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Foundry: An Introduction/All Levels (In-Person)

$690

with Pavel Efremoff

Calendar Current session started Sep 15, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.  Note: Tuition includes a $65 lab fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $860 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Pavel Efremoff, Narwal.

Register by: September 2 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course

Stone Carving (In-Person)

$545

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.  Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Procure a proficiency in basic tool use including manual carving, pneumatic carving, sawing, grinding, and sanding. 
  • Learn the methods of stone carving beginning with "roughing out" a form, and finishing with sanding and polishing. 
  • Develop a perceptual ability for spatial relationships of the elements that constitute a sculpture or a three dimensional image. 
  • Learn to use creative and critical thinking in the process of carving sculpture. 
  • Gain an appreciation for the influence and informing effect that medium and process have on image making. 
  • Acquire an introductory understanding of the history of stone carving as well as the capacity to conceptualize context for the student's own sculpture. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $695 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: John W. Rhoden, Reclining Figure, 1947, French limestone, 20 1/2 x 28 x 11 1/2 in. (52.07 x 71.12 x 29.21 cm.) Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #2018.13.7, The John Walter Rhoden and Richanda Phillips Rhoden Collection.

Register by: September 15

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.


To facilitate wait list registration, please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster
in advance via the form below.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course
Sculpting the Figure in Terra Cotta (In-Person)
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Sculpting the Figure in Terra Cotta (In-Person)

$320

with Colleen O'Donnell

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. Tuition includes a $25 model fee.  

Learning Objectives  

  • Create representations of the human form in three dimensions.  
  • Acquire technical knowledge and develop excellent craftsmanship.  
  • Learn the practice and philosophy of historic and contemporary approaches to human figure artworks.  
  • Develop strong observational skills as well as a personal artistic direction.  
  • Learn how to explore an idea in depth and breadth through a cohesive body of work. 
  • Cultivate the ability to reflect on your own work, as well as that of others, through individual and group critiques.  

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. PAFA reserves the right to refuse entry and withdraw enrollment for students who have not provided proof of vaccination and have not been approved for exemption. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: Jason Yun, terra-cotta, 6 x 8 x 7 in.

Register by: October 28 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

Assemblage Art (Online)

$250

with Colleen O'Donnell

Calendar Current session started Nov 9, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 8 pm 

From the reclusive Joseph Cornell’s fantastical sculptures to Betye Saar’s complex revisioning of racist tropes, assemblage as a means of artistic expression could not be better suited for this time of social-distancing and tension. Assemblage intrinsically engages the unconscious while drawing on elements of design, whimsy, and chance to reflect a point of view and a moment in time. In this class, learn to transform everyday items, found objects, elements of nature, or memorabilia into three-dimensional sculpture and collage. Be guided through a different topic each week, delving into your own responses and ideas to create dramatic, humorous, emotional, and satirical works of art. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Make something that has value and is relevant to our experiences in this challenging time. 
  • Supportive feedback of your work in a group of fellow artists. 
  • Experience the process of art making in 3 dimensions, working intuitively or with pre-planned drawings 
  • Be introduced to the historical and contemporary innovators of Assemblage Art 

Image: Peggy O'Donnell, Majestic Labor, Clay, wood, wire, objects, 28" x 25" x 9"

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 





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