Its innovative curriculum fuses classical traditions of the Renaissance-era masters, luminous color of the Impressionists and a fresh, contemporary sensibility. Its goal is to produce highly skilled artists who call upon their training and abilities to create art with depth of purpose. Its artists, faculty and alumni have been featured at numerous prominent venues including exhibitions at the National Arts Club, Freeman’s, S.R. Brennen Galleries, Manitou Galleries, Avery Galleries, Stanek,Gallery and Philadelphia’s Comcast Center.

The school name is filled with symbolism. In Italian, "Incamminati" means "moving forward." It also invokes the spirit of its namesake studio founded by the great Renaissance artist, Annibale Carraci. Studio Incamminati reflects Founder and Artistic Director Nelson Shanks' commitment to handing this philosophy and techniques to a new generation.

Facilities include 13,000 square feet of renovated studio space bathed in north light, a still life studio, library, art supply store, and common kitchen Advanced Fine Art Program students enjoy 24/7 studio access, free weekly Sunday Open Studio sessions, and discounted Continuing Education classes. The school also offers frequent lectures on subjects such as art history, anatomy, and career progression as well as exhibition opportunities and trips to major museums.

Studio Incamminati is in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district, an ideal setting for pursuing an arts education.  From nearby world-class art museums such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the new Barnes Foundation Museum to the diverse array of galleries, venues and schools, the region is brimming with arts and culture opportunities. The Philadelphia cultural scene is cited as a national leader in supporting the local economy.

Studio Incamminati is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design as an undergraduate Diploma Program.

The Advanced Fine Art Program

The Advanced Fine Art Program, requiring approximately four years of study, is designed for artists of all ages and levels of ability, from professionals seeking to expand their skills to high-school students just embarking on their artistic journey. The program is intended for students who want to become professional fine artists, However, it is also excellent for those seeking superior classical drawing and painting skills vital to other disciplines such as illustration, animation, graphic design and concept art for films, video games, books and other media. Students completing the program receive a Diploma of Fine Art. A part-time option features the same award-winning instructors, rigorous curriculum and dynamic atelier studio setting, but is constructed to fit your busy schedule and your financial situation.

www.studioincamminati.org/advanced-fine-art-program

Faculty of Award-Winning Professional Artists

Accomplished instructors are the cornerstone of Studio Incamminati. Faculty consists of professional working artists with on-site studios and visiting faculty who are internationally renowned artists and educators bringing a wide range of experience. Some have studied extensively with Nelson Shanks, while others bring mastery developed in studios around the world. All are award-winning artists dedicated to helping students learn and succeed and providing them with the tools needed to realize a career in the arts.

Curriculum

Studio Incamminati's emphasis on skill and technique goes well beyond the faithful reproduction of an object of study. It strives to unveil the human condition in its complexity and say something profound about us and the world we live in. Studio Incamminati strives to create meaningful art that will inspire generations to come.

The mastery of foundational skills positions the school's artists to be truly creative. The absence of such skills is paralyzing as it restricts the ability to convey the world in which we live. Our students learn to draw and paint the human figure and still life, work with light and shadow, refine form and shape, and interpret and understand color. While indebted to practices of the Old Masters, the curriculum is dynamic, using the paragons of the past to bring enlightened meaning to the present.

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International Students

Studio Incamminati welcomes international students. It has enrolled students from five continents and boasts alumni working as professional artists in places as far-flung as India and Israel. Studio Incamminati is authorized to accept non- immigrant students and is part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a networked computer system that tracks information on non-immigrant international students and scholars.

www.studioincamminati.org/advanced-fine-art-program/international-students

Federal Student Aid and Scholarships

To make its education as accessible as possible, Studio Incamminati sets its tuition fees as low as possible. For students who need additional assistance, Studio Incamminati offers scholarships from $3,000 to $5,000 annually and Pell Grants and loan opportunities to eligible students through the Federal Student Aid Program Studio Incamminati is also approved to accept students wishing to use their Veterans Education Benefits. 

