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The Landscape Sketch (OUTDOOR) DR 605LS
with Roger Chavez
The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.
Register by: April 9
Materials List: Chavez DR 605LS (3)
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) Landscape Study: Cultivated Field and Tree, ca. 1874, oil on heavy paper, 4 11/16 x 4 11/16 in. (11.90625 x 11.90625 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 19184.108.40.206, Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection, purchased with the partial support of the Pew Memorial Trust and the Henry S. McNeil Fund
Plein Air Painting In Cape May (OUTDOOR) PT 605CM
with Joseph Sweeney
Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Instruction includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.
Register by: May 7
Schedule: 4 days, Thursday through Sunday, May 20 - 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For more information and recommended accommodations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials List: Sweeney PT 605CM
Alla Prima Landscape Painting (ONLINE) PT 605AP_ON
with Al Gury
Al Gury, Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of direct landscape painting.
Working from photographs, master works, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your in confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by weekly Zoom discussions and critiques. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome.
NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525
Register by: May 14
Materials List: Gury PT 605AP_ON Summer
Image: Al Gury, Mountain Woods, oil on panel, 8 x 10 in.
Plein Air Painting at Andalusia PT 605AA
with Joseph Sweeney
Learn the essentials of landscape painting this fall with master plein air painter, Joseph Sweeney, on the grounds of Andalusia, Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum. Located on a wooded promontory overlooking the Delaware River, Andalusia has been a stately presence on this stretch of water, just north of Philadelphia, for more than two hundred years. The ancestral home of the Biddle family, Andalusia is also a natural paradise of native woodlands and spectacular gardens that have evolved over time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity, made by special arrangement! Learn more about Andalusia.
- Learn the basics of working outdoors
- Learn how to set up, use and care for a field easel
- Learn how to transport wet paintings to and from home without damaging your car
- Learn about the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, masonite all have different working properties
- Learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting
- Drawing and proportion in composition of a landscape will be explained and demonstrated
- Students will become expert in finding locations suitable for painting. Finding flat surface to stand on is a simple but important part of learning to paint outdoors
- Learn how to orient themselves to the sun and how to find shelter form wind and rain
- Students will learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky; Students will learn to make quick field sketches and how to bring them to full completion, and develop a sense of place
- Students will learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere and temperature
- Students will learn to properly present, photograph and frame a plein air work.
Register by: May 28
Materials List: Sweeney PT 605AA
Plein Air in the Park (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP
with Keith Leitner
Capture the colors of spring en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced. Learning Objectives: Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up; Learn color mixing and application of each medium; Study of pigment history and development; Learn about watercolor/pastel history via short discussions of painters and their motifs.
Register by: May 19
Materials List: Leitner DR 605WP
Thomas P. Anshutz (1851-1912) Landscape with Trees, n.d., Watercolor on paper, 6 5/8 x 10 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1971.8.58, Gift of Mrs. Edward R. Anshutz
Alla Prima Painting (ONLINE) PT605AP_ON
with Al Gury
Strengthen your oil or acrylic painting skills through this comprehensive exploration of direct, or alla prima, techniques with the chair of PAFA’s painting department and noted author of Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting, Al Gury. Instruction will cover the history, color palettes, primary approaches, methods and materials, and aesthetics and styles of direct painting. Each week’s study will be devoted to one area of focus: figure and portrait, landscape, interiors, and expressive approaches. Interactive asynchronous course content, including step-by-step painting demonstrations and critiqued assignments, will be supplemented by daily Zoom meetings with the instructor for group discussion, exploration of painting styles, and problem solving. Open to all levels.
- To understand the painting traditions and materials of alla prima painting.
- To understand color, brushwork and development of an alla prima painting.
- To understand diverse traditions and image making.
- To understand the use of a variety of resources as reference for painting.
- To understand the planning, starting, developing and finishing of a compositional alla prima painting.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to develop a strong alla prima painting.
- Students will be able to develop a visual point of view.
- Students will be able to analyze and understand historical perspectives in alla prima painting and a variety of subjects and composition choices as they may influence a painting process and the development of a personal point of view.
- Students will have better visual language and critical thinking skills.
NOTE: This course is available for 3.0 undergraduate credits for $1,800
Register by: May 14
Materials List : Gury PT 605AP_ON
Images: Al Gury, Mountain Woods, oil on panel, 8 x 10 in.
Group Critique with James Toogood (ONLINE) IN 747NJ
with James Toogood
Feeling isolated in your studio? Unsure of your next step? A group critique is an excellent means of both relieving artistic uncertainty and ﬁnding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive environment. Join noted artist and PAFA faculty James Toogood for supportive, non-judgmental feedback on your artwork while helping you to dispel feelings of self-criticism or discouragement. Learn to perceive doubt as a tantalizing entry for creative investigation rather than a destructive force.
NOTE: Each critique session will begin at 9 a.m. Each student will receive a 30-minute critique minimum.
Session 1 register by: June 4
Session 2 register by: June 11
Session 3 regsiter by: June 18
Image: James Toogood with students