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Continuing Education at PAFA



Oil/Acrylic Painting

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The Landscape Sketch DR 605LS (Outdoor, Spring Course)

$325

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Current session started Apr 19, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

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. Select locations along the Schuylkill River will include beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden. 

Image:  Landscape Sketch class in progress, Fall 2021.  Photo by Roger Chavez.

Register by:  April 12

Materials list

CE Policy Guide Spring 2022

Plein Air Drawing and Painting PT 612DP (Outdoor, Spring Course)

$325

with Larry Francis

Calendar Current session started May 8, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 5 weeks

Capture the small town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts.  Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky.  Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome.  Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available.

Register by:  April 29

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CE Policy Guide Spring 2022

Power of Acrylics Intensive
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Power of Acrylics Intensive

$395

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next session starts May 23, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Exploit the flexibility and power of acrylic paints to produce engaging and vibrant pictures. Acrylics are ideal for the oil painter who wants to expand their repertoire or switch to less toxic materials, as well for students new to painting. A range of techniques will be demonstrated, including alla prima, blending, masking, glazing, and the velatura. Lessons will be individualized for each student, making this course appropriate for all experience levels. Drawing experience is recommended. 

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

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Acrylic in the City (Outdoor)

$325

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 2 pm

Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Explore acrylic’s vibrant color and versatile application and layering 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. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home to admire when you are done with each day’s painting!Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Clark Park in West Philly, Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Note Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.

Register by: May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting
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Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm

Immerse yourself in the creative process in this exploration of painting techniques and personal expression.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice.  Class discussions will be focused upon in-depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.  Note: This previously online class now meets in-person. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting. 
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material. 
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships. 
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Painting Animals in Casein and Gouache (Online)

$225

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Cats, dogs, horses, birds, even fantasy animals like dragons have enriched the history of art! Whether done as portraits or as part of your own personal art study, painting animals convincingly adds a rich element to any artist’s vocabulary. Basics, such as composition, color, drawing accuracy and animal anatomy will be part of this course, but rendering textures like fur and feathers, which bring animals to life on the canvas will be a special focus of the course. 

Although students can work in any medium, the weekly demonstrations will be done in casein and gouache. Art historical examples and contemporary uses of animal imagery, as well as student discussion of their own work will also be a major part of the sessions. 

Course outline:

  1. Getting the most out of the photo sources you use. Choosing and editing the photo. Composition, lighting, studio set up and special techniques for casein and gouache. Drawing and underpainting. Panel preparation. 
  2. Developing the painting in stages. Shading and transitions with opaque media. Casein emulsion and glazing. Textures. 
  3. Finishing touches. Mid-course critique. 
  4. Combining different photo sources into one painting including different perspectives. Photoshop and free alternatives. 
  5. Surrealism, abstraction and symbolic styles of animal imagery from Lascaux to Picasso, to contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. 
  6. Final critique and discussion of photographing, preserving and framing casein and gouache.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Painting Over the Line, Summer Session 1 (Online)

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class.  Expert instruction and advice will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs.  Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.  Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to apply these concepts to your own work.  

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Mindful Painting (Online)

$225

with Dona Duncan

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 pm

Free your inner artist as you explore new ways of expressing your feelings on canvas.  Study the life and work of master artists to be able to appreciate their work in a deeper way and to incorporate aspects of their artwork into your own personal style.  Class sessions will incorporate meditation and mindfulness techniques, as well as discussions about how artists’ experiences and emotional states affect their work, as students paint together in a supportive and fun atmosphere, supplemented by music and poetry.  Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class. No prior art experience necessary.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: Dona Duncan





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