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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)
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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)

$525

with Roger Chavez

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

Whether you are just beginning your painting studies or have never picked up a brush, this is the perfect course to build your familiarity and confidence with the techniques and materials of oil painting.  Students will work from direct observation using still life and human figure/portrait subjects to explore the fundamentals of painting, including the selection and care of materials, paint application techniques, and color mixing.  Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the use of value to create three-dimensional effects, and color relationships.  The study of paintings throughout history will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of this medium. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $675. 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:  Thomas Hovenden, Peonies, 1886, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 1/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Coates (The Edward H. Coates Memorial Collection), 1923.9.2

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Screenprinting and Beyond (In-Person)
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Screenprinting and Beyond (In-Person)

$545

with Tony Rosati

Calendar Current session started Sep 15, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects.  Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the screen printing process.  
  • Students will acquire technical experience with screens, squeegees, ink, tools, and equipment.  
  • Students will learn basic screen printing techniques including image development, coating and processing screens, mixing ink, and printing.  
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by way of printing various stencils from fine detail images to flat broad areas.  
  • 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. 

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. 

Image: Tony Rosati, In Memoriam

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

This class is closed for 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.

Foundry: An Introduction/All Levels (In-Person)

$690

with Pavel Efremoff

Calendar Current session started Sep 15, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.  Note: Tuition includes a $65 lab fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $860 (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. 

Image: Pavel Efremoff, Narwal.

Register by: September 2 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course
Figure Drawing Foundations: Anatomy, Cast, and Life (In-Person)
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Figure Drawing Foundations: Anatomy, Cast, and Life (In-Person)

$550

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Sep 16, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Develop a firm foundation in your figure drawing practice with noted artist, educator and author Roberto Osti.  Detailed anatomical instruction will familiarize students with the underlying forms and external effects of the body’s bone and muscle structures.  Sessions in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall will allow study from Antique and Renaissance sculpture to recognize these anatomical effects and explore how they can be used to create beautiful and compelling forms.  Work from life models in short and long poses will further build on this framework to explore the dynamic, gestural, and expressive qualities of the rendered figure. Traditional drawing materials and methods will be demonstrated and practiced, including the use of toned paper, trois crayons, graphite, and charcoal, as well as measuring techniques.  Note: Course tuition includes a $25 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $700 (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: Roberto Osti, Rebecca Forshortened, colored chalk on paper.

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

This class is closed for 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.

Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)
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Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)

$425

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

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

Using oil or acrylic paints, exploit a wide range of techniques and artistic languages to transform everyday reality into expressive, symbolic, or personal statements. Base your paintings on unique studio still-life arrangements or use your own photographs as a starting point. Topics discussed and demonstrated include using color as an emotive element, designing compositions to convey mood and movement, and employing energetic mark-making. For less experienced students, materials, color mixing, and basic techniques are also reviewed. 

Course Objectives 

The student will learn… 

  • How to select and use basic materials, including the characteristics of various commonly used colors, solvents, and mediums 
  • To execute a variety of direct and indirect painting methods. 
  • Approaches to interpreting and modifying observed reality to achieve emotive, symbolic, and compositional goals 
  • Descriptive, emotive, and symbolic use of color, shape, and mark 
  • Basic color theory and color mixing 

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. 

Register by: September 15

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.

Stone Carving (In-Person)

$545

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

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

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.  Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Procure a proficiency in basic tool use including manual carving, pneumatic carving, sawing, grinding, and sanding. 
  • Learn the methods of stone carving beginning with "roughing out" a form, and finishing with sanding and polishing. 
  • Develop a perceptual ability for spatial relationships of the elements that constitute a sculpture or a three dimensional image. 
  • Learn to use creative and critical thinking in the process of carving sculpture. 
  • Gain an appreciation for the influence and informing effect that medium and process have on image making. 
  • Acquire an introductory understanding of the history of stone carving as well as the capacity to conceptualize context for the student's own sculpture. 

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. 

Image: John W. Rhoden, Reclining Figure, 1947, French limestone, 20 1/2 x 28 x 11 1/2 in. (52.07 x 71.12 x 29.21 cm.) Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #2018.13.7, The John Walter Rhoden and Richanda Phillips Rhoden Collection.

Register by: September 15

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.


To facilitate wait list registration, please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster
in advance via the form below.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course
Metal Sculpture 1 (In-Person)
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Metal Sculpture 1 (In-Person)

$320

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Metal Sculpture 1 teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion. Note: Tuition includes a $25 lab fee. 

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: Judith Hoyt, Untitled, n.d., Wood, metal and paint, 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (23.495 x 21.59 cm.). Collection of PAFA, Accession #2011.1.251, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, Copyright © Judith Hoyt, Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women.

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.

Plein Air in the Park (Lemon Hill - Outdoor)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Sep 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

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

Capture the colors of fall en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome.   

Learning Objectives:   

  • Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up 
  • Learn color mixing and application of each medium 
  • Study of pigment history and development 
  • Learn about watercolor/pastel history via short discussions of painters and their motifs. 

Registration open through course start date.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022





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