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Painting

Oil Painting: All Levels (ONLINE) PT 601E_ON

$250

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This comprehensive oil painting class presents a wealth of information for students at all levels. Weekly instruction in the form of online video demonstrations, illustrated lessons, and live Zoom sessions is available in the student’s choice of beginner, intermediate, or advanced modules. Students can stay with a single level to progressively build their skills, or they can explore all the levels to pick-and-choose the lessons that best fit their interests or specific needs. The beginner’s module covers basics of alla prima and direct painting. Intermediate instruction focuses on color and the introduction of a wider range of painting methods. Advanced students learn to produce a tonal under-painting, glaze, scumble, and apply a velatura.

A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Tuesday, 1 - 2:30 p.m., beginning September 21.

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

Learning Objectives:

 Beginner Module

  • Introduce alla prima painting techniques.
  • Purpose and 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 (wipe-out, grisaille, imprimatur, etc.).
  • Color theory with emphasis on complementary and analogous color schemes.
  • Introduce broader range of colors, including transparent pigments.
  • Physical color blending methods.
  • In-depth study of painting mediums and oils and their use.

 Advanced Module

  • The grisaille
  • Optical color mixing with glazes, velaturas, and scumbles
  • Overview of ingredients and recipes for transparent painting techniques
  • Color as a spatial symbol and symbol of illumination
  • Psychology of color
  • Compositional techniques (golden rectangle, composition grids, element relationships and unity)

Register by:  September 10

Materials List: Kaplan PT 601E_ON

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Painting Over the Line (ONLINE - Session 1) PT 703EL_ON

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Sep 22, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

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 from the instructor 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 appy these concepts to your own work. 

Register by:  September 10

Materials List : Amoudi PT703EL_ON Session 1

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Portrait & Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON

$350

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Current session started Sep 22, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live portrait and figurative painting course! Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same: composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form, and space. Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques. Students will work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor. Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness – but a variety of figure-based themes, additional subjects, and conceptual interests may be pursued. Additional resources will be available through the Canvas, including art historical examples, technical advice addressing the use of black and white grounds, using a grid with transparent overlays for working with photo references, and more.

Course Schedule

Project 1 (3 weeks): Indirect Painting

  • Photographs provided by the instructor.
  • Creating linear underdrawing.
  • Applying a base layer of paint with monochrome washes.
  • Applying finish color using glazes, opaque, and semi-opaque (velatura) layers.

Project 2 (2 weeks): Tonal Painting

  • Students choose their own subject.
  • Developing a painting using a wipe-out technique from an imprimatura base.

Project 3 (5-weeks): Experimental Media & Independent Projects

  • Media such as gouache, casein, egg tempera, monotype and cold will be demonstrated.
  • Students may try the media or continue with traditional oil.
  • A variety of approaches will be presented from pure realist to post-impressionist, within the context of figurative and portrait subjects.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

Register by:  September 10

Materials List: Danziger PT 600E_ON

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Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times (ONLINE - Session 1) IN 750EH_ON

$150

with Dona Duncan

Calendar Current session started Sep 23, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Some believe the artist’s ecstasy is a state in which the ego expands its boundaries, consciousness relinquishes its ties to reality, and the work being done is experienced as an extension of one’s own person. -- Su Tung-Po, Chinese poet, born 1036

During the pandemic, you may have experienced anxiety and sadness due to being sick, having lost a loved one, or from the non-stop news coverage of daily death tolls, political unrest, and social upheaval. You may have experienced feelings which you were not aware of that have surprised you. You are not alone. Learn to work through your feelings and the anxiety we are all carrying through art-making.

Cultivating mindfulness, or wakefulness, allows you to be fully present and aware of your actions, without feeling distracted and overwhelmed by other thoughts or outside influences. Art-making is a natural way of practicing mindfulness, and is especially important in these challenging times. Mindful art-making has been shown not only to reduce stress and improve communication skills, but also benefits those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD. Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life under the guidance of Dona Duncan, registered art therapist and practicing artist, in this live Zoom class.

Dona will guide you and a small group through light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and help you express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects in a supportive and fun atmosphere, supplemented by music and poetry. In addition to working together in class, projects will be assigned in each class and discussed the following week. No artistic experience necessary – just compassion, and an open mind and heart.

