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Color in Painting (Online)

$250

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started May 29, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings.  Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, and weekly Zoom meetings.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will gain an understanding of the history and evolution of color in painting
  • Students will gain an understanding of theoretical and critical approaches to color
  • Students will gain an understanding of the practical applications of color mixing, gradations, temperature and palettes
  • Students will learn color application through studio projects using the major aesthetics of color
  • Students will learn to understand the use of color in a variety of masterworks

NOTE: This is a Condensed Course, available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Registration still open!

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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Basic Oil Painting
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Basic Oil Painting

$395

with David Wilson

Calendar Current session started Jun 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm

This course is designed to help both beginning painters and students needing a refresher in basics gain a firm grounding in oil painting materials and techniques while working from direct observation. Learn to analyze and construct form, space, and volumetric relationships through a series of monochromatic, limited-color, and full-color paintings. Painting projects will focus primarily on the study of still-life subjects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will gain a solid understanding of basic oil painting materials and techniques.
  • Students will able to render accurate drawings and values.
  • Students will be able to create believable renderings of light and space.
  • Students will be able to achieve strong color mixtures using both limited and full palettes.

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 25

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Ease into Oils Workshop

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm

Want to paint but don't know where to begin? This two-day structured workshop makes it painless and easy to ease into oil painting. Begin with a black-and-white painting (just like drawing) to become familiar with painting tools and materials. Be introduced to color with a simple earth-palette painting. Move on to a brighter palette, and then top off the weekend by completing a painting in a full palette of colors. This course will utilize still life subject matter. Drawing experience recommended.  

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:  June 17

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Impasto Painting (Online)

$225

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

Impasto is a technique in which paint is applied in very thick layers, often with visible brush or painting-knife strokes, to impart texture, expression, or even sculptural effects.  Impasto techniques have been an essential part of painting history, from the underlying vigorous brushwork of Renaissance artists to the distinctive mark-making of past and contemporary masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, de Kooning, Soutine, Lucian Freud, and Auerbach. Learn techniques to build a thick, textured surface to find your own unique impasto style in this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn the history of the impasto painting technique.
  • Students will gain confidence in applying thick spontaneous layers of paint.
  • Students will loosen up and discover how to create a unique mark making signature.
  • Students will learn how to paint with a pallet knife and other tools. · Students will discover the difference between direct and indirect painting.
  • Students will learn the important techniques of glazing, velatura, scumbling and dry brush.

Register by:  June 24

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Realistic Still Life Painting

$595

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 6, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Still life is a fascinating and useful introduction to oil painting, offering opportunities to explore color mixing, varied paint application methods, and techniques for creating light, shadow, and volume to impart a sense of realism.  Experienced artists will appreciate the genre as a means of both growing their skills and experimenting with composition and subject matter to suggest ideas or meaning.  Instruction will focus on selecting objects and arranging compositions, establishing lighting to create focus and drama, and applying and blending oil color to create volume and painterly effects.   

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about still life composition
  • Students will learn how to choose elements to create an interesting still life composition 
  • Students will learn how to settle lighting to create an interesting focus point and drama in the still life 
  • Students will learn how to apply and blend oil painting color to create volumetric painterly effects

Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $750.

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. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Painting Over the Line, Summer Session 2 (Online)

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 6, 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:  June 24

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge (Outdoor)

$295

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Thursdays, 10 am - 2 pm

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, the encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture!  Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms.  Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn the essential materials, tools, techniques, and strategies for painting on site.  Instruction will cover a variety of plein air approaches, including painting with a knife and brush, painting from an imprimatura,  Macchiaioli painting, and working from sketches to block in local color.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Register by:  June 24

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Mastering Acrylics (Online)

$250

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 6 - 7:30 pm

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.

NOTE: This is a Condensed Course, available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

Register by:  June 24

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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