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Continuing Education at PAFA

Non-Credit Courses

Pre-College: After School Studio Arts


with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Oct 5, 2020

This course provides students with the opportunity for enrichment, skills development, and portfolio building in a (mostly) asynchronous online drawing course.

This course consists of nine self-paced lessons on PAFA’s learning management system, Canvas, during which students will learn foundational drawing skills, self-portrait drawing, and how to use color in art. Each lesson will include a recorded demonstration, written resources, images, a discussion board and an assignment that students can submit on Canvas. Students will receive regular written feedback on these assignments from so that they can grow as artists and produce a stellar portfolio. Course instructors include Professor Al Gury and PAFA MFA students.

While these lessons are designed to be completed weekly, students can complete these lessons at their own pace on their own schedule between October 5 and December 4. There is no required synchronous component to this program. For interested students, there is an optional weekly drop-in session available on Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm to share discussion, images and ideas, with the goal of creating a supportive learning experience. 

This course consists of nine weekly modules that are divided into three foundational topics:

  • Foundation Drawing, which will focus on developing skills in the areas of shape, form, depth and composition using still life and interior spaces.
  • Portrait Drawing, which will focus on developing the skills needed to create strong portraits and self- portraits. This module will focus on portrait anatomy, structure and getting a likeness.
  • Color in art, which will focus on the understanding and use of color in making an image. Practical uses of understanding and using color will be addressed using portraits, still life, and free creative projects.


Students may apply for full and partial scholarships here:

Parent/Guardian must complete the Student Information and Release Form BEFORE the first day of class.

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to to register as an international student.

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