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Continuing Education at PAFA


Pre-College: High School After-School Program


with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 1, 2021 at 4 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This course provides students with the opportunity for enrichment, skills development, and portfolio building in an asynchronous online drawing course. This course consists of ten self-paced lessons on PAFA’s learning management system, Canvas, during which students will learn foundational drawing skills, self-portrait drawing, how to use color in art and more. Each lesson will include a recorded video demonstration, written resources, images, a discussion board and an assignment that students can submit on Canvas. Students will receive regular written feedback on these assignments from that they can grow as artists and produce a stellar portfolio. This course is designed to meet the needs of new students and students who participated in the After School Studio Arts program previously.

There is no required synchronous component to this program. For interested students, there is an optional weekly drop-in session on Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm, for 30-40 minutes, to share discussion with the instructors, images and ideas, with the goal of creating a supportive learning experience. 

While these lessons are designed to be completed weekly, students can complete these lessons at their own pace on their own schedule between March 1 and May 6.

This course consists of ten weekly modules that will cover six topics:

  • Foundation Still Life Drawing, which will focus on developing skills in the areas of shape, form, depth and composition using still life and interior spaces (3 weeks).
  • Portrait Drawing, which will focus on developing the skills needed to create strong portraits and self- portraits. This module will focus on portrait anatomy, structure and getting a likeness (3 weeks).
  • Drawing interiors, which will focus on visual perspective, composition and architecture (1 week).
  • Color in art, which will focus on the understanding and use of color in making an image. Practical uses of understanding and using color will be addressed using portraits, still life, and free creative projects (1 week).
  • Comics, which will focus on storytelling, storyboards and concept development (1 week).
  • Independent Creative Project, which will focus on the student designing a creative image on their own for their portfolio. This will focus on how to create and develop a personal creative project (1 week). 

Teachers: Profressor Al Gury and David Wilson

The Portrait in Pastel (ONLINE) DR 611EP_ON


with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 3, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Pastel is the perfect medium for capturing the subtle colors and contours of the human face. Learn all about the materials, application techniques, and surfaces for soft pastels while building your portraiture skills. Instruction will utilize time-honored methods of working from master copies in limited and full color, as well as the self-portrait or live models. Basic portrait anatomy, proportions, and features, as well as historic and contemporary uses of the medium, will be addressed through presentation, lecture, and demonstration. Live Zoom instruction will be supplemented by assignments and instructor feedback to build your skills and understanding. All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn to use the materials and techniques of traditional soft pastel: with hard, pan and pastel pencil.
  • Students will learn the history and legacy of the pastel medium.
  • Students will learn the safe use of pastel to include alternative wet techniques.
  • Students will learn the proper supports and grounds for various pastels techniques and how to prepare a ground.
  • Students will learn to draw/paint with pastel using limited color through a full palette of color.
  • Students will explore the complexities of texture, gradation, layering and fixing of pastel.
  • Students will learn how to frame, protect, and store pastel drawings.

Register by: February 19

Materials List: Rupinski DR 611EP_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


Jill A. Rupinski, Dave (detail), pastel on paper

Botanical Drawing & Painting (ONLINE) DR 615EP_ON


with Linda Gist

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 3, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. 

This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Wednesday, 10 am – 12 p.m. (See materials list for more information)

Register by:  February 19

Materials List : Gist DR 615EP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021


Portrait Drawing (ONLINE) DR 609E_ON


with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 3, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Learn to draw classical portraits using photographic references. This class will focus on expressing the structure of the head through the language of drawing. Topics covered will include measurement, proportion, tone, line quality, anatomy and gesture. Explore a variety of traditional materials, from chalks to charcoal, ink wash, and a variety of papers. All materials will be suitable for the home studio. Teaching will be conducted through video lectures, demonstrations, and assignments as well as regular critiques. All levels welcome!

Learning Goals

  • Learn the basics of proportional measurement, value, tone, line, and gesture
  • Develop a knowledge of the forms and structural anatomy of the head
  • Learn to use photography as an aid to classical drawing techniques
  • Master a variety of traditional drawing media
  • Produce two finished drawings

Register by: February 26

Materials List: Dummit DR 600EP_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

More Fundamentals of Drawing (ONLINE) DR 600MB_ON


with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Learn more drawing essentials with PAFA faculty Charles Muldowney:  perspective, color/mixed-media, abstraction/invention plus how-tos for drawing human figures, portraits, animals and more. Each class will focus on one of these foundational concepts from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Demonstrations, projects, and critiques will fortify your understanding of each topic presented.

Register by: February 26

Materials List: Muldowney DR 600BB_ON 2

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Nocturnes: Painting Night Scenes (ONLINE) PT 605EN_ON


with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Next session starts Mar 4, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Nocturne painting, as coined by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, depicts nighttime or low-light subjects, often with a characteristic dreamy or hazy quality. Join Joseph Sweeney to create a series of nocturne paintings, with reference to the works of Whistler, George Sotter, and other painters of night scenes. Topics include color mixing to capture the tonal quality and character of night, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Working from night subjects supplied by the instructor, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.

Materials List: Sweeney PT 605EN_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


William Trost Richards (1833-1905), A 'Nocturne,' Newport, 1877, Watercolor and Chinese white on paper, 3 3/16 x 4 15/16 in. (8.09625 x 12.54125 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2008.5.23, Gift of Dorrance H. Hamilton in memory of Samuel M. V. Hamilton

Full Course

Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times 2 (ONLINE) IN 750EH_ON


with Dona Duncan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences.  Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness, and is especially important in these challenging times. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also to benefit those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD.  Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life.  Under the guidance of Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist, practice light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  Projects will be assigned in each class and discussed the following week.  No artistic experience necessary.

Register by:  February 26

Materials List:Duncan IN 750EH_ON Part 2

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021



Collage & Assemblage (ONLINE) Section 2


with Steve Nocella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 6, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Explore the expressive potential of collage for producing both aesthetic imagery and philosophical statements. Experiment with a variety of materials including drawing and painting media, paper, cardboard, fabric, metal, photographs, and found objects; and combine them using assorted fastening techniques such as gluing, nailing/screwing, or sewing. Stimulate your creativity by responding to assigned problems and prompts, and critically examine the resulting compositions as well as the implied ideas. Realize the tentative or "trial and error" nature of the collage process as a means to discover and learn, and ultimately affirm, your unique and individual aesthetic assertions.

Register by: February 26

Materials List: Nocella Collage 2

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


Steve Nocella, House Construction, mixed media

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