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Continuing Education at PAFA


Color for Painters (ONLINE) IN 604CP_ON


with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles, Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, and Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting.  Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings.  This Canvas course includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings every Sunday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (See materials list for more information)  All levels welcome!

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

Materials List : Gury IN 604CP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020


Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island - From Home! (ONLINE) PT 605NW_ON


with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Oct 29, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette.  Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized.  Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Sweeney PT 605NW_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

Policy Guide Summer 2020

Master Class with John MacDonald: Landscape Painting - Beyond the Photo (ONLINE) IN 605JM_ON


with John MacDonald

Calendar Next session starts Dec 7, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Among representational artists, there has been an endless battle between those who paint from life and those who use photographic reference. But it’s a misplaced battle. The source of the visual information we use to paint is irrelevant. The real problem lies not in painting from life or photos but whether we’re simply copying what we see as opposed to using the information as a springboard for creating the paintings we want. In this 5-day workshop, participants will work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. We’ll break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. 

This workshop will take place via live Zoom lectures & demonstrations in the morning and critiques in the afternoon.  Individual follow-up critiques will also be available over a period of weeks after the workshop.

 Materials List : MacDonald PT 605JM_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020


John MacDonald, Autumn Morning on the Hosac, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.

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