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Continuing Education at PAFA



For-Credit Courses

Portrait & Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON

$450

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Sep 17, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 12 weeks

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.

Course Schedule

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

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Image:

Fred Danziger, L, 2013, oil on panel, 20 x 18 in.

Full Course

Assemblage Sculpture from Home (ONLINE) SC 700EA_ON

$350

with Colleen O’Donnell

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

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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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Fall 2020

Image:

Student sculpture from Summer 2020

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Classical Design for the Contemporary Artist (ONLINE) DR 700ED_ON

$350

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

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Design is the application of the formal elements of aesthetics to an artwork to enhance its strengths.  The first seven classes of this ten-week course will explain the formal elements of design:  composition, space, value, light, color, line, and texture/pattern.  Course content will include art historical discussions using artists past and present to exemplify design, short video demonstrations of the applications of each principle, and time to experiment and apply what you learned to your own work. In the final three classes, students will apply these elements to their work, with formal critiques at the end of each class. This class will be team taught by Shushana Rucker and Charles Muldowney, allowing students to benefit from varied input during critiques and different points of view during lectures and discussions.  

A weekly, live Zoom meeting will be held every Wednesday, 10 - 11:00 a.m.  

Course Schedule

Composition – This class will discuss the arrangement of forms, rhythms, colors, values, and lines in a work to create an interesting image. Principles like the Golden Ratio and other concepts will be made simple. Students will be able to identify these elements in the work of classical and contemporary artists. The works of Hopper, Bartlett, Vermeer, Millet, Poussin, and others will be discussed.

Space – This class will investigate the creating of a sense of depth in a work using size, position of forms, value, saturation, edge and perspective. Atmospheric perspective, linear perspective, intuitive perspective will be discussed and demonstrated. The class will look at the work of Alberti, Masaccio, Durer, Leonardo DaVinci, Giacometti and others.

Value – This class will examine the creating of a range of dark and light in a work. High key and low key value will be discussed and demonstrated. The class will look at work of Prud’hon, Klee, Lorrain, Rigaud, Hassam, Degas, Monet, Manet and others.

Light – This class will study manipulating the value and texture to create a sense of illumination and drama. The class will look at the work of Innes, Seurat, Rembrandt, Rubens, Hopper, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Goya and Whistler.

Color – This class will examine principles of color to create mood, space and harmony. Artists studied: Van Gogh, Matisse, Piper, Diebenkorn, Rothko and others.

Line – this class will explore the use of line in creating planes, volume, mass, gesture and space.  The class will look at the work of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kline and others.

Texture and pattern – this class will look at creating a rich visually interesting surface that provides contrast, variety, and decoration. Artists studied: Escher, Close, Mondrian, Pollock, Klimt, Essaydi and Fish.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will recognize and apply the seven basic elements of classical design.
  • Students will become familiar with several important art historical figures, and their influence on design.
  • Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to gain an understanding of how mark making influences design.
  • Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique.
  • Students will gain confidence in their ability to create interesting design within their own artwork.

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

Materials List: Rucker & Muldowney DR 700ED_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE PolicyGuide_Fall 2020

Image:  Shushana Rucker, "The Upside Down," oil on panel, 20 x 20 in.

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Color for Painters (ONLINE) IN 604CP_ON

$350

with Al Gury

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE!

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles, Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, and Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting.  Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings.  This Canvas course includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings every Sunday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (See materials list for more information)  All levels welcome!

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

Materials List : Gury IN 604CP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

 

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Introduction To Digital Photography IN 660PH_ON

$350

with RA Friedman

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

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Achieve the technical knowledge and creative camera skills needed to make powerful, professional-quality photographs using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, from initial capture to final print.  Learn the functions, modes, and menus of your camera; how they affect picture-taking; and how to select the appropriate settings for a given environment.  Instruction will address shooting in RAW format, employing expressive natural and artificial light, creating setups for portraiture, photo-editing, and post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.  Develop a unified body of work ready for exhibition, publication, or a portfolio.  Demonstrations, discussions, reviews and short weekly projects are designed to get you up, out and behind the camera!  Prior photography experience is helpful, but not necessary.  A fully adjustable (pro, “prosumer”) DSLR or mirrorless camera, as well as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop or Gimp software, required.  A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m. 

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

Materials List : Friedman IN660PH_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

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Observational Perspective Drawing DR 716 OP_ON

$350

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

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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

Zoom Technical Information

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

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

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Oil Painting All Levels (ONLINE) PT 601E_ON (Section 1)

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE!

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, person-to-person discussions and live critiques via Zoom. (Individual zoom sessions with the instructor are available by appointment every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

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

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

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

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The Portable Print (ONLINE) PR 615PP_ON
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The Portable Print (ONLINE) PR 615PP_ON

$350

with Shushana Rucker

Learn to make your own fine art prints without a press or special equipment!  Create your own “portable” print-shop to use at home or to create plein air works outdoors. Gain the confidence and expertise to perform the following techniques on your own:  relief, oil- and water-based monotype, Gauguin monotype, stencil printing on fabric, stamp printing, solar etching, and paste paper making.  A demonstration on how to make a portfolio to store paper and prints and simple framing techniques will be provided.  Comprehensive online instruction is comprised of video demonstrations, guides, and assignments with regular instructor feedback.  Live Zoom sessions will be held every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives

• Gain an understanding of the basic processes in printmaking and receive an overview of its history.

• Gain experience in relief and intaglio techniques.

• Students will produce a variety of images using different printmaking techniques

• Gain an understanding of how to create prints without a shop.

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

Materials List : Rucker PR615PP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020 





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