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Portrait in the Park (Outdoor)
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Portrait in the Park (Outdoor)

$220

with RA Friedman

Calendar Current session started Jun 5, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Sundays, 9 am - 12 pm

Enjoy plein air drawing of the clothed/costumed model in summer light and greenery. The class will center around line, light and form using monochromatic media. Experiment with a number of strategies for conceptualizing and building the drawing in order to capture what you see. Essential anatomy, drapery, and working with the features of the face will be covered. Drawing experience is helpful, but not required.  Easy-to-access Philadelphia locations with restrooms and other amenities may include the Rose Garden, areas around the Philadelphia Art Museum, Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row, and Fairmount Park.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation. Tuition includes  a $25 model fee.

Image: George Hitchcock by John McLure Hamilton, 1890-1900, watercolor, gouache and pencil on fine linen. Collection of PAFA.

Register by:  May 27

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

History of the Printed Image, Part 1 (Online Lecture)
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History of the Printed Image, Part 1 (Online Lecture)

$75

with Tony Rosati

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm

Join PAFA faculty and accomplished printmaker Tony Rosati for an overview of important prints and books spanning the 15th to the 20th centuries.  Learn about artists in their context and the evolution of various printmaking mediums through three fascinating lectures:  

  • 15th- and 16th-Century Engraving and Etching 
  • Color Chiaroscuro Relief Printmaking in the 16th Century and Beyond 
  • The Advent of 19th-Century Technologies and the Evolution of 20th-Century Screenprinting  

View and discuss milestone prints and books from the collections of the PAFA museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress.  Nix the Netflix and enjoy this compelling dinnertime conversation for anyone who loves looking at, and learning about, art!  Note: This class is lecture-only.  Students who wish to continue this series may register for Part 2.

Register by:  May 31

No materials required.

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Ease into Oils Workshop

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm

Want to paint but don't know where to begin? This two-day structured workshop makes it painless and easy to ease into oil painting. Begin with a black-and-white painting (just like drawing) to become familiar with painting tools and materials. Be introduced to color with a simple earth-palette painting. Move on to a brighter palette, and then top off the weekend by completing a painting in a full palette of colors. This course will utilize still life subject matter. Drawing experience recommended.  

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. 

Register by:  June 17

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Summer Studio/Critique Program

$1,500

with Neysa Grassi

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 Neysa Grassi 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

$620

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

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: June 24

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.

Register by:  June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

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





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