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CE Summer Courses for Credit

Editorial Illustration (ONLINE) IL 600EE_ON
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Editorial Illustration (ONLINE) IL 600EE_ON

$350

with James Heimer

Calendar Current session started Jun 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Explore image making as a means of communication. This intermediate class is ideal for artists who wish to experiment with narrative and conceptual imagery as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication.  Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen. In addition to a studio component, students will engage in a number of professional practice discussions focused on the business side of the editorial market.  The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Weekly group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom. Access to a scanner and Adobe Photoshop or other raster graphics software is required for the completion of assignments.  

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

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Materials List: Heimer IL600EE_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021 

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: James Heimer, Striking the Right Balance Between Speed and Safety, client: Intercom

Color for Painters (ONLINE) IN 604CP_ON

$225

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Jul 5, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings.  Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback.  Weekly Zoom meetings with be held every Sunday, 1 - 2 p.m., beginning July 11.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will gain an understanding of the history and evolution of color in painting
  • Students will gain an understanding of theoretical and critical approaches to color
  • Students will gain an understanding of the practical applications of color mixing, gradations, temperature and palettes
  • Students will learn color application through studio projects using the major aesthetics of color
  • Students will learn to understand the use of color in a variety of masterworks

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Materials List: Gury IN 604CP_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Alla Prima Landscape Painting (ONLINE) PT 605AP_ON

$225

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Jul 5, 2021 at 4:30 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 critiques and weekly Zoom discussions every Sunday, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., beginning July 11. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome.

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

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Materials List: Gury PT 605AP_ON 2

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

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

Oil Painting All Levels (ONLINE) PT 601E_ON

$225

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Jul 6, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This comprehensive oil painting class presents a wealth of information for students at all levels. Weekly instruction in the form of online video demonstrations, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions is available in the student’s choice of beginner, intermediate, or advanced modules. Students can stay with a single level to progressively build their skills, or they can explore all the levels to pick-and-choose the lessons that best fit their interests or specific needs. The beginner’s module covers basics of alla prima and direct painting. Intermediate instruction focuses on color and the introduction of a wider range of painting methods. Advanced students learn to produce a tonal under-painting, glaze, scumble, and apply a velatura.

A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Tuesday, 1 - 2:30 p.m., beginning July 6.

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

Learning Objectives:

 Beginner Module

  • Introduce alla prima painting techniques.
  • Purpose and how to use a selection of basic materials.
  • Familiarity with the “feel” of oil paints and how to manipulate them.
  • Introduction of a limited palette of colors, their properties, and effect in mixtures.
  • Elements of chiaroscuro and its use in realistic painting.
  • Realistic painting of elemental geometric forms.

 Intermediate Module

  • Demonstrate several methods of starting a painting (wipe-out, grisaille, imprimatur, etc.).
  • Color theory with emphasis on complementary and analogous color schemes.
  • Introduce broader range of colors, including transparent pigments.
  • Physical color blending methods.
  • In-depth study of painting mediums and oils and their use.

 Advanced Module

  • The grisaille
  • Optical color mixing with glazes, velaturas, and scumbles
  • Overview of ingredients and recipes for transparent painting techniques
  • Color as a spatial symbol and symbol of illumination
  • Psychology of color
  • Compositional techniques (golden rectangle, composition grids, element relationships and unity)

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Materials List: Kaplan PT 601E_ON 2

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Assemblage Art (ONLINE) SC 700EA_ON

$225

with Colleen O’Donnell

Calendar Current session started Jul 7, 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

Registration Still Available

Materials List: O'Donnell SC 700EA_ON 2

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Assemblage by CE student Diane Bjornstad

Portrait Drawing (ONLINE) DR 609E_ON
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Portrait Drawing (ONLINE) DR 609E_ON

$225

with Morgan Dummitt

Learn to draw classical portraits using photographic references. This class will focus on expressing the structure of the head through the language of drawing. Topics covered will include measurement, proportion, tone, line quality, anatomy and gesture. Explore a variety of traditional materials, from chalks to charcoal, ink wash, and a variety of papers. All materials will be suitable for the home studio. Teaching will be conducted through video lectures, demonstrations, and assignments as well as regular critiques. All levels welcome!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of proportional measurement, value, tone, line, and gesture.
  • Develop a knowledge of the forms and structural anatomy of the head.
  • Learn to use photography as an aid to classical drawing techniques.
  • Master a variety of traditional drawing media.
  • Produce at least two finished drawings.

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Materials List: Dummit DR 600EP_ON 2

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Portrait Study, colored chalk on paper

Mastering Acrylics (ONLINE) PT 608EM_ON

$225

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Jul 10, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Master the fundamental materials and techniques of acrylic painting in just six 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. 

A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Saturday, 10 - 11:30 a.m., beginning July 10.

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

Registration Still Available

Materials List: Kaplan PT 608EM_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Pre-College: Mixed-Media Narrative Art, PR 710PC

$400

with Rosae Reeder

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 2, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Storytelling is an art form that has been passed down for centuries and in many cultures, the storyteller is highly regarded as being the keepers of history and culture. The stories told, helped people make sense of the world, taught children about their traditions, were entertaining and educational. Storytelling is a huge part of communication and it is something that we all do, even in regular conversation.

In this one-week intensive course, you will make an Artist Book using your personal narrative/ story, alternative printmaking techniques and book structure. By combining images and techniques such as packing tape transfers, watercolor monoprint, Geli plate printing, bookbinding and more, you will create an Artist book that fully expresses the intent of your narrative.

Discussion and presentation about storytelling and the history of books will be introduced along with one-on-one discussions about personal narrative and book structure. Artist books are the modern and creative vessels of storytelling. Learn to use the techniques described to tell your own stories like the storytellers of the past.

Please come to class prepared with supplies from the required materials list

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.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

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.





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