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Plein Air Painting in Cape May, NJ (Outdoor)

$595

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 22, 2022 at 9 am

Thursday – Sunday, 9 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 Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Instruction includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette.  Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Health-safety measures, including social-distancing and masking where required, will be practiced. Note: Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements. 

Image: Joseph Sweeney, Lifeguard, Grant Street, Cape May, NJ, acrylic.

Register by: September 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Autumn in Acrylic Workshop (Outdoor)

$150

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 1, 2022 at 10 am

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2:30 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.) 

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 autumn in Philadelphia’s Bartram Gardens. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete works that capture the immediacy of the season’s color and light. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home after each day’s painting. Open to all levels. Shade, restrooms, and other amenities available on site. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image:  Helen Lloyd Horter, Autumn in Rockport, ca. 1934, Oil on canvas, 20 1/16 x 22 1/8 in. (51.0 x 56.2 cm.), Accession #1935.7, John Lambert Fund.

Rain dates: October 8 & 9

Register by: September 23

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Perspective Drawing Crash Course (Online)

$105

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 8, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Perspective drawing is an essential tool for creating the illusion of space. Learn to apply the principles of one- and two-point perspective to create complex interiors, landscapes, and cityscapes that include repeated patterns, arches, stairways, and more. Limited class size allows time for one-on-one assistance. Great for illustrators and artists of any drawing media. 

Photo Credit: John Notman, Sketch of the Interior of the North Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Ink and wash on paper, Ink and wash on paper, Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Charles Coleman Sellers, 1973.26.2

Register by: September 30

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

The Portrait in Pastel Workshop (In-Person)

$240

with Theodore Xaras

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 15, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 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.) 

The immediate subtlety that can be achieved through soft and hard pastel is particularly suited for the portrait study. Learn historical and contemporary techniques of hatching, blending, layering and color mixing to render convincing portraits. Discussion and demonstration of various surfaces, pastels and mixed media techniques included. Drawing experience recommended. Note: Tuition includes a $25 models fee.

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:  Theodore Xaras.

Register by: October 7

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Beginner's Watercolor Still Life Workshop (Materials Included)

$220

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 29, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 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.) 

Discover the beauty and versatility of watercolor through colorful and thoughtful still life arrangements. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with basic watercolor painting materials and techniques. A variety of approaches will be explored, and students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.  Materials will be supplied to better acquaint newcomers to the practice, but students are welcome to bring their own supplies to gain guidance on, and familiarity with, their use.  Tuition includes a $5 materials fee.

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.  

Photo Credit: Worthington Whittredge, Laurel blossoms in a blue vase, ca. 1890, Watercolor on paper, 15 x 10 1/2 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kesler, 1975.20.1

Register by: October 21

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 





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