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The Figure in Watercolor (ONLINE) PT 601WF_ON

$225

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Convey the subtle color, fluid line, and realistic volume of the human form through watercolor.  Working from photo references alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions, paint nude and clothed figure subjects, with guidance on achieving anatomical and proportional accuracy, mixing skin tone, using value to suggest light and volume, rendering clothing, and more.  Instruction will feature demonstrations of fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more.

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Materials List: Osti PT 601WF_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:

Adolphe Borie (1877-1934) Female Nude Seated Cross-Legged, n.d., Watercolor and charcoal on cream laid paper, 12 1/2 x 18 13/16 in. irr., Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accesssion #1989.12.31, Gift of Peter Borie

The Basics of Color (ONLINE) IN 604E_ON

$350

with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Mixing too much paint, for too long, with poor results? Learn to use color effectively! Explore color mixing, value, temperature and pigment characteristics through exercises and painting from direct observation of still life objects. Instruction covers the basics of palette setting, introductory painting methods, materials, and terminology. Apply this visual vocabulary of color to all painting media. Live Zoom demonstration/lecture, and assignments with regular instructor feedback will promote understanding as you hone your skills. All levels welcome.

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Materials List: Rupinski IN 604E_ON 

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

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Image:

Jill A. Rupinski, Shadow Tree

Pastel Drawing (ONLINE) DR 611E_ON

$225

with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Current session started Jan 20, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Explore soft pastel through a variety of application methods, from conventional dry use through more painterly wet techniques, with appropriate supports. Develop your personal style through observational study of still life objects or alternative source material, such as paintings, memory, and photography. Lectures will address framing, protection, storage, and safety issues. Live Zoom instruction will be supplemented by assignments and instructor feedback to promote understanding of the materials and concepts as you hone your skills. All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn to use the materials and techniques of traditional soft pastel: with hard, pan and pastel pencil.
  • Students will learn the history and legacy of the pastel medium.
  • Students will learn the safe use of pastel to include alternative wet techniques.
  • Students will learn the proper supports and grounds for various pastels techniques and how to prepare a ground.
  • Students will learn to draw/paint with pastel using limited color through a full palette of color.
  • Students will explore the complexities of texture, gradation, layering and fixing of pastel.
  • Students will learn how to frame, protect, and store pastel drawings.

Registration Still Available

Materials List: Rupinski DR 611E_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:

Jill A. Rupinski, Tenacity (detail), pastel on paper

Painting Over the Line 1 (ONLINE) PT 703EL_ON

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Jan 20, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class.  Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs.  Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.  Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to appy these concepts to your own work. 

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Materials List : Amoudi PT703EL_ON Session 1

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

The PAFA Atelier (ONLINE) DR 607PA_ON

$450

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Jan 20, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Designed for dedicated students seeking to advance their representational drawing and painting, the PAFA Atelier is now online!  Each week, Peter Van Dyck, noted painter and founder of the PAFA Atelier, will present a live Zoom lecture/demonstration, and provide individual critiques during class and through the week. This combination instructed-class and open-studio allows students to advance their work on their own personal projects, including figure/portrait subjects, still lifes, landscapes, and interior spaces. Note:  This an intermediate-level format for students with prior drawing/painting experience.

 Peter Van Dyck, an Assistant Professor in the PAFA BFA program, is dedicated to perceptual painting and the academic tradition.  He studied painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where he also taught.  In 2012 he was named one of “25 Important Artists of Tomorrow” by American Artist Magazine. In 2013 his work was included in the book Painted Landscapes, Contemporary Views by Lauren P. della Monica. His work has also been reproduced in periodicals including American Artist Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, and Art and Antiques.  He has had solo shows at John Pence Gallery, San Francisco; Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York; and The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, Maine.

Note: This course may be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

Registration Still Available

Materials List : Van Dyck DR 607PA_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

 

Full Course

Dynamic Figure Drawing (ONLINE) DR 605EM_ON

$450

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Jan 20, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Explore the dynamic and aesthetic aspects of the figure in movement and in foreshortened poses. Starting with an understanding of the basic structural and anatomical aspects of the body, progress to analyzing the dynamic, gestural, narrative, and expressive qualities of a variety of short and long poses. Traditional drawing materials and methods will be demonstrated and practiced, including the use of toned paper, trois crayons, graphite, and charcoal, as well as measuring techniques. This course affords ample time to practice and develop your skills by drawing alongside the instructor in live Zoom demonstrations, and afterward by preparing assignments from provided iconographic material.

Registration Still Available

Materials List: Osti DR 605EM_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Editorial Illustration (ONLINE) IL 600EE_ON

$350

with James Heimer

Calendar Current session started Jan 20, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Explore image making as a means of communication. This is an intermediate class geared toward artists who wish to express narrative themes in their work as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication.

Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen.

The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Weekly group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom. Access to a scanner and Adobe Photoshop or other raster graphics software is required for the completion of assignments.

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Registration Still Available

Materials List : Heimer IL 600EE_ON

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Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World (ONLINE) PT 604EN_ON

$225

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Jan 21, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect technique for recording nature in a fresh and fun way.  In this course, learn fundamental drawing techniques and essential watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, and animals. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography.  An ideal course for those interested in both the fine arts and the Illustration field.

Registration Still Available

Materials List: Osti PT 604EN_ON 

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:

Image: Roberto Osti, illustration for the the article, Evolution: A Lizards Tale, in Scientific American magazine, March 2001.





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