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CE One-Week Intensives

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Power of Acrylics Intensive
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Power of Acrylics Intensive

$395

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next session starts May 23, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Exploit the flexibility and power of acrylic paints to produce engaging and vibrant pictures. Acrylics are ideal for the oil painter who wants to expand their repertoire or switch to less toxic materials, as well for students new to painting. A range of techniques will be demonstrated, including alla prima, blending, masking, glazing, and the velatura. Lessons will be individualized for each student, making this course appropriate for all experience levels. Drawing experience is recommended. 

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

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

IN 605JM Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo with John MacDonald (Summer Master Class)

$850

with John MacDonald

Calendar Next session starts Jun 6, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic references. However, it’s a misguided argument:  the source of the visual information we use to paint is irrelevant. The real issue lies not in painting from life or photos, but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop in PAFA's studio-classrooms, participants will work from photographic references of the landscape to learn to break down the information, analyze it, and use it to generate tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. Each day will include a lecture and demonstration followed by painting with one-on-one instruction.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must now submit not only proof of full vaccination upon registration (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request), but also the COVID-19 booster by January 17, 2022, or as soon as they become eligible for the booster shot.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster updates below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Proof of the full two-dose Pfizer/Moderna or single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination must be submitted even if the booster shot has not yet been received. Students awaiting booster eligibility must promptly resubmit proof of vaccination after receiving the booster. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements.

Update:  Per Philadelphia's move into the All Clear COVID Response Level, mask wearing on PAFA's campus is optional for all faculty, staff, and students effective Monday, March 7.  All members of the PAFA community are encouraged to choose whether to mask based on personal preference, informed by individual level of risk, and are asked to respect others' masking decisions.  Please note that public mask recommendations are subject to change based on COVID case levels.

Image: John MacDonald, Summer Fields, oil on linen, 20 x 36 in.

Register by:  May 6 (Note: Space is limited.)

A materials list and other course information will be supplied by the instructor in advance of the course.

CE Policy Guide Spring 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Full Course

The Landscape Sketch Intensive

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 13, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 10 am - 2 pm

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. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden. 

Image:  Landscape Sketch class in progress, Fall 2021.  Photo by Roger Chavez.

Register by:  June 3

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Master Class with Christine Lafuente: Alla Prima Oil Painting Marathon with Critique (Online)

$650

with Christine Lafuente

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 14, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Tuesday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm

Get your studio up and running with Christine Lafuente! Experiment with alla prima oil techniques and produce several paintings focusing on still life subjects in this inspiring three-day painting marathon. Each morning will feature an hour-long demonstration focusing on studio set-up, color mixing, oil mediums, and brushwork. The rest of the day will consist of a virtual open studio of individual critique and problem-solving in which all can listen along while painting. Each session will wrap-up with a helpful discussion about specific painting issues. Be prepared to share your work via the online Padlet platform and have the class “visit” your painting space via Zoom on your smartphone or tablet in this interactive and engaging painting intensive.

Image: Christine Lafuente, Cherries, Roses, and Pears, Contra Jour, oil on linen, 12 x 24 in.

Register by:  May 31

Letter from the Instructor

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Botanical Drawing & Painting Intensive

$405

with Linda Gist

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee for floral subjects, provided.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $535, including materials fee.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Drawing Fundamentals Intensive

$395

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form





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