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Ease into Figure Painting Workshop (In-Person)

$260

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 

Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.  
Instructor: Keith Leitner 
Credit: Non-Credit Only
 

Explore both the versatility of watercolor and the exciting possibilities of color through still life painting. Learn to capture form with the freshness and fluidity of all prima techniques.  Promote color in your work through instruction on color properties, mixing, and basic theory, as well as how to use hues in combination to create impactful compositions.  Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will enforce all content so that students gain the facility and freedom to use color and painting techniques as means of personal expression. 

Image: Keith Leitner. 

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

Advancing Your Acrylics (In-Person)

$295

with Frederic Kaplan

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

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

For students with some experience and training with acrylic paints, this course will increase the fascination and challenge of the medium by guiding you into a wide range of techniques and materials that will advance your skill level. Explore transparent and semi-opaque layering more deeply while investigating masking and blending techniques. Content will include color theory and compositional structure, as well as the introduction of a broad selection of acrylic paint types and additives. Subject matter includes still life arrangements, the human figure, and the expansive views of the city from the upper floors of PAFA. Previous acrylic painting experience required.  Tuition includes a $35 models fee.

Image: Fred Kaplan, Godel Escher Bach at Relativistic Velocity, 2019 Acrylic, oil and ink on canvas, 32 x 72 in. 

Register by: February 26

Materials List 

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

From Drawing to Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Keith Leitner
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Drawing is integral to all types of painting in the development of form and composition, but many beginning painters lack the fundamental drawing skills, or the understanding of how best to use them, to serve their painting goals.  This combination drawing and painting (all media) class will focus on how to use drawing to create a roadmap to develop your finished work. Observational, measuring, and compositional rendering tactics will be addressed with attention to using positive and negative space and breaking your composition down to basic components. Students then will be guided toward adapting their drawings to paintings in their choice of oil or water-based media. Historical examples will show how painters past and present have used drawing in the creation of their work. Various drawing media will be discussed; some painting experience recommended.     

Image: Keith Leitner. 

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

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

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

$330

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)

$295

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 

The American Watercolor Tradition (In-Person)

$295

with Richard Estell

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

Mondays, 12:30 – 3: 30 p.m. 
Instructor: Richard Estell 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Explore the painting techniques of the masters who pioneered the 19th and 20th century American watercolor movement, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth.  Characterized by bright color and bold handling that includes accents of opaque watercolor and loose washes, work in this tradition captures subject matter with dazzling light-filled effects. Practice these classic methods and learn to incorporate them into your own artwork to achieve a greater freedom of expression as well as adaptability and control in the way that you paint. Demonstrations and art historical discussions will be combined with short and more extensive still life and self-portrait exercises. This course is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels.  

Image:  Richard Estell, Heron, Watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

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

Egg Tempera Workshop (In Person)

$205

with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella

Credit: Non-Credit Only

From ancient Egypt through the early Renaissance and into modern times, pigments mixed with egg yolk, hide glue, or casein were valued for their fast-drying layers and luminous color effects. Learn traditional preparations, transparent and translucent painting methods, and contemporary mixtures of tempera and oil while painting from still life set-ups or your own reference material.  Varnishing, framing, and storage issues will also be discussed and demonstrated. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee. 

Image: Anthony Ciambella, Reunion.

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

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





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