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Drawing Fundamentals (Online)

$250

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Current session started Nov 9, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Drawing is a cognitive and creative process that is bolstered by knowledge and practice. The artist is not simply a copy machine; rather, they aspire to infuse their work with a poetry that moves the viewer. Learn to produce accurate and affecting drawings by mastering fundamental tools and theories such as trapping space, aligning, sight sizing, measuring, restating, and applying rules of proportion and perspective. Instruction will address the powerful elements of composition, light, value, space, volume, line, balance, focus, and rhythm from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Demonstrations, projects, and critiques will fortify your understanding of each topic presented as you learn the materials and equipment to produce your most expressive work.

Image: Shushana Rucker, Skyline, Graphite on Mylar

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Painting over the Line (Online)

$250

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Nov 9, 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. Each class will begin 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.  Continued critiques and discussions will explore how to apply these concepts to your own work. Painting experience recommended.   

Image: Kassem Amoudi, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015, 30 x 30 in

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Assemblage Art (Online)

$250

with Colleen O'Donnell

Calendar Current session started Nov 9, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 8 pm 

From the reclusive Joseph Cornell’s fantastical sculptures to Betye Saar’s complex revisioning of racist tropes, assemblage as a means of artistic expression could not be better suited for this time of social-distancing and tension. Assemblage intrinsically engages the unconscious while drawing on elements of design, whimsy, and chance to reflect a point of view and a moment in time. In this class, learn to transform everyday items, found objects, elements of nature, or memorabilia into three-dimensional sculpture and collage. Be guided through a different topic each week, delving into your own responses and ideas to create dramatic, humorous, emotional, and satirical works of art. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Make something that has value and is relevant to our experiences in this challenging time. 
  • Supportive feedback of your work in a group of fellow artists. 
  • Experience the process of art making in 3 dimensions, working intuitively or with pre-planned drawings 
  • Be introduced to the historical and contemporary innovators of Assemblage Art 

Image: Peggy O'Donnell, Majestic Labor, Clay, wood, wire, objects, 28" x 25" x 9"

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

The Art of Color: Color Mixing for Oils and Acrylics Workshop (In-Person)

$215

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 3, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm

The study of color is essential for all painters, and this condensed workshop offers the perfect format to answer all your color-related questions.  In-depth and practical instruction will examine the role of color in painting, including the selection and arrangement of palettes, the effects of paint layering, and an overview of color theory. Informative demonstrations covering color mixing strategies, interactions, and perceptual influences will guide students to execute small paintings in either oils or acrylics from varied subject matter. This workshop is appropriate for painters of all levels but will offer the greatest benefit to artists with prior painting experience.

Image: S. Hilbert Sabin, Still Life: Lemon on Silver Plate, n.d. Oil on canvas, 12 x 22 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of James P. and Ruth Marshall Magill, 1957.15.30 

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: November 28

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATON

How to Write Your Artist's Statement (Online)

$50

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 8, 2022 at 6 pm

Thursday, 6 – 9 pm 

While artists are often required to write about their work, many of us find this task daunting. If the thought of writing an artist’s statement fills you with dread, this is the workshop for you. A well-written statement is honest and illuminating and is intended to deepen your audience’s connection with your work. Learn how to write about your own work to achieve these goals. Share your work with a small and supportive group of fellow artists and answer questions about your ideas, process, materials, and influences. Practical instruction will then guide you through the process of drafting and revising a statement to present to the group. 

Image: Daniel Garber, Art Students: Paul Froelich, Weeks Hall, and Alessandro Colarossi, n.d., Charcoal on cream paper, 18 7/8 x 25 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1945.14.3 

Register by: December 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Group Critique with Al Gury (Online)

$75

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 10, 2022 at 10 am

Saturday, 10 am - TBD (up to 4 pm) 

PAFA offers a vibrant community of faculty-artists and students who can stimulate your art-making with advice and new perspectives.  A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Gain valuable feedback on your own completed or in-progress work in this helpful and engaging online discussion led by Al Gury, longtime PAFA faculty member and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice and Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting among other works.  

Image: Al Gury, Landscape

Register by: December 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 





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