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

$425

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Jan 21, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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 at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Frederic Kaplan. 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION

Alla Prima Landscape Painting (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Jan 22, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 3 - 4 p.m.

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, masterworks, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by critiques and weekly Zoom discussions. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome. 

This course does not meet during Spring Break, March 6 – 12. 

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Al Gury. 

Full Course

Color for Painters (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Jan 22, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

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, and weekly Zoom meetings. 

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 

This course does not meet during Spring Break, March 6 – 12. 

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Al Gury. 

 

The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition (Online)

$375

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Keep your plein air skills warm during the colder months by joining Joe Sweeney, online inside his studio, to hone your landscape painting practice indoors!  Work from instructor-provided reference photographs of the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism.  Topics will include creating a strong composition, identifying what to leave in and what to leave out, color mixing, capturing the effects of light, painting techniques, and learning how to use photographs effectively to prepare for or supplement outdoor work. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Ideal for all levels, including beginning painters.   

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

Image:  Joseph Sweeney, Farm on New Road, Pastel. 

Register by: January 13

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

Color Workout: Exercises in Color Theory and Practice (In-Person)
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Color Workout: Exercises in Color Theory and Practice (In-Person)

$425

with Alicia Mino

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

How do we see and perceive color? How does color function in, and strengthen, composition? Learn about the principles of color and its terminology, including descriptions such as primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and concepts such as temperature, chroma and hue, in this creative and fun class. Instruction will utilize collage and mixed-media techniques to explore the physical and psychological properties of color, with a goal of enabling students to recognize, understand, and apply color to any type of artistic media. 

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 at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Alicia Mino 

Register by: January 13 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

Painting Over the Line (Online)

$375

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Jan 25, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m.

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 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 apply these concepts to your own work.    

Image: Kassem Amoudi 

Register by: January 13

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Portrait Sculpture (In-Person)
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Portrait Sculpture (In-Person)

$450

with Morgan Dummitt

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn to sculpt a life-size portrait in clay on an armature from direct observation.  Working from models, sculpt the head and neck structure with accuracy based on volume, proportion, and anatomy, developing the portrait from deep geometric structure to surface form. Capture likeness and expression through measuring practices and study of the facial features. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay modeling, and tool usage. This sensitive and immersive practice is excellent for both sculptors and drawing/painting portraitists seeking to inform their work through the exploration of three-dimensional form.  All levels welcome. Note: Course tuition includes a $25 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $600 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies.  

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Cooper Portrait. 

Register by: January 20

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

Editorial Illustration (Online)

$375

with James Heimer

Calendar Current session started Jan 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.

Explore image making as a means of communication. This is an intermediate class geared toward artists who wish to express narrative themes in their work 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.

This 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.

Image: James Heimer

Register by: January 20

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

Zoom Technical Requirements





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