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Continuing Education at PAFA



Mid-Semester Courses/Workshops Beginning Late-Feb/March

in All CE Winter/Spring 2024 In-Person and Online Courses

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 

Old Masters and Modern Geniuses: Lessons in Painting from PAFA's Great Artists (Online)

$395

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 27, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content)   
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
 
Credit: Non-Credit or 1.0 Undergraduate Credit (see below)

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in 1805 as the nation’s first school and museum of fine art. Since that time, the school has helped to develop a host of prominent artists as the art world has taken a variety of paths. Explore the fascinating history of the “Academy Tradition” by learning about artists who taught or studied at PAFA, examining their styles and techniques, and applying these techniques to your own work and subject matter. Hands-on investigation and instruction will cover direct and indirect painting, principles of portraiture, color, tonalism, composition, landscape painting strategies, and various art-making tools, methods, and principles employed over history. Studied artists will include Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Henry O. Tanner, Cecilia Beaux, Bo Bartlett, Maxfield Parish, Alice Neel, Daniel Garber, Charles Wilson Peale, and many more.  This class is excellent for painters seeking to broaden their approach and vision while enjoying a deep dive into PAFA’s history of American Art. 

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

Image: Charles Muldowney, Perkiomen Creek Bridge, oil on panel.

Register by: February 19 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Colorfield Abstraction Workshop (Online)

$175

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 1, 2024 at 10 am

Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Zoom only) 
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Explore the painting techniques and color-layering processes behind the sophisticated genre of colorfield painting with artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Masters including Jules Olitski, Morris Louis, Nicolas de Stael, and Richard Diebenkorn will be discussed. Sessions are comprised of live painting time in a community classroom-like atmosphere, with critiques and advice from the instructor as he works one-on-one with each student.  Group instruction includes a presentation of notable artworks and discussion about the defining characteristics of the genre. Painting experience recommended. Note: Due to the emphasis on live instructor feedback and in-class painting, this Zoom class is not recorded. 

Image: Kassem Amoudi. 

Register by: February 23

Materials List

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

Drawing from Photos (Online)

$250

with Alicia Mino

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

Tuesdays, 6 - 8 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Alicia Mino 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Learn strategies to translate your photographs into drawings that both retain the photo’s realism and promote your personal expression. Using colored pencil (which combines the possibilities of color with the ease of dry media), explore tactics for accurately translating your imagery to your drawing surface; identifying, mixing, and layering color to achieve vibrant effects; creating realism through the study of texture, light, and contrast; and employing addition and subtraction techniques to expand your range of mark-making. Work from your choice of photographic subject matter – a great option for students seeking to make art from personal experiences, capture family and friends who cannot pose for portraiture, or expand their interests and skills in landscapes, animals, or other subject matter not easily accessible.  This course is excellent for beginners or those interested in colored pencil or photorealistic drawing techniques. 

Image: Alicia Mino.

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

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

Fundamentals of Oil Painting (Online)

$250

with Susan Sullivan

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

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Susan Sullivan 
Credit: Non-Credit

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? This course will help the beginning painter gain confidence in a variety of techniques including direct and indirect painting; color mixing; using mediums, solvents and additives; and painting with a brush and palette knife. Subject matter will include still life, portrait, interior spaces, landscape, and a master copy. Zoom class times will be comprised of group lectures and demonstrations, as well as studio painting time where the instructor will work one-on-one to guide students toward successful compositions. Drawing experience required. 

Image: Susan Sullivan, Disco, oil on canvas board, 8 x 12 in.

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

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 





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