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Ease into Figure Painting Workshop (In-Person)

$260

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Feb 24, 2024 at 9 am

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

This course is ideal for students who want to paint the figure but don't know how to get started. Begin by learning about proportions, anatomical landmarks, and figure structure as you execute charcoal drawings of plaster statuary casts in PAFA’s famous Cast Hall. As you build confidence and skill, instruction will then introduce you to the practice of working from the life model – first by drawing, and then with a limited palette of either oil or acrylic paints. Previous drawing experience strongly recommended. Tuition includes a $35 models fee.

Image: Leon Kelly, Henriette as My Model, 1929, Oil on canvas, 28 1/8 x 36 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Gift of Bernard Davis. 1950.20.1

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Materials List 

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

Figure Painting: Developing Form and Finish (In-Person)

$330

with David Wilson

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

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Instructor: David Wilson 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Paint from a life model in poses of varying lengths to develop and refine your figure painting compositions. Extended poses will allow students to adjust and resolve issues of surface, color, and composition. Instruction will cover a variety of topics including glazing, broken color, surface texture, composition and design, the relationship of the figure to the environment, the creation of atmosphere and color harmony, disrupted realism, and open- versus closed-form painting. All levels welcome. Instruction will be geared toward oil, but students are welcome to draw-only, or use other appropriate media, if they wish. Note: Tuition includes a $35 models fee. 

Image: David Wilson. 

Register by: March 1
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Egg Tempera Workshop (In Person)

$205

with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella

Credit: Non-Credit Only

From ancient Egypt through the early Renaissance and into modern times, pigments mixed with egg yolk, hide glue, or casein were valued for their fast-drying layers and luminous color effects. Learn traditional preparations, transparent and translucent painting methods, and contemporary mixtures of tempera and oil while painting from still life set-ups or your own reference material.  Varnishing, framing, and storage issues will also be discussed and demonstrated. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee. 

Image: Anthony Ciambella, Reunion.

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

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

Metal Sculpture (In-Person)

$320

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Steve Nocella
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

This six-week course teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion.  Note: Tuition includes a $25 lab fee. 

Image: Peter Lerner, Spotted Bass #1, 2023, Steel and bronze, 18 x 22 x 6 in. Courtesy of the student. 

Register by: March 8 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Portrait in Pencil Workshop (In-Person)

$195

with RA Friedman

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 23, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Instructor: RA Friedman 
Credit: Non-Credit Only 

Using inexpensive materials, this hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts and methods needed to create a strong sense of dimension and likeness in your portrait drawings. Explore the proportions and planes of the head, neck and shoulders. Learn how to create a structural foundation and how to easily manage anatomy by breaking down forms into simple geometric shapes. Instruction will address different strategies for creating a finished tonal portrait as well as tips and tricks that will help you draw like a pro!

Image: RA Friedman.

Register by: March 15 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

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 

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 





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