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Continuing Education at PAFA



For-Credit Courses

Portrait & Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON

$450

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Current session started 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

The PAFA Atelier (ONLINE) DR 607PA_ON

$450

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Sep 18, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 12 weeks

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

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Fall 2020

Full Course

Assemblage Sculpture from Home (ONLINE) SC 700EA_ON

$350

with Colleen O’Donnell

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

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

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

$350

with Shushana Rucker

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

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.

Color for Painters (ONLINE) IN 604CP_ON

$350

with Al Gury

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

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

 

Introduction To Digital Photography IN 660PH_ON

$350

with RA Friedman

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

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

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

Zoom Technical Requirements

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

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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