Register by:  September 10

Materials List: Duncan IN 750EH_ON 1

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Image: Dona Duncan

Beginning Oil Painting PT 616ES
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Beginning Oil Painting PT 616ES

$395

with David Wilson

This course is designed to help beginning painters become familiar with 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 compositions, interior spaces, and portraits.

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.
  • Students will gain greater confidence in painting the still-life, interior, and portraits.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) at time of registration.  During checkout, be sure to open the Agreement form to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation.  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:  September 10

Materials List: Wilson PT 616ES

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Plein Air in the Park (OUTDOOR) DR 605WP

$250

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Sep 26, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Capture the colors of summer en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome. Health-safety measures, including masking and social-distancing, will be practiced.  Learning Objectives:  Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up; Learn color mixing and application of each medium; Study of pigment history and development; Learn about watercolor/pastel history via short discussions of painters and their motifs.  

Register by:  September 22

Materials List: Leitner DR 605WP

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Image:

Thomas P. Anshutz (1851-1912) Landscape with Trees, n.d., Watercolor on paper, 6 5/8 x 10 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1971.8.58, Gift of Mrs. Edward R. Anshutz

Abstract Painting: Experimentation, Exploration, Investigation (ONLINE) PT 705E_ON
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Abstract Painting: Experimentation, Exploration, Investigation (ONLINE) PT 705E_ON

$350

with Keith Leitner

This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice.  Class discussions will be focused upon in depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting.
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material.
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships.
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

Register by:  September 17

Materials List : Leitner PT 705E_ON

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Image:

Keith Leitner, Storm, 2021, oil on paper mounted on board, 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. 

Classical Design for the Contemporary Artist DR 700ED
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Classical Design for the Contemporary Artist DR 700ED

$395

with Charles Muldowney

Design is the application of the formal elements of aesthetics to an artwork to enhance its strengths. This class will explain these formal elements of design: composition, space, value, light, color, line, texture and pattern. Course content will include art historical discussions using artists past and present to exemplify these design principles. The classes will also include demonstrations of the applications of each principle, and time to experiment and apply what you learned to your own work.  The course will include visits to the PAFA museum and also the archives, to see rarely exhibited works on paper.

Course Topics:

Composition – This class will discuss the arrangement of forms, rhythms, colors, values, and lines in a work to create an interesting image. Principles like the Golden Ratio and other concepts will be made simple. Students will be able to identify these elements in the work of classical and contemporary artists. The works of Hopper, Bartlett, Vermeer, Millet, Poussin, and others will be discussed.

Space – This class will investigate the creating of a sense of depth in a work using size, position of forms, value, saturation, edge and perspective.

Perspective - atmospheric perspective, linear perspective, intuitive perspective will be discussed and demonstrated. The class will look at the work of Alberti, Masaccio, Durer, Leonardo DaVinci, Giacometti and others.

Value and Light – This class will examine the creating of a range of dark and light in a work.  High key and low-key value will be discussed and demonstrated. We will study how to manipulate the value to create a sense of illumination and drama. The class will look at work of Prud’hon, Lorrain, Rigaud, Hassam, Degas, Seurat, Rembrandt, Hopper, Caravaggio, Vermeer, and Whistler.

Color – This class will examine how color works and principles of color in art to create mood, space and harmony. Artists studied: Van Gogh, Matisse, Piper, Diebenkorn, Rothko and others.

Line – This class will explore the use of line in creating planes, volume, mass, and space. Line weight, gesture, accent and passage will also be discussed. The class will look at the work of Van Gogh, Klee, Rembrandt, Kline and others.

Texture and Pattern – this class will look at creating a rich visually interesting surface that provides contrast, variety, and decoration. Artists studied: Escher, Close, Mondrian, Pollock, Klimt, Essaydi and Fish.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will recognize and apply the seven basic elements of classical design.
  • Students will become familiar with several important art historical figures, and their influence on design.
  • Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to gain an understanding of how mark making influences design.
  • Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique.
  • Students will gain confidence in their ability to create interesting design within their own artwork.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) at time of registration.  During checkout, be sure to open the Agreement form to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation.  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:  September 17

Materials List: Muldowney DR 700ED

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Image: Charles Muldowney, The Diagonal in the Golden Section





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