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Anatomical Figure Drawing (ONLINE) DR 604E_ON
with John Horn
Develop a practical understanding of human anatomy using Old Master drawings and other photo references with esteemed PAFA professor, John Horn. With demonstrations and critiques in real time via Zoom, learn proportion, skeletal framework, superﬁcial muscles, and the movement of the ﬁgure, developing a vocabulary of form to make a convincing figure drawing. Live Zoom sessions will be held every Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (See materials list for more information)
Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.
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, Cedar Park, 2020, oil, 32 x 44 in. (detail)
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.
Materials will be discussed during the first class.
Plein Air Painting in Donegal, Ireland - LIVE from Home! (ONLINE) PT 605DI_ON
with Joseph Sweeney
Working from photographs of Donegal, Ireland supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. 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. (See materials list for more information)
Drawing with Color Pencil (ONLINE) DR 619EC_ON
with Michelle Oosterbaan
Discover the vibrancy and realism you can achieve with color pencil in this live Zoom class! Topics include descriptive and expressive line quality, color relationships, cross-hatching and layering, capturing light and volume, and working on colored and textured papers. Subjects will include still life, the portrait, and master copies. Basic drawing experience required.
David Hockney, Large Vase, Hotel Garden, Hotel Biltmore, February 1976, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 14 x 17 in. (detail)
Line Drawing: The Landscape (ONLINE) DR 605EL_ON
with Michelle Oosterbaan
Line is the fundamental element in drawing, capable of a wide range of aesthetic possibilities, from describing shape to creating space and atmospheric effects. Capture the landscape though descriptive and expressive drawn line in this live Zoom class. Make quick studies from your own photographs and window views, and develop them into finished pieces through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatch, and linear mark-making. Learn to achieve a variety of effects by using different papers and drawing implements, including pencil, pen, ink and brush, and color pencil. Find inspiration in references to contemporary and historical artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth.
Vincent Van Gogh, The Harvest (for Emile Bernard), 1888, reed pen and brown Indian ink over graphite pencil on wove paper, 9.48 x 12.51 in., collection: Kupferstichkabinett Berlin (detail)
Pre-College Intensives: Drawing 1 Online, DR 710ED-1
with David Wilson
Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will learn the fundamental principles of observational drawing, as well as strategies for working successfully from photographs and invention. Emphasis will be placed on the study of proportions, perspective, light & shadow, line, tone, gesture, and figure/ground relationships. Time spent on each drawing will expand throughout the class in an effort to explore a more complex treatment of form, value, composition, surface, and design. This course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and include video demonstrations, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, as well as twice daily live chats via Zoom.
Each day will include a 1 hour live Zoom session from 9-10am and another 1 hour live Zoom session from 1-2pm, with students then having 2-3 hours after each demonstration to work on the assignment with the instructor available for feedback. The subjects covered include:
Monday - Pencil - line drawing, line weight, marks & textures, measuring, perspective
Tuesday - Pencil - light & shadow, tonality, value structures, cross hatching, rendering
Wednesday - Charcoal - tonal drawing, wipe out, additive vs subtractive, composition & cropping
Thursday - Interiors - perspective, composition & design, content & narrative
Friday - Portraiture - head structure, portrait proportions, drawing from photographs
- Students will become familiar with a variety of drawing materials and techniques.
- Students will acquire a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of drawing.
- Students will acquire the ability to depict observed and invented form through a mastery of perspective and proportion.
- Students will learn to 'see' more clearly to confidently create more effective and realistic drawings.
All materials needed for the course can be found using this link: Materials List - Drawing I
Pre-College Intensives: Portrait Drawing & Painting Online, DR 714HS
with Al Gury
Learn to do excellent portraits, understand portrait structure and how to get a likeness. The instructor will guide students through understanding the anatomy and proportions of the head, how to draw the features, learn how to get a likeness and how to build portrait drawings and paintings for your portfolio. An overview of the history of portraits and portrait styles will be included as well as the materials of making a portrait. Step by Step photo and video demonstrations will be provided, as well as regular live Zoom meetings for group discussion and critique. Additional demonstrations will include a portrait in acrylic and oil, pastel and self portrait. Students will work in the media of their choice. Projects will range from sketchbook exercises to fully finished works. The online, user friendly platform, Canvas, will be used. Open to all 9-12 grades.
- Students will gain an overview of the anatomy of the head
- Students will learn how to get a likeness
- Students will gain proficiency in both portrait sketches and finished portraits
- Students will gain proficiency in using basic portrait materials.
All materials needed for the course can be found using this link: Materials List - Portrait Drawing and Painting