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Hand-Printed Monotype 2 (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.
Register by: October 23
Materials List : Rosati PR 604EH_ON -2
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
Realistic Drawing Techniques (ONLINE) DR 618ER_ON
with Frederic Kaplan
Take your drawing skills to the next step, utilizing a variety of illusionistic techniques to bring a greater sense of volume, space and atmosphere to your drawings. Investigate lost and found edges, contrast and chiaroscuro, texture, proportions, and basic principles of linear perspective in a range of dry drawing media as you progress from still life arrangements to complex interior and exterior complex settings. Ideal for those seeking an increased sense of realism and finish in their drawings, and an excellent foundation for painting. This primarily-asynchronous Canvas course includes videos, illustrated lessons, discussion and critique. A weekly Zoom meeting will take place every Wednesday, 7 - 8 p.m., beginning October 28.
Note: This class may also be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525
Register by: October 23
Materials List : Kaplan DR 618ER_ON
Rackstraw Downes (b. 1939), Under a U-Turn on the Ramp from the George Washington Bridge to Rte. 9A North, 2013, Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 37 in. (59.69 x 93.98 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2015.33
Painting Over the Line 2 (ONLINE) PT 703EL_ON
with Kassem Amoudi
Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended. Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to appy these concepts to your own work.
Register by: October 30
Materials List : Amoudi PT703EL_ON 2
Portrait Drawing: Facial Expressions (ONLINE) DR 609FE_ON
with Roberto Osti
Enliven your portraits with realistic facial expression! In this live Zoom course with renowned artist, educator and author, Roberto Osti, students will practice rendering a variety of facial expressions from photographic references of artworks and real people. Each session will cover a different expression: happiness, surprise, sadness, anger and disgust-contempt. Students will practice various drawing techniques especially suited for portraiture and for improving the expressive qualities of portraits.
Register by: October 30
Materials List : Osti DR 609FE_ON
Spontaneous Abstraction Workshop - PT 705EW_ON
with Kassem Amoudi
Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class.
Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space as will learning the power of editing to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings.
Register by: November 27
Materials List : Amoudi PT705EW_ON
Group Critique with Neysa Grassi & Bruce Samuelson
with Neysa Grassi
Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and ﬁnding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment.
Join acclaimed artists and PAFA faculty Neysa Grassi and Bruce Samuelson for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force.
Each particpant will receive a 30 minute critique via Zoom beginning at 9 a.m. Particants will receive instructions on uploading 5 - 6 artworks (inlcuding in-progress work) to Slideroom in advance.
Register by: November 13 (space is limited to 8 participants)
Master Class with John MacDonald: Landscape Painting - Beyond the Photo (ONLINE) IN 605JM_ON
with John MacDonald
Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic reference. But it’s a misplaced battle. The source of the visual information we use to paint is irrelevant. The real problem lies not in painting from life or photos but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination.
This workshop will take place via live Zoom lectures & demonstrations in the morning and critiques in the afternoon. Individual follow-up critiques will also be available over a period of weeks after the workshop.
Materials List : MacDonald PT 605JM_ON
John MacDonald, Autumn Morning on the Hosac, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.
Painting Knife Workshop (ONLINE) PT 716EP_ON
with Shushana Rucker
Have you been using a painting knife to mix colors, but you aren’t sure how to use it to apply paint? This online workshop will demonstrate how to get great results with a painting knife. Using a knife properly in painting can create beautifully crisp edges and fine details. This class will cover how to use knife painting techniques to paint architecture and landscape environments. Learn about color, texture and painterly application in this fun one day workshop. Course content will be conveyed through short video tutorials, printable tutorials, and Zoom videoconferencing.
- Students will recognize and apply a range of mark making techniques using a palette knife and oil paint.
- Students will gain an understanding of color mixing and design.
- Students will be introduced to blade brushes and alternative painting tools.
- Students will become familiar with direct, alla prima painting techniques.
Register by: December 4
Materials List : Rucker PT 617EP_ON
Shushana Rucker, "Open Space," oil on panel, 12 x 16 in.