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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)
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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)

$525

with Roger Chavez

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Whether you are just beginning your painting studies or have never picked up a brush, this is the perfect course to build your familiarity and confidence with the techniques and materials of oil painting.  Students will work from direct observation using still life and human figure/portrait subjects to explore the fundamentals of painting, including the selection and care of materials, paint application techniques, and color mixing.  Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the use of value to create three-dimensional effects, and color relationships.  The study of paintings throughout history will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of this medium. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $675. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:  Thomas Hovenden, Peonies, 1886, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 1/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Coates (The Edward H. Coates Memorial Collection), 1923.9.2

Register by: September 2 

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CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

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The PAFA Atelier (In-Person)

$845

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This combination of instructed class and open studio is designed for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting.  Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.  This course features intermediate-level instruction for students with prior drawing/painting experience.  Note: Tuition includes a $50 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $1,150 (including model fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Peter Van Dyck, Couple Manayunk

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

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Full Course

Figure Drawing into Painting (Online)

$375

with David Wilson

Calendar Current session started Sep 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Join PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition through this progression from drawn studies to color oil renderings of the human form.  Study principles of proportion, anatomy, color mixing, light and shade, and the relationship between the figure and the environment, progressing from drawing studies to monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Topics and projects include gesture studies, painting from photographs, and portrait painting from a mirror. Students will learn through a combination of live Zoom sessions and posted instructional content. Appropriate for all levels, with options to draw-only based on experience. 

Learning Objectives:   

  • Strong design and composition 
  • Accurate anatomy and proportions 
  • Believable depictions of light and space 
  • Dynamic use of colors, marks, and textures 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Image: Christian Schussele, [Figure study: female nude reclining, back view], n.d., Charcoal on green-gray wove paper, 13 13/16 x 21 in. irr. (35.09645 x 53.34 cm.).  Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1876.9.572, John S. Phillips Collection.

Register by: September 16

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

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How to Make an Oil Painting (In-Person)
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How to Make an Oil Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Current session started Nov 3, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learning the process of making an oil painting from beginning to end is essential for painters starting out or for any artist looking for greater control over their materials and techniques. This course will start from the ground up, beginning with the underlying painting supports all the way to the finished painted image. Hands-on instruction will guide you through stretching a canvas and applying the sizing and oil ground.  Discussions on historical and contemporary mediums, as well as the components and characteristics of paint, will facilitate understanding for command over your materials. Paint from still life arrangements to learn sound techniques and approaches for toning the surface, drawing the image and underpainting, working “fat over lean” to create stable layers, and achieving a finished artwork.  This course packs a punch of valuable painting information as an introduction to oils, a still life study, and a materials-and-techniques class rolled into one.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Paul Georges, Backyard, Bridgehampton, 1974, Oil on canvas, 39 7/8 x 52 1/8 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arie Ilton, 1981.3 

Register by: October 28

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

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Mastering Acrylics (Online)
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Mastering Acrylics (Online)

$275

with Frederic Kaplan

Fridays, 10 – 11:30 am 

Master the fundamental materials and techniques of acrylic painting in just six weeks! Through a combination of online videos, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions, learn to paint in the alla prima style, apply paint both opaquely and transparently, blend color and value, and employ various layering techniques. Color mixing and theory are also addressed, and a rich resource of information about the wide array of acrylic painting materials is provided. This course is appropriate for students at all levels, including beginners, but drawing experience is recommended. Weekly Zoom meetings will supplement asynchronous instruction. 

NOTE: This condensed course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575 

Image: Frederic Kaplan, Mars, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Register by: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Comprehending Color for Oil Painters (In-Person)
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Comprehending Color for Oil Painters (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Current session started Nov 7, 2022 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Without question, every oil painter benefits from color mixing instruction: Understanding how to accurately see, mix, and adjust color not only allows you to achieve the results you want in your work but also enables you to avoid the pitfalls of wasting paint though inaccurate and poorly understood pigment mixing. Explore key methods and principles for effective color mixing, using a limited palette to create prismatic hues and earth tone colors. Instruction will address the role of light in our visual perception of color, as well as subtractive and additive color systems. Work from varied still life arrangements to put your color comprehension into practice, and advance your painting skills for all subject matter. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:Humbert L. Howard, Untitled [Vase with flowers], n.d., oil on canvas, 17 x 20 in. (43.18 x 50.8 cm.) Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Accession # 2019.3.26. Gift of Dr. Constance E. Clayton in loving memory of her mother Mrs. Williabell Clayton.

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu. To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.

Painting over the Line (Online)

$250

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Nov 9, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 – 4 p.m. 

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. Each class will begin 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.  Continued critiques and discussions will explore how to apply these concepts to your own work. Painting experience recommended.   

Image: Kassem Amoudi, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015, 30 x 30 in

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

The Art of Color: Color Mixing for Oils and Acrylics Workshop (In-Person)

$215

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 3, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm

The study of color is essential for all painters, and this condensed workshop offers the perfect format to answer all your color-related questions.  In-depth and practical instruction will examine the role of color in painting, including the selection and arrangement of palettes, the effects of paint layering, and an overview of color theory. Informative demonstrations covering color mixing strategies, interactions, and perceptual influences will guide students to execute small paintings in either oils or acrylics from varied subject matter. This workshop is appropriate for painters of all levels but will offer the greatest benefit to artists with prior painting experience.

Image: S. Hilbert Sabin, Still Life: Lemon on Silver Plate, n.d. Oil on canvas, 12 x 22 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of James P. and Ruth Marshall Magill, 1957.15.30 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies.

Register by: November 28

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATON





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