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Painterly Pets (Online)

$250

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Dogs, cats, and other pets have sneaked their way into master drawings and paintings throughout the centuries just as they insinuate themselves into our daily lives.  From cats stealing food in 17th century still life art, to Bonnard’s dachshunds perched at the table or curled beside the bath, to Sarah McEneaney’s pets as studio helpers in contemporary work, household animals have proven themselves to be important painterly subjects on their own or as a part of still lifes, portraits, domestic scenes, and other genres.  Learn to find inspiration in your own furry family members to make them a meaningful part of your painting practice.  Rather than a pet portrait or animal anatomy course, this class will utilize drawn and painted sketches from life, photo references, and compositional studies to explore ways of realistically and expressively depicting your animal, including them into other subjects as formal or personal elements, or even making them a part of abstract compositions. Line, gesture, movement, textural/optical effects, and compositional principles will be addressed. Content will include presentations and PowerPoint examples from historical and contemporary art, engaging homework assignments, and discussions about the meaning of animals in art and tactics for making them a special focus in your own work. Open to all drawing and painting media.

Image: Elisabeth Fearn Bonsall, Hot Milk, 1896, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 1/4 in. Collection of PAFA, Accession #1897.4, Joseph E. Temple Fund.

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Figure Drawing (Online)

$250

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 8, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Roberto Osti
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Practice a variety of fundamental figure drawing approaches while working from photographic references. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction methods, and the trois crayons technique. Proportions and methods of measuring will be emphasized. Students will gain confidence in their representation of the human form and handling of materials as they draw alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions. The online structure allows for an optimal overhead view of the instructor’s demonstration drawings and a focused but conversational community environment as students engage with the instructor and complete in-class work together. 

Image: Roberto Osti.

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Figure Painting: Developing Form and Finish (In-Person)

$330

with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 9, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Instructor: David Wilson 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Paint from a life model in poses of varying lengths to develop and refine your figure painting compositions. Extended poses will allow students to adjust and resolve issues of surface, color, and composition. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee. 

Image: David Wilson. 

Register by: March 1
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Fast and Unfussed: Loosen Up Your Oil Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Roger Chavez 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Cultivate fluid mark-making and bold approaches to subject matter through rapid and loose painting studies.  Tight and precise painting, especially in the early stages of an artwork, can sometimes lead to work that appears stiff and over-labored, or to locked-in compositions that are difficult to change or correct. Working from the still life, cityscapes, and the life model, utilize short, small painting exercises to learn new ways of starting paintings, keeping compositions open to adjustment, and both initiating and retaining a sense of freshness in your forms and brushstrokes. Instruction will address color mixing, making a practical setting for painting, and investigating new methodologies to apply to your paintings.  Discover the beauty and freedom of loosening up your painting!     

Learning Objectives:  

  • Learn how to effectively make use of short, fast, and small painting exercises  
  • Learn the importance and the effectiveness of setting a viable learning environment for painting  
  • Learn effective color mixing along with use of materials and techniques 

 Image: Roger Chavez. 

Register by: March 1
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

The American Watercolor Tradition (In-Person)

$295

with Richard Estell

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3: 30 p.m. 
Instructor: Richard Estell 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Explore the painting techniques of the masters who pioneered the 19th and 20th century American watercolor movement, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth.  Characterized by bright color and bold handling that includes accents of opaque watercolor and loose washes, work in this tradition captures subject matter with dazzling light-filled effects. Practice these classic methods and learn to incorporate them into your own artwork to achieve a greater freedom of expression as well as adaptability and control in the way that you paint. Demonstrations and art historical discussions will be combined with short and more extensive still life and self-portrait exercises. This course is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels.  

Image:  Richard Estell, Heron, Watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

Register by: March 1 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Egg Tempera Workshop (In Person)

$205

with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella

Credit: Non-Credit Only

From ancient Egypt through the early Renaissance and into modern times, pigments mixed with egg yolk, hide glue, or casein were valued for their fast-drying layers and luminous color effects. Learn traditional preparations, transparent and translucent painting methods, and contemporary mixtures of tempera and oil while painting from still life set-ups or your own reference material.  Varnishing, framing, and storage issues will also be discussed and demonstrated. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee. 

Image: Anthony Ciambella, Reunion.

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Metal Sculpture (In-Person)

$320

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Steve Nocella
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

This six-week course 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. 

Image: Peter Lerner, Spotted Bass #1, 2023, Steel and bronze, 18 x 22 x 6 in. Courtesy of the student. 

Register by: March 8 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Portrait in Pencil Workshop (In-Person)

$195

with RA Friedman

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 23, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Instructor: RA Friedman 
Credit: Non-Credit Only 

Using inexpensive materials, this hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts and methods needed to create a strong sense of dimension and likeness in your portrait drawings. Explore the proportions and planes of the head, neck and shoulders. Learn how to create a structural foundation and how to easily manage anatomy by breaking down forms into simple geometric shapes. Instruction will address different strategies for creating a finished tonal portrait as well as tips and tricks that will help you draw like a pro!

Image: RA Friedman.

Register by: March 15 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 





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