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Open Academy: Animal Drawing (DR 205)
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Open Academy: Animal Drawing (DR 205)

$1,150

with John Horn

Calendar Current session started Sep 2, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 15 weeks

Fridays, 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.

PAFA’s Open Academy provides the opportunity for Continuing Education (CE) and non-matriculated students to enroll in select BFA courses for credit or non-credit.  Open Academy students enrolled in PAFA’s renowned studio arts courses learn technical skills, creative expression, and critical thinking from master artist-teachers while working amongst dedicated full-time students in PAFA's classrooms.

Studying from birds, mammals and reptiles, domestic and wild; this course will focus on understanding the science and art of animals with reference to their structure, function, evolution and classifications.  This will act as a foundation in order to understand the movements, forms and anatomy of a particular species.  Perspective, space and composition in landscape and interiors will also be emphasized in relationship to the animals.  Working from life, students will develop a good sense of concentration to see the repetition in movement and form as the basis for drawing.

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $1,400. 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 exceptions for medical or religious reasons must be submitted with appropriate documentation and 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 Open Academy Policy Information for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: August 22

Registration is now closed. To inquire about late registration availability (prior to start date), please email continuinged@pafa.edu.

Materials List 

Open Academy Policy Guide 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

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

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.

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

Portrait Painting and Drawing (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Sep 18, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m. 

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. Includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments that target each important issue of painting a portrait, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings.  All levels welcome.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Students will learn the traditions and history of portraiture  
  • Students will learn portrait structure and anatomy  
  • Students will learn how to achieve a good likeness  
  • Students will learn alla prima (direct) painting techniques  
  • Students will learn to use the materials and color palettes for effective portrait painting  
  • Students will learn to use the materials for effective portrait drawing including pastel  
  • Students will learn to paint portraits from both life and from photo reference 

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

Image: Al Gury.

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

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Full Course

Classical Design for Contemporary Artists (Online)

$250

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Current session started Sep 20, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Design is the application of the formal elements of aesthetics to an artwork to enhance its strengths. Explore composition, space, value, light, color, line, texture and pattern so that you can employ these powerful elements in your own work. Demonstrations and discussions of artists past and present will exemplify each principle.  Learn to apply these concepts through experimentation and targeted projects. 

Course Topics: 

Composition – This class will discuss the arrangement of forms, rhythms, colors, values, and lines in a work to create an interesting image. Principles like the Golden Ratio and other concepts will be made simple. Students will be able to identify these elements in the work of classical and contemporary artists. The works of Hopper, Bartlett, Vermeer, Millet, Poussin, and others will be discussed. 

Space – This class will investigate the creating of a sense of depth in a work using size, position of forms, value, saturation, edge and perspective. 

Perspective - atmospheric perspective, linear perspective, intuitive perspective will be discussed and demonstrated. The class will look at the work of Alberti, Masaccio, Durer, Leonardo DaVinci, Giacometti and others. 

Value and Light – This class will examine the creating of a range of dark and light in a work.  High key and low-key value will be discussed and demonstrated. We will study how to manipulate the value to create a sense of illumination and drama. The class will look at work of Prud’hon, Lorrain, Rigaud, Hassam, Degas, Seurat, Rembrandt, Hopper, Caravaggio, Vermeer, and Whistler. 

Color – This class will examine how color works and principles of color in art to create mood, space and harmony. Artists studied: Van Gogh, Matisse, Piper, Diebenkorn, Rothko and others. 

Line – This class will explore the use of line in creating planes, volume, mass, and space. Line weight, gesture, accent and passage will also be discussed. The class will look at the work of Van Gogh, Klee, Rembrandt, Kline and others. 

Texture and Pattern – this class will look at creating a rich visually interesting surface that provides contrast, variety, and decoration. Artists studied: Escher, Close, Mondrian, Pollock, Klimt, Essaydi and Fish. 

Learning Objectives

  • Students will recognize and apply the seven basic elements of classical design. 
  • Students will become familiar with several important art historical figures, and their influence on design. 
  • Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to gain an understanding of how mark making influences design. 
  • Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique. 
  • Students will gain confidence in their ability to create interesting design within their own artwork. 

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

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Charles Muldowney, The Diagonal in the Golden Section. 

The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition (New Hope, PA - Outdoor)

$425

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Sep 20, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope/Lambertville countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm! Veteran plein air artist Joe Sweeney will guide newcomers and artists of all levels through both the artistic concerns and practical matters of open air painting. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting.

Learning Objectives: 

Students will -- 

  • Learn the basics of working outdoors. 
  • Learn how to set up, use and care for a field easel. 
  • Learn how to transport wet paintings to and from home without damaging one’s car. 
  • Identify the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, and masonite. 
  • Learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting. 
  • Gain skills in drawing and proportion in the composition of a landscape. 
  • Become expert in finding locations suitable for painting, including how to orient oneself to the sun and how to find shelter from wind and rain. 
  • Learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky. 
  • Make quick field sketches and bring them to full completion, to develop a sense of place. 
  • Learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere, and temperature.

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

Image: Joseph Sweeney, Farm on New Road, pastel (cropped).

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

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022





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