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Autumn in Acrylic Workshop (Outdoor)
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Autumn in Acrylic Workshop (Outdoor)

$150

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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 autumn in Philadelphia’s Bartram Gardens. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete works that capture the immediacy of the season’s color and light. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home after each day’s painting. Open to all levels. Shade, restrooms, and other amenities available on site. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image:  Helen Lloyd Horter, Autumn in Rockport, ca. 1934, Oil on canvas, 20 1/16 x 22 1/8 in. (51.0 x 56.2 cm.), Accession #1935.7, John Lambert Fund.

Rain dates: October 8 & 9

Register by: September 23

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

How to Make an Oil Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts 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: Thomas Gaughan, Fruit on Table, 1953, Oil on canvas, 8 1/8 x 14 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of James P. and Ruth Marshall Magill, 1957.15.9 

Register by: October 28

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

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

Comprehending Color for Oil Painters (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts 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: Mary Townsend Mason, Still Life with Fruit, ca. 1921, Oil on canvas, 26 3/16 x 30 1/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, John Lambert Fund, 1922.11

Register by: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

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

Mastering Acrylics (Online)

$275

with Frederic Kaplan

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

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

Register by: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Painting over the Line (Online)

$250

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts 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: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

The Painting Knife Workshop (In-Person)

$115

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 12, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm 

The painting knife is an important accompaniment to the brush for creating textural effects, expressive marks, and broad planes of color. Learn how to use this tool to achieve crisp edges and fine details while painting landscape and architectural subjects. Explore color, texture, and painterly application as you expand your range of painting techniques for your own representational or abstract work. 

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: Shushana Rucker, Idaho Field, oil on panel, 11 x 13 in.

Register by: December 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

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

The Figure as a Point of Departure Workshop (Online)

$175

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 18, 2022 at 10 am

Friday - Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm 

This workshop is not about the traditional way of painting the figure. If you are tired of getting lost in the details and traditional modes of representational painting, and you want to take a risk by exploring new ways of expressing the human form, this class is for you. Paint and draw the human figure in a looser and more expressionistic contemporary manner.  Refine your painting skills to create a lively surface which will be considered a playground for intuitive creativity, technique, and skill.  Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push students to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs. Boldly dive into a territory where accident and recklessness are opportunities. Establish pictorial unity through visual metaphor and focal points, and explore the power of using “active” and “quiet” areas. PowerPoint presentations and examples of contemporary ways of using the figure will enhance your understanding of the abstract qualities of space, line and color. Open to all levels: You do not have to have extensive experience with painting the figure in order to be creative and make successful paintings. 

Image: Kassem Amoudi, Song of the Reed

Register by: November 11 

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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