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Figure Drawing Foundations: Anatomy, Cast, and Life (In-Person)

$550

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 16, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Develop a firm foundation in your figure drawing practice with noted artist, educator and author Roberto Osti.  Detailed anatomical instruction will familiarize students with the underlying forms and external effects of the body’s bone and muscle structures.  Sessions in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall will allow study from Antique and Renaissance sculpture to recognize these anatomical effects and explore how they can be used to create beautiful and compelling forms.  Work from life models in short and long poses will further build on this framework to explore the dynamic, gestural, and expressive qualities of the rendered figure. Traditional drawing materials and methods will be demonstrated and practiced, including the use of toned paper, trois crayons, graphite, and charcoal, as well as measuring techniques.  Note: Course tuition includes a $25 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $700 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Roberto Osti, Rebecca Forshortened, colored chalk on paper. 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

The PAFA Atelier (In-Person)

$845

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 21, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

This combination of instructed class and open studio is designed for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting.  Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.  This course features intermediate-level instruction for students with prior drawing/painting experience.  Note: Tuition includes a $50 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $1,150 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Peter Van Dyck, Couple Manayunk

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Figure Drawing into Painting (Online)

$375

with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Join PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition through this progression from drawn studies to color oil renderings of the human form.  Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment, progressing from drawing studies to 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. Appropriate for all levels, with options to draw-only based on experience. 

Learning Objectives:   

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

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Image: Christian Schussele, [Figure study: female nude reclining, back view], n.d., Charcoal on green-gray wove paper, 13 13/16 x 21 in. irr. (35.09645 x 53.34 cm.).  Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1876.9.572, John S. Phillips Collection.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Drawing from the Antique (In-Person)

$425

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 27, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

PAFA’s breathtaking Cast Hall is a unique resource for artists, containing life-size copies of Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture, including the Winged Victory, the Venus de Milo, and the staggering life-size copy of Michelangelo’s David, among other notable works. Cast Drawing, or Drawing from the Antique, was one of the first courses established in the founding of the Academy and has remained a core part of PAFA’s fine arts curriculum for over 200 years. Become a part of this long and rich artistic tradition as you learn to draw accurately from observation, explore line and form, and gain an appreciation for some of history’s most beautiful sculptural artworks. This course is an excellent introduction to drawing techniques and materials and is appropriate to all levels.  Read a History of PAFA’s Cast Hall by Faculty Member Al Gury here. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn to articulate 3-dimensional form with active gestural line. 
  • Students will translate form into cross-contour models. 
  • Students will develop skill in drawing form with light. 
  • Students will manipulate composition to alter visual impact. 
  • Students will acquire knowledge of diverse artists and their ways of working. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Photo credit: Daniel Garber, Reclining Male Figure [Cast drawing: Michelangelo's "Day"], 1904, Charcoal on buff laid paper, 18 5/8 x 24 3/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the artist, 1945.14.5

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

The Portrait Medallion: Introduction to Relief Sculpture (In-Person)

$425

with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 28, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Relief is an excellent bridge to sculpture for painters and a refreshing variation for sculptors working in-the-round.   Learn all aspects of modeling the portrait in relief, including drawing, modeling high relief and bas-relief. Work from Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture in PAFA’s historic Cast Hall to gain greater insight into sculptural masterpieces from the past. All levels are welcome. For more information about PAFA’s Cast Collection, check out https://www.pafa.org/news/history-pafas-cast-hall-faculty-member-al-gury  

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Wordsworth Relief, 2017, Tinted GFRC, 25 x 35 in.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form





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