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Continuing Education at PAFA


Portrait & Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON


with Fred Danziger

Calendar Sep 17, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 12 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. 

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

Course Schedule

Project 1:  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: Tonal Painting

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

 Project 3: Direct Painting

  • Students choose their own subject
  • Application of direct color over minimal underdrawing to achieve an immediate, expressive painting (alla prima).

Materials List : Danziger PT 600E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020


Fred Danziger, L, 2013, oil on panel, 20 x 18 in.

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Color for Painters (ONLINE) IN 604CP_ON


with Al Gury

Calendar Sep 21, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks


An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles, Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, and Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Direct Painting.  Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings.  This Canvas course includes weekly step-by-step painting demonstrations, assignments, critiques and weekly Zoom meetings every Sunday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (See materials list for more information)  All levels welcome!

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

Materials List : Gury IN 604CP_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020


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Watercolor Portrait (ONLINE) PT 604WP_ON


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


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

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Portrait Drawing: Facial Expressions (ONLINE) DR 609FE_ON


with Roberto Osti

Calendar Nov 4, 2020 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Enliven your portraits with realistic facial expression!  In this live Zoom course with renowned artist, educator and author, Roberto Osti, students will practice rendering a variety of facial expressions from photographic references of artworks and real people.  Each session will cover a different expression:  happiness, surprise, sadness, anger and disgust-contempt.  Students will practice various drawing techniques especially suited for portraiture and for improving the expressive qualities of portraits.

Register by:  October 30

Materials List : Osti DR 609FE_ON

Policy Guide Summer 2020

CE Policy Guide_Fall 2020

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