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CE Summer 2021 Session 1: May 24 - July 5
Plein Air Painting at Andalusia PT 605AA
with Joseph Sweeney
Learn the essentials of landscape painting this fall with master plein air painter, Joseph Sweeney, on the grounds of Andalusia, Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum. Located on a wooded promontory overlooking the Delaware River, Andalusia has been a stately presence on this stretch of water, just north of Philadelphia, for more than two hundred years. The ancestral home of the Biddle family, Andalusia is also a natural paradise of native woodlands and spectacular gardens that have evolved over time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity, made by special arrangement! Learn more about Andalusia.
- 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 your car
- Learn about the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, masonite all have different working properties
- Learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting
- Drawing and proportion in composition of a landscape will be explained and demonstrated
- Students will become expert in finding locations suitable for painting. Finding flat surface to stand on is a simple but important part of learning to paint outdoors
- Learn how to orient themselves to the sun and how to find shelter form wind and rain
- Students will learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky; Students will learn to make quick field sketches and how to bring them to full completion, and develop a sense of place
- Students will learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere and temperature
- Students will learn to properly present, photograph and frame a plein air work.
Register by: May 28
Materials List: Sweeney PT 605AA
Color Matters Workshop (ONLINE) PT 705EC_ON
with Kassem Amoudi
Explore the power of color in your work in this live Zoom class with noted painter and teacher Kassem Amoudi. Investigate how to create mood and atmosphere, movement, drama, contrasts, beautiful harmonies and delicate subtleties. Experiment with color saturation and changes in intensity, color temperature (warm and cool), complements and contrasts, muted tones, color values, and applications of thick and thin paint. Slide presentations about how the masters use color, independent work time and one-on-one attention will aid students in their personal investigation of color. This workshop will benefit both the beginner and advanced artist.
Register by: May 28
Materials List: Amoudi PT 705EC_ON
Image: Kassem Amoudi with the late Frannie Maguire.
Plein Air in the Park (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP
with Keith Leitner
Capture the colors of spring 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. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced. 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.
Register by: May 19
Materials List: Leitner DR 605WP
Thomas P. Anshutz (1851-1912) Landscape with Trees, n.d., Watercolor on paper, 6 5/8 x 10 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1971.8.58, Gift of Mrs. Edward R. Anshutz
Underpainting & Layering in Oils (ONLINE) IN 601EU_ON
with Anthony Ciambella
Discover how great oil paintings are made in this fascinating examination of artists’ materials from the pre-Renaissance to the present day. Explore and complete traditional underpainting techniques, clear and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting in this combination of Zoom, demo, and hands-on class. Learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, and the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Weekly PowerPoints on a variety of subjects related to painting will be given. Some experience and oil painting materials required. This course will take place live via Zoom (See materials list for more information).
- Dispel any misinformed, bad advice you might have collected over the years.
- Familiarize you with the best of traditional and newer materials, and how to use them to achieve your artistic vision.
- Investigate the compatibility and consequences of the materials you are using.
- Learn terms related to art and making art.
- Distinguish the materials used in cave, tomb, fresco, tempera, encaustic, oil, acrylic, and resin painting.
- Identify what toxic materials are used by artists, how they are exposed. Learn the risk factors, effects on our bodies, and safety measures.
- Learn the difference, advantages and disadvantages of stretcher bars and strainers, linen & cotton, natural wood and engineered wood products, metals, parchment, paper, Mylar, hide glue, PVA, polymer emulsions, gesso, oil and acrylic grounds, tempera, oil paint and brushes, mediums, varnishes, framing skills and storage strategies.
Register by: May 14
Materials List : Ciambella PT 601E_ON - Copy
Alla Prima Painting (ONLINE) PT605AP_ON
with Al Gury
Strengthen your oil or acrylic painting skills through this comprehensive exploration of direct, or alla prima, techniques with the chair of PAFA’s painting department and noted author of Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting, Al Gury. Instruction will cover the history, color palettes, primary approaches, methods and materials, and aesthetics and styles of direct painting. Each week’s study will be devoted to one area of focus: figure and portrait, landscape, interiors, and expressive approaches. Interactive asynchronous course content, including step-by-step painting demonstrations and critiqued assignments, will be supplemented by daily Zoom meetings with the instructor for group discussion, exploration of painting styles, and problem solving. Open to all levels.
