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Sketch-on-the-Go (Outdoor)

$115

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
RAIN DATE: May 4*
 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.  

* Rain Date: May 4. Please plan on the rain date when registering – regular withdrawal policies apply, dated by the original workshop date, for students unable to attend the rescheduled date. See policy guide, below.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Gesture figure drawing methods  
  • Basic perspective as applied to architecture  
  • Simplification of complex subjects 

Image:  Sybille Zeldin, Turkey Mart. Courtesy of the student. 

Register by: April 19 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

In-Depth Watercolor, Session 1 (In-Person)

$675

with James Toogood

Calendar Next session starts May 17, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: James Toogood
Six-Week Condensed Course (42 Hours)
Credit:
Non-Credit or 1.5 Undergraduate Credits (See Below)

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 Condensed Course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $995. Select credit option with price adjustment when registering.

Image: James Toogood, Bermuda

Register by: May 10
Materials List
Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide including withdrawal/refund policies

Full Course

Traditions in Landscape Painting (Online)

$295

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts May 19, 2024 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.* (Interactive asynchronous Canvas content supported by weekly Zoom meetings)     
Instructor: Al Gury
Six-Week Condensed Course (30-hour Equivalent)
Credit: Non-Credit or 1.0 Undergraduate Credit (See Below)

In this visually rich and interactive class, students will be guided through the development of the color and styles of contemporary landscape painting from its beginnings in the 16th century to the modern era, with a focus on historical Dutch landscape painting, the English and French plein air painters, the Impressionist landscape, and early modern forms of personal expression in the genre. Each class will include a visual history of the topic, color palettes, the materials and techniques of each approach, and a video demonstration by the instructor. Working from master copies and photos, as well as observational painting, will be addressed. Weekly project assignments will be critiqued by the instructor. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the development of landscape painting while developing individualized painting approaches and personal style.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $595. Select credit option with price adjustment when registering.

* No class on May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Register by: May 10

Materials List


Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

Information for PAFA CE Online Courses

Foundations of Art 101 (Online)

$295

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts May 19, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.* (Interactive asynchronous Canvas content supported by weekly Zoom meetings)
Instructor: Al Gury
Six-Week Condensed Course (30-Hour Equivalent)
Credit: Non-Credit or 1.0 Undergraduate Credit (See Below)

Al Gury, Professor of Painting and Drawing at PAFA, and noted author of Alla Prima, Color for Painters, and Foundations of Drawing, presents the foundational basics of art making. This course is designed for individuals who are new to or just beginning to study art, or for those desiring a refresher in the basic elements, with a goal of imparting a solid and practical understanding of essential topics and practices. As a survey course, each week will focus on a specific topic and a project assignment. Topics will include the materials of drawing and painting, drawing shapes, measuring, forms, perspective, depth, use of line, understanding light and shade, and composition. Exercises will include the basics of charcoal and pencil drawing, use of pastel, color concepts, and how oil paints work. Subjects will include still lifes, interior spaces, portraits, and life drawing through the use of masterworks. Course content and assignments will be posted on Canvas, PAFA’s online learning platform. Weekly Zoom meetings will provide opportunities for Q&A, art history discussion and references, illustrations of key concepts, and explanations of the weekly project by the instructor.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $595. Select credit option with price adjustment when registering.

* No class on May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Register by: May 10

Image: Al Gury.

Materials List

Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

Information for PAFA CE Online Courses

The Landscape Oil Sketch (Outdoor)

$325

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts May 23, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Five-Week Short Course (20 Hours)
Credit: Non-Credit Only

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. Locations with shade and restrooms include Bartram’s Garden along the Schuylkill River and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, near Philadelphia International Airport. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.

Image: Roger Chavez. 

Register by: May 17

Materials List

Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

Urban Landscape Drawing (Outdoor)

$295

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan
Six-Week Short Course (18 Hours)
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture Philadelphia’s picturesque historic and commercial architecture, using fundamental observational drawing techniques. Learn simple methods for applying the principles of linear and atmospheric perspective to your drawings, giving them dimension and depth. Students at all experience levels are welcome, with instruction designed to appeal both to those who enjoy portraying landscape subjects in the open air and to students seeking to hone their basic drawing skills. This course takes place in easy-to-access Central Philadelphia and University City locations. Restrooms are available near all sites. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to drawing locations.

Image: Student artwork.

Register by: May 17

Materials List

Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

Plein Air Painting in Gouache (Outdoor)

$325

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 1, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Five-Week Short Course (20 Hours)
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Gouache (opaque watercolor paint) is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils. Explore gouache’s subtle but vibrant color and versatile application 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. Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, Washington Square Park near Independence Hall, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Note:  Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.

Image: Michelle Oosterbann. 

Register by: May 24

Materials List

Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge (Outdoor)

$325

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 3, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Five-Week Short Course (20 Hours)
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, the encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture!  Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms.  Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn the essential materials, tools, techniques, and strategies for painting on site.  Instruction will cover a variety of plein air approaches, including painting with a knife and brush, painting from an imprimatura,  Macchiaioli painting, and working from sketches to block in local color.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Image: Charles Muldowney, Valley Forge Sunset, Watercolor. 

Register by: June 24
Materials List 
Summer 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies





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