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Plein Air Courses and Late-Semester Workshops Beginning April/May

in All CE Winter/Spring 2024 In-Person and Online Courses

Lost and Found: Painting from the Everyday Workshop (Online)

$150

with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 6, 2024 at 12 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 4 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Susan Sullivan
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

This workshop will focus on painting the everyday things around you, emphasizing the role of the painter as observer or chronicler. Do you ever see strange or out of place items on the street? Do you have a favorite corner of your house? Or maybe there’s that single sock in your drawer... Visually rescue objects and scenes lost and overlooked in day-to-day life and see them anew as art subjects that can be unexpectedly beautiful, interesting, quirky, or emblematic of a particular time, place, or aspect of your life. Prompts and painting subject matter will include depicting household clutter, objects in disrepair or that have lost their mates, and thrifted and scavenged items. Discussion and demonstration will cover tactics for setting up your composition, mixing color, and exploring paint application techniques for oil and acrylic. All levels welcome – great for spurring your creativity in your home painting practice. 

Image: Susan Sullivan, Lonely Days

Register by: February 23

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

City Landscape Drawing and Painting (Outdoor)

$295

with Larry Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Larry Francis 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the small-town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts.  Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky.  Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome.  Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image: Larry Francis, Entrance to the City, Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 in. 

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

The Landscape Oil Sketch (Outdoor)

$375

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 9, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Instructor: Roger Chavez 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas and quickly capture initial impressions – perfect for plein air painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. Locations with shade and restrooms include Bartram’s Garden along the Schuylkill River and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, near Philadelphia International Airport.  Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations. 

Image: Roger Chavez.

Register by: April 1 

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Plein Air Painting in Valley Forge (Outdoor)

$450

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
 
Credit: Non-Credit or 1.0 Undergraduate Credit
(see description)

Enjoy open-air painting in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, the encampment site of George Washington’s Continental Army in 1777-1778 and now home to a painter’s delight of lush scenery and historic architecture! Located in Montgomery County, 35 minutes northwest of Center City Philadelphia, the park features great views of the Schuylkill River, Valley Creek, the Valley Forge Farm, Mt. Joy, Mt. Misery, and many valleys, cabins, and colonial houses, with ample parking and access to restrooms. Working from diverse landscape subject matter, students will learn essential plein air approaches, including color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound drawing and painting practices. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting and pastel drawing/painting. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation. 

Learning Objectives: 

Students will --  

  • 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 one’s car.  
  • Identify the working properties of different surfaces to paint on including linen, canvas, paper, wood, prepared panel, and masonite.  
  • Learn how to select paint colors and related materials for successful outdoor painting.  
  • Gain skills in drawing and proportion in the composition of a landscape.  
  • Become an expert in finding locations suitable for painting, including how to orient oneself to the sun and how to find shelter from wind and rain.  
  • Learn to assess the time of day and how much time is left before the sun continues its course across the sky.  
  • Make quick field sketches and bring them to full completion, to develop a sense of place.  
  • Learn to mix color to portray the season, atmosphere, and temperature.

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $595.  Select credit option with price adjustment when registering. 

Image: Joseph Sweeney, Valley Forge Park

Register by: April 5

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Spontaneous Figure Painting (In-Person)

$225

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 13, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi 
Credit: Non-Credit Only 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Take a break from representational model-based painting and learn to incorporate the human form as an abstracted or hinted element in your work, toward suggesting ideas, conveying emotions, or emphasizing its formal qualities.  Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. Content includes examples and discussion of notable artworks, critique, and one-on-one instruction.  Painting experience recommended.  Note: This workshop does not feature in-class models. 

Image: Kassem Amoudi, Song of the Reed

Register by: February 23 
Materials List  

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Sketch-on-the-Go (Outdoor)

$115

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 27, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
RAIN DATE: May 4*
 
Instructor: Frederic Kaplan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.  

* Rain Date: May 4. Please plan on the rain date when registering – regular withdrawal policies apply, dated by the original workshop date, for students unable to attend the rescheduled date. See policy guide, below.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Gesture figure drawing methods  
  • Basic perspective as applied to architecture  
  • Simplification of complex subjects 

Image:  Sybille Zeldin, Turkey Mart. Courtesy of the student. 

Register by: April 19 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Watercolor Workshop (In-Person)

$225

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Instructor: James Toogood 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

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.  All levels welcome.

Image: James Toogood.

Register by: April 26 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 





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