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/financial-aid

Fellowships

Students who have successfully completed the Advanced Fine Art Program and Teacher Training Program are eligible to apply to become a Fellow. The Fellows Program allows graduates to continue working toward personal artistic and professional goals while in a mutually beneficial relationship with the school. This optional program also prepares students for future teaching opportunities. In exchange for teaching courses, mentoring other students and other specified duties, fellows receive studio space, payment for instruction and other benefits. 

Continuing Education

These weekly classes are based on the techniques and philosophy taught in the Advanced Fine Art Program. Specific elements are extracted from our curriculum and aimed at practicing artists as well as artists at all levels of experience. These programs allow participants to focus on particular areas of their skill development.

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/continuing-education

Workshops

These intensive programs concentrate on a single aspect and allow artists, both working professionals and serious amateurs, to build upon their existing skills and learn new ones. Workshops are day-long classes usually running for five consecutive days. They are taught by Studio Incamminati instructors and carefully selected visiting instructors. 

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/workshops

Art Educators Workshops

These week-long workshops introduce teachers to the concepts and methods of drawing and painting as taught at Studio Incamminati. Classes are open to all teachers, with middle and high-school teachers especially encouraged to apply. The content addresses Pennsylvania Academic and National Standards for Art Education and Pennsylvania teachers can earn 30 hours of PDE Act 48 credits. New Jersey teachers can earn state Continuing Education Credits.

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/art-educators

In Your Town

Studio Incamminati now brings its popular and innovative workshops to artists around the country.

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/in-your-town-workshops

Emerging Artists

Studio Incamminati offers a rare opportunity for serious high-school art students to learn the fundamentals of life drawing and painting in a traditional atelier environment.

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/emerging-artists

Open Studio

Get a taste of the Studio Incamminati experience at these weekly studio sessions. Artists bring their own supplies to draw or paint from a live model in a studio setting. An easel and taboret are provided.

www.studioincamminati.org/programs/open-studio

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Website https://www.studioincamminati.org/
Founded 2002
Course languages English
Accreditation National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Part-Time Instructors 15
Students 40
Accommodation Yes
Costs

Part time: USD 8820 / year

Full time: USD 12600 / year

Contact

Studio Incamminati

340 North 12th Street, Suite 400

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, United States

info@studioincamminati.org

I Wanna Be Adored 3 by Stephen C. Early

Duckboat Shed, Beaton Boatyard by Lea Wight

John by Darren Kingsley

Miranda by Robin Frey

Blind Justice by Leona Shanks

Tori by Natalie Italiano

Carol by Peter Kelsey

Toto and I by Kerry Dunn

Meriam by JaFang Lu

Korean Child's Hanbok by

Worker by Daniel Mahlman

Untitled by Daniel Mahlman

Waiting on the Solstice by Stephen Early

Ellie by Stephen Perkins

Transcendence by Stephen Perkins

The Marble Table by Darren Kingsley

Jason Patrick Jenkins by Kerry Dunn

Girl with a Fur Hat by Nelson Shanks

Fumiko by Joseph Dolderer

Blue Bird by Nelson Shanks

17 June 2019 to 21 June 2019

NEW ! Pastel Portrait Drawing and Painting in the Classical Realist Tradition


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


599 USD

With a firm foundation in drawing and achieving a likeness to the live model, students learn pastel application, from the basics to developing a finished pastel painting. There will be lectures on proportion and drawing, individual and group critiques, and demonstration drawings for the class. The workshop is for interested in pastel, beginners as well as professionals. 
 

17 June 2019 to 21 June 2019

NEW! Still Life Painting: Representation and Abstraction


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


599 USD

Students will expand on their existing representational painting skill sets by incorporating abstract design elements.

These elements, to be examined closely, are tonality, colors, shapes, and paint textures. They are the same tools realist painters utilize to convey the sense of form and depth, among other information. Our goal, and task, is to balance the representational with the abstract elements through close examination and thoughtful experimentation with the oil paint medium so that the painting can reflect more fully students' artistic temperament.

