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Ease into Figure Painting Workshop (In-Person)


with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Feb 24, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Credit: Non-Credit Only

This course is ideal for students who want to paint the figure but don't know how to get started. Begin by learning about proportions, anatomical landmarks, and figure structure as you execute charcoal drawings of plaster statuary casts in PAFA’s famous Cast Hall. As you build confidence and skill, instruction will then introduce you to the practice of working from the life model – first by drawing, and then with a limited palette of either oil or acrylic paints. Previous drawing experience strongly recommended. Tuition includes a $35 models fee.

Image: Leon Kelly, Henriette as My Model, 1929, Oil on canvas, 28 1/8 x 36 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Gift of Bernard Davis. 1950.20.1

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Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Figure Drawing (Online)


with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 8, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Credit: Non-Credit Only

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 crayons 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. The online structure allows for an optimal overhead view of the instructor’s demonstration drawings and a focused but conversational community environment as students engage with the instructor and complete in-class work together. 

Image: Roberto Osti.

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Figure Painting: Developing Form and Finish (In-Person)


with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 9, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Instructor: David Wilson 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Paint from a life model in poses of varying lengths to develop and refine your figure painting compositions. Extended poses will allow students to adjust and resolve issues of surface, color, and composition. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee. 

Image: David Wilson. 

Register by: March 1
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Fast and Unfussed: Loosen Up Your Oil Painting (In-Person)


with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Roger Chavez 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Cultivate fluid mark-making and bold approaches to subject matter through rapid and loose painting studies.  Tight and precise painting, especially in the early stages of an artwork, can sometimes lead to work that appears stiff and over-labored, or to locked-in compositions that are difficult to change or correct. Working from the still life, cityscapes, and the life model, utilize short, small painting exercises to learn new ways of starting paintings, keeping compositions open to adjustment, and both initiating and retaining a sense of freshness in your forms and brushstrokes. Instruction will address color mixing, making a practical setting for painting, and investigating new methodologies to apply to your paintings.  Discover the beauty and freedom of loosening up your painting!     

Learning Objectives:  

  • Learn how to effectively make use of short, fast, and small painting exercises  
  • Learn the importance and the effectiveness of setting a viable learning environment for painting  
  • Learn effective color mixing along with use of materials and techniques 

 Image: Roger Chavez. 

Register by: March 1
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Spontaneous Figure Painting (In-Person)


with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 13, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi 
Credit: Non-Credit Only 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Take a break from representational model-based painting and learn to incorporate the human form as an abstracted or hinted element in your work, toward suggesting ideas, conveying emotions, or emphasizing its formal qualities.  Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. Content includes examples and discussion of notable artworks, critique, and one-on-one instruction.  Painting experience recommended.  Note: This workshop does not feature in-class models. 

Image: Kassem Amoudi, Song of the Reed

Register by: February 23 
Materials List  

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Sketch-on-the-Go (Outdoor)


with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.  

* Rain Date: May 4. Please plan on the rain date when registering – regular withdrawal policies apply, dated by the original workshop date, for students unable to attend the rescheduled date. See policy guide, below.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Gesture figure drawing methods  
  • Basic perspective as applied to architecture  
  • Simplification of complex subjects 

Image:  Sybille Zeldin, Turkey Mart. Courtesy of the student. 

Register by: April 19 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

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