* All classes and workshops are open to people of all experience levels unless otherwise noted
Weekly Class Schedule
* All weekly classes are taught by Michael O’Keefe
- 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Figure Drawing
- 12:00 – 3:00 pm | Figure Drawing
- 9:15 – 12:00 pm | Open Class
Participants will work from live models, exploring various materials and techniques while developing an understanding of foundational drawing ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Figure Drawing classes are based on the notion that working observationally with the human figure is a great way for one to develop a comprehensive understanding of the language of drawing and is an exciting way for one to engage with one’s creative impulses and artistic desires. All levels are welcome!
Participants will work in any medium, engage with any type of content, work in any scale and explore any and all ideas. Participants will receive suggestions, critique and instruction. Open classes are intended to allow students to pursue personal 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional interests while deepening their understanding of the general language of these forms. All levels are welcome!
Upcoming Workshops, Lectures, Programs
Visual Vocabulary Lecture Series, 2018-19
These lectures, given by Michael O’Keefe, will thoroughly explore various fundamental ideas of visual art. In each lecture, participants will view many examples of works of art that demonstrate a dynamic use of a particular art idea. Michael will discuss the nature of these concerns and how they are integrated into the compositions of the examples shown. Each topic will be considered as it relates to 2D and 3D art. The goal of these sessions is to help participants develop a more keen and complex understanding of essential art ideas.
$210 for all 6 paid in advance
Space is limited for these lectures. Payment in full guarantees your spot for these lectures. Last minute attendees are welcome on a space available basis. Call or email to purchase admission to one or multiple lectures, or to inquire about availability.
September 27th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Consider the fact that space is a necessary part of all visual art. Explore the many ways in which space has been used in the visual arts and how this relates to our experience of life.
- October 25th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Explore the many ways form is manifest in the visual arts. Consider the importance of form in the implied space of 2D images and the physical space of 3D works, and how form relates to our experience of our bodies and the natural world.
- November 29th, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Examine the basic and rich element of line. Consider the many ways in which line can be used to bring to life a work of art, and how line relates to our experience of movement and form.
- January 31st, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Explore the inevitable world of shape. Consider how shape affects our ability to “read” works of art. Explore the many ways shape exists in the visual anatomy of the human psyche.
- February 28th, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Examine the much overlooked idea of visual texture. Consider how visual texture relates to the act of seeing. Examine many ways artists have used texture to invigorate a work of art.
- March 28th, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Examine the many complex ways to think about color in relationship to the visual arts. Consider many examples of how color is used, so as to become more aware of the vast world of color in the arts.
Exploring Figurative Abstraction
instructor for the four workshops below:
Emily LaCour www.emilylacour.com
Figure/Ground; Dissolving and Determining Boundaries
In this workshop, we will determine, dissolve and define the boundaries between the mass of a figure and the space around it. We will work with a variety of materials and methods to tackle the delightfully puzzling concept of figure/ground relationships.
- September 29th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- September 30th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due September 1st, 2018.
The Figure As Architect; Building An Implied Space
In this workshop, the proportions, perspective, and placement of multiple figures in one composition will build the space of your drawing. We will draw the model in 5-7 different positions on one large surface, working at making a cohesive composition.
- November 17th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- November 18th, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due October 15th, 2018.
The Ambiguous Gesture
In this workshop, participants will use past life drawings to create large-scale drawings that contextualize the gesture of the figure(s). Participants will collage sketches to work out a gestural narrative drawing, before traveling the idea to a larger scale.
- January 26th, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- January 27th, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due January 1st, 2019.
Video Still Sequence
In this workshop, participants will become witnesses to their own physical gestures. The participant will use their phones or cameras to record a 3 minute video of themselves, then extract 3 stills from the video. The video stills inform us about the physical transition before and after the “action” of the primary image. Participants will take this source material to create one singular composition that transcribes the kinetic.
- March 23rd, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
- March 24th, 2019, 12:00 – 4:00pm
A non-refundable $110 deposit holds your spot for this workshop. Balance due April 20th, 2019.
New York Art Tour
April 11 – April 14, 2019
TOUR COST: $1,435
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy hotel accommodations, with a minimum of 6 paying participants and maximum of 8 paying participants.
Take a closer look at one of the worlds best art cities with artist Michael O’Keefe.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $425
This is an additional fee for those that choose a single occupancy room.
