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Certificate of Art (CA) Application: Figure Studies

$75
Calendar Current session started Feb 2, 2024

This is the registration/application portion only to enroll in the Figure Studies Certificate of Art.

The Figure Studies Certificate of Art (CA) is designed for students who want to embrace the PAFA figurative tradition as the core of their artistic practice. Comprised of 8 required Continuing Education courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture, this curriculum provides students with a structured approach to exploring the proportions, anatomy, and expressive possibilities of the human figure with an emphasis on observational practices.  This program is ideal for students with an interest in improving their understanding and rendering of the human form for academic anatomy study, portfolio building, or personal studio practice.

Program and Enrollment Instructions:

  • Review the complete Figure Studies CA description and policies before registering.

  • To be accepted to the Figure Studies Certificate, students must first enroll via this application portal.

  • Students must enroll in courses within CE’s catalog to meet their certificate requirements. 

  • Students must register for at least one credit-bearing Continuing Education course at the time of application.

  • Students may keep track of their own progress using PAFA's CA Figure Studies Course List.
  • Certificate Application Deadline: Rolling. See course descriptions for individual class registration deadlines.

Additional Information:

  • Please note that Certificate application fees are non-refundable. Courses taken within the program are subject to CE’s standard withdrawal/refund policies.  See Procedures and Policies information or the Policy Guide included at the bottom of each course description.

  • For course selection, please review Certificate course requirements before enrolling to ensure application to the program. Be sure to select the credit option for credit-bearing courses or to gain approval for non-credit courses. For questions or course advice, contact PAFA’s Continuing Education Programs Office at 215-972-2029 or continuinged@pafa.edu.

  • Students are not required to enroll in Certificate programs to register for individual CE classes: members of the public are welcome to study on a course-by-course basis, for credit or non-credit, as their time and interests allow, for personal enrichment and enjoyment. However, only students who are registered for a certificate program, and are completing credit course requirements, are eligible to earn a certificate credential upon completion.

  • Certificates of Art do not constitute official academic undergraduate or graduate degrees (such as college associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees). 

  • By enrolling in this program, students agree to abide by the policies and regulations detailed on PAFA's Certificate website.   

Learn More About PAFA's Part-Time Certificate Programs:

Ease into Figure Painting Workshop (In-Person)

$260

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Feb 24, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

This course is ideal for students who want to paint the figure but don't know how to get started. Begin by learning about proportions, anatomical landmarks, and figure structure as you execute charcoal drawings of plaster statuary casts in PAFA’s famous Cast Hall. As you build confidence and skill, instruction will then introduce you to the practice of working from the life model – first by drawing, and then with a limited palette of either oil or acrylic paints. Previous drawing experience strongly recommended. Tuition includes a $35 models fee.

Image: Leon Kelly, Henriette as My Model, 1929, Oil on canvas, 28 1/8 x 36 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Gift of Bernard Davis. 1950.20.1

Registration Still Open!

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Old Masters and Modern Geniuses: Lessons in Painting from PAFA's Great Artists (Online)

$395

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 27, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content)   
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
 
Credit: Non-Credit or 1.0 Undergraduate Credit (see below)

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in 1805 as the nation’s first school and museum of fine art. Since that time, the school has helped to develop a host of prominent artists as the art world has taken a variety of paths. Explore the fascinating history of the “Academy Tradition” by learning about artists who taught or studied at PAFA, examining their styles and techniques, and applying these techniques to your own work and subject matter. Hands-on investigation and instruction will cover direct and indirect painting, principles of portraiture, color, tonalism, composition, landscape painting strategies, and various art-making tools, methods, and principles employed over history. Studied artists will include Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Henry O. Tanner, Cecilia Beaux, Bo Bartlett, Maxfield Parish, Alice Neel, Daniel Garber, Charles Wilson Peale, and many more.  This class is excellent for painters seeking to broaden their approach and vision while enjoying a deep dive into PAFA’s history of American Art. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $595. Select credit option with price adjustment when registering. 

Image: Charles Muldowney, Perkiomen Creek Bridge, oil on panel.

Register by: February 19 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Colorfield Abstraction Workshop (Online)

$175

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 1, 2024 at 10 am

Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Zoom only) 
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Explore the painting techniques and color-layering processes behind the sophisticated genre of colorfield painting with artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Masters including Jules Olitski, Morris Louis, Nicolas de Stael, and Richard Diebenkorn will be discussed. Sessions are comprised of live painting time in a community classroom-like atmosphere, with critiques and advice from the instructor as he works one-on-one with each student.  Group instruction includes a presentation of notable artworks and discussion about the defining characteristics of the genre. Painting experience recommended. Note: Due to the emphasis on live instructor feedback and in-class painting, this Zoom class is not recorded. 

Image: Kassem Amoudi. 

Register by: February 23

Materials List

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Drawing from Photos (Online)

$250

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 8 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Alicia Mino 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Learn strategies to translate your photographs into drawings that both retain the photo’s realism and promote your personal expression. Using colored pencil (which combines the possibilities of color with the ease of dry media), explore tactics for accurately translating your imagery to your drawing surface; identifying, mixing, and layering color to achieve vibrant effects; creating realism through the study of texture, light, and contrast; and employing addition and subtraction techniques to expand your range of mark-making. Work from your choice of photographic subject matter – a great option for students seeking to make art from personal experiences, capture family and friends who cannot pose for portraiture, or expand their interests and skills in landscapes, animals, or other subject matter not easily accessible.  This course is excellent for beginners or those interested in colored pencil or photorealistic drawing techniques. 

Image: Alicia Mino.

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.  
Instructor: Keith Leitner 
Credit: Non-Credit Only
 

Explore both the versatility of watercolor and the exciting possibilities of color through still life painting. Learn to capture form with the freshness and fluidity of all prima techniques.  Promote color in your work through instruction on color properties, mixing, and basic theory, as well as how to use hues in combination to create impactful compositions.  Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will enforce all content so that students gain the facility and freedom to use color and painting techniques as means of personal expression. 

Image: Keith Leitner. 

Register by: March 1 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Advancing Your Acrylics (In-Person)

$295

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 6, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

For students with some experience and training with acrylic paints, this course will increase the fascination and challenge of the medium by guiding you into a wide range of techniques and materials that will advance your skill level. Explore transparent and semi-opaque layering more deeply while investigating masking and blending techniques. Content will include color theory and compositional structure, as well as the introduction of a broad selection of acrylic paint types and additives. Subject matter includes still life arrangements, the human figure, and the expansive views of the city from the upper floors of PAFA. Previous acrylic painting experience required.  Tuition includes a $35 models fee.

Image: Fred Kaplan, Godel Escher Bach at Relativistic Velocity, 2019 Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas, 32 x 72 in. 

Register by: February 26

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

Fundamentals of Oil Painting (Online)

$250

with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 6, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Susan Sullivan 
Credit: Non-Credit

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? This course will help the beginning painter gain confidence in a variety of techniques including direct and indirect painting; color mixing; using mediums, solvents and additives; and painting with a brush and palette knife. Subject matter will include still life, portrait, interior spaces, landscape, and a master copy. Zoom class times will be comprised of group lectures and demonstrations, as well as studio painting time where the instructor will work one-on-one to guide students toward successful compositions. Drawing experience required. 

Image: Susan Sullivan, Disco, oil on canvas board, 8 x 12 in.

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 





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