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Continuing Education at PAFA

Art Appreciation

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Exploring the Archives: Drawings in the PAFA Collection (In-Person)


with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next session starts Feb 21, 2023 at 1 pm

Tuesday, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (one day)

The experience of viewing physical works on paper by master artists is a rare and wonderful pleasure: the freshness of the artist’s hand, the texture of the surface, and the subtle details in the subject are most touchingly apparent up-close and in-person. Add to that another artist’s observations to guide you through the work, and you will come away with a truly insightful experience into the mind and practice of the artist.

PAFA’s Center for the Study of the American Artist (CSAA) provides access to, and the study of, works of art in the permanent collection and institutional archives. Within the glass-walled workspace where PAFA’s museum staff work on the preservation, documentation, and treatment of the collection, master draftsperson and Continuing Education instructor Phyllis Laver will select and discuss a range of fascinating and beautiful drawings in PAFA’s collection. Past artwork selections have included works by Thomas Anshutz, Sidney Goodman, Alice Neal, and Barkley Hendricks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see, appreciate, and be inspired by work rarely on display in the museum galleries. Students should plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance, at 12:45 p.m.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal.Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security.Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies.

Image: Seymour Rosofsky, Two Masks, Self Portrait, 1974, Lithograph on paper, 19 x 26 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the Estate of Seymour Rosofsky, 2013.17.43 

Register by: February 10

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