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The PAFA Atelier (In-Person)

$845

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 

Full Course

Lithography (In-Person)

$545

with Ron Wyffels

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Lithography is a versatile printmaking process that allows for a complete range of drawing effects:  contour line, hatching/cross-hatching, painterly wash applications, expressive mark-making, and reductive techniques.  Learn all aspects of the lithographic process through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on practice:  preparing a traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plate; creating your own drawing from observation, imagination or photographic transfer using a range of drawing materials; selecting paper; printing in black-and-white and color; and editioning your prints.  Note: Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the lithography printing process. 
  • Students will acquire technical experience in preparing stones, plates, & ink. 
  • Students will learn basic stone & plate drawing, etching and processing techniques.
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by way of proofing and printing their stones & plates, included learned skills in roller use & litho press operation. 
  • 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. 
  • Students will advance their individual art concepts and expand their artistic territory through new technique & material uses. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $695 (including lab 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. 

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Register by: September 19

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

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

$425

with Morgan Dummitt

Calendar Current session started Sep 28, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu. To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.

In-Depth Watercolor (In-Person)

$625

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Sep 30, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will learn about color theory as applied to watercolor. 
  • Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper. 
  • Through both discussions and demonstrations, first time participants and beginners will learn a variety of techniques that are fundamental to watercolor, presented in a systematic step by step method. Participants can expect to have regular individual instruction, given at their current skill level. 
  • Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light. 
  • Participants will work from direct observations from the still life and model, as well as from one’s own source materials. 
  • Those not taking the class for credit will have the option to work on landscape, still life, portrait and figure or abstraction, as they wish. 
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of watercolor styles, and encouraged to discover one’s own personal aesthetic. 
  • The course is ultimately designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $795. 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: James Toogood, 

Register by: September 2 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course

In-Depth Watercolor, Section 2 (In-Person)

$625

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Oct 5, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills. 

Learning Objectives 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $795. 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: James Toogood, Mixed Emotions, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30.

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Full Course
How to Make an Oil Painting (In-Person)
Registration Unavailable

How to Make an Oil Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Current session started Nov 3, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learning the process of making an oil painting from beginning to end is essential for painters starting out or for any artist looking for greater control over their materials and techniques. This course will start from the ground up, beginning with the underlying painting supports all the way to the finished painted image. Hands-on instruction will guide you through stretching a canvas and applying the sizing and oil ground.  Discussions on historical and contemporary mediums, as well as the components and characteristics of paint, will facilitate understanding for command over your materials. Paint from still life arrangements to learn sound techniques and approaches for toning the surface, drawing the image and underpainting, working “fat over lean” to create stable layers, and achieving a finished artwork.  This course packs a punch of valuable painting information as an introduction to oils, a still life study, and a materials-and-techniques class rolled into one.

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: Paul Georges, Backyard, Bridgehampton, 1974, Oil on canvas, 39 7/8 x 52 1/8 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arie Ilton, 1981.3 

Register by: October 28

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION DUE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION

Woodcut and Relief Printmaking (In-Person)
Registration Unavailable

Woodcut and Relief Printmaking (In-Person)

$315

with Ron Wyffels

Calendar Current session started Nov 4, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Printing from a drawing carved into wood or a linoleum block is the oldest and most straightforward form of printmaking.  The direct nature of this process makes it an ideal introduction to printmaking for beginners, while artists of all levels enjoy its potential for intricate detail and graphic impact.  This six-week course is the perfect condensed exploration into this striking technique.  All aspects of the process will be covered, including drawing on the block, carving your design and printing black-and white and color prints. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes a $20 lab fee.) 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the relief printing process. 
  • Students will acquire technical experience in preparing woodblocks & linoleum blocks to receive their drawn images. 
  • Students will learn safe and smart cutting techniques for making their printing blocks. 
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by proofing and printing their black & white and color relief prints, including skills in ink brayer use & press operation. 
  • Students will learn printmaking professionalism including printing editions on clean registered printmaking paper and signing and numbering editions appropriately. 
  • Students will learn the importance of image development by exploring various possibilities with the process. 
  • Students will develop critical visual and verbal skills through individual discussions with the instructor and with their peers. 

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: Alison Saar, Nude Woman with Long Hair, 2000, Color woodcut, 12 x 10 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, 2011.1.260c 

Register by: October 28 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu. To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.

Sculpting the Figure in Terra Cotta (In-Person)
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Sculpting the Figure in Terra Cotta (In-Person)

$320

with Colleen O'Donnell

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

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 as well as a personal artistic direction.  
  • Learn how to explore an idea in depth and breadth through a cohesive body of work. 
  • Cultivate the ability to reflect on your own work, as well as that of others, through individual and group critiques.  

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: Jason Yun, terra-cotta, 6 x 8 x 7 in.

Register by: October 28 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 





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