EXAMPLES OF TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Listen to Michael share many insights into the great works of art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a museum that Michael has literally spent hundreds of hours in. Michael will discuss works from the Greek and Roman collection, selections from the Asian wing, selections from the Egyptian wing, selections from the Medieval galleries, the amazing Rembrandt, Titian, El Greco, Goya, Degas, Manet paintings.
Visit MOMA and gain a better understanding of what Modernism was all about in the first half of the 20th century, and learn what changed in the second half of the 20th century.
Visit The Cloisters, a magical and often forgotten about museum dedicated to medieval art and architecture.
Visit the studio of a NYC artist (artist yet to be determined).
Find treasures in The Frick Collection and at The Morgan Library.
Consider current works in various contemporary galleries.
Every day will take shape around personalized arts experiences, driven by Michael’s unique passion for and knowledge of art.
ROOMING OPTIONS: Double occupancy with double bed (for couples), double occupancy with two single beds (share a room with a friend), or single occupancy (add $425 to tour cost). If desired, we will help pair you with a roommate.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: This tour is an active 72 hours, with lots of walking, climbing and descending stairs, riding buses and cabs, and standing in front of works of art. There will never be more than three hours of activity in-between breaks.
DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT: An initial deposit of $750 per paying participant is required to guarantee participation in the program. We accept check, Visa or MasterCard. A one time $20 processing fee will be added for anyone paying with credit card. Final payment will be due February 1st, 2019. Registration will be accepted beyond this date on a space-available basis with payment in full.
CANCELATIONS AND REFUNDS: In the event of a cancelation before March 1st, there is a non-refundable administration fee of $300 per person. In the event of a cancelation after March 1st there is a non-refundable administration fee of $650. Travel cancelation, baggage, and medical insurance are strongly recommended. Last minute cancelations caused by weather, airline issues or calamity will not be exempt from the terms of the cancelation policy.
SUGGESTED ARRIVAL: Participants are encouraged to fly into Laguardia Airport, arriving midday on Thursday, for instance on the American Airlines flight arriving at LGA at 11:03am. Tour activities will begin Thursday afternoon, starting with a lunchtime meeting at Sarabeth’s (below the hotel) at 1:00pm. Participants will be encouraged to leave their bags at the hotel in the secure luggage storage while the group begins the tour.
TOUR PRICE INCLUSIONS:
Accommodations at the Hotel Wales, April 11th, 12th and 13th, check-in April 11th after 3pm, check out 11am on April 14th; three days of Michael leading participants through museums, galleries and to the studio of a NYC based artist, including admission fees to all museums on the itinerary (The specific daily itinerary will take shape in the weeks leading up to March 1st and will be based on special shows and availability of special activities); one special group meal with wine; a special drawing sessions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; planned and impromptu lectures and discussions on certain works of art; a Metro Card with adequate funds for transportation to and from the events of the tour; all participants will receive guidance on the best way to get from the airport to the hotel.
TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS:
Airfare; airline taxes and fuel surcharges; transport expenses from the airport to the hotel; the cost of all meals with the exception of the one special meal mentioned above; additional excursions not on the itinerary; any travel plans before April 11th and after April 14th, 2019; gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff.
FLIGHTS: Airfare is not included in the tour price. Participants are responsible for all aspects of their air arrangements and for transport to and from the airport. Participants should plan to fly into and out of Laguardia airport, an easy 20 minute taxi ride to or from Hotel Wales.
(The specific itinerary will take shape in the weeks leading up to March 1st, at which point a firm/detailed itinerary will be announced, and will be based on special shows and availability of special activities)
Thursday, April 11th:
1:00pm Lunch/tea meeting at Sarabeth’s
2:30pm – 5:30pm Tour activities
Friday, April 12th:
9:30am – 3:30pm tour activities, lunch on the go
3:30pm – 6:30pm dinner and rest break, Hotel Wales neighborhood
6:30pm – 9:00pm Evening tour at The Met
Saturday, April 13th:
9:30am – 5:30pm Tour activities
6:00pm – 8:00pm Group Dinner
8:00 – 9:00pm After dinner walk at the Met
Sunday, April 14th:
9:30am – 12:00pm Tour activities
Italy Art Tour
June 12th- June 21st, 2019
Draw, Paint, Experience The Heart of Tuscany
Camaiore, Lucca, Pietrasanta, Florence
Take a closer look with artists Stella Ehrich and Michael O’Keefe!
