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Continuing Education at PAFA



CE Summer 2021 Session 1: May 24 - July 5

Mastering Acrylics (ONLINE) PT 608EM_ON

$225

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Master the fundamental materials and techniques of acrylic painting in just five weeks! Through a combination of online videos, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions, learn to paint in the alla prima style, apply paint both opaquely and transparently, blend color and value, and employ various layering techniques. Color mixing and theory are also addressed, and a rich resource of information about the wide array of acrylic painting materials is provided. This course is appropriate for students at all levels, including beginners, but drawing experience is recommended.

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

Register by: May 14

Materials List: Kaplan PT 608EM_ON - Copy

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Introduction To Digital Photography (ONLINE) IN 660PH_ON

$350

with RA Friedman

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Achieve the technical knowledge and creative camera skills needed to make powerful, professional-quality photographs using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, from initial capture to final print.  Learn the functions, modes, and menus of your camera; how they affect picture-taking; and how to select the appropriate settings for a given environment.  Instruction will address shooting in RAW format, employing expressive natural and artificial light, creating setups for portraiture, photo-editing, and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.  Develop a unified body of work ready for exhibition, publication, or a portfolio.  Demonstrations, discussions, reviews and short weekly projects are designed to get you up, out and behind the camera!  Prior photography experience is helpful, but not necessary.  A fully adjustable (pro, “prosumer”) DSLR or mirrorless camera, as well as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop or Gimp software, required.  A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Monday, 7 – 8 p.m. 

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

Register by: May 14

Materials List : Friedman IN 660PH_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements 

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Image: RA Friedman, digital photograph

Portrait Drawing to Painting (ONLINE) DR 602EP_ON

$225

with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Build a portrait painting from the ground up, from creating a convincing drawing to developing a structured painting, using time-honored methods combined with contemporary resources.  Draw the portrait from reference images to gain a comprehensive understanding of the head structure, anatomical landmarks, and facial features.  Work off a successful foundational drawing to employ value, color, and various application techniques to create a portrait in oil paint.  Instruction will address drawing and painting materials, color mixing, methods of copying to strengthen observational abilities, and insights to be gained from portrait masterworks throughout history.  Extended projects will allow thorough study of both drawing and oil painting processes. All levels welcome. Learning Objectives:  Study the depiction of the human form through historical examples; Develop the ability to compose a picture plane; Hone skill in rendering the form using value, color, shape; Strengthen observational abilities through developing the skill of copying; Gain understanding about drawing and painting materials and methods.

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Rupinski DR 602EP_ON (1)

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Jill A. Rupinski, Dave, pastel on paper

Assemblage Art (ONLINE) SC 700EA_ON

$225

with Colleen O’Donnell

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 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

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

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: O'Donnell SC 700EA_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Assemblage by CE student Diane Bjornstad

Painting Over the Line 1 (ONLINE) PT 703EL_ON

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class.  Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs.  Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.  Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to appy these concepts to your own work. 

Register by:  May 14

Materials List : Amoudi PT703EL_ON Session 1

Zoom Technical Requirements 

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Perspective Drawing (ONLINE) DR 706ES_ON

$125

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Linear perspective is a powerful tool to aid the artist in representing three-dimensional reality on a two-dimensional surface. Study the basic principles of perspective to draw buildings, objects, figures, and interior spaces convincingly from reality or imagination. Presentations and skills-focused exercises will guide students through the basics of one-, two-, and three-point perspective, including measuring and drawing ellipses, arches, and interior features. Learn the history and use of perspective through the centuries.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn to use the techniques for creating a perspective drawing.
  • Students will better understand and appreciate the use of perspective in the art of the masters.
  • Students will learn the history of the discovery and development of perspective.
  • Students gain the confidence to expand their own artistic expression.

 Register by: May 14

Materials List: Muldowney DR 706ES_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

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Image: 

Rafael Sanzio, The School of Athens (detail), 1509, Fresco, 16’5” x 25’3” Stanza della Segnatura, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican Web Gallery of Art

Figure Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON

$225

with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Grow your painting skills and become familiar with a variety of materials and techniques through the study of the human figure. Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment while developing a series of monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Topics and projects include gesture studies, painting from photographs, and portrait painting from a mirror. Students will learn through a combination of live Zoom sessions and posted instructional content. Some prior painting and drawing experience is recommended.  

Learning Objectives:  

  • Strong design and composition
  • Accurate anatomy and proportions
  • Believable depictions of light and space
  • Dynamic use of colors, marks, and textures

Materials ListWilson PT 600E_ON

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 Image:  David Wilson, Figure Study, oil on canvas

Watercolor Fundamentals (ONLINE) PT 604IW_ON

$225

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor in this live Zoom class with renowned artist, educator and author Roberto Osti. In-depth demonstration and lecture will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques as they learn to paint still life objects, landscape and the portrait.  Students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.    

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Osti PT 604IW_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: 

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) North Road, Bermuda, 1900, Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper 13 15/16 x 21 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1978.19, Partial Gift and Bequest of Bernice McIlhenny Wintersteen





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