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Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)

$425

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 17, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Using oil or acrylic paints, exploit a wide range of techniques and artistic languages to transform everyday reality into expressive, symbolic, or personal statements. Base your paintings on unique studio still-life arrangements or use your own photographs as a starting point. Topics discussed and demonstrated include using color as an emotive element, designing compositions to convey mood and movement, and employing energetic mark-making. For less experienced students, materials, color mixing, and basic techniques are also reviewed. 

Course Objectives 

The student will learn… 

  • How to select and use basic materials, including the characteristics of various commonly used colors, solvents, and mediums 
  • To execute a variety of direct and indirect painting methods. 
  • Approaches to interpreting and modifying observed reality to achieve emotive, symbolic, and compositional goals 
  • Descriptive, emotive, and symbolic use of color, shape, and mark 
  • Basic color theory and color mixing 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Portrait Painting and Drawing (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 18, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from 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.  All levels welcome.  

Learning Objectives  

  • 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 including pastel  
  • Students will learn to paint portraits from both life and from photo reference 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Image: Al Gury.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Figure Drawing into Painting (Online)

$375

with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Join PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition through this progression from drawn studies to color oil renderings of the human form.  Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment, progressing from drawing studies to 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. Appropriate for all levels, with options to draw-only based on experience. 

Learning Objectives:   

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

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Image: Christian Schussele, [Figure study: female nude reclining, back view], n.d., Charcoal on green-gray wove paper, 13 13/16 x 21 in. irr. (35.09645 x 53.34 cm.).  Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1876.9.572, John S. Phillips Collection.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Drawing from the Antique (In-Person)

$425

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 27, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

PAFA’s breathtaking Cast Hall is a unique resource for artists, containing life-size copies of Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture, including the Winged Victory, the Venus de Milo, and the staggering life-size copy of Michelangelo’s David, among other notable works. Cast Drawing, or Drawing from the Antique, was one of the first courses established in the founding of the Academy and has remained a core part of PAFA’s fine arts curriculum for over 200 years. Become a part of this long and rich artistic tradition as you learn to draw accurately from observation, explore line and form, and gain an appreciation for some of history’s most beautiful sculptural artworks. This course is an excellent introduction to drawing techniques and materials and is appropriate to all levels.  Read a History of PAFA’s Cast Hall by Faculty Member Al Gury here. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn to articulate 3-dimensional form with active gestural line. 
  • Students will translate form into cross-contour models. 
  • Students will develop skill in drawing form with light. 
  • Students will manipulate composition to alter visual impact. 
  • Students will acquire knowledge of diverse artists and their ways of working. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Photo credit: Daniel Garber, Reclining Male Figure [Cast drawing: Michelangelo's "Day"], 1904, Charcoal on buff laid paper, 18 5/8 x 24 3/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the artist, 1945.14.5

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Color and Design in Gouache (Online)

$375

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 27, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 3 - 5 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media.  Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes.  Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work.  Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tessellations, and making copies of masterworks.  

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option during checkout.

Image: Kate Samworth, Celestial Map, mixed media.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

The Portrait Medallion: Introduction to Relief Sculpture (In-Person)

$425

with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 28, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Relief is an excellent bridge to sculpture for painters and a refreshing variation for sculptors working in-the-round.   Learn all aspects of modeling the portrait in relief, including drawing, modeling high relief and bas-relief. Work from Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall to gain greater insight into sculptural masterpieces from the past. All levels are welcome. For more information about PAFA’s Cast Collection, check out https://www.pafa.org/news/history-pafas-cast-hall-faculty-member-al-gury  

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Wordsworth Relief, 2017, Tinted GFRC, 25 x 35 in.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

In-Depth Watercolor (In-Person)

$625

with James Toogood

Calendar Next session starts Sep 30, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will learn about color theory as applied to watercolor. 
  • Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper. 
  • Through both discussions and demonstrations, first time participants and beginners will learn a variety of techniques that are fundamental to watercolor, presented in a systematic step by step method. Participants can expect to have regular individual instruction, given at their current skill level. 
  • Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light. 
  • Participants will work from direct observations from the still life and model, as well as from one’s own source materials. 
  • Those not taking the class for credit will have the option to work on landscape, still life, portrait and figure or abstraction, as they wish. 
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of watercolor styles, and encouraged to discover one’s own personal aesthetic. 
  • The course is ultimately designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $795. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: James Toogood, 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

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