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Painting the American Landscape - Art Appreciation

$50

with Monica Zimmerman

Calendar Apr 14, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Reflecting early American ideas of discovery, exploration and settlement, 19th century landscape painters captured pastoral scenes, wildernesses and an expanding national consciousness about the natural environment. The work of these artists also contains an inherent ambivalence, as their romanticizing of the mostly unexplored territories of the newly formed United States contributed to a westward expansion that would also bring about its industrial and commercial development, ultimately requiring a national park movement to preserve the beauty they sought to capture on canvas. This series of live talks via Zoom will explore those artists, their visions and their concerns.

 Thomas Cole

When English-born Thomas Cole hiked into the Catskills and began producing some the first images of that largely unexplored landscape, he accidentally started the first defined American art movement – the Hudson River School. Fascinated by the wild beauty he found there, he also nervously watched the growth of the railroad by “copper-hearted barbarians” and combined his talents for landscape and allegory into famously epic series like The Course of Empire, which both romanticized the new American landscape and cautioned about its potential to be ravaged over time.

 Asher B. Durand

Durand earned an early reputation as one of the best engravers in the country, producing a copy of the constitution in 1823 and subsequently providing the images on some of the country's first postage stamps. But he was soon swept up in the Hudson River School movement with his friend Thomas Cole, upon whose death he painted his most famous canvas, Kindred Spirits, which shows Cole and the poet William Cullen Bryant exploring the Catskills, and which set off a minor art world scandal when it was sold at auction in 2005 by the New York Public Library.

 

Albert Bierstadt

Bierstadt’s “great pictures” of the American West helped shape a worldview of America’s natural wonders as equal to those of Europe, disseminating some of the first views of Wyoming, Nebraska and the Rocky Mountains to an eager audience back on the east coast. Sought after by every explorer and visionary in pursuit of America’s great landscapes to the west, Bierstadt’s career combined technical mastery and a flair for the dramatic, resulting in an unexpected theatricality in both his business enterprises and personal life.

 

Frederick Edwin Church

One of Thomas Cole's most prominent pupils, Church's career differed from his contemporaries by turning to exotic locations like South America and the North Atlantic ocean for inspiration, on trips funded by businessmen with commercial interests in exploration of the "New World." Church's canvasses are often so detailed that their flora and fauna are perfectly rendered scientific records, which audiences of thousands queued up to study with magnifying glasses.

 

Thomas Moran

In 1871, Thomas Moran accepted an invitation as the guest artist on a wilderness trek into the Yellowstone area, tagging along on a geological expedition and bringing back sketches of geysers, canyons and hot springs so powerful they helped convince President Grant and the U.S. Congress to establish it as the first national park in the United States. He also helped to usher in the etching revival in the United States, but always continued to travel west every few years, becoming renowned particularly for his paintings of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

 

Monica Zimmerman oversees PAFA's public facing initiatives, including educational programming for museum visitors, lifelong learners in studio classes, medical and business professionals and students and teachers from area schools. Zimmerman joined the PAFA team in 2005 from the University of the Arts Museum Studies program after working in the education department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Zimmerman holds a B.A. in English from Goshen College, an M.A. in Museum Communication from the University of the Arts and teaches actively at Camden County College, Jefferson Medical School and Cooper Medical School, among other appointments.

Plein Air Painting - Indoors

$115

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Apr 15, 2020 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Join Joe Sweeney from inside his Ardmore studio and learn the techniques of plein air landscape painting from indoors – it can be done!  Work from your own reference photographs in pastel, acrylic or oil paint.  Topics will include creating a strong composition, what to leave in what to leave out, making color studies, capturing the effects of light, how to use painting mediums, and painting technique.  Ideal for all levels, especially beginning painters.  Basic drawing experience required.  Live instruction via Zoom and individual feedback.

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Beginning Drawing DR 600EB_ON

$195

with Meghan Cox

Calendar Apr 20, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Learn to draw what you see realistically and with confidence – from the comfort of your own home!  Master the basics of observational drawing using line and tonal value with the still life as your subject.  The course will utilize the online learning platfrom Canvas, and include videos, lectures and assignments, and live sessions via Zoom.  Regular instructor feedback will promote understanding as you hone your skills. This course is ideal for beginners or for intermediate students wanting to refine their abilities.  

 

Non-credit tuition:  $195

Tuition for 1.0 undergraduate credit:  $525 

 

Learning Objectives

• Gain familiarity with a wide range of material and techniques including but not limited to, placement, proportion, sight measuring

• Acquire a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of drawing.

• Acquire the ability to depict observed form through a mastery of proportion.

