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In-Depth Watercolor, Summer 1 (In-Person)
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In-Depth Watercolor, Summer 1 (In-Person)


with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started May 19, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about color theory as applied to watercolor.
  • Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper.
  • Through both discussions and demonstrations, first time participants and beginners will learn a variety of techniques that are fundamental to watercolor, presented in a systematic step by step method. Participants can expect to have regular individual instruction, given at their current skill level.
  • Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light.
  • Participants will work from direct observations from the still life and model, as well as from one’s own source materials.
  • Those not taking the class for credit will have the option to work on landscape, still life, portrait and figure or abstraction, as they wish.
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of watercolor styles and encouraged to discover one’s own personal aesthetic.
  • The course is ultimately designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings.

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $995. Select credit option when registering.

Image: James Toogood, Bermuda

Register by: May 12

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2023

Screenprinting and Beyond (In-Person)
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Screenprinting and Beyond (In-Person)


with Tony Rosati

Calendar Current session started May 26, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.*

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects. Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the screenprinting process. 
  • Students will acquire technical experience with screens, squeegees, ink, tools, and equipment. 
  • Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques including image development, coating and processing screens, mixing ink, and printing. 
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by way of printing various stencils from fine detail images to flat broad areas. 
  • Students will learn printmaking professionalism including printing editions on clean registered printmaking paper, signing and numbering editions appropriately. 
  • Students will learn the importance of image development through individual reviews and by exploring various possibilities with the process. 
  • Students will develop critical visual and verbal skills by way of individual discussions with the instructor and with their peers.

* Note: No class on July 21.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $615 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Image: Nancy B. Campbell, Okura, ca. 2000, Screenprint, ed. 8/9, 14 x 11 1/8 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2017.56.3

Register by: May 19

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2023

All About Acrylics (In-Person)


with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This complete acrylic painting course covers basics to advanced methods. Learn to use quick-drying acrylics expertly in thin, transparent layers as well as thicker, more opaque applications that produce textural and impasto effects. Materials like fluid mediums, gels, and pastes will be demonstrated, along with both brush and palette knife techniques. Several different color palettes will be introduced as students paint a variety of subject matter, including still life arrangements and the life model. This course is ideal for students looking for a non-toxic, flexible painting medium, as well as anyone seeking to explore acrylics’ excellent potential for representational and abstract work. Drawing experience is recommended. This course includes a $10 models fee.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $705 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering.

Image: Fred Kaplan, Despina, 2019, acrylic panel, 12 X 12 in.

Register by: June 23

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2023

Metal Sculpture (In-Person)


with Steve Nocella

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This six-week condensed course teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion. Note: Tuition includes a $60 lab fee.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $755 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Image: Judith Hoyt, Untitled, n.d., Wood, metal and paint, 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (23.495 x 21.59 cm.). Collection of PAFA, Accession #2011.1.251, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, Copyright © Judith Hoyt, Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women.

Register by: June 23

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2023

Spontaneous Abstraction Workshop (Online)


with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 28, 2023 at 10 am

Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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.

Image: Kassem Amoudi. 

Register by: July 21

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2023

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