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PT 705EW Spontaneous Abstraction
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PT 705EW Spontaneous Abstraction


with Kassem Amoudi

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process.

Materials List Amoudi PT 705EW

PT 604EW Exploring Watercolor and Water-Based Media


with Lesa Chittenden Lim

Calendar Feb 29, 2020 at 9 am

Experience the joy of working with watercolor and water-soluble pencils and pastels. Both traditional and innovative techniques will be demonstrated to create luminous color and descriptive effects. Try your hand at the various media, individually and in-combination, while working from your own photographs, still life arrangements, or imagination. A great introduction to watercolor and mixed media! Award-winning artist L C. Lim uses her creative spirit to compose images that reflect the profound beauty of nature and our earth. Lim teaches at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA) and throughout northern Michigan. A recipient of many distinguished awards, her work appears in the University of Michigan Ross School, Dow Chemical and Woodmere Museum collections, as well as numerous private collections. She regularly exhibits in Philadelphia and Michigan. Lim received her degree in painting and printmaking from PAFA. (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)

Materials List Chittenden Lim PT 604EW

PT 604WW Watercolor Workshop


with James Toogood

Calendar Mar 14, 2020 at 9 am

Interested in learning or improving your watercolor skills? All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, and/or their own source material. A life/portrait model will also be available both days. All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives

• Gain a greater understanding of the watercolor medium.

• Learn about watercolor materials and their uses.

• Gain an understanding of the nature of paint and pigments.

• Learn about color theory as applied to watercolor.

• Gain awareness of a variety of watercolor styles and will be encouraged to explore one’s own personal aesthetic.

• Enhance existing skills or begin to develop the skills necessary to achieve success making accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings.

Materiasl List Toogood PT 604WW

IN 604EF The Basics Of Color: Figure Painting


with Jill A. Rupinski

Calendar Mar 18, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 8 weeks

Mixing too much paint, for too long, with poor results? Learn to use color effectively! Explore color mixing, value, temperature and pigment variations through exercises and observational painting. Instruction covers oil color palettes, painting methods, grounds, materials, and terminology. Apply this visual vocabulary of color to all painting media. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes $15 model fee.)

Materials List IN 604EF Rupinski

DR 615EP Botanical Alla Prima


with Linda Gist

Calendar Apr 4, 2020 at 9 am

Embody the spirit of spring with fresh and immediate painting! Learn to capture the essence of a living, botanical subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor. This alla prima method can be used for preparatory studies for sustained paintings, compiling a field sketchbook, or as an end in itself. All levels welcome. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)

Materials List Gist DR 615EP

PT 605EB The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition: New Hope


with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Apr 15, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope/Lambertville countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Locations will include Daniel Garber’s historic farmstead, Cuttalossa Farm! Painting outdoors can be a daunting experience for the newcomer. When learning the intricacies of this art it pays to learn from someone who has 20 years experience in the field. In this class Joseph Sweeney will be your guide.

Learning Objectives

• Learn the basics of working outdoors.

• Learn how to set up, use and care for a field easel.

• Learn how to transport wet paintings to and from home without damaging your car.

• Learn about the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, masonite all have different working properties.

• Students will learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting.

• Drawing and proportion in composition of a landscape will be explained and demonstrated.

• Students will become expert in finding locations suitable for painting. Finding flat surface to stand on is a simple but important part of learning to paint outdoors.

• Students will learn how to orient themselves to the sun and how to find shelter form wind and rain.

• Students will learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky. • Students will learn to make quick field sketches and how to bring them to full completion, and develop a sense of place.

• Students will learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere and temperature.

• Students will learn to properly present, photograph and frame a plein air work.

 Materials List Sweeney PT 605EB

IN 609YL Master Class with Ying Li: Observation & Imagination - Painting the Figure


with Ying Li

Calendar Apr 18, 2020 at 9 am

Abstract and representational artists of all levels are invited to explore techniques and concepts in painting with an emphasis on individual development of style, theme and expression. Working from the life model in an interior arrangement, discover how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting and engaging your imagination. Investigate the metaphorical meaning in figure painting through representational and abstract approaches. Individual and group critique, discussion and a PowerPoint presentation of works from old masters and contemporary artists will complement studio activity.

Born in Beijing, China, Ying Li graduated from the Anhui Teachers University (1974-77) where she taught 1977-83. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, New York, in 1987. She is a painter and the Phlyssa Koshland Professor of Fine Arts at Haverford College known for her highly energetic, on-site landscapes that simultaneously describe direct visual experience and pure abstraction. Her uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness. Ying Li lives and works in New York City and Haverford, PA. View the artist’s work at

Please download the Materials List - Li IN 609YL and CE Policy Guide for important course and program information.

Registration/Refund Deadline: April 3
See Policy Guide for withdrawal/refund policies.

Please Note:  The dates for this course have changed from the originally posted/published course information. (Original dates: April 4 & 5.)

PT 600EW Portrait Painting Workshop


with Theodore Xaras

Calendar Apr 18, 2020 at 9 am

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels.

Learning Objectives

• Students will learn to analyze and construct a portrait using clearly defined steps.

• Students will be able to achieve a likeness through the careful observation of shapes and their color/value equivalent, which together, form the “topography” of the face.

• Students will learn how to mix and adjust colors to produce accurate flesh tones.

• Students will be able to produce one completed portrait, either a head and shoulders or the entire torso and hands.

• Students will be able to paint a recognizable portrait from life.

• Students will gain an appreciation for the art of portraiture from their own work as well as becoming acquainted with historical and contemporary examples as a basis for further study.

Materials List Xaras PT 600EW

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