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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 

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 

Lost and Found: Painting from the Everyday Workshop (Online)

$150

with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 6, 2024 at 12 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 4 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

This workshop will focus on painting the everyday things around you, emphasizing the role of the painter as observer or chronicler. Do you ever see strange or out of place items on the street? Do you have a favorite corner of your house? Or maybe there’s that single sock in your drawer... Visually rescue objects and scenes lost and overlooked in day-to-day life and see them anew as art subjects that can be unexpectedly beautiful, interesting, quirky, or emblematic of a particular time, place, or aspect of your life. Prompts and painting subject matter will include depicting household clutter, objects in disrepair or that have lost their mates, and thrifted and scavenged items. Discussion and demonstration will cover tactics for setting up your composition, mixing color, and exploring paint application techniques for oil and acrylic. All levels welcome – great for spurring your creativity in your home painting practice. 

Image: Susan Sullivan, Lonely Days

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

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

City Landscape Drawing and Painting (Outdoor)

$295

with Larry Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Larry Francis 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the small-town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts.  Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky.  Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome.  Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image: Larry Francis, Entrance to the City, Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 in. 

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

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

The Landscape Oil Sketch (Outdoor)

$375

with Roger Chavez

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

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Instructor: Roger Chavez 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Locations with shade and restrooms include Bartram’s Garden along the Schuylkill River and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, near Philadelphia International Airport.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations. 

Image: Roger Chavez.

Register by: April 1 

Materials List 

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

Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge (Outdoor)

$450

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
 
Credit: Non-Credit or 1.0 Undergraduate Credit
(see description)

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, the encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture! Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn essential plein air approaches, including 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. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation. 

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 an 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 $595.  Select credit option with price adjustment when registering. 

Image: Joseph Sweeney, Valley Forge Park

Register by: April 5

Materials List 

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





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