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Continuing Education at PAFA



Fall CE Classes

Introduction to Oil Painting (ONLINE) PT 616EO_ON

$350

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? Join Shushana Rucker to learn introductory to intermediate level techniques in the comfort of your own home. This course will help the beginner oil painter gain confidence in a variety of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect painting, color mixing, and painting with a brush and palette knife. Topics will also include stretching your own canvas, cradling panels, and using mediums, solvents and additives. Course content will include in-depth video tutorials, and printable tutorials. The instructor will be available on a daily basis to answer questions via e-mail. A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Monday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives

• Students will recognize and apply a range of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect methods.

• Students will identify and make use of basic design and color principles.

• Students will analyze and describe historical and contemporary oil painting techniques and styles.

• Students will become proficient in the use of hand and power tools used to prepare supports.

• Students will experiment with painting tools and gain an understanding of mark making with oil paint.

• Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique.

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

Materials List : Rucker PT 616EO_ON

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CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Observational Perspective Drawing DR 716 OP_ON

$350

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing and painting, allowing us to translate the observable world into believable two-dimensional images and create invented spaces. Learn the fundamentals of linear perspective in clear, easy to-understand language, and apply these principles to still life, interiors and cityscape views.  This course will utilize the online learning platform, Canvas, and include videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, plus live sessions via Zoom. Basic drawing experience recommended.  One-on-one live Zoom sessions with the instructor are available by appointment every Wednesday at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives

• Improve observational and interpretive skills, including the ability to gauge proportions, orientations, and relative positions of objects and their parts.

• Achieve understanding of the core principles of linear perspective.

• Develop skill in applying the principles of linear perspective to real-world situations.

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

Materials List: Kaplan DR 716OP_ON

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Image: 

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), “Drawing 1 (The Law of Perspective),” ca. 1884-87, Pen and ink over graphite on cream wove paper, 15 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (39.37 x 56.515 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, ACCESSION #1985.68.3.1, Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection, purchased with the partial support of the Pew Memorial Trust and the John S. Phillips Fund

Portrait Painting & Drawing (ONLINE) PT 602E_ON

$350

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 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, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  All levels welcome.

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

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

Materials List : Gury IN DR 602E_ON

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CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Painting from the Masters (ONLINE) PT 621E_ON

$450

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Current session started Sep 22, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Deepen your understanding of oil painting through the traditional practice of studying and copying master works.  Analyze the layers of paintings from different historical periods to understand each artist’s particular use of composition, space, color, and mark-making.  Students will work from high-resolution images of master paintings and apply the great artists’ techniques to their own still life, landscape and/or portrait paintings.  Each weekly Zoom class session will consist of an introductory lecture/demonstration, independent work time and individual critique.  High resolution imagery and other content will be available through Canvas.

Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

Materials List : Chavez PT 621E_ON

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CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Image:

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), Valley of Santa Ysabel, New Granada, 1875, oil on canvas, 39 1/4 x 60 in. (99.695 x 152.4 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2018.10, Museum Purchase

Anatomical Figure Drawing (ONLINE) DR 604E_ON

$450

with John Horn

Calendar Current session started Sep 23, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 12 weeks

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 (See materials list for more information), learn proportion, skeletal framework, superficial muscles, and the movement of the figure, developing a vocabulary of form to make a convincing figure drawing.  

Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

Materials List : Horn DR 604E _ON

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CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Oil Painting Materials & Techniques (ONLINE) IN 601E_ON

$350

with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Current session started Sep 26, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Discover how great oil paintings are made in this fascinating examination of artists’ materials from the pre-Renaissance to the present day.  Explore and complete traditional underpainting techniques, clear and translucent layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting in this combination of Zoom, demo, and hands-on class. Learn about artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, and the mass production of art materials, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Weekly PowerPoints on a variety of subjects related to painting will be given. Some experience and oil painting materials required. This course will take place live via Zoom (See materials list for more information).

Learning Objectives

  • Dispel any misinformed, bad advice you might have collected over the years.
  • Familiarize you with the best of traditional and newer materials, and how to use them to achieve your artistic vision.
  • Investigate the compatibility and consequences of the materials you are using.
  • Learn terms related to art and making art.
  • Distinguish the materials used in cave, tomb, fresco, tempera, encaustic, oil, acrylic, and resin painting.
  • Identify what toxic materials are used by artists, how they are exposed. Learn the risk factors, effects on our bodies, and safety measures.
  • Learn the difference, advantages and disadvantages of stretcher bars and strainers, linen & cotton, natural wood and engineered wood products, metals, parchment, paper, Mylar, hide glue, PVA, polymer emulsions, gesso, oil and acrylic grounds, tempera, oil paint and brushes, mediums, varnishes, framing skills and storage strategies.

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

Materials List : Ciambella IN 601E_ON

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Creative Photography: Find Your Voice (ONLINE) IN 660CP_ON

$195

with RA Friedman

Calendar Current session started Oct 26, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Explore who you are as a photographer and where you want to take your work in this intermediate-level project-focused course.  Learn how to best combine your abilities and available resources toward creating a new body of work with message and impact, and presenting it to the viewer.  Weekly assignments will include photo shoots, idea generation, proposal writing, and critiques. Ability with a digital or film camera and photo workflow is a prerequisite. Some technical issues will be addressed, but the core of the class is strengthening your creative outlook and practice.  This is an asynchronous Canvas course with a weekly live Zoom session every Tuesday, 7 – 8 p.m.  (See materials list for more information)

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

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Friedman IN 660CP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Image: RA Friedman, "Fairmount Clouds"

Drawing from Photographs (ONLINE) DR 600EP_ON

$195

with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Current session started Oct 26, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Photographs allow us to expand our subject matter to family members, historical figures, nudes, landscapes, animals, and more.  Artists have been using photographs as references for as long as the medium has existed.  Learn to apply the fundamentals of classical drawing – measurement, proportion, tone, line quality, and gesture – to drawings made from photographs.  Explore traditional materials such as chalks, charcoal, ink wash, and a variety of papers. All materials will be suitable for the home studio. Instruction will be conducted through Canvas via video lectures, demonstrations, and assignments as well as regular critiques.  All levels welcome!

A weekly, live Zoom meeting will be held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  

Learning Goals

  • Learn the basics of proportional measurement, value, tone, line, and gesture
  • Learn to use photography as an aid to classical drawing techniques
  • Learn to impose a knowledge of structural anatomy on photographs to produce the illusion of volume
  • Master the use of materials used in traditional drawing
  • Produce two finished drawings

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

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Dummit DR 600EP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Image: Michael Kowbuz, "Blur," ink, watercolor and gouache on Arches 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.





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