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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)

$525

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 15, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 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.) 

Whether you are just beginning your painting studies or have never picked up a brush, this is the perfect course to build your familiarity and confidence with the techniques and materials of oil painting.  Students will work from direct observation using still life and human figure/portrait subjects to explore the fundamentals of painting, including the selection and care of materials, paint application techniques, and color mixing.  Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the use of value to create three-dimensional effects, and color relationships.  The study of paintings throughout history will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of this medium. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $675. Select credit option when registering. 

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:  Thomas Hovenden, Peonies, 1886, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 1/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Coates (The Edward H. Coates Memorial Collection), 1923.9.2

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

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

$425

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 17, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 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.) 

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 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. 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Portrait Painting and Drawing (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 18, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 3 – 4 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.) 

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. Includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments that target each important issue of painting a portrait, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings.  All levels welcome.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Students will learn the traditions and history of portraiture  
  • Students will learn portrait structure and anatomy  
  • Students will learn how to achieve a good likeness  
  • Students will learn alla prima (direct) painting techniques  
  • Students will learn to use the materials and color palettes for effective portrait painting  
  • Students will learn to use the materials for effective portrait drawing including pastel  
  • Students will learn to paint portraits from both life and from photo reference 

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

Image: Al Gury.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Figure Drawing into Painting (Online)

$375

with David Wilson

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

Saturdays, 10 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 PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition through this progression from drawn studies to color oil renderings of the human form.  Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment, progressing from drawing studies to monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Topics and projects include gesture studies, painting from photographs, and portrait painting from a mirror. Students will learn through a combination of live Zoom sessions and posted instructional content. Appropriate for all levels, with options to draw-only based on experience. 

Learning Objectives:   

  • Strong design and composition 
  • Accurate anatomy and proportions 
  • Believable depictions of light and space 
  • Dynamic use of colors, marks, and textures 

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

Image: Christian Schussele, [Figure study: female nude reclining, back view], n.d., Charcoal on green-gray wove paper, 13 13/16 x 21 in. irr. (35.09645 x 53.34 cm.).  Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1876.9.572, John S. Phillips Collection.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 





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