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Continuing Education at PAFA



CE Three- to Six-Week Short Courses

in CE Course Format/Length

Acrylic in the City (Outdoor)

$325

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 2 pm

Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Explore acrylic’s vibrant color and versatile application and layering methods as you portray the beauty of Philadelphia’s parks in your own personal style. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete a series of rapid sketches and at least one sustained painting. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home to admire when you are done with each day’s painting!Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Clark Park in West Philly, Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Note Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.

Register by: May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Classical Design for Contemporary Artists (Online)

$225

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

Design is the application of the formal elements of aesthetics to an artwork to enhance its strengths. This class will explain these formal elements of design: composition, space, value, light, color, line, texture and pattern. Course content will include art historical discussions using artists past and present to exemplify these design principles. The classes will also include demonstrations of the applications of each principle, and time to experiment and apply what you learned to your own work

Course Topics:

Composition – This class will discuss the arrangement of forms, rhythms, colors, values, and lines in a work to create an interesting image. Principles like the Golden Ratio and other concepts will be made simple. Students will be able to identify these elements in the work of classical and contemporary artists. The works of Hopper, Bartlett, Vermeer, Millet, Poussin, and others will be discussed.

Space – This class will investigate the creating of a sense of depth in a work using size, position of forms, value, saturation, edge and perspective.

Perspective - atmospheric perspective, linear perspective, intuitive perspective will be discussed and demonstrated. The class will look at the work of Alberti, Masaccio, Durer, Leonardo DaVinci, Giacometti and others.

Value and Light – This class will examine the creating of a range of dark and light in a work.  High key and low-key value will be discussed and demonstrated. We will study how to manipulate the value to create a sense of illumination and drama. The class will look at work of Prud’hon, Lorrain, Rigaud, Hassam, Degas, Seurat, Rembrandt, Hopper, Caravaggio, Vermeer, and Whistler.

Color – This class will examine how color works and principles of color in art to create mood, space and harmony. Artists studied: Van Gogh, Matisse, Piper, Diebenkorn, Rothko and others.

Line – This class will explore the use of line in creating planes, volume, mass, and space. Line weight, gesture, accent and passage will also be discussed. The class will look at the work of Van Gogh, Klee, Rembrandt, Kline and others.

Texture and Pattern – this class will look at creating a rich visually interesting surface that provides contrast, variety, and decoration. Artists studied: Escher, Close, Mondrian, Pollock, Klimt, Essaydi and Fish.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will recognize and apply the seven basic elements of classical design.
  • Students will become familiar with several important art historical figures, and their influence on design.
  • Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to gain an understanding of how mark making influences design.
  • Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique.
  • Students will gain confidence in their ability to create interesting design within their own artwork.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Art Journaling: From the Garden

$295

with Dressler Smith

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Using the spring and summer seasons as a starting point, learn how to commit your life’s memories to book form though engaging prompts and practical tips. Art journaling allows you to document your feelings and life events in a meaningful and creative format through a calming, personally expressive practice. Fuse words with imagery though drawing, watercolor pencil, and more to organize your thoughts and preserve your experiences. No drawing experience is necessary. 

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting
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Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm

Immerse yourself in the creative process in this exploration of painting techniques and personal expression.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice.  Class discussions will be focused upon in-depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.  Note: This previously online class now meets in-person. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting. 
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material. 
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships. 
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Painting Animals in Casein and Gouache (Online)

$225

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Cats, dogs, horses, birds, even fantasy animals like dragons have enriched the history of art! Whether done as portraits or as part of your own personal art study, painting animals convincingly adds a rich element to any artist’s vocabulary. Basics, such as composition, color, drawing accuracy and animal anatomy will be part of this course, but rendering textures like fur and feathers, which bring animals to life on the canvas will be a special focus of the course. 

Although students can work in any medium, the weekly demonstrations will be done in casein and gouache. Art historical examples and contemporary uses of animal imagery, as well as student discussion of their own work will also be a major part of the sessions. 

Course outline:

  1. Getting the most out of the photo sources you use. Choosing and editing the photo. Composition, lighting, studio set up and special techniques for casein and gouache. Drawing and underpainting. Panel preparation. 
  2. Developing the painting in stages. Shading and transitions with opaque media. Casein emulsion and glazing. Textures. 
  3. Finishing touches. Mid-course critique. 
  4. Combining different photo sources into one painting including different perspectives. Photoshop and free alternatives. 
  5. Surrealism, abstraction and symbolic styles of animal imagery from Lascaux to Picasso, to contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. 
  6. Final critique and discussion of photographing, preserving and framing casein and gouache.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Painting Over the Line, Summer Session 1 (Online)

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm

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.  

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Screenprinting & Beyond

$315

with Lisa Hamilton

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 am - 12 pm

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects.  (Tuition includes $20 lab fee.)

Learning Objectives

• Students will have a basic understanding of the screen printing process.

• Students will acquire technical experience with screens, squeegees, ink, tools, and equipment.

• Students will learn basic screen printing techniques including image development, coating and processing screens, mixing ink, and printing.

• Students will acquire technical expertise by way of printing various stencils from fine detail images to flat broad areas.

• Students will learn printmaking professionalism including printing editions on clean registered printmaking paper, signing and numbering editions appropriately.

• Students will learn the importance of image development through individual reviews and by exploring various possibilities with the process.

• Students will develop critical visual and verbal skills by way of individual discussions with the instructor and with their peers.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials list

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Mindful Painting (Online)

$225

with Dona Duncan

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 pm

Free your inner artist as you explore new ways of expressing your feelings on canvas.  Study the life and work of master artists to be able to appreciate their work in a deeper way and to incorporate aspects of their artwork into your own personal style.  Class sessions will incorporate meditation and mindfulness techniques, as well as discussions about how artists’ experiences and emotional states affect their work, as students paint together in a supportive and fun atmosphere, supplemented by music and poetry.  Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class. No prior art experience necessary.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Dona Duncan





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