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Realistic Still Life Painting

$595

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 6, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Still life is a fascinating and useful introduction to oil painting, offering opportunities to explore color mixing, varied paint application methods, and techniques for creating light, shadow, and volume to impart a sense of realism.  Experienced artists will appreciate the genre as a means of both growing their skills and experimenting with composition and subject matter to suggest ideas or meaning.  Instruction will focus on selecting objects and arranging compositions, establishing lighting to create focus and drama, and applying and blending oil color to create volume and painterly effects.   

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about still life composition
  • Students will learn how to choose elements to create an interesting still life composition 
  • Students will learn how to settle lighting to create an interesting focus point and drama in the still life 
  • Students will learn how to apply and blend oil painting color to create volumetric painterly effects

Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $750.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Drawing the Urban Environment (Outdoor)

$295

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 6, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

Draw Philadelphia’s picturesque historic and commercial architecture, using fundamental observational drawing techniques to capture the world around you.  Learn simple methods for applying the principles of linear and atmospheric perspective to your drawings, giving them dimension and depth. Students at all experience levels are welcome, with instruction designed to appeal both to those who enjoy portraying landscape subjects in the open air and to students seeking to hone their basic drawing skills. This course takes place in easy-to-access Central Philadelphia and University City locations. Restrooms are available near all sites.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Painting Over the Line, Summer Session 2 (Online)

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 6, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm

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 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 apply these concepts to your own work.  

Register by:  June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Figure Modeling

$615

with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Sculpting from the life model is the foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Learn to model the 24-inch full figure in clay, from armature construction to finished sculpture. Topics of study will include proportion, gesture, and simplified sculptural form. All levels are welcome.  Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to focus on large, simple shapes
  • Gain a basic understanding of the major forms and rhythms of the figure and portrait
  • Understand the building blocks of artistic anatomy
  • Consider the goals of a study versus a finished sculpture

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $770.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge (Outdoor)

$295

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Thursdays, 10 am - 2 pm

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, the encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture!  Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms.  Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn the essential materials, tools, techniques, and strategies for painting on site.  Instruction will cover a variety of plein air approaches, including painting with a knife and brush, painting from an imprimatura,  Macchiaioli painting, and working from sketches to block in local color.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Register by:  June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Color and Design in Gouache (Online)

$195

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Thursdays, 3 - 5 pm

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media.  Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes.  Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work.  Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tessellations, and making copies of masterworks.  Note: No class on July 21.

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Mastering Acrylics (Online)

$250

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 6 - 7:30 pm

Master the fundamental materials and techniques of acrylic painting in just six weeks! Through a combination of online videos, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions, learn to paint in the alla prima style, apply paint both opaquely and transparently, blend color and value, and employ various layering techniques. Color mixing and theory are also addressed, and a rich resource of information about the wide array of acrylic painting materials is provided. This course is appropriate for students at all levels, including beginners, but drawing experience is recommended.

NOTE: This is a Condensed Course, available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

Register by:  June 24

Materials list

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Etching in Color

$615

with Tony Rosati

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 8, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm

Explore single-plate simultaneous color printing techniques, as well as multiple-plate methods with the use of shaped paper forms and acetate stencils. Monotype and chine colle additions can offer further color embellishments. All levels welcome.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credit for $770, including lab fee.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form





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