• Demonstrate proficiency in the methods and materials of painting’s various disciplines and media.

• Students will ultimately learn to “see.”

Martials List Cox DR 600EB

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Essential Human Anatomy : The Portrait DR 604EE_ON

$195

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Apr 20, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Designed for portrait artists and students of anatomy, this online course focuses on the planes, proportions and muscles of the head and neck, with attention to how facial expressions are produced. Instruction will transition students from drawing generic features to capturing an individual likeness. The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, as well as live chat via Zoom.

Non-credit Tuition: $195

Tuition for 1.0 undergraduate credit:  $525

Materials List Osti DR 604EE_ON

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Observational Perspective Drawing DR 716 OP_ON

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Apr 20, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing and painting, allowing us to translate the observable world into believable two-dimensional images and create invented spaces. Learn the fundamentals of linear perspective in clear, easy to-understand language, and apply these principles to still life, interiors and cityscape views.  This course will utilize the online learning platform, Canvas, and include videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, plus live sessions via Zoom. Basic drawing experience recommended.

Non-credit tuition:  $195

Tuition for 1.0 undergraduate credit:  $525

Learning Objectives

• Improve observational and interpretive skills, including the ability to gauge proportions, orientations, and relative positions of objects and their parts.

• Achieve understanding of the core principles of linear perspective.

• Develop skill in applying the principles of linear perspective to real-world situations.

Materials List Kaplan DR 716 OP_ON

Realistic Drawing Techniques

$195

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Apr 20, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

For those students seeking to enhance realism in their drawings. This class offers a deep, but fun study of drawing techniques that allow students to acquire expertise in accurate compositions, intricate details and three-dimensional effects.  Lessons will include video instruction and live chat via Zoom.

 Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn how to utilize drawing materials.
  • Students will learn to analyze and manipulate visual information needed for accurate reproduction for live and two-dimensional references.
  • Students will learn how to work with intricate compositions proportion and size relationships. 
  • Students will learn a series of image transferring systems to work from a photograph or live references.
  • Students will learn how to work with graphite and charcoal and color pencil application.

The Portable Print PR 615PP_ON

$195

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Apr 20, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Learn to make your own fine art prints without a press or special equipment!  Create your own “portable” print-shop to use at home or to create plein air works outdoors. Gain the confidence and expertise to perform the following techniques on your own:  relief, oil- and water-based monotype, Gauguin monotype, stencil printing on fabric, stamp printing, solar etching, and paste paper making.  A demonstration on how to make a portfolio to store paper and prints and simple framing techniques will be provided.  The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and include video demonstrations, guides and assignments with regular instructor feedback, as well as live videoconference chats via Zoom.

Non-credit tuition:  $195

Tuition for 1.0 undergraduate credit:  $525

Learning Objectives

• Gain an understanding of the basic processes in printmaking and receive an overview of its history.

• Gain experience in relief and intaglio techniques.

• Students will produce a variety of images using different printmaking techniques

• Gain an understanding of how to create prints without a shop.

Materials List Rucker PR 615PP_ON

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Oil Painting for All Levels

$195

with Fred Kaplan

Calendar Apr 27, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

This special course is designed for students eager to get back to painting, but while keeping a safe distance.  Each weekly session contains 3 modules: the first is for beginners or those who need a refresher and covers all the basics; the second for intermediate students, and going more deeply into color, introducing a wider variety of painting methods, and providing additional technical information; the third is for more advanced students – those ready to develop a personal style and express ideas and emotions symbolically.  The course includes video and illustrated lessons, plus person-to-person discussions and critiques using Zoom, the free online conferencing tool. 

Learning Objectives

 

Beginning Module

  • Introduce alla prima (direct) painting techniques.
  • How to use a selection of basic materials.
  • Familiarity with the “feel” of oil paints and how to manipulate them.Introduction of a limited palette of colors, their properties, and effect in mixtures.
  • Elements of chiaroscuro and its use in realistic painting.
  • Realistic painting of elemental geometric forms.

Intermediate Module

  • Demonstrate several methods of starting a painting including wipe-out, grisaille, and imprimatur.
  • Color theory with emphasis on complementary and analogous color schemes.Introduce a broader range of colors, including transparent pigments.
  • Physical and optical color blending methods.Optical color mixing with glazes, velaturas, and scumbles.
  • In-depth study of painting mediums and oils.

 

Advanced Module

  • Expressive and symbolic use of color.Mark-making as a descriptive and expressive tool.Color as a spatial symbol and symbol of illumination.Compositional techniques including the golden rectangle, composition grids, element relationships and unity.

Non-credit tuition:  $195

Tuition for 1.0 undergraduate credit:  $525 

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