Under the instructor's guidance, students will do series of tonal, color and composition studies throughout the week. They also will see how painters past and present balance representation and abstraction - two seemingly opposing and intertwined entities - to create the visual impact they want by observing and discussing these artists' work.

 


24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019

NEW! Figure Drawing: Short and Long Pose Life Drawing


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


599 USD

This workshop offers the artist a thorough study of both long and short pose drawing. The long pose will give the student the opportunity to thoroughly study the objectives for each phase of the figure’s development, beginning with the ‘action’ and ending with the ‘modeling of form’.
The first full two days will be devoted to short poses concentrating on specific objectives, which will be reviewed and demonstrated in class. Newsprint will be the preferred paper for the short poses. The remaining three days will be devoted to the long pose, which is designed to allow the student to process and implement the principles learned during the short poses and to model form with values.


24 June 2019 to 26 June 2019

NEW! Outdoor Portrait Painting


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


475 USD

Students will sketch during the morning of the first day. The afternoon session will be spent laying in the portrait on the canvas with a limited palette. The second and third day, students paint directly with a full-color palette. Students are encouraged to consider composition with their portrait, and the instructor will emphasize strong drawing skills in regards to the gesture and proportions of the model. Outdoor light has its particular challenges, therefore how to adapt with changing light will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to use bold, but harmonious colors.
The instructor will paint alongside the students and offer daily individual critiques

 


29 June 2019 to 30 June 2019

Alla Prima Portrait Painting


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


450 USD

This two-day workshop is a hands-on course in alla prima painting.  Alla Prima is Italian for “at first attempt”, and is an apt description and a good goal for a class which will have a different long pose every day.  The class will begin with a painting demonstration by the instructor at the beginning of the day that lasts until lunch.  Students will then work individually from the live model for the rest of the session and receive individualized critiques throughout the day.  On the second day students will dive into the beginning of a second portrait.  Examples will be brought into class for study and art materials will be covered a little.  Emphasis on light and dark, drawing, and navigating color will be introduced.  Students will need to bring 2 primed canvases or panels into class.


01 July 2019 to 08 July 2019

NEW! Portfolio Preparation For Emerging Artists Week One: Figure Drawing in Graphite


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania


499 USD

Art schools - whether specializing in fashion design, animation, film, illustration or fine art - all seek student portfolios that display comprehensive drawing skills and life studies.

This workshop focuses on the study of the human figure utilizing graphite pencils. Students will work from the live nude model posed in artificial light. Gesture, light and shadow separation, anatomy, and form modeling will be acutely studied. Students will receive demonstrations on each stage of drawing, lectures and handouts on human anatomy, and individual, at-easel critiques.

All levels of proficiency are encouraged to take this workshop, which aims to promote excellent drawing skills, and a comprehensive study of the human figure.


08 July 2019 to 12 July 2019

NEW! Portfolio Preparation For Emerging Artists Week Two: Color Study of The Human Figure


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania


499 USD

This week introduces the figure in color. The week will start with color studies of boxes and other simple objects. Students will also work on color studies of the human figure. Students will receive one-on-one critiques by the instructor. Demonstrations will be conducted by the instructor to illustrate the impact of light on forms and how the temperature of the light affects the local colors perceived.


15 July 2019 to 19 July 2019

NEW! Portfolio Preparation For Emerging Artists Week Three: Advanced Portraiture in Oil


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania


499 USD

This workshop focuses on the anatomy of the human head, neck and shoulders, as students explore in –depth the bones and muscles that affect the portrait artist. Human skulls as well as live models are used as students delve in to portraiture from posing the model, sketching studies and painting in full color oil from life.

 


08 July 2019 to 12 July 2019

Portrait Painting Fundamentals for Art Educators


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


550 USD

Through a series of exercises, students learn principles and direct painting methods for painting a portrait from life.

