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Continuing Education at PAFA

Human Figure

Figure Drawing (ONLINE) DR 605EF_ON


with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Apr 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Practice a variety of fundamental figure drawing approaches while working from photographic references. Media and techniques include graphite on white paper, charcoal on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction methods, and the trois crayon technique. Proportions and methods of measuring will be emphasized.  Students will gain confidence in their representation of the human form and handling of materials as they draw alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions.

Register by:  April 9

Materials List: Osti DR 605EF_ON

Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Join Roberto Osti on Tuesday, April 6, for a free Q&A and drawing demonstration to launch his new book, Dynamic Human Anatomy.  Learn more and register here.

Image: Roberto Osti, Rebecca Foreshortened, chalk on paper

Essential Human Anatomy (ONLINE) DR 604EE_ON


with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The human body is one of the most fascinating subjects an artist can depict, but its anatomical complexity can make it intimidating. Roberto Osti, artist, teacher and author of Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide and Dynamic Figure Drawing, makes anatomy approachable and enjoyable. Study the structural aspects of the human form: basic landmarks, essential volumes, and proportional relationships. Progress to the main muscle groups to identify their surface effects and aesthetic characteristics. Work alongside the instructor in this live Zoom course.  Includes lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback.

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Osti DR 604EE_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Classical Drawing: Lessons from the Masters (ONLINE) DR 600CM_ON


with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Copying master drawings is a traditional exercise stretching back to the Renaissance.  Learn to analyze great drawings for lessons in proportion, gesture, anatomy, and form. Explore a variety of traditional materials, from chalks to charcoal, ink wash, toned paper, and more. By closely copying the masters, gain a greater appreciation, understanding, and connection with inspirational artists who came before us. All materials will be suitable for the home studio. Instruction will be conducted through video lectures, demonstrations, assignments and individiual Zoom critiques.  All levels welcome! 

 Learning Goals

  • Learn the basics of proportional measurement.
  • Understand the techniques of master drawings - line, planes, and tones - to produce the illusion of volume.
  • Master the use of materials used traditional drawing materials.
  • Produce several finished copies of admired works of art.

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

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Dummitt DR 600CM_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


Thomas P. Anshutz (1851-1912), Cast Drawing: Wrestlers (detail), charcoal on cream laid paper, 18 13/16 x 24 1/8 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1971.8.102, gift of Mrs. Edward R. Anshutz

Figure Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON


with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Grow your painting skills and become familiar with a variety of materials and techniques through the study of the human figure. Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment while developing a series of monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Topics and projects include gesture studies, painting from photographs, and portrait painting from a mirror. Students will learn through a combination of live Zoom sessions and posted instructional content. Some prior painting and drawing experience is recommended.  

Learning Objectives:  

  • Strong design and composition
  • Accurate anatomy and proportions
  • Believable depictions of light and space
  • Dynamic use of colors, marks, and textures

Materials ListWilson PT 600E_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

 Image:  David Wilson, Figure Study, oil on canvas

Life Drawing (ONLINE) DR 605E_ON


with John Horn

Calendar Next available session starts May 28, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Learn how to compose a figure drawing using Old Master Drawings and other photo references with esteemed PAFA professor, John Horn.  With demonstrations and critiques in real time via Zoom, learn the figure's geometric structure and anatomy, developing a vocabulary of form to make a convincing figure drawing. Simple figure compositions will also be discussed.

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

Register by: May 14

Materials List: Horn DR 605_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements


John Horn, Figure Study, charcoal on paper

Alla Prima Painting (ONLINE) PT605AP_ON


with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 7, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

Strengthen your oil or acrylic painting skills through this comprehensive exploration of direct, or alla prima, techniques with the chair of PAFA’s painting department and noted author of Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting, Al Gury. Instruction will cover the history, color palettes, primary approaches, methods and materials, and aesthetics and styles of direct painting. Each week’s study will be devoted to one area of focus: figure and portrait, landscape, interiors, and expressive approaches. Interactive asynchronous course content, including step-by-step painting demonstrations and critiqued assignments, will be supplemented by daily Zoom meetings with the instructor for group discussion, exploration of painting styles, and problem solving. Open to all levels.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the painting traditions and materials of alla prima painting.
  • To understand color, brushwork and development of an alla prima painting.
  • To understand diverse traditions and image making.
  • To understand the use of a variety of resources as reference for painting.
  • To understand the planning, starting, developing and finishing of a compositional alla prima painting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to develop a strong alla prima painting.
  • Students will be able to develop a visual point of view.
  • Students will be able to analyze and understand historical perspectives in alla prima painting and a variety of subjects and composition choices as they may influence a painting process and the development of a personal point of view.
  • Students will have better visual language and critical thinking skills.

NOTE: This course is available for 3.0 undergraduate credits for $1,800

Register by: May 14

Materials List : Gury PT 605AP_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Images: Al Gury, Mountain Woods, oil on panel, 8 x 10 in.

Group Critique with James Toogood (ONLINE) IN 747NJ


with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 11, 2021 at 9 am
2 additional sessions through Jun 25, 2021

Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both relieving artistic uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join noted artist and PAFA faculty James Toogood 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.

NOTE: Each critique session will begin at 9 a.m.  Each student will receive a 30-minute critique minimum.

Session 1 register by:  June 4

Session 2 register by:  June 11

Session 3 regsiter by:  June 18

Image: James Toogood with students

Drawing Hands & Feet Workshop (ONLINE) DR 605HF_ON


with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 12, 2021 at 9 am

Designed for figurative artists and students of anatomy, this online workshop will explore the structural, anatomical, dynamic and aesthetic qualities of hands and feet. These highly mobile and expressive parts of the human figure are notoriously challenging for an artist to depict. Master the beautiful complexity of the extremities so you can promote their expressive potential and add credibility to your depictions of the human form. You will draw along with renowned artist and author Roberto Osti in this live Zoom workshop.

Materials List: Osti DR 605HF_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements (1)

Image: Roberto Osti, Hand and Foot Studies, colored chalk on paper

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