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Gouache Painting Workshop (In-Person)

$230

with Allison Syvertsen

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 11, 2023 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views. Note: Tuition includes a $15 materials fee, which covers surfaces and paints for class-use.)

Learning Objectives

  • Develop paint application techniques for fluidity and control, with opaque and wash applications.
  • Gain the ability to mix color and to predict its effects.
  • Recognize and promote gouache’s characteristics and learn how to problem-solve with the material.
  • Learn to incorporate principles of line, value, color and space for a greater command of the medium.
  • Work from still life arrangements to learn how to representationally depict subject matter and to recognize abstract concepts.
  • Become familiar with artists’ techniques for selecting and preparing surfaces, as well as basic methods of displaying paintings for exhibition.

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: Allison Syvertsen, Playground (Island), Gouache on Panel, 14 x 16 in.

Register by: February 3

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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

The Portrait Painting Basics Workshop (In-Person)

$240

with Theodore Xaras

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 18, 2023 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels. Tuition includes a $25 model fee.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn to analyze and construct a portrait using clearly defined steps.
  • Students will be able to achieve a likeness through the careful observation of shapes and their color/value equivalent, which together, form the “topography” of the face.
  • Students will learn how to mix and adjust colors to produce accurate flesh tones.
  • Students will be able to produce one completed portrait, either a head and shoulders or the entire torso and hands.
  • Students will be able to paint a recognizable portrait from life.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for the art of portraiture from their own work as well as becoming acquainted with historical and contemporary examples as a basis for further study.

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: Theodore Xaras, Amanda.

Register by: February 10

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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

Exploring the Archives: Drawings in the PAFA Collection (In-Person)

$45

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next session starts Feb 21, 2023 at 1 pm

Tuesday, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (one day)

The experience of viewing physical works on paper by master artists is a rare and wonderful pleasure: the freshness of the artist’s hand, the texture of the surface, and the subtle details in the subject are most touchingly apparent up-close and in-person. Add to that another artist’s observations to guide you through the work, and you will come away with a truly insightful experience into the mind and practice of the artist.

PAFA’s Center for the Study of the American Artist (CSAA) provides access to, and the study of, works of art in the permanent collection and institutional archives. Within the glass-walled workspace where PAFA’s museum staff work on the preservation, documentation, and treatment of the collection, master draftsperson and Continuing Education instructor Phyllis Laver will select and discuss a range of fascinating and beautiful drawings in PAFA’s collection. Past artwork selections have included works by Thomas Anshutz, Sidney Goodman, Alice Neal, and Barkley Hendricks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see, appreciate, and be inspired by work rarely on display in the museum galleries. Students should plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance, at 12:45 p.m.

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: Seymour Rosofsky, Two Masks, Self Portrait, 1974, Lithograph on paper, 19 x 26 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the Estate of Seymour Rosofsky, 2013.17.43 

Register by: February 10

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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

Full Course

Colorfield Abstraction Workshop (Online)

$175

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 3, 2023 at 10 am

Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Broaden your painting horizons through this in-depth focus on colorfield painting. Explore the painting techniques and color-layering processes behind this sophisticated genre. Masters including Jules Olitski, Morris Louis, Nicolas de Stael, and Richard Diebenkorn will be discussed. Includes a presentation of notable artworks and critique. Painting experience recommended.

Image: Kassem Amoudi.

Register by: February 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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