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Plein Air Painting in Bermuda - From Home! (ONLINE) PT 605BM_ON
with Joseph Sweeney
Working from photographs of sunny Bermuda 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.
Materials List : Sweeney PT 605BM_ON
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), North Road, Bermuda, 1900, Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper, 13 15/16 x 21 in. (35.40125 x 53.34 cm.), collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1978.19, Partial Gift and Bequest of Bernice McIlhenny Wintersteen
Portrait & 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 portrait and 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. Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques. Students will work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor. Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness – but a variety of figure-based themes, additional subjects, and conceptual interests may be pursued. Additional resources will be available through the Canvas, including art historical examples, technical advice addressing the use of black and white grounds, using a grid with transparent overlays for working with photo references, and more.
Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.
Project 1: Indirect Painting
- Photographs provided by the instructor.
- Creating linear underdrawing.
- Applying a base layer of paint with monochrome washes.
- Applying finish color using glazes, opaque, and semi-opaque (velatura) layers.
Project 2: Tonal Painting
- Students choose their own subject
- Developing a painting using a wipe-out technique from an imprimatura base
Project 3: Direct Painting
- Students choose their own subject
- Application of direct color over minimal underdrawing to achieve an immediate, expressive painting (alla prima).
Materials List : Danziger PT 600E_ON
Fred Danziger, L, 2013, oil on panel, 20 x 18 in.
Drawing the Figure (ONLINE) DR 605EF_ON
with Roberto Osti
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.
Materials List : Osti DR 605EF_ON
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.
Materials List : Oosterbaan DR 605EL_ON
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)
Watercolor Landscape (ONLINE) PT 604WL_ON
with Roberto Osti
Learn to paint watercolor landscapes from photographic references – a virtual getaway for plein air painters during this time of isolation and limited travel. Subjects will include a variety of types of terrain, and instruction will address the rendering of trees, grass, sky, and water. Students will practice fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more as they paint in real-time with the instructor.
Materials List : Osti PT 604WL_ON
Policy Guide Fall 2020
William Trost Richards (1833-1905), The Daisy Field, Conanicut Island, 1884, Watercolor and Chinese white on paper, 3 1/4 x 4 15/16 in. irr. (8.255 x 12.54125 cm.), collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession #2008.5.90, Gift of Dorrance H. Hamilton in memory of Samuel M. V. Hamilton
The PAFA Atelier (ONLINE) DR 607PA_ON
with Peter Van Dyck
Designed for dedicated students seeking to advance their representational drawing and painting, the PAFA Atelier is now online! Each week, Peter Van Dyck, noted painter and founder of the PAFA Atelier, will present a live Zoom lecture/demonstration, and provide individual critiques during class and through the week. This combination instructed-class and open-studio allows students to advance their work on their own personal projects, including figure/portrait subjects, still lifes, landscapes, and interior spaces. Note: This an intermediate-level format for students with prior drawing/painting experience.
Peter Van Dyck, an Assistant Professor in the PAFA BFA program, is dedicated to perceptual painting and the academic tradition. He studied painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where he also taught. In 2012 he was named one of “25 Important Artists of Tomorrow” by American Artist Magazine. In 2013 his work was included in the book Painted Landscapes, Contemporary Views by Lauren P. della Monica. His work has also been reproduced in periodicals including American Artist Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, and Art and Antiques. He has had solo shows at John Pence Gallery, San Francisco; Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York; and The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, Maine.
Note: This course may be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.
Materials List : Van Dyck DR 607PA_ON
Hand-Printed Monotype 1 (ONLINE) PR 604EH_ON
with Tony Rosati
Join Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Printmaking Department, from his home studio for this live Zoom monotype class. Monotypes are unique painterly prints created by painting and drawing with ink on a slick surface and transferring the image onto paper by way of a press or hand printing. This course will focus on hand-printed methods, introducing students to a variety of additive and subtractive techniques, exploring working in both color and black and white. Mixed media approaches, an array of paper choices, and green cleanup methods will also be presented.
Materials List : Rosati PR 604EH_ON -1
Tony Rosati, Hillside with Trees and Fissure, oil paint monotype on gray wove paper, 17 3/4 x 24 7/8 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1986.35, John S. Phillips Fund purchase
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 Wednesday, 6 – 8 p.m., beginning Septembmer 23.
- 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.
Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525
Materials List : O'Donnell SC 700EA_ON
Student sculpture from Summer 2020