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The PAFA Atelier (In-Person)

$845

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This combination of instructed class and open studio is designed for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting.  Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.  This course features intermediate-level instruction for students with prior drawing/painting experience.  Note: Tuition includes a $50 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $1,150 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Peter Van Dyck, Couple Manayunk

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course

Painting Over the Line (Online)

$250

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m. 

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.    

Registration open through course start date. Wait list registration available after course is full. 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Illustration for Beginners (Online)

$250

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.

Illustrated books are not just for children. They can be humorous, cinematic, quirky, and sometimes dark. Explore the range of techniques for communicating a story and creating expressive effects with illustrator Kate Samworth. Instruction will include an examination of classic and contemporary illustrated books, followed by a series of exercises in generating ideas, balancing text and image, developing concepts, and communicating action through sequential drawings.   

Registration open through course start date. Wait list registration available after course is full. 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Lithography (In-Person)

$545

with Ron Wyffels

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Lithography is a versatile printmaking process that allows for a complete range of drawing effects:  contour line, hatching/cross-hatching, painterly wash applications, expressive mark-making, and reductive techniques.  Learn all aspects of the lithographic process through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on practice:  preparing a traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plate; creating your own drawing from observation, imagination or photographic transfer using a range of drawing materials; selecting paper; printing in black-and-white and color; and editioning your prints.  Note: Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the lithography printing process. 
  • Students will acquire technical experience in preparing stones, plates, & ink. 
  • Students will learn basic stone & plate drawing, etching and processing techniques.
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by way of proofing and printing their stones & plates, included learned skills in roller use & litho press operation. 
  • Students will learn printmaking professionalism including printing editions on clean registered printmaking paper, signing and numbering editions appropriately. 
  • Students will learn the importance of image development through individual reviews and by exploring various possibilities with the process. 
  • Students will develop critical visual and verbal skills by way of individual discussions with the instructor and with their peers. 
  • Students will advance their individual art concepts and expand their artistic territory through new technique & material uses. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $695 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

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Register by: September 19

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Figure Drawing into Painting (Online)

$375

with David Wilson

Calendar Current session started Sep 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Join PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition through this progression from drawn studies to color oil renderings of the human form.  Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment, progressing from drawing studies to monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Topics and projects include gesture studies, painting from photographs, and portrait painting from a mirror. Students will learn through a combination of live Zoom sessions and posted instructional content. Appropriate for all levels, with options to draw-only based on experience. 

Learning Objectives:   

  • Strong design and composition 
  • Accurate anatomy and proportions 
  • Believable depictions of light and space 
  • Dynamic use of colors, marks, and textures 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Image: Christian Schussele, [Figure study: female nude reclining, back view], n.d., Charcoal on green-gray wove paper, 13 13/16 x 21 in. irr. (35.09645 x 53.34 cm.).  Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1876.9.572, John S. Phillips Collection.

Register by: September 16

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Drawing from the Antique (In-Person)
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Drawing from the Antique (In-Person)

$425

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Current session started Sep 27, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

PAFA’s breathtaking Cast Hall is a unique resource for artists, containing copies of Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture, including the Winged Victory, the Venus de Milo, and the staggering life-size copy of Michelangelo’s David, among other notable works. Cast Drawing, or Drawing from the Antique, was one of the first courses established in the founding of the Academy and has remained a core part of PAFA’s fine arts curriculum for over 200 years. Become a part of this long and rich artistic tradition as you learn to draw accurately from observation, explore line and form, and gain an appreciation for some of history’s most beautiful sculptural artworks. This course is an excellent introduction to drawing techniques and materials and is appropriate to all levels.  Read a History of PAFA’s Cast Hall by Faculty Member Al Gury here. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn to articulate 3-dimensional form with active gestural line. 
  • Students will translate form into cross-contour models. 
  • Students will develop skill in drawing form with light. 
  • Students will manipulate composition to alter visual impact. 
  • Students will acquire knowledge of diverse artists and their ways of working. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Photo credit: Daniel Garber, Reclining Male Figure [Cast drawing: Michelangelo's "Day"], 1904, Charcoal on buff laid paper, 18 5/8 x 24 3/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the artist, 1945.14.5

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: September 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu. To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.

Color and Design in Gouache (Online)

$375

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Current session started Sep 27, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 3 - 5 p.m.

This class will be starting with a one-week delay, on October 4. The course will be extended by one week or an alternate makeup date will be determined after the first class. Registration is still open for this course.

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.  

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option during checkout.

Image: Kate Samworth, Celestial Map, mixed media.

Register by: September 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

The Portrait Medallion: Introduction to Relief Sculpture (In-Person)
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The Portrait Medallion: Introduction to Relief Sculpture (In-Person)

$425

with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Current session started Sep 28, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Relief is an excellent bridge to sculpture for painters and a refreshing variation for sculptors working in-the-round.   Learn all aspects of modeling the portrait in relief, including drawing, modeling high relief and bas-relief. Work from Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall to gain greater insight into sculptural masterpieces from the past. All levels are welcome. For more information about PAFA’s Cast Collection, check out https://www.pafa.org/news/history-pafas-cast-hall-faculty-member-al-gury  

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Wordsworth Relief, 2017, Tinted GFRC, 25 x 35 in.

Register by: September 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu. To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.





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