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Alla Prima Landscape Painting, Section 2 (Online)

$250

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 10, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 3 - 4 pm

Al Gury, noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of direct landscape painting.

Working from photographs, master works, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your in confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by critiques and weekly Zoom discussions. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome.

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

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Portrait Painting and Drawing (Online)

$250

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 10, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

An in-depth approach to portrait painting from noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Investigate the structure of the human head through drawings and painted studies. Progress to finished paintings and address issues of likeness, composition, space and texture. Learn to better see and understand color to mix it more successfully – a useful skill for painting any subject matter. Includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments that target each important issue of painting a portrait, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings.  All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives

This dynamic online course will address all aspects of portrait painting and drawing, including:

• Students will learn the traditions and history of portraiture

• Students will learn portrait structure and anatomy

• Students will learn how to achieve a good likeness

• Students will learn alla prima (direct) painting techniques

• Students will learn to use the materials and color palettes for effective portrait painting

• Students will learn to use the materials for effective portrait drawing inlcuding pastel

• Students will learn to paint portraits from both life and from photo reference

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

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Advanced Illustration in Mixed Media (Online)

$195

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Mondays, 3 - 5 pm

Examine historical and contemporary illustrated books for audiences of all ages. Develop a series of related images or picture book ideas through a series of class exercises in composition, perspective, and working in limited palettes. Demonstrations address perspective drawing challenges, working in mixed media, enhancing the written word, and working with photographic resources while avoiding the pitfalls of working associated with using photographic references. Note: No class on July 18.

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Drawing with Charcoal and Graphite Pencil (Online)

$225

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 6 - 8 pm

Gain a firm foundation in classical drawing instruction using charcoal and graphite pencil. Working from still life subjects and natural forms through photo references, learn how to render texture, light, and contrast to create a sense of realism.  Instruction will address not only line quality and shading, but also expressive addition and subtraction methods with brushes and kneaded erasers and techniques for mixing charcoal and graphite together for varied effects. Improve your drawing skills to encapsulate the world around you or to establish a firm grounding for further artistic study. 

 Learning Objectives 

  • Students will learn about graphite pencil and charcoal pencil techniques 
  • Students will learn how these two techniques can be mixed for a more interesting effect 
  • Students will learn how to render realism though the study of texture, light and contrast with graphite pencils and charcoal  
  • Students will learn how to utilize the addition and subtraction technique with brushes and kneaded eraser

Image: Mary Kollock, House on Water with Dock and Boat, n.d., charcoal on rough-textured heavy-weight watercolor paper. Collection of PAFA.

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History of the Printed Image, Part 2 (Online Lecture)

$75

with Tony Rosati

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm

Join PAFA faculty and accomplished printmaker Tony Rosati for another overview of important prints and books throughout history.  Learn about artists in their context and the evolution of various printmaking mediums through three fascinating lectures:  

  • Intaglio Printmaking Processes  
  • The Method and History of Mezzotint 
  • The Relief Etching and Illuminated Books of William Blake  

View and discuss milestone prints and books from the collections of the PAFA museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress.  Nix the Netflix and enjoy this compelling dinnertime conversation for anyone who loves looking at, and learning about, art!  Note: This class is lecture only. Students need not participate in Part 1 of this lecture series to enroll. 

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No materials required.

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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Color Matters Workshop (Online)

$175

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 22, 2022 at 10 am

Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 1 pm

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class. Many artists can feel frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start and what to paint. This workshop offers a step-by-step technique which will enable you to paint with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. 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. Demonstration of different drawing and painting techniques will enhance your knowledge of the process of painting. Students will utilize line, color and space as will learning the power of editing to create busy/calm areas and focal points in their paintings. 

Register by:  July 15

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Photoshop for Photographers Workshop (Online)

$95

with RA Friedman

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 30, 2022 at 1 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4 pm

Photoshop has become the editing tool of choice for photography: an essential part of the “digital darkroom,” allowing the photographer to make precise corrections to carefully defined parts of a photo. It is nearly indispensable for refining an image to make it the most impactful, especially if it is to be digitally printed. This two-session hands-on workshop will focus on the needs of photographers and show you how to unlock the potential within the program. Learn how to do quick edits for things like social media and how to work with layers and masks -- a method that gives you virtually unlimited image control.

Image: RA Friedman, detail.

Register by: July 22

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Drawing Hands and Feet Workshop (Online)

$195

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 6, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm

Designed for figurative artists and students of anatomy, this online workshop will explore the structural, anatomical, dynamic and aesthetic qualities of hands and feet. These highly mobile and expressive parts of the human figure are notoriously challenging for an artist to depict. Master the beautiful complexity of the extremities so you can promote their expressive potential and add credibility to your depictions of the human form. You will draw along with renowned artist and author Roberto Osti in this live Zoom workshop.

Register by: July 29

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