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Fall CE Classes

Mastering Acrylics (ONLINE) PT 608EM_ON

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

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

Explore the power and versatility of acrylic paints. If you have been uncertain about what can be done with acrylics or how they compare to oils, this course will reveal their tremendous strength. Fast-drying acrylics promote the rapid build-up of paint layers with little wait time. Opaque and transparent application techniques allow both the modeling of form through blending and daubing, and the development of richly complex color through glazing. Appropriate for students at all levels, including beginning painters, but drawing experience is recommended.  This primarily-asynchronous Canvas course includes videos, illustrated lessons and critiques.  A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., beginning October 28.

Note: This class may also be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Register by:  October 16

Materials List : Kaplan PT 608E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Image:

Frederick Kaplan, "Godel, Escher, Bach at Relativistic Velocity," acrylic, oil, ink on canvas 32” x 72," courtesy Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia. 

Oil Painting All Levels (ONLINE) PT 601E_ON (Section 2)

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

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

This special course is designed for students eager to get back to painting, but while keeping a safe distance.  Each weekly session contains 3 modules: the first is for beginners or those who need a refresher and covers all the basics; the second for intermediate students, and going more deeply into color, introducing a wider variety of painting methods, and providing additional technical information; the third is for more advanced students – those ready to develop a personal style and express ideas and emotions symbolically.  The course includes video and illustrated lessons, plus person-to-person discussions and critiques.  A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., beginning October 28.

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

Register by:  October 16

Learning Objectives

Beginning Module

  • Introduce alla prima (direct) painting techniques.
  • How to use a selection of basic materials.
  • Familiarity with the “feel” of oil paints and how to manipulate them.
  • Introduction of a limited palette of colors, their properties, and effect in mixtures.
  • Elements of chiaroscuro and its use in realistic painting.
  • Realistic painting of elemental geometric forms.

Intermediate Module

  • Demonstrate several methods of starting a painting including wipe-out, grisaille, and imprimatur.
  • Color theory with emphasis on complementary and analogous color schemes.
  • Introduce a broader range of colors, including transparent pigments.
  • Physical and optical color blending methods with glazes, velaturas, and scumbles.
  • In-depth study of painting mediums and oils.

 Advanced Module

  • Expressive and symbolic use of color.
  • Mark-making as a descriptive and expressive tool.
  • Color as a spatial symbol and symbol of illumination.
  • Compositional techniques including the golden rectangle, composition grids, element relationships and unity.

Materials List : Kaplan PT 601E_ON 2

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Picturing Benjamin Franklin (ONLINE) IN 651EB_ON
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Picturing Benjamin Franklin (ONLINE) IN 651EB_ON

$195

with Dr. Paul Sivitz

Benjamin Franklin’s iconic status has been, since his own lifetime, bolstered by images and shapes our perceptions of this historical figure. The numerous portraits, busts, and drawings from the eighteenth century are only a part of the vast collection of visual Frankliniana. Examine the man and his likenesses within an historical context, including the question as to why the image of the older, corpulent Franklin is the most popular representation, when in fact Franklin was, until quite late in life, very fit. Readings include selections Franklin’s Autobiography, as well as his letters and papers.  Online instruction will provide weekly recorded lectures plus live Zoom sessions with the instructor on Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. 

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an historical understanding of Benjamin Franklin, while at the same time, evaluate the use of his image in different contexts.
  • Learn to evaluate primary sources and use them to more thoroughly understand historical actors and events and write short papers using those sources.

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

Register by:  October 16

Materials List: Sititz IN 651EB_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Dr. Paul Sivitz received his MA in History from Temple University and his PhD in History from Montana State University. He has returned to his native Philadelphia after teaching for seven years in the Department of History at Idaho State University. He specializes in early America, the Atlantic World, Race and Slavery, the social history of disease and medicine, and the circulation of knowledge in the eighteenth century. His art historical interests span the early modern period, particularly the themes of science, medicine, and political commentary.

Image:

Benjamin Franklin, David Martin (1736-1798), 1767,Oil on canvas, 49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (125.8 x 100.4 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1943.16.1, Gift of Maria McKean Allen and Phebe Warren Downes through the bequest of their mother, Elizabeth Wharton McKean, Joseph Harrison, Jr. Collection

Botanical Drawing & Painting (ONLINE) DR 615EP_ON

$225

with Linda Gist

Calendar Current session started Oct 27, 2020 , runs for 6 weeks

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. 

This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Tuesday, 10 am – 12 p.m. (See materials list for more information)

Register by:  October 16

Materials List : Gist DR 615EP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE PolicyGuide_Fall 2020

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Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island - From Home! (ONLINE) PT 605NW_ON

$225

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Oct 29, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, 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.

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Sweeney PT 605NW_ON

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Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times 2 (ONLINE) IN 750EH_ON

$150

with Dona Duncan

Calendar Current session started Oct 29, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

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 projects in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  Projects will be assigned in each class and discussed the following week.  No artistic experience necessary.

Register by:  October 23

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Drawing with Color Pencil (ONLINE) DR 619EC_ON

$225

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Current session started Oct 29, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

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. 

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Oosterbaan DR 619EC_ON

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Policy Guide Fall 2020

Image: 

David Hockney, Large Vase, Hotel Garden, Hotel Biltmore, February 1976,  graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 14 x 17 in. (detail)

Watercolor Portrait (ONLINE) PT 604WP_ON

$225

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Oct 30, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the art of watercolor portrait painting from photographic references.  Working alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions, paint a variety of portrait subjects, with a focus on mixing skin tone, rendering hair, achieving a likeness and realistic expression, and more.  Instruction will feature demonstrations of fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more.  Portrait drawing experience recommended.

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Osti PT 604WP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Policy Guide Fall 2020

Image:

Dox Thrash (1893-1965), Untitled [Portrait of male with red suspenders], n.d., Watercolor on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (29.845 x 22.5425 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2019.3.57, Gift of Dr. Constance E. Clayton in loving memory of her mother Mrs. Williabell Clayton

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