- To understand the painting traditions and materials of alla prima painting.
- To understand color, brushwork and development of an alla prima painting.
- To understand diverse traditions and image making.
- To understand the use of a variety of resources as reference for painting.
- To understand the planning, starting, developing and finishing of a compositional alla prima painting.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to develop a strong alla prima painting.
- Students will be able to develop a visual point of view.
- Students will be able to analyze and understand historical perspectives in alla prima painting and a variety of subjects and composition choices as they may influence a painting process and the development of a personal point of view.
- Students will have better visual language and critical thinking skills.
NOTE: This course is available for 3.0 undergraduate credits for $1,800
Register by: May 14
Materials List : Gury PT 605AP_ON
Images: Al Gury, Mountain Woods, oil on panel, 8 x 10 in.
Storyboarding (ONLINE) IL 600EB_ON
with Deon Robinson
Prepare to bring your film or animation ideas to life through the practice of professional storyboarding. Plan composition, movement, time passage, and dialogue in sequential drawings to shape your story, shot-by-shot. Learn how to visually communicate ideas through perspective, value, and color and to create clear narratives through impactful staging and composition. Collaborative and individual projects will guide you through translating the written word from open-source scripts and screenplays to generate breakdowns and shot lists, as well as through applying primary storyboarding elements of camera angle, framing height, and movement to convey screen logic. Discussions will address storyboard applications in a variety of art and design fields. This class is professional practices-driven but is open to serious students of all levels and does not require fine arts drawing experience. Imagery may be generated through digital or traditional media, but a printer is required.
The following course outcomes indicate competencies and measurable skills that students develop as a result of completing this course:
- Students will use the creative process, as well as the terminology of design and cinematography, to analyze and create effective storyboards.
- Students will use perspective to establish point-of-view in order to develop proper staging in the framing of their compositions.
- Students will use dramatic lighting and composition to illustrate mood in their narratives.
- Students will diagram and employ the use of camera angles, framing height and movement in their storyboards to convey screen logic.
- Students will use breakdowns and shot lists to sufficiently analyze and interpret the written word as visual storyboards.
- Students will communicate ideas and research through professionally-presented storyboards.
NOTE: This course is avaialbe for 3.0 undergraduate credits for $1,800.
Register by: May 14
Materials List: Robinson IL 600EB_ON
Image: Student storyboard courtesy of Deon Robinson
Mixed Media, Collage, Assemblages & Accumulations (ONLINE)
with Anthony Ciambella
From newspapers to toys and old clothes, artists use almost any materials for their works. This course will guide you through the endless variety of tools, adhesives and supports available, and how to select which will work best for you. This live Zoom class includes weekly presentations on a variety of subjects related to two- and three-dimensional mixed media, along with exhibition and storage strategies.
- Discover materials used in mixed media.
- Familiarize you with traditional and contemporary materials.
- Investigate manual and power tools as well as the compatibility of materials and adhesives.
- Delineate your ideas with the least possible interference from the materials.
- Learn to construct simple and complex objects.
- Know terms related to mixed media art. Identify what toxic materials are used by artists, how they are exposed.
- Learn the risk factors, effects on our bodies, and safety measures.
Register by: May 14
Materials list: Ciambella IN 610CM_ON
Group Critique with James Toogood (ONLINE) IN 747NJ
with James Toogood
Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both relieving artistic uncertainty and ﬁnding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join noted artist and PAFA faculty James Toogood for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force.
NOTE: Each critique session will begin at 9 a.m. Each student will receive a 30-minute critique minimum.
Session 1 register by: June 4
Session 2 register by: June 11
Session 3 regsiter by: June 18
Image: James Toogood with students