Exercises begin with a dynamic approach to grasping the gesture of the head, and teach students to simplify and work from simple to complex. Studies progress from monochromatic “grisaille” painting to value and limited palette studies. Concepts covered include construction of the head with simple planes and anatomical landmarks, value relationships and modeling form. Limited palette exercises explore light on form and color temperature and will include the basic Zorn palette. Paint handling, edges, and the stages of developing a portrait will be explored in this direct, alla prima approach.


15 July 2019 to 19 July 2019

Still Life Painting for Art Educators


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


550 USD

This workshop focuses on the basic principles essential to creating a still life painting. Students begin the workshop with a series of value, color and composition studies during the first two days. Concepts dealing with form, light, temperature, values and paint handling are introduced at this stage. The concept of "color Study" is explored as it applies to still life painting. The instructor demos and discusses each concept, followed by exercises where students put these concepts into practice. During the last three days, students have the option of creating one painting combining the skills they learned in the first two days or continuing with a series of one day studies where they can further develop their skills.

 


22 July 2019 to 26 July 2019

NEW! Painting the Figure: Face and Head


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


599 USD

Students will learn about retinal/optical painting techniques as well as construction based painting techniques. Both approaches are powerful and we will explore how to know when and why to use either approach.  There will be a strong focus on color and value, with an exploration of strategies for seeing and mixing color. We will talk about objective, journalistic color we need for capturing life, and we will also talk about formal color which necessary for making a harmonic, or dissonant painting depending on our goals.Drawing techniques such as triangulation, halving, the use of verticals and horizontals, and shape visualizations will be discussed, as well as the weaknesses and inadequacies of measuring. Squinting is a powerful tool and students will learn how to get the most out of it, including why and when to use it. 


22 July 2019 to 26 July 2019

NEW! Structural Figure Painting


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


699 USD

This workshop will be a combination of short and long pose figure painting in limited pallette combined with demos and exercises with structural forms and anatomy.

We’ll begin to study the figure with shorter poses combined with occasional demos of simple form and structure.

We’ll finish with a 3 day pose including demos of structural thinking, studies of simple, easily understood forms of several body parts combined with anatomy drawings.


29 July 2019 to 02 August 2019

Portrait Écorché


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


650 USD

Using the Ecorche method of anatomy study, this class will examine the bone, muscle and cartilage structure of the head and neck. From there it will move on to the morphology and surface form and finally end with the animating nature of facial expressions.


05 August 2019 to 09 August 2019

Key Elements of Portrait Painting


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


599 USD

In this workshop, the instructor discusses what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait painter.


05 August 2019 to 08 August 2019

Figure Drawing Immersion


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


599 USD

This immersive experience is centered on daily demonstrations, hands-on practice and conversations on art. A special focus is on form drawing, studying how light and shade are used to create volume. Students will learn how to start a drawing by focusing on the design and movement. They will develop more precision through a careful block-in drawing and finding shadow shapes.


11 August 2019 to 17 August 2019

Master Portrait Painting


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


899 USD

This workshop will focus on the principles and practice essential to achieve a convincing, dimensional and well-executed portrait in oils. These principles will be analyzed in a logical sequence beginning with block-in and continuing through fine tuning color and value. This is an information-packed workshop geared to the experienced painter. The workshop will cover breaking down the painting process into stages and building the painting through awareness of main angles, masses, structure, anatomical landmarks, values and color relationships, edges and creating a focal point. Working with fabric will also be covered. The workshop will include a morning demo covering the day’s work. I anticipate scheduling two poses depending on the complexity of the chosen composition.


18 August 2019 to 24 August 2019

Master Figure Painting: The Long Pose


340 North 12th Street, Suite 500, Philadeldelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


899 USD

The instructor demonstrates from start to finish over the course of the seven days. Every morning the instructor demos from 9 - 11 a.m.  to introuduce students to their day's work.