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Continuing Education at PAFA



Illustration & Storyboarding

Drawing & Illustrating from Reference Materials (ONLINE) IL 600ED_ON

$225

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Photographs, reference books, and online sources are great tools for the artist/illustrator when used effectively. Learn how to derive the information you need from photos without copying, to establish a light source and create volume and atmosphere from the imagination, and to convey the volume and gesture of figures taken from photographs.  Subject matter will include people, animals, and landscapes from images provided by the instructor or from personal source material.  Instruction will focus on drawing media, with the option to finish projects in color.  Avoid both copyright infringement and the pitfalls of working from photos with helpful advice from a professional in the illustration industry.

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Samworth IL 600ED_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements (1)

Image: Kate Samworth, She Plotted His Capture (detail), graphite on mylar, 9 x 13 in.

Color & Design in Gouache (ONLINE) PT 630ED

$225

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media.  Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes.  Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work.  Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tessellations, and making copies of masterworks.   

Regsiter by:  May 14

Materials List: Samworth PT 630ED

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements (1)

Natural History Illustration (ONLINE) DR

$225

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts May 28, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Discover the fascinating world of natural history illustration through its greatest contributors from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century. Investigate the unusual lives of those who traveled the globe in search of new specimens and how they contributed to our understanding of nature. Each week’s instruction will focus on a different field of study:  botany, entomology, mammalogy, ornithology, marine biology, and cartography. Students then will be guided through the process of illustrating specimens from each field using Micron pens, colored pencils, acrylic inks, or other wet or dry media of choice. 

Register by: May 14

Materials List: Samworth DR Natural History Illustration

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:

Instructor Kate Samworth in her studio

Editorial Illustration (ONLINE) IL 600EE_ON

$350

with James Heimer

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 1, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Explore image making as a means of communication. This intermediate class is ideal for artists who wish to experiment with narrative and conceptual imagery as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication.  Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen. In addition to a studio component, students will engage in a number of professional practice discussions focused on the business side of the editorial market.  The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Weekly group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom. Access to a scanner and Adobe Photoshop or other raster graphics software is required for the completion of assignments.  

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

Register by: May 14

Materials List: Heimer IL600EE_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021 

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: James Heimer, Striking the Right Balance Between Speed and Safety, client: Intercom

Storyboarding (ONLINE) IL 600EB_ON

$1,200

with Deon Robinson

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

Prepare to bring your film or animation ideas to life through the practice of professional storyboarding.  Plan composition, movement, time passage, and dialogue in sequential drawings to shape your story, shot-by-shot.  Learn how to visually communicate ideas through perspective, value, and color and to create clear narratives through impactful staging and composition. Collaborative and individual projects will guide you through translating the written word from open-source scripts and screenplays to generate breakdowns and shot lists, as well as through applying primary storyboarding elements of camera angle, framing height, and movement to convey screen logic. Discussions will address storyboard applications in a variety of art and design fields.  This class is professional practices-driven but is open to serious students of all levels and does not require fine arts drawing experience.  Imagery may be generated through digital or traditional media, but a printer is required.

Learning Objectives

The following course outcomes indicate competencies and measurable skills that students develop as a result of completing this course:

  • Students will use the creative process, as well as the terminology of design and cinematography, to analyze and create effective storyboards.
  • Students will use perspective to establish point-of-view in order to develop proper staging in the framing of their compositions.
  • Students will use dramatic lighting and composition to illustrate mood in their narratives.
  • Students will diagram and employ the use of camera angles, framing height and movement in their storyboards to convey screen logic.
  • Students will use breakdowns and shot lists to sufficiently analyze and interpret the written word as visual storyboards.
  • Students will communicate ideas and research through professionally-presented storyboards.

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

Register by:  May 14

Materials List: Robinson IL 600EB_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image:  Student storyboard courtesy of Deon Robinson

Botanical Drawing & Painting (ONLINE) DR 615EP_ON

$225

with Linda Gist

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 23, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. 

This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Wednesday, 10 am – 12 p.m. (See materials list for more information)

Register by:  June 11

Materials List : Gist DR 615EP_ON

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Linda Gist and student

Pre-College: Illustration: The Art of the Concert Poster, DR 710MI

$400

with James Heimer

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 19, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Explore illustration as a counterpart to music through the art of the concert poster. Students will experiment with a variety of hands-on methods to develop imagery that interprets the lyrical content of their favorite artists. Spontaneous and stream of consciousness drawing and lettering exercises will be employed to invent narratives from instrumental music. The history of the concert poster will provide context and serve as inspiration for the students own projects.

The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Daily group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will gain an understanding of communication through pictorial means.
  • Students will express abstract concepts through pictorial symbols.
  • Students will present preliminary work that clearly communicates their objectives.
  • Students will balance lettering and imagery.
  • Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking, creativity, and a personal voice.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Drawing for Comics, DR 723 EC

$400

with Jeff Kilpatrick

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 9, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

In this course, students will be taught cartooning basics, studying drawing and inking techniques using a variety of professional tools. They will also be taught the language of sequential art (comics). Students will write a story based on real life or imagination, then design characters and environments to be used as they transform that story into a short-form comic. The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, as well as live chat via Zoom.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.





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