Nationwide Workshops

In the May 2000 issue, The Artist's Magazine named the Frank Covino Workshops to be ONE OF THE FIVE BEST WORKSHOPS IN THE COUNTRY.  Student testimonials often remark they have learned more from Frank's instruction and demonstrations than from four years of study at their college or university!


“You have changed my life. The gift of your academic realism is such a blessed joy.  I am proud to be your student. That you would unselfishly spend your time teaching us students how to paint when you could have been doing your own thing is a gift from God.”                                                      -Rebecca Tininenko





2014   Art Class Schedule

Jan. 13-17  Fort Meyers, FL  Dorothy Salcedo  239/ 826-7708

Jan. 20-24  Fort Meyers, FL  Julie Griffin  239/936-3751      

Jan.  27-31  Marco Island, FL  Elaine Michaelis  239-394-4221   

Feb. 10-14  Dallas area, TX  Jennifer Funk 214/563-3019   

Feb. 17-21  Houston, TX  Tina Farrell  713/819-0818

Mar. 10-14  Salt Lake City, Utah  Heather Kennedy  435/840-8725

Mar.17-21   Denver, CO    Tina Gaede   602/628-0985


April  7-11   Phoenix, AZ    Karen Van Natter   602/692-9978

(All Covino Studio classes offer a 7 student limit,  plus FREE LODGING)

April 28-May 2   Covino Studio, VT    Barbara Jean Covino   802/496-2513

May 5-9 and May 19-23  Covino Studio, VT    Barbara Jean Covino  802/496-2513              

June 9-13     Covino Studio, VT  Barbara Jean Covino  802/496-2513

June 16th-20th   San Francisco area    Melody Chapman (coordinator)   925 / 584-4898
June 23-27    Boise, ID    Vickie Hatfield   208/461-8390

July 14-18    Covino Studio, VT  Barbara Jean Covino      802/496-2513

July   28-Aug.1   Raleigh, NC  Marcelle Hooks  919/906-2636 

Aug.4-8   2nd Raleigh, NC Class    Marcelle Hooks   919/906-2636

Aug. 11-15       Baudette, MN  Jane Sindelir   218/341-9692

Aug. 18-22      Baudette, MN  Jane Sindelir   218/341-9692

Sept. 15-19      Denver, CO  Tina Gaede  602/628-0985

Sept. 22-26    Dallas area, TX   Jennifer Funk   214/563-3019

Sept.29-Oct.3   Sugarush Ski Area, VT   Barbara Jean Covino  802/496-2513 

Oct. 6-10   Covino Studio, VT  Barbara Jean Covino             802/496-2513

Oct. 13-17 Covino Studio, VT  Barbara Jean Covino 802/496-2513

Oct. 20-24  San Francisco area    Melody Chapman (coordinator)   925 / 584-4898
Oct.  27-31    Phoenix, AZ  Karen Van Natter                      602/ 692-9978
Nov. 3-7   Phoenix, AZ  Karen Van Natter 602/692-9978

Nov. 17-21  Covino Studio, VT   Barbara Jean Covino      802/496-2513

December 1-5    Salt Lake City, UT   Heather Kennedy  435/840-8725

2013 Covino Academy of Art Schedule

June 3-7 Covino Studio, VT ( limit: 7 ) - Barbi Covino (802) 496-2513
June 17-24 Boise, ID - Vickie Hatfield (208) 461-8390
June 24-28 Boise, ID - Vickie Hatfield (208) 461-8390

July 8-12 Covino Studio, VT ( limit: 7 ) - Barbi Covino (802) 496-2513
July 22-26 Raleigh, NC - Marcelle Hooks (919) 906-2636
July 29-Aug. 2 Raleigh, NC - Marcelle Hooks (919) 906-2636

Aug. 5-9 Baudette, MN - Jane Sindelir (218) 341-9692
Aug. 12-16 Baudette, MN - Jane Sindelir (218) 341-9692

Sept. 9-13 McKinney, TX - Jennifer Funk (214) 563-3019 

Sept. 30-Oct. 4 Sugarbush Ski Lodge, VT - Barbi Covino (802) 496-2513

Oct. 7-11 Covino Studio, VT (limit 6)- Barb Covino (802) 496-2513
NEW. NEW , NEW!!!!   
OCT 14 - 18 Covino Studio, VT (limit 7) Barb Covino  (802) 496-2513 
Oct. 21-25 Houston, TX  - Tina Farrell (713) 819-0818
Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Phoenix, AZ - Karen Van Natter (602) 692-9978

November 4 - 8 Covino Studio, VT  Barb Covino (802) 496- 2513 
Nov. 11-15 Salt Lake City Utah - Heather Kennedy (435) 840-8725
Nov. 18-22 Covino Studio, VT  Barb Covino (802) 496- 2513 


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What you can expect from a Covino Workshop:
     Frank’s classes are not solely performances of his proficiency. He teaches Art History and Renaissance technique by lecture and demonstration, correcting student work at their easel, with other students observing and taking notes. “I might paint an entire eye on a student’s painting, while others observe and take notes. The other eye would cost the student 25,000 dollars, so they pay close attention!” Such one on one guidance requires a limitation of no more than 12 students in each class. Summer classes in the artist’s Vermont studio are limited to no more than 6 dedicated students!


Barbara Jean and Frank Covino's VT Chalet and Studio.  "We'll leave the light on for you..."
     New students are required to complete a minimum of five Old Master replicas, before creating contemporary portraits. “As any musician will attest, we learn to create significant art by copying significant art. Recreating a portrait masterpiece from the 16th through the 19th centuries can be compared to playing a Beethoven Sonata with precision. A piano student does not expect her music teacher to say, at her first class, “Sit down and play something, and I’ll tell you what you are doing wrong!”…but this is how most art classes are conducted, Frank has observed.

     Vital information and personal guidance from an Italian-American artist who has several decades of experience in the craft of his ancestors along with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Art Teacher Education from Pratt Institute. Covino conducts more Nationwide Workshops than any other professional artist in the country.


     The Covino Controlled Palette©, similar to the palette of Leonardo da Vinci, which inspired such notable illustrators as Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, Frank Reilly and their followers, uses a graduated range of gray values. Covino's use of the Italian Il Metodo Grata ensures accurate likeness. He encourages the use of photography in class, but Recomporre, the Italian solution to creative composition via the ancient Golden Mean is constantly stressed, in an effort to perpetuate the Classical Academic tradition.

     Photographic reference permits a variety of subject matter created in the same classroom, offering a much broader range of art education than you would receive in a workshop where everyone paints from the same model.

     Individual guidance is guaranteed as classes are limited (from 10 to 15 students) and Frank does not leave until he has spent some time at every easel. Few artists have studied with Frank Covino who have not returned for further guidance. Since he began teaching in 1962, he has helped to create over 30,000 works of art in his classroom. Frank Covino Students are among the highest paid semi-professional artists in the world.