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Continuing Education at PAFA



CE Summer Courses for Credit

Alla Prima Landscape Painting (ONLINE) PT 605AP_ON

$225

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts May 23, 2021 at 4 pm, runs for 6 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: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Gury PT 605AP_ON Summer

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

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Image: Al Gury, Mountain Woods, oil on panel, 8 x 10 in.

Portrait Painting & Drawing (ONLINE) PT 602E_ON

$225

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts May 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 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, 5:30 - 6:30 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

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Gury PT 602E_ON Summer

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

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

Introduction to Oil Painting (ONLINE) PT 616EO_ON

$225

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? Join Shushana Rucker to learn introductory to intermediate level techniques in the comfort of your own home. This course will help the beginner oil painter gain confidence in a variety of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect painting, color mixing, and painting with a brush and palette knife. Topics will also include stretching your own canvas, cradling panels, and using mediums, solvents and additives. Course content will include in-depth video tutorials, and printable tutorials. The instructor will be available on a daily basis to answer questions via e-mail. A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Monday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives

• Students will recognize and apply a range of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect methods.

• Students will identify and make use of basic design and color principles.

• Students will analyze and describe historical and contemporary oil painting techniques and styles.

• Students will become proficient in the use of hand and power tools used to prepare supports.

• Students will experiment with painting tools and gain an understanding of mark making with oil paint.

• Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique.

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

Registration by:  May 14

Materials List : Rucker PT 616EO_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements 

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Image: Shushana Rucker, Open Space, oil on panel, 12" x 16"

Classical Drawing: Lessons from the Masters (ONLINE) DR 600CM_ON

$225

with Morgan Dummitt

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

Copying master drawings is a traditional exercise stretching back to the Renaissance.  Learn to analyze great drawings for lessons in proportion, gesture, anatomy, and form. Explore a variety of traditional materials, from chalks to charcoal, ink wash, toned paper, and more. By closely copying the masters, gain a greater appreciation, understanding, and connection with inspirational artists who came before us. All materials will be suitable for the home studio. Instruction will be conducted through video lectures, demonstrations, assignments and individiual Zoom critiques.  All levels welcome! 

 Learning Goals

  • Learn the basics of proportional measurement.
  • Understand the techniques of master drawings - line, planes, and tones - to produce the illusion of volume.
  • Master the use of materials used traditional drawing materials.
  • Produce several finished copies of admired works of art.

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

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Dummitt DR 600CM_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:

Thomas P. Anshutz (1851-1912), Cast Drawing: Wrestlers (detail), charcoal on cream laid paper, 18 13/16 x 24 1/8 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1971.8.102, gift of Mrs. Edward R. Anshutz

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

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

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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 

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Image: RA Friedman, digital photograph

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

Printmaking at Home (ONLINE) PR 615PP_ON

$225

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Who needs a press to create prints?  Make your mark in multiples with a wide range of processes that easily can be accomplished from a home studio or kitchen table!  Learn how to make carved relief prints, painterly monotypes, stencil prints on fabric, versatile stamp prints, and environmentally-friendly solar etchings.  Instruction includes basic storage and framing methods for your artwork.  See examples and be guided through each process through posted video demonstrations and guides, live Zoom sessions, and assignments with instructor feedback.  Open both to experienced printmakers looking to translate their practice to a home workspace and to beginners wanting to build a foundation or simply try something new!  

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with basic printmaking processes and their history
  • Produce a variety of images using different printmaking techniques
  • Learn the tools and techniques needed for printmaking without a shop.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Rucker PR 615PP_ON Session 1

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements





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