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Beginning Drawing (ONLINE) DR 600EB_ON
with Meghan Cox
Learn to draw what you see realistically and with confidence – from the comfort of your own home! Master the basics of observational drawing using line and tonal value with the still life as your subject. Videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback will promote understanding as you hone your skills. This course is ideal for beginners or for intermediate students wanting to refine their abilities. A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
• Gain familiarity with a wide range of material and techniques including but not limited to, placement, proportion, sight measuring
• Acquire a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of drawing.
• Acquire the ability to depict observed form through a mastery of proportion.
• Demonstrate proficiency in the methods and materials of painting’s various disciplines and media.
• Students will ultimately learn to “see.”
Fundamentals of Illustration (ONLINE)
with Kate Samworth
This live Zoom course is designed for artists interested in graphic novels, picture books, animation, magazine illustration, and graphic design. Learn to create sequential drawings, layout and design projects, and editorial pieces, with an emphasis is on idea exploration, critical and creative thinking, and development of personal style. Develop characters, settings, and atmosphere based on memory, imagination, and published works. Great illustration -- historic and contemporary -- will serve as inspiration and reference. Classes consist of short presentations, idea generating exercises, and experimentation, with a goal of broadening students’ imagination and knowledge and improving the quality of their artwork. Live Zoom sessions will take place every Monday, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Kate Samworth (BFA '10) explores themes of environmental change, balancing a sense of wonder and possibility with an expression of mourning. Her passion for natural history illustration, dark fairy tales, and satire converge in her illustrations. Samworth has illustrated several books. Her first, Aviary Wonders Inc., won the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. The exhibition includes work from published and ongoing projects, including the finely detailed scratchboard drawings for Why Fish Don’t Exist, a work of non-fiction for adults by NPR journalist Lulu Miller, to be released this April by Simon & Schuster.
Assemblage Sculpture from Home (ONLINE) SC 700EA_ON
with Colleen O’Donnell
Assemblage is a creative method of sculpture, transforming everyday found-objects into three-dimensional sculpture, as seen in the work of Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. Start with a box, and include photographs, book pages, wrapping paper, natural items, nuts and bolts, electronic bits, dry food – just about anything! This process allows for the creation of dramatic, humorous, emotional and satirical works of art. Be guided through a different topic each week by CE faculty and sculptor Colleen O’Donnell. Live Zoom sessions will be held every Tuesday, 6 – 8 p.m.
- Relax, have fun, and let the sculpture happen intuitively.
- Make something that has value to you personally.
- Create a statement about what you are experiencing right now.
Register by: May 29
"A Little Walk," Don Baum (1922-2008), 1964, Found objects, 23 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (59.055 x 93.345 x 9.8425 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession # 1986.49.2, Gift of James Arthur Varchmin
Enhancing Realism: Drawing (ONLINE) IN 660PH_ON
with Alicia Mino Gonzalez
Learn advanced drawing techniques to produce accurate and realistic drawn images in this live Zoom class. This class offers step-by-step drawing processes that will allow students create accurate compositions, intricate details and three-dimensional effects. Live Zoom sessions will take place every Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m.
• Students will learn how to utilize drawing materials including graphite and color pencil
• Students will learn a series of image transferring systems to work from a photograph or live references
• Students will learn how to work with intricate compositions, proportion and size relationships
• Students will learn to analyze and manipulate visual information needed for accurate reproduction for live and 2D references
• Students will learn how to render texture and shapes
• Students will learn to utilize the Bargue system to increase their visual literacy, learn new techniques for identifying and correcting drawing errors, and develop their hand-eye coordination.
Portrait Drawing (ONLINE)
with John Horn
Learn to draw an accurate portrait in real time, working outward from the deep skeletal structure to the surface facial features, in this live Zoom class with esteemed PAFA professor, John Horn. Study the correct placement of the eyes, cheekbones, jaw, ears, nose and mouth within the overall head structure. Proportions of the head, neck and shoulders, as well as tonal rendering, will be covered. Subjects will include copies of Old Master drawings, your family/friends, and a self-portrait. Live Zoom sessions will take place every Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON
with Fred Danziger
Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live figurative painting course! Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same. Composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form and space are the starting points for achieving our individual goals as artist. Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting, choosing a good photo source, as well as grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques. Discussion and questions will be invited. Students will then work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor. Additional resources will be available through the Canvas online learning platform including art historical examples and technical advice addressing the use of black and white grounds, using a grid with transparent overlays for working with photo references and more. Live Zoom sessions will take place every Wednesday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Fred Danziger, Eyeliner, 2020, oil, 24 x 36 in.
Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times (ONLINE) IN 750EH_ON
with Dona Duncan
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 in a non-judgmental atmosphere. No artistic experience necessary. This live Zoom class will take place every Thursday, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
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Plein Air Painting in Cape May - LIVE from Home! (ONLINE) PT 605CM_ON
with Joseph Sweeney
Working from photographs of Cape May, New Jersey, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Consider this "Plein Air Training" before hitting the beaches! Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. This live Zoom course will take place every Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.