Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Continuing Education at PAFA



Painting

Plein Air Painting at Andalusia, Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum (IN-PERSON) PT 605AA

$395

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Oct 5, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the essentials of landscape painting this fall with master plein air painter, Joseph Sweeney, on the grounds of Andalusia, Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum.  Located on a wooded promontory overlooking the Delaware River, Andalusia has been a stately presence on this stretch of water, just north of Philadelphia, for more than two hundred years. The ancestral home of the Biddle family, Andalusia is also a natural paradise of native woodlands and spectacular gardens that have evolved over time.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity, made by special arrangement!  Learn more about Andalusia.

Please note: The October 12 and November 9 classes will take place on Tuesdays, October 13 & November 10

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Register by:  September 28

Materials List

CEPolicyGuide_Fall2020

Color and Design in Gouache (ONLINE) PT 630ED_ON

$275

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Oct 6, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media.  Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes.  Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work.  Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tesselations, and making copies of masterworks.

Register by:  October 2

Materials List : Samworth PT 630D_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Kate Samworth (BFA '10) explores themes of environmental change, balancing a sense of wonder and possibility with an expression of mourning. Her passion for natural history illustration, dark fairy tales, and satire converge in her illustrations.  Samworth has illustrated several books. Her first, Aviary Wonders Inc., won the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. The exhibition includes work from published and ongoing projects, including the finely detailed scratchboard drawings for Why Fish Don’t Exist, a work of non-fiction for adults by NPR journalist Lulu Miller, to be released this April by Simon & Schuster.

Image: Kate Samworth, "Celestial Map," mixed media, 11 x 15 in.

Will run

Oil Painting All Levels (ONLINE) PT 601E_ON (Section 2)

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Oct 26, 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 live critiques via Zoom. (Individual zoom sessions with the instructor are available by appointment every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

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

Register by:  October 16

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 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.

Materials List : Kaplan PT 601E_ON 2

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Botanical Drawing & Painting (ONLINE) DR 615EP_ON

$225

with Linda Gist

Calendar Oct 27, 2020 , runs for 6 weeks

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. 

This Canvas course will include a weekly live Zoom session every Tuesday, 10 am – 12 p.m. (See materials list for more information)

Register by:  October 16

Materials List : Gist DR 615EP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE PolicyGuide_Fall 2020

Will run

Contemporary Approaches to Acrylic Painting (ONLINE)

$25

with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Oct 28, 2020 at 6 pm

Take your acrylic painting to the next level with a variety of contemporary techniques in this live Zoom demonstration.  Discover alternatives for supports, palettes, brushes, and methods of paint application.

Register by:  October 23

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Will run

Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island - From Home! (ONLINE) PT 605NW_ON

$225

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Oct 29, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Working from photographs of historic Newport, Rhode Island, supplied by instructor Joseph Sweeney, learn how to paint from photo references in preparation for working outdoors. Topics include the basics on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette.  Drawing, composition, and color will be emphasized.  Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Sweeney PT 605NW_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

Policy Guide Summer 2020

Mindful Art-Making in Challenging Times 2 (ONLINE) IN 750EH_ON

$150

with Dona Duncan

Calendar Oct 29, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

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 to benefit those suffering from memory loss, depression, or PTSD.  Discover how creativity can enrich your daily life.  Under the guidance of Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist, practice light mediation and relaxation techniques to cultivate mindfulness, and express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and painting projects in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  Projects will be assigned in each class and discussed the following week.  No artistic experience necessary.

Register by:  October 23

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Watercolor Portrait (ONLINE) PT 604WP_ON

$225

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Oct 30, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the art of watercolor portrait painting from photographic references.  Working alongside the instructor during live Zoom sessions, paint a variety of portrait subjects, with a focus on mixing skin tone, rendering hair, achieving a likeness and realistic expression, and more.  Instruction will feature demonstrations of fundamental watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, textural effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and more.  Portrait drawing experience recommended.

Register by:  October 23

Materials List : Osti PT 604WP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

Policy Guide Fall 2020

Image:

Dox Thrash (1893-1965), Untitled [Portrait of male with red suspenders], n.d., Watercolor on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (29.845 x 22.5425 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2019.3.57, Gift of Dr. Constance E. Clayton in loving memory of her mother Mrs. Williabell Clayton

Will run





Forgot password?