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Session 2: July 6 - August 15

in Summer 2020 Semester

Introduction to Oil Painting (ONLINE) PT 616EO_ON


with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Jun 1, 2020 , runs for 10 weeks

Are you intimidated by the idea of oil painting? Join Shushana Rucker to learn introductory to intermediate level techniques in the comfort of your own home. This course will help the beginner oil painter gain confidence in a variety of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect painting, color mixing, and painting with a brush and palette knife. Topics will also include stretching your own canvas, cradling panels, and using mediums, solvents and additives. Course content will include in-depth video tutorials, and printable tutorials. The instructor will be available on a daily basis to answer questions via e-mail. A weekly live Zoom session will be held every Monday at 7 p.m.

Learning Objectives

• Students will recognize and apply a range of oil painting techniques including direct and indirect methods.

• Students will identify and make use of basic design and color principles.

• Students will analyze and describe historical and contemporary oil painting techniques and styles.

• Students will become proficient in the use of hand and power tools used to prepare supports.

• Students will experiment with painting tools and gain an understanding of mark making with oil paint.

• Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique.

Materials List Rucker PT 616EO_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

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Modern Art Since 1945 (ONLINE) IN 670RS_ON


with Dr. Kevin Richards

Calendar Jul 6, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Examine the development of art in America and Europe from the end of World War II to the end of the twentieth-century, including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Land-Based art, and other significant artistic movements. Analyze the aesthetic ideas that have informed the narrative and contested terrain around art since 1945, including the challenges to the ideals of modernism. Online instruction will provide weekly video lectures, readings, and instructor-moderated discussion boards.

Richards IN 670RS_ON


Souvenir, Jasper Johns (b. 1930),1970, Lithograph, 35 x 24 in. (88.9 x 60.96 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession # 2015.42.7, Gift of Ofelia Garcia, © estate of Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Picturing Benjamin Franklin (ONLINE) IN 651EB_ON


with Dr. Paul Sivitz

Calendar Jul 6, 2020 , runs for 5 weeks

Benjamin Franklin’s iconic status has been, since his own lifetime, bolstered by images and shapes our perceptions of this historical figure. The numerous portraits, busts, and drawings from the eighteenth century are only a part of the vast collection of visual Frankliniana. Examine the man and his likenesses within an historical context, including the question as to why the image of the older, corpulent Franklin is the most popular representation, when in fact Franklin was, until quite late in life, very fit. Readings include selections Franklin’s Autobiography, as well as his letters and papers.  Online instruction will provide weekly recorded lectures plus live Zoom sessions with the instructor on Tuesdays, July 7, 21 & August 4. 7:30- 8:30. 

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an historical understanding of Benjamin Franklin, while at the same time, evaluate the use of his image in different contexts.
  • Learn to evaluate primary sources and use them to more thoroughly understand historical actors and events and write short papers using those sources.

Materials List:  Sivitz IN 651EB_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

Dr. Paul Sivitz received his MA in History from Temple University and his PhD in History from Montana