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CE Courses for Credit

The PAFA Atelier (ONLINE) DR 607PA_ON

$450

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Jan 20, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Designed for dedicated students seeking to advance their representational drawing and painting, the PAFA Atelier is now online!  Each week, Peter Van Dyck, noted painter and founder of the PAFA Atelier, will present a live Zoom lecture/demonstration, and provide individual critiques during class and through the week. This combination instructed-class and open-studio allows students to advance their work on their own personal projects, including figure/portrait subjects, still lifes, landscapes, and interior spaces. Note:  This an intermediate-level format for students with prior drawing/painting experience.

 Peter Van Dyck, an Assistant Professor in the PAFA BFA program, is dedicated to perceptual painting and the academic tradition.  He studied painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where he also taught.  In 2012 he was named one of “25 Important Artists of Tomorrow” by American Artist Magazine. In 2013 his work was included in the book Painted Landscapes, Contemporary Views by Lauren P. della Monica. His work has also been reproduced in periodicals including American Artist Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, and Art and Antiques.  He has had solo shows at John Pence Gallery, San Francisco; Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York; and The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, Maine.

Note: This course may be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

Registration Still Available

Materials List : Van Dyck DR 607PA_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

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Full Course

Assemblage Art (ONLINE) SC 700EA_ON

$350

with Colleen O’Donnell

Calendar Current session started Jan 21, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

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

Registration Still Available

Materials List: O'Donnell SC 700EA_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

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Portrait & Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON

$450

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Current session started Jan 21, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live portrait and figurative painting course!  Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same:   composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form, and space.  Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques.  Students will work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor.  Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness – but a variety of figure-based themes, additional subjects, and conceptual interests may be pursued.  Additional resources will be available through the Canvas, including art historical examples, technical advice addressing the use of black and white grounds, using a grid with transparent overlays for working with photo references, and more. 

Course Schedule

Project 1:  Indirect Painting

  • Photographs provided by the instructor.
  • Creating linear underdrawing.
  • Applying a base layer of paint with monochrome washes.
  • Applying finish color using glazes, opaque, and semi-opaque (velatura) layers.

 Project 2: Tonal Painting

  • Students choose their own subject
  • Developing a painting using a wipe-out technique from an imprimatura base

 Project 3: Direct Painting

  • Students choose their own subject
  • Application of direct color over minimal underdrawing to achieve an immediate, expressive painting (alla prima).

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

Registration Still Available

Materials List : Danziger PT 600E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Image:

Fred Danziger, L, 2013, oil on panel, 20 x 18 in.

Full Course

Life Drawing (ONLINE) DR 605E_ON

$450

with John Horn

Calendar Current session started Jan 22, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 12 weeks

Learn how to compose a figure drawing using Old Master Drawings and other photo references with esteemed PAFA professor, John Horn.  With demonstrations and critiques in real time via Zoom, learn the figure's geometric structure and anatomy, developing a vocabulary of form to make a convincing figure drawing. Simple figure compositions will also be discussed.

Registration Still Available

Materials List: Horn DR 605_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

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Image:

John Horn, Figure Study, charcoal on paper

Pre-College: Figure Painting: PT 710 EF

$400

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 23, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Figure painting will be explored using a variety of learning methods:

Using direct observation, students will learn from their own body parts, including hands, feet, forearms, and self-portraits to develop a greater understanding of painting the human figure.

Engaging in the long tradition of learning from masters, students will recreate masterworks with nude figures to build knowledge of color use, anatomy, and composition.

Finally, to develop a greater knowledge of the figure, students will learn about the anatomy of the head, torso, and limbs. 

Discussions, lectures, and work feedback will be made using Zoom and Canvas platforms. Zoom sessions will be structured to be about 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 at the end of class with students having ample time to work on their own painting in between.  

Learning objectives:

  • Students will paint from direct observation using their own body parts.
  • Students will become familiar with historical and contemporary approaches to painting, as well as painting materials and their applications.
  • Student will paint and make copies from historical and contemporary masterworks to develop a deep knowledge on color use, composition, and the master paintings.
  • Students will gain an understanding of:
    • Anatomy of the torso, limbs, and structure of the head
    • Painting materials and techniques and their safety measures
    • Color mixing of prismatic hues and earth tone colors using a limited palette.

Material list of necessary supplies HERE.

Roger Chavez earned his BFA from Penn and MFA from American University. He regularly exhibits in the Philadelphia region and has shown work in New York and Washington, D.C, including the Berman Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, Gross McCleaf Gallery, J. Cacciola gallery, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Kroiz Gallery and Fox Gallery.

Students may apply for full and partial scholarships here BEFORE registering: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/58850

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Animation: Creating Movie Magic: AN 600PC

$400

with Lindsay Kovnat

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 23, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Explore the principles of animation through stop motion, pixelation (animating people), and drawings. These principles will be incorporated into a flipbook and then a final collaborative animation. Each student will create an animation in their own home that will be woven together with their peers to create an extended magical movie universe.

Through brainstorming, students will create unique story ideas, storyboard their vision, then animate their movies using a variety of materials. The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations and viewing of animations to get inspired. On Saturday, group discussions and critiques will be conducted via Zoom.

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will use the principles of animation to bring their art to life 
  • Students will practice the principles of design by creating a flipbook
  • Students will incorporate their own ideas into a storyboard
  • Students will transfer the storyboard into an animation by using a variety of materials and found objects 
  • Students will learn how to create a set or area to film in and illuminate it for filming.

Required materials list here.

Lindsay Kovnat is multimedia artist and animator with a BFA from University of the Arts. She has curated art shows, run an art studio space, is a certified art teacher and currently a UX designer for an education publishing company designing digital applications.  

Students may apply for full and partial scholarships here BEFORE registering: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/58850

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Alla Prima Landscape Painting (ONLINE) PT605AP_ON (Section 2)

$350

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 24, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Al Gury, Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of direct landscape painting.

Working from photographs, master works, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your in confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by weekly Zoom discussions and critiques. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome.

Note: A live Zoom Session will be held every Sunday, 1 - 2 p.m.

Registration Still Available

Materials List: Gury PT 605AP_ON Section 2

Policy Guide Spring 2021

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Portrait Painting & Drawing (ONLINE) PT 602E_ON

$350

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 24, 2021 at 4 pm, runs for 10 weeks

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and 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 every Sunday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives

This dynamic online course will address all aspects of portrait painting and drawing, including:

• 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 inlcuding pastel

• Students will learn to paint portraits from both life and from photo reference

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Registration Still Available

Image:

Al Gury, Portrait Painting and Study, oil on canvas/charcoal on paper

Materials List : Gury PT 602E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

 





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