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Continuing Education at PAFA



Pre-College Studio Arts

Pre-College: High School After-School Program

$100

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 1, 2021 at 4 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This course provides students with the opportunity for enrichment, skills development, and portfolio building in an asynchronous online drawing course. This course consists of ten self-paced lessons on PAFA’s learning management system, Canvas, during which students will learn foundational drawing skills, self-portrait drawing, how to use color in art and more. Each lesson will include a recorded video demonstration, written resources, images, a discussion board and an assignment that students can submit on Canvas. Students will receive regular written feedback on these assignments from that they can grow as artists and produce a stellar portfolio. This course is designed to meet the needs of new students and students who participated in the After School Studio Arts program previously.

There is no required synchronous component to this program. For interested students, there is an optional weekly drop-in session on Zoom on Thursdays at 4pm, for 30-40 minutes, to share discussion with the instructors, images and ideas, with the goal of creating a supportive learning experience. 

While these lessons are designed to be completed weekly, students can complete these lessons at their own pace on their own schedule between March 1 and May 6.

This course consists of ten weekly modules that will cover six topics:

  • Foundation Still Life Drawing, which will focus on developing skills in the areas of shape, form, depth and composition using still life and interior spaces (3 weeks).
  • Portrait Drawing, which will focus on developing the skills needed to create strong portraits and self- portraits. This module will focus on portrait anatomy, structure and getting a likeness (3 weeks).
  • Drawing interiors, which will focus on visual perspective, composition and architecture (1 week).
  • Color in art, which will focus on the understanding and use of color in making an image. Practical uses of understanding and using color will be addressed using portraits, still life, and free creative projects (1 week).
  • Comics, which will focus on storytelling, storyboards and concept development (1 week).
  • Independent Creative Project, which will focus on the student designing a creative image on their own for their portfolio. This will focus on how to create and develop a personal creative project (1 week). 

Teachers: Profressor Al Gury and David Wilson

Pre-College: Landscape Painting, PT 710 EP

$400

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 21, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Explore the exciting and challenging practice of landscape painting! Come study the Thaw Collection using high resolution images and make use of the timeless practice of learning from paintings. Using Canvas as an online platform to provide assignments, regular instructor feedback and lectures via Zoom, students will be able to concentrate, study and copy the landscape paintings in the collection to develop tactics for depicting foliage, trees, mountains, atmosphere, clouds and bring the awareness of the historical and revolutionary importance of these landscape paintings and their authors. Students then take their skills outdoors to paint the nearby landscape in the open air!

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Drawing I, DR 710ED

$400

with Inga Kimberly Brown

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 28, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Drawing I enables students to explore a range of methods and techniques in the medium of drawing. The class objective is to learn what observational study and the imagination can unveil using the linear method of mark making. Drawing I encourages the artist to draw from their own observation and to observe their mark making as they relate the image to a surface.

Each day includes a morning class (10 AM-1PM) and an afternoon class (2-5 PM) on a range of topics including lighting, perspective, color, tones, self-portrait, landscapes, still-life and more. Each class will start with a 30-minute live Zoom demonstration on drawing with different mediums on diverse surfaces. Students will then have time to work independently and meet one-on-one with the teacher. The last 30 minutes will be focused on sharing student art as a group on Zoom, helping students improve their technique as well as their ability to talk about art.

The course will use the online learning platform Canvas to share resources, class information, assignments and asynchronous discussion. Live demonstrations, discussion and feedback will take place on Zoom.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will acquire a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of drawing.
  • Students will become familiar with a variety of drawing materials and techniques.
  • Students will have an understanding the primitive eye and the critical eye, which also allows the student to see depth and hyper color and intensity of the form clearly.
  • Students will be able to articulate the visual language with confidence which opens doors to realism, naturalistic figures and forms.
  • Students will become familiar with the Artist Share or Group Critiques.
  • Students will become more familiar with the use of the artist vocabulary through dialogue of art within the art of critique or artist feedback sessions. Check out this Artist Glossary by MoMA Learning: https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/glossary/

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Portrait Drawing and Painting, DR 714HS

$400

with Al Gury

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 12, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Learn to do excellent portraits, understand portrait structure and how to get a likeness. The instructor will guide students through understanding the anatomy and proportions of the head, how to draw the features, learn how to get a likeness and how to build portrait drawings and paintings for your portfolio. An overview of the history of portraits and portrait styles will be included as well as the materials of making a portrait.