TOUR COST: $2,950
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy villa and hotel accommodations in Camaiore and Florence, with a minimum of 12 paying participants and maximum of 14 paying participants.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $775 ($275 Florence, $500 Camaiore) This is an additional fee for those that choose a single occupancy room, as opposed to sharing a room with a partner.
ROOMING OPTIONS: Double occupancy with double bed (for couples), double occupancy with two single beds (share a room with a friend), or single occupancy (add $775 to tour cost). If desired, we will do our best to help pair you with a roommate.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: This tour will, for the most part, be very easy on participants. The time in Florance will involve a more moderate activity level as we walk around the city and museums. The museums are all very centrally located and close to our hotel but, as with every large city, we will e on our feet a good amount. while in Camaiore, most days will be very leisurely.
DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT: An initial non-refundable deposit of $1500 per paying participant is required by January 15th, 2019. We accept check, Visa or Mastercard. a one-time $25 processing fee will be added to anyone paying with credit card. Final payment will be due no later than May 1st, 2019. Late registration will be considered depending on availability.
CANCELATIONS AND REFUNDS: The initial deposit of $1500 is non-refundable. After May 1st, 2019, the total tour cost is non-refundable. Exceptions: In the event of a cancelation before May 1st, 2019 due to a medical emergency or death in the family, there is a non-refundable administration fee of $600 per person taken from the deposit amount; in the event of a cancelation after May 1st, 2019 due to a medical emergency or death in the family there is a non-refundable administration fee of $1200 per person taken from the full tuition amount. Last minute cancelations caused by weather, airline issues of calamity will not be exempts from the terms of the cancelation policy. Travel cancelation, baggage, and medical insurance are strongly recommended.
TOUR PRICE INCLUSIONS: Accommodations at the La Melangola in Camaiore, June 12th – 18th, 2019; accommodations at Hotel Palazzo Guadagni, June 19th and 20th; transportation from Pisa to the villa in Camaiore midday on June 12th; breakfast food for self-preparation each morning while at the villa in Camaiore; four chef-prepared meals served at the villa while in Camaire; daily drawing and/or painting classes each day while in Camaiore; transportation to various local attractions while in Camaiore, such as the antique market, the beach, an olive press, a unique blacksmith studio, a gallery specializing in Italian Macchiaioli paintings, etc.; transportation to Florence from the villa in Camaiore on the morning of June 19th; admission to The Uffizi Gallery, The Museo Nazionale del Bargello, The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and The Medici Chapel; guided and personalized tours of the above museums with Stella and Michael.
TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS: Airfare; airline taxes and fuel charges; the cost of all meals not mentioned above additional excursions not on the itinerary; any travel plans before June 12th and after June 20th, 2019; materials for painting and drawing classes; gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff.
FLIGHTS: Airfare is not included in the tour price, Participants are responsible for all aspects of their air arrangements. Participants should plan to fly into Pisa airport or make arrangements to get to Pisa on June 12th, 2019. Participants should plan to fly out of Florence on June 21st, 2019 or make arrangements for themselves to get from Florence to their next destination.
In Camaiore; La Melangola lamelangola.com
In Florence; Hotel Palazzo Guadagni palazzoguadagni.com
“As an artist, nothing has been more profound or formative than the time I have spent in art museums wandering through rooms full of the treasures of our past, soaking up their riches and sketching in front of the works that most thrilled me. The other things that have been invaluable, is time spend drawing from observation. Both are wonderful ways to touch our common humanity, fell the allure of man’s creative spirit, and to discover great ideas and make them your own. I can’t wait to share this experience with others in a special region of Italy.” – Michael O’Keefe
“In 1975 I left for a sojourn in Italy which quickly became the most important aspect of my development as an artist (and lasted for a magical 16 years). The Mediterranean light taught me about color, aerial perspective, and soft edges and instilled in me a love of landscape painting. My teacher in Florence (for 7 years) gave me the technical tools to improve my vision, enabling me to realize it on canvas and in drawing. Everything in Italy, the people, the landscape, the public sculpture, the architecture, food and lifestyle speak to me of art and beauty. There is a palpable sense of past centuries of human aspiration to create and celebrate life and the senses, Returning to Italy every year nourishes my artistic spirit and energizes my work. I hope you will allow me to share that with you!” -Stella Ehrich (stellaehrich.com)