Education

The New England Chapter of the ICAA continues its new Continuing Education Program in Classical Architecture, in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). The Fall and Winter Curriculum is offering short single workshops, each two and a half hours in length in a variety of subjects.

Tuition is listed below and 2.5 AIA CES LUs are available per course; these credits also apply toward the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture. For additional information, contact Sarah Macdonald at 617-913-2277 or e-mail smacdonald@classicist-ne.org.


Fall and Winter Curriculum

Newport Drawing Tour

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The Newport Drawing Tour provides participants with practical knowledge of tradition as manifest in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of this city of Port and Pleasure. Participants follow in the great tradition of architects and artists who have learned from drawing in situ. One may take a thousand photos of a subject and may not know it…but if one spends some time drawing the same object …you will have it in your mind forever. To draw is to see.

The program focuses study on the enduring vitality and continuity of the classical tradition through the means of observational and analytical drawing.  The day will be spent drawing, in situ, at sites that underscore the relationship between buildings, the human figure, and their built and natural environment.

A variety of subjects will be sketched to examine the city and its environs as a work of civic art at all scales –from urban ensemble to individual buildings and architectural detail.

Instructor: David Pearson, Senior Designer at Paul Weber Architects in Newport, Rhode Island

Former Associate with Robert A.M. Stern Architects. While at RAMSA He was responsible for the design of a broad range of projects for cultural, institutional, and residential clients. Mr. Pearson worked on the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond and the Georgia Judicial Complex in Atlanta. He previously worked on the LEED Gold Immanuel Chapel for the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia; Audley Square House, a top-end residential building in the Mayfair district of London; a mixed-use development comprising a 32- story apartment tower, townhouses, and a meetinghouse for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; a mixed-use development in Charleston, South Carolina; and a supportive housing building for a non-profit organization in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Pearson’s work in China for RAMSA included residential developments in Hong Kong, Tianjin, Beijing, Jinjiang, and Xiamen; the conversion of an existing building into a hotel in Hong Kong; and a private residence in Ningbo.

Prior to joining Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Mr. Pearson worked with Veranda Partners of Orlando, Florida, as Vice President of Architecture and Design; and with Erickson Associates of Naples, Florida, as a principal. From 1991 to 2004 he was a principal at David Pearson Design of New York City and Orlando and Assistant Resident Designer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Mr. Pearson also served as an instructor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture while earning his graduate degrees.

Mr. Pearson’s work has been published in Florida Design Magazine, Food Arts Magazine, The Classicist, Bar Excellence: Designs for Pubs and Clubs (Glen Cove, New York: PBC International, 1999), and World Space Design 09 (Tokyo: NIC Ltd., 1992).

Mr. Pearson is a graduate of Rollins College (B.A., Theatre Design and Studio Art), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S.in Classical Design,2008, Architecture; M. Arch., 2011), where he was an Arthur Ross Scholar. He was selected as a Visiting Artist to the American Academy in Rome in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Pearson is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

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Date: TBD Spring 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Trinity Church 141 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840
Tickets: $35 for Members $50 for General Public
AIA LUs offered


Gallery Sketching: Classical Architecture, Interiors and Landscape Workshop
 

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In this one-day workshop, offered jointly by the ICAA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, students will explore classical architecture through free-hand drawings and develop techniques and skills necessary using various media including graphite pencils and charcoal. Drawings, paintings, sculpture, and architectural masterworks throughout the Museum will serve as study subjects, enabling students to comprehend and experience the rules and principles of Classical design. Supplies will be provided.

 

 

Dates: TBD
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Kahlil Hamady and Leslie-jon Vickory
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Classroom: Sharf Information Center/ 130
Fee: $50


Classical Architecture and Art: Gallery Tour and Sketching Workshop

In this one-day workshop, offered jointly by the ICAA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, students will explore classical architecture through free-hand drawings, focusing on details, proportions, and the use of perspective. The workshop will begin with a brief tour of the museum, using the collections and the building itself to illustrate essential aspects of classical architecture and its relationship to the other arts.  Drawings, paintings, sculpture, furniture, and architectural fragments throughout the Museum will serve as study subjects, enabling students to experience and understand the rules and principles of classicism. Supplies will be provided.

Date: TBD
Day: Saturdays
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Instructor: Aaron Helfand
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Classroom: Sharf Information Center/ 130
Fee: $65


Curated Style-Gallery Sketching the Classical Interior

This gallery sketching workshop offered jointly by the ICAA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, explores the museum’s exquisite collections of Classical architectural interiors, furniture, and objets d’art.  Attendees will learn simple yet effective methods of studying and drawing in situ.  Period details will be examined, discussed and recorded in 2 and 3 dimension pencil sketches. Students are responsible for providing their own supplies.

Date: TBD Winter term
 

 

 

 


Paris in Boston Sketching Tour: French Influence on Back Bay Architecture and Landscape, a course by Kahlil Hamady

This Plein Air sketching tour, offered jointly by the ICAA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, explores the origins of the design of Commonwealth Avenue and the Public Gardens, their roots in the landscape of Versailles and Paris, and the adaptation of French Classical architectural, landscape and urban design into Boston and the American Classical Landscape.  Attendees will learn simple yet effective methods of studying and drawing in situ.  The focus will be on studying and examining through free hand sketches and drawings the relationships between the natural and urban landscapes and  the Classical and Picturesque approaches to design. Students are responsible for providing their own supplies.

Date: TBD


 

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Instructors

 instructors; from left to right: Aaron Helfand, Leslie-jon Vickory, Kahlil Hamady, and Sheldon Richard Kostelecky

instructors; from left to right: Aaron Helfand, Leslie-jon Vickory, Kahlil Hamady, and Sheldon Richard Kostelecky