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Open Academy: Observational Practices, DR 206 (In-Person)


with John Horn

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 18, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 15 weeks

Thursdays, 1 - 3:50 p.m. 
Instructor: John Horn

Credit: Non-Credit or 1.5 Undergraduate Credits (see description)

NOTE: This is an Open Academy (PAFA BFA) course.  The full schedule of regular Continuing Education courses will be posted shortly.

PAFA’s Open Academy provides the opportunity for Continuing Education (CE) and non-matriculated students to enroll in select BFA courses for credit or non-credit.  Open Academy students enrolled in PAFA’s renowned studio arts courses learn technical skills, creative expression, and critical thinking from master artist-teachers while working amongst dedicated full-time students in PAFA's classrooms. 

The goal of this course is to strengthen and hone a student’s foundational skills of drawing through a series of one and two-day drawing projects. The major topics of concern will be gesture, design, perspective, structure and space. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different media and to develop a personalized drawing practice. Subjects for this exploration will be the life model, anatomical models, the city and the observable environment in general. The course includes field trips to the Wagner Free Institute of Science, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Reading Terminal and the Observation Deck at Liberty One.

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $1,400. Select credit choice with tuition adjustment during checkout.

Image: Larry Day, [Nude in Armchair] (detail), 1975, graphite on cream wove paper, 21 x 17 1/2 in. Collection of PAFA, Accession #1987.13. Gift of Christopher K. and Barbara A. Bullard. Copyright © artist or artist's estate.

Register by: January 11
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