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All CE Summer 2022 In-Person and Online Courses and Workshops

Summer Studio/Critique Program

$1,500

with Tom Csaszar

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 , runs for 6 weeks

Open studio access; Friday critiques by timeslot sign-up

This six-week on-campus studio-rental program is designed for experienced visual artists and educators who desire constructive feedback on their artwork, as well as the support and interaction of an artistic community. Stimulate your personal artistic growth in your own private PAFA studio through individual weekly critiques from a stellar ensemble of nationally and internationally known artists, including members of PAFA’s acclaimed faculty, as well as discussion, group critiques, and artist studio visits.

Tuition covers a private studio in PAFA's Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, weekly individual critiques, and additional group critiques/activities, as well as the option to earn 4.0 undergraduate credits or 3.0 graduate credits upon satisfactory completion of the program.

One-on-one critiques will be conducted in-person from a roster of artist-/curator-critics (one per week), scheduled each Friday by time-slot sign-up.  Lead critic Tom Csaszar will host group critiques/discussions and artist studio visits or other outings.  These will be scheduled to best accommodate the group's needs.

Note:  This is an uninstructed program; as such, prior art-making experience and the ability to work independently are required. Beyond this understanding, there are no specific application requirements or prerequisites for this program.

View the complete course description and list of critics here.

Registration Deadline:  Rolling, on a space-available basis. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Withdrawal/Refund Deadline:  June 20.  A $50 fee applies to all refund requests before this date; no refunds can be issued for withdrawals after June 20.

Academic Credit:  This program is available for $1,500 for non-credit, 4.0 undergraduate credits, or 3.0 graduate credits (for K-12 educators).  Select credit choice during checkout. Changes in credit status can be made directly through the CE office prior to the second meeting (critique) of the program.  See CE's Procedures and Policies to review academic credit policies and procedures for transcript requests.

Additional Benefit:  Studio Critique registrants receive a 10% tuition discount on all subsequent PAFA CE Summer 2022 Session 2 Classes!

Review Studio Critique Program registration and policy information here prior to registering. 

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.

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Figure Drawing
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Figure Drawing

$620

with Frederic Kaplan

Tuesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

This course is for those who are new to figure drawing or who haven’t done it in a while. Methods will be introduced for gauging proportions and shapes along with study of basic anatomic structure and figure dynamics. Students will execute short, gestural drawings, as well as more developed extended studies, in order to build skills and knowledge.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $775.

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: Registration still open!

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Impasto Painting (Online)

$225

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

Impasto is a technique in which paint is applied in very thick layers, often with visible brush or painting-knife strokes, to impart texture, expression, or even sculptural effects.  Impasto techniques have been an essential part of painting history, from the underlying vigorous brushwork of Renaissance artists to the distinctive mark-making of past and contemporary masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, de Kooning, Soutine, Lucian Freud, and Auerbach. Learn techniques to build a thick, textured surface to find your own unique impasto style in this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn the history of the impasto painting technique.
  • Students will gain confidence in applying thick spontaneous layers of paint.
  • Students will loosen up and discover how to create a unique mark making signature.
  • Students will learn how to paint with a pallet knife and other tools. · Students will discover the difference between direct and indirect painting.
  • Students will learn the important techniques of glazing, velatura, scumbling and dry brush.

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Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Realistic Still Life Painting
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Realistic Still Life Painting

$595

with Alicia Mino

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: Registration still open!

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.  

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Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Figure Modeling
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Figure Modeling

$615

with Morgan Dummitt

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: Registration still open!

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.

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Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022





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