Step by Step photo and video demonstrations will be provided, as well as regular live Zoom meetings for group discussion and critique. Additional demonstrations will include a portrait in acrylic and oil, pastel and self portrait. Students will work in the media of their choice. Projects will range from sketchbook exercises to fully finished works. The online, user friendly platform, Canvas, will be used.

Learning goals:

  • Students will gain an overview of the anatomy of the head
  • Students will learn how to get a likeness
  • Students will gain proficiency in both portrait sketches and finished portraits Students will gain proficiency in using basic portrait materials.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

 

Pre-College: Illustration: The Art of the Concert Poster, DR 710MI

$400

with James Heimer

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 19, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Explore illustration as a counterpart to music through the art of the concert poster. Students will experiment with a variety of hands-on methods to develop imagery that interprets the lyrical content of their favorite artists. Spontaneous and stream of consciousness drawing and lettering exercises will be employed to invent narratives from instrumental music. The history of the concert poster will provide context and serve as inspiration for the students own projects.

The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Daily group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will gain an understanding of communication through pictorial means.
  • Students will express abstract concepts through pictorial symbols.
  • Students will present preliminary work that clearly communicates their objectives.
  • Students will balance lettering and imagery.
  • Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking, creativity, and a personal voice.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Still-Life Painting, PT 710E1

$400

with Sherif Habashi

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 26, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Explore the rich medium of oil painting through the subject of still-life while further acquiring the working knowledge of the fundamental principles of working from observation. Through a series of structured studies, we will examine how to analyze space, determine proportional relationships, develop form and structure, as well as, study composition, basic color theory, and the language of visual texture.

Time will be spent at the outset of each day to introduce students to each assignment through live demonstrations via online Canvas platform. In addition to the first-hour live introduction of each day, there will be an additional one-hour live session from 1-2pm. Students will have 2-3 hours to work on assignments following each presentation, assisted by available feedback from the instructor.

Monday - Limited Palette Studies, Color Contrasts.

Tuesday - Limited Palette Studies, Color Contrasts Continued.

Wednesday - Full Palette Study, Lighting, Compositional emphasis, and mark-making.

Thursday –Final Composition, Brunaille Underpainting.

Friday –Final Composition Continued, Glazing, Group Review.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will become familiar with a variety of materials and techniques of oil medium.
  • Students will further practice their knowledge of painting directly from observation, by learning to analyze and reconstruct what they see, through the experience of working with a range of disciplines.
  • Students will gain a working knowledge of the various methods and techniques of the medium, while gaining a meaningful understanding of the basic principles of pictorial design, with an emphasis on composition and color.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Mixed-Media Narrative Art, PR 710PC

$400

with Rosae Reeder

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 2, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Storytelling is an art form that has been passed down for centuries and in many cultures, the storyteller is highly regarded as being the keepers of history and culture. The stories told, helped people make sense of the world, taught children about their traditions, were entertaining and educational. Storytelling is a huge part of communication and it is something that we all do, even in regular conversation.

In this one-week intensive course, you will make an Artist Book using your personal narrative/ story, alternative printmaking techniques and book structure. By combining images and techniques such as packing tape transfers, watercolor monoprint, Geli plate printing, bookbinding and more, you will create an Artist book that fully expresses the intent of your narrative.

Discussion and presentation about storytelling and the history of books will be introduced along with one-on-one discussions about personal narrative and book structure. Artist books are the modern and creative vessels of storytelling. Learn to use the techniques described to tell your own stories like the storytellers of the past.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.

Pre-College: Drawing for Comics, DR 723 EC

$400

with Jeff Kilpatrick

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 9, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

In this course, students will be taught cartooning basics, studying drawing and inking techniques using a variety of professional tools. They will also be taught the language of sequential art (comics). Students will write a story based on real life or imagination, then design characters and environments to be used as they transform that story into a short-form comic. The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, as well as live chat via Zoom.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: https://pafacademy.slideroom.com/#/login/program/59548. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to precollege@pafa.org to register as an international student.





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