Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Continuing Education at PAFA



Drawing

Aqueous Painting with Dry Media (ONLINE) PT 630AM_ON

$225

with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Current session started Apr 13, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Enrich your drawings/paintings on paper by combining wet and dry media! Learn to create opaque and translucent effects using pastel, graphite, chalk and more. Both traditional and contemporary methods will be explained through example and demonstration. Students will work from a variety of subject matter and will be encouraged to experiment, explore, and develop their personal vision. The course will be presented through live Zoom lecture and demonstration, and group critique using the Canvas online learning platform.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn historical and contemporary methods of combining wet and dry media.
  • Develop skill in the use of relevant tools and techniques.
  • Develop your personal artistic vision.

Register by:  April 9

Materials List : Rupinski PT 630AM_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: 

Jill A Rupinski, On the Edge, pastel on paper, 25 x 38 in.

The Landscape Sketch (OUTDOOR) DR 605LS

$225

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Current session started Apr 14, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.

Register by:  April 9

Materials List: Chavez DR 605LS (3)

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Image:

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) Landscape Study: Cultivated Field and Tree, ca. 1874, oil on heavy paper, 4 11/16 x 4 11/16 in. (11.90625 x 11.90625 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1985.68.38.19, Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection, purchased with the partial support of the Pew Memorial Trust and the Henry S. McNeil Fund

Figure Drawing (ONLINE) DR 605EF_ON

$225

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Apr 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

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 crayon 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.

Register by:  April 9

Materials List: Osti DR 605EF_ON

Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Join Roberto Osti on Tuesday, April 6, for a free Q&A and drawing demonstration to launch his new book, Dynamic Human Anatomy.  Learn more and register here.

Image: Roberto Osti, Rebecca Foreshortened, chalk on paper

Trompe L'Oeil Painting (ONLINE) PT 600TL_ON

$225

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Current session started Apr 17, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Trompe l’oeil, or “fool the eye,” is a style of painting in which the artist tries to create an illusion of three dimensionality that is so convincing, the viewer may mistake the flat image for reality. Learn these illusionistic techniques with renowned painter Fred Danziger. Students will set up, light, and paint from their own still life subjects in their home studios. The instructor will provide help with construction and composition, creating an accurate drawing, and techniques for rendering the illusion with the greatest possible “fool the eye” effect. Art historical references and the philosophic uniqueness of trompe l’oeil, will also be discussed.

Topics include:

  • Choosing your subject for maximum effect and interest
  • Building and lighting your still life
  • Supports, mediums, brushes and other special tools
  • Compositional drawing
  • Painting techniques: underpainting, shadow color theory, layered painting with glazes, velatura
  • Special effects such as lettering, satin glow, translucent effects, reflections, possible adding of three-dimensional objects
  • Photographing, varnishing, and framing.

Register by: April 9

Materials List : Danziger 600TL_ON

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: 

Fred Danziger, Four Ways to Enjoy Chocolate, oil on canvas, 12 x 14 in.

Full Course

Plein Air Painting In Cape May (OUTDOOR) PT 605CM

$595

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Next available session starts May 20, 2021 at 10 am

Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Instruction includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette.  Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.

Register by:  May 7

Schedule:  4 days, Thursday through Sunday, May 20 - 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information and recommended accommodations, email joesweeney5@gmail.com

Materials List: Sweeney PT 605CM 

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Portrait Painting & Drawing (ONLINE) PT 602E_ON

$225

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts May 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and 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 every Sunday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives

This dynamic online course will address all aspects of portrait painting and drawing, including:

  • 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 inlcuding pastel
  • Students will learn to paint portraits from both life and from photo reference

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Gury PT 602E_ON Summer

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Al Gury, Portrait Painting and Study, oil on canvas/charcoal on paper

Drawing & Illustrating from Reference Materials (ONLINE) IL 600ED_ON

$225

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Photographs, reference books, and online sources are great tools for the artist/illustrator when used effectively. Learn how to derive the information you need from photos without copying, to establish a light source and create volume and atmosphere from the imagination, and to convey the volume and gesture of figures taken from photographs.  Subject matter will include people, animals, and landscapes from images provided by the instructor or from personal source material.  Instruction will focus on drawing media, with the option to finish projects in color.  Avoid both copyright infringement and the pitfalls of working from photos with helpful advice from a professional in the illustration industry.

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Samworth IL 600ED_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements (1)

Image: Kate Samworth, She Plotted His Capture (detail), graphite on mylar, 9 x 13 in.

Pastel Drawing (ONLINE) DR 611E_ON

$225

with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Explore soft pastel through a variety of application methods, from conventional dry use through more painterly wet techniques, with appropriate supports. Develop your personal style through observational study of still life objects or alternative source material, such as paintings, memory, and photography. Lectures will address framing, protection, storage, and safety issues. Live Zoom instruction will be supplemented by assignments and instructor feedback to promote understanding of the materials and concepts as you hone your skills. 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:  May 14

Materials List: Rupinski DR 611E_ON 

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:

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





Forgot password?
Staff Log In