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Practical Perspective (Online)

$250

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 3 – 5 p.m.

Understanding the principles of one- and two-point perspective is essential to drawing and painting convincing forms in space. Master the fundamentals of this geometric system that was developed during the Renaissance and is used to this day. Instruction will break down sometimes-intimidating principles into basic concepts to provide practical methods for creating interior spaces, landscapes, and cityscapes, including elements of repeated patterns, arches, stairways, and more. Limited class size will allow time for one-on-one assistance. Great for illustrators and artists of any media requiring a strong drawing framework. 

Image:  John Notman, Sketch of the Interior of the North Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, n.d. Ink and wash on paper, 7 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Charles Coleman Sellers, 1973.26.2

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

In-Depth Design for Contemporary Artists (Online)

$250

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This course is a continuation of Classical Design for Contemporary Artists but open to any artist seeking a deep dive into the design principles! Strengthen your work through a thorough working knowledge of the elements of composition, color, line, light, value, space, perspective, balance, contrast, proportion, movement, gesture, emphasis, harmony, rhythm, pattern and texture. Instruction will include presentations on the historical and contemporary use of these design principles. Explore the applications of these principles through in-class projects, weekly assignments, and critiques.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will gain the ability to recognize and define the elements of design. 
  • Students will become familiar with important art historical figures and their influence on design. 
  • Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to understand how their application influences design. 
  • Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique. 
  • Students will gain confidence in interesting and informed applications of design concepts within their own artwork. 

Register by: January 13 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Charles Muldowney, The Diagonal in the Golden Section. 

 

The Painter's Palate: Food Painting in Oil and Acrylic (Online)

$250

with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Whet your appetite for painting by whipping up small food studies in oil or acrylic! Transform garden bounty, bakery confections, or lunchtime leftovers into masterpieces worthy of hanging in a kitchen or gallery.  Alla prima still life painting is an excellent way to hone your color mixing and paint handling skills, and food is the perfect subject to capture form, light, color, and texture rapidly and expressively.  Discussion and demonstration will cover tactics for setting up your composition, mixing color, and exploring paint application techniques for oil and acrylic; conversation is free to include food memories, recipes, and recommendations. Examine food paintings from historical and contemporary artists for inspiration and admiration.  Combine palette and palate to create compositional concoctions that are personal, whimsical, or visually delectable. Instruction is geared toward oil or acrylic painting, but students may work in their drawing/painting media of choice.  All levels are welcome. 

Image:  Allison Syvertsen, Ruins (detail), 2021, oil on paper mounted on panel, 8 x 8 in.

Register by: January 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Mastering Acrylics (Online)

$275

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Jan 25, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 10 – 11:30 am

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. Weekly Zoom meetings will supplement asynchronous instruction. 

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

Register by: January 13 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Frederic Kaplan 

 

Meditate and Make: Art Appreciation and Creation for Mindfulness (Online)
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Meditate and Make: Art Appreciation and Creation for Mindfulness (Online)

$175

with Dona Duncan

Calendar Current session started Jan 27, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Experience art creation and appreciation as means of promoting mindfulness. Under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, this class uses both art history and meditation to cultivate a restorative drawing and painting practice. Each weekly session will examine a modern or contemporary artist, exploring their biography and major work. Class participation and connection is encouraged as students then make their own versions of masterworks examined in class, not as copies but rather as interpretations or means of personal expression. Additional guided meditation sessions, supplemented by classical music and readings of Rumi, Mary Oliver, and other poets, will further inspire students to draw or paint their thoughts, moods, and memories.  This course is ideal for anyone seeking a means of processing their thoughts and feelings, and practicing mindfulness, through art-making. No prior art experience necessary.  

Image: Dona Duncan, Tsunami. 

Register by: January 20

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Metal Sculpture (In-Person)

$320

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Current session started Jan 28, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

This six-week course teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion.  Note: Tuition includes a $25 lab fee. 

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:  Judith Hoyt, Untitled, n.d., Wood, metal and paint, 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (23.495 x 21.59 cm.). Collection of PAFA, Accession #2011.1.251, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, Copyright © Judith Hoyt, Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women.

Register by: January 20

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

 





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