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Power of Acrylics Intensive
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Power of Acrylics Intensive

$395

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next session starts May 23, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Exploit the flexibility and power of acrylic paints to produce engaging and vibrant pictures. Acrylics are ideal for the oil painter who wants to expand their repertoire or switch to less toxic materials, as well for students new to painting. A range of techniques will be demonstrated, including alla prima, blending, masking, glazing, and the velatura. Lessons will be individualized for each student, making this course appropriate for all experience levels. Drawing experience is recommended. 

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

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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Acrylic in the City (Outdoor)

$325

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 2 pm

Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Explore acrylic’s vibrant color and versatile application and layering methods as you portray the beauty of Philadelphia’s parks in your own personal style. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete a series of rapid sketches and at least one sustained painting. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home to admire when you are done with each day’s painting!Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Clark Park in West Philly, Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Note Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.

Register by: May 13

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Art Journaling: From the Garden

$295

with Dressler Smith

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Using the spring and summer seasons as a starting point, learn how to commit your life’s memories to book form though engaging prompts and practical tips. Art journaling allows you to document your feelings and life events in a meaningful and creative format through a calming, personally expressive practice. Fuse words with imagery though drawing, watercolor pencil, and more to organize your thoughts and preserve your experiences. No drawing experience is necessary. 

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting
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Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm

Immerse yourself in the creative process in this exploration of painting techniques and personal expression.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice.  Class discussions will be focused upon in-depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.  Note: This previously online class now meets in-person. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting. 
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material. 
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships. 
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Portrait Drawing from 2D and Life

$595

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Draw one of art’s most compelling and moving subjects: the portrait.  Learn to create realistic and expressive renderings from both photographs and live models, in order to explore a range of approaches for your personal practice.  Use charcoal and graphite drawing techniques to suggest light and volume, and discover how to incorporate contrast and detail to create interest.  Instruction will cover basic anatomy, including skull bone structure and musculature, as well as how to determine the movement and direction of the head. Useful information for all levels.    

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn notions of basic anatomy, including skull bone structure and muscle structure 
  • Students will learn how to settle movement and direction of the head 
  • Students will learn how to create volume with charcoal and graphite techniques 
  • Students will learn how to make their portraits interesting by adding details and contrast to their pieces.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $750.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture

$620

with Colleen O’Donnell

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. Tuition includes a $25 model fee.

Learning Objectives

  • Create representations of the human form in three-dimensions.
  • Acquire technical knowledge and develop excellent craftsmanship.
  • Learn the practice and philosophy of historic and contemporary approaches to human figure artworks.
  • Develop strong observational skills, self assessment and the ability to reflect on one’s own work, as well as that of others.
  • Develop a personal artistic direction.
  • Develop the ability to explore an idea in depth and breadth through a cohesive body of work.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $775.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Screenprinting & Beyond

$315

with Lisa Hamilton

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 am - 12 pm

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.  (Tuition includes $20 lab fee.)

Learning Objectives

• Students will have a basic understanding of the screen printing process.

• Students will acquire technical experience with screens, squeegees, ink, tools, and equipment.

• Students will learn basic screen printing 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.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials list

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Figure Painting (Summer Session 1)

$320

with David Wilson

Calendar Next available session starts May 27, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 am - 12 pm

Painting the human form from observation is one of the cornerstones of PAFA's long tradition of rigorous instruction.  Working from the nude model, investigate color mixing, proportion, and composition using oil paint as a medium. Intended for all skill levels, this course offers foundational instruction on building form and mixing flesh tones for beginning-level students, as well as the the valuable opportunity for more advanced students to continue to hone their skills to deepen their understanding of the language of painting.  Tuition includes a $25 model fee.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 





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