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Mixed Media Explorations: Collage, Combines, and Assemblage (Online)


with Colleen O'Donnell

Calendar Current session started Sep 26, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m. (Zoom, with Canvas content) 
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell 
Credit: Non-credit or 1.0 undergraduate credit (see below)

Explore alternative ways of conceptualizing and creating mixed-media art. 2D and 3D techniques have been an essential part of modern art history, as evinced in the poetic artworks of Joseph Cornell, politically charged assemblages of Betye Saar, revealing works of Eileen Agaar, and whimsy of Robert Rauschenberg. Push your art-making process to a new level by combining 2D and 3D art into a contemporary expression of your own. Intrinsically engage awareness while drawing on design elements to reflect a point of view and a moment in time. Each week discover your unique expression while bringing new work into existence.

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

Image: Patti Rosenberg, [Untitled], Mixed media. Courtesy of the student.  

Register by: September 15 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Information for PAFA CE Online Courses

Painting from Dreams and the Imagination (Online)


with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Current session started Sep 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Susan Sullivan 
Credit: Non-credit only

Painting from source material within your own mind offers a fertile ground for personal, surreal, abstract, and whimsical work without being tied to observable subject matter. Develop your painting practice using your imagination as your subject and make your dreams into tangible artworks. Prompts will encourage you to play on your canvas, opening the door from the unknown to visually compelling compositions. Subject cues will include painting from poems or song lyrics, generating images from memories, documenting your dreams, and creating imagery from classmates’ combined sketches. Instruction is geared toward oil or acrylic painting, but drawing, collage, and students’ other preferred media is welcome and encouraged. Zoom meetings include prompts and discussion, live painting time together in a classroom-like atmosphere, and critiques and one-on-one guidance from the instructor. This class is great for artists wanting to incorporate a freeing sense of playfulness and abstraction into their work, those seeking a creative outlet for their thoughts and emotions, and anyone who loves making paintings that are weird, witty, and wonder-inspiring.

Image: Susan Sullivan, Dream, Oil on panel, 16 x 16 in. 

Register by: September 15 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Information for PAFA CE Online Courses

Abstract Drawing/Mixed Media: Color Harmony and Interaction (In-Person)


with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 26, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Instructor: Keith Leitner 
Credit: Non-credit only 

Explore the vital and vibrant role of color in art making. More than a supporting member, color can be the lead actor in a drawing or painting. Instruction will examine the work of artists who relied heavily on color for their creative processes, including Helen Frankenthaler, Cy Twombly, and many more. Color theory will be explored as a means of understanding color’s application and meaning through exercises in drawing, watercolor painting, collage, and students’ choice of media. Internalize and personalize concepts to make color a subtle, surprising, or dazzling part of your own work.  

This course does not meet during Thanksgiving Break, November 23 - 26. 

Image: Keith Leitner, Saturation Dawn.

Register by: October 20 

Materials List

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies 

Alternative Media for Illustrators (Online)


with James Heimer

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. (Zoom, with posted Canvas content)
Instructor: James Heimer 
Credit: Non-credit only

Refine your visual communications skills and experiment with personal style through unconventional media. In other words, this is creative playtime for adults. 

This course is designed for creative professionals who are eager to expand their personal mark-making language, strengthen their capacity for visual problem solving, and develop unique strategies for managing creative block. Students will be challenged with creating illustrative two- and three-dimensional work using found materials in addition to experimenting with DIY printmaking methods. Through a variety of group exercises and individual assignments, this class will encourage artistic growth through critical thinking and process related risk. 

This course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Weekly group exercises and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom. 

Image: James Heimer.

Register by: October 27 

Materials List  

Fall 2023 CE Policy Guide, including updated Withdrawal/Refund Policies

Information for PAFA CE Online Courses

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