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Drawing from Photos (Online)

$250

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 8 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Alicia Mino 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Learn strategies to translate your photographs into drawings that both retain the photo’s realism and promote your personal expression. Using colored pencil (which combines the possibilities of color with the ease of dry media), explore tactics for accurately translating your imagery to your drawing surface; identifying, mixing, and layering color to achieve vibrant effects; creating realism through the study of texture, light, and contrast; and employing addition and subtraction techniques to expand your range of mark-making. Work from your choice of photographic subject matter – a great option for students seeking to make art from personal experiences, capture family and friends who cannot pose for portraiture, or expand their interests and skills in landscapes, animals, or other subject matter not easily accessible.  This course is excellent for beginners or those interested in colored pencil or photorealistic drawing techniques. 

Image: Alicia Mino.

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

From Drawing to Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Keith Leitner
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Drawing is integral to all types of painting in the development of form and composition, but many beginning painters lack the fundamental drawing skills, or the understanding of how best to use them, to serve their painting goals.  This combination drawing and painting (all media) class will focus on how to use drawing to create a roadmap to develop your finished work. Observational, measuring, and compositional rendering tactics will be addressed with attention to using positive and negative space and breaking your composition down to basic components. Students then will be guided toward adapting their drawings to paintings in their choice of oil or water-based media. Historical examples will show how painters past and present have used drawing in the creation of their work. Various drawing media will be discussed; some painting experience recommended.     

Image: Keith Leitner. 

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Painterly Pets (Online)

$250

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Dogs, cats, and other pets have sneaked their way into master drawings and paintings throughout the centuries just as they insinuate themselves into our daily lives.  From cats stealing food in 17th century still life art, to Bonnard’s dachshunds perched at the table or curled beside the bath, to Sarah McEneaney’s pets as studio helpers in contemporary work, household animals have proven themselves to be important painterly subjects on their own or as a part of still lifes, portraits, domestic scenes, and other genres.  Learn to find inspiration in your own furry family members to make them a meaningful part of your painting practice.  Rather than a pet portrait or animal anatomy course, this class will utilize drawn and painted sketches from life, photo references, and compositional studies to explore ways of realistically and expressively depicting your animal, including them into other subjects as formal or personal elements, or even making them a part of abstract compositions. Line, gesture, movement, textural/optical effects, and compositional principles will be addressed. Content will include presentations and PowerPoint examples from historical and contemporary art, engaging homework assignments, and discussions about the meaning of animals in art and tactics for making them a special focus in your own work. Open to all drawing and painting media.

Image: Elisabeth Fearn Bonsall, Hot Milk, 1896, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 1/4 in. Collection of PAFA, Accession #1897.4, Joseph E. Temple Fund.

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Figure Drawing (Online)

$250

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 8, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Roberto Osti
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Practice a variety of fundamental figure drawing approaches while working from photographic references. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction methods, and the trois crayons technique. Proportions and methods of measuring will be emphasized. Students will gain confidence in their representation of the human form and handling of materials as they draw alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions. The online structure allows for an optimal overhead view of the instructor’s demonstration drawings and a focused but conversational community environment as students engage with the instructor and complete in-class work together. 

Image: Roberto Osti.

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Figure Painting: Developing Form and Finish (In-Person)

$330

with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 9, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Instructor: David Wilson 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Paint from a life model in poses of varying lengths to develop and refine your figure painting compositions. Extended poses will allow students to adjust and resolve issues of surface, color, and composition. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee. 

Image: David Wilson. 

Register by: March 1
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Portrait in Pencil Workshop (In-Person)

$195

with RA Friedman

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 23, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Instructor: RA Friedman 
Credit: Non-Credit Only 

Using inexpensive materials, this hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts and methods needed to create a strong sense of dimension and likeness in your portrait drawings. Explore the proportions and planes of the head, neck and shoulders. Learn how to create a structural foundation and how to easily manage anatomy by breaking down forms into simple geometric shapes. Instruction will address different strategies for creating a finished tonal portrait as well as tips and tricks that will help you draw like a pro!

Image: RA Friedman.

Register by: March 15 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

City Landscape Drawing and Painting (Outdoor)

$295

with Larry Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Larry Francis 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the small-town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts.  Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky.  Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome.  Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image: Larry Francis, Entrance to the City, Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 in. 

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Sketch-on-the-Go (Outdoor)

$115

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
RAIN DATE: May 4*
 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.  

* Rain Date: May 4. Please plan on the rain date when registering – regular withdrawal policies apply, dated by the original workshop date, for students unable to attend the rescheduled date. See policy guide, below.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Gesture figure drawing methods  
  • Basic perspective as applied to architecture  
  • Simplification of complex subjects 

Image:  Sybille Zeldin, Turkey Mart. Courtesy of the student. 

Register by: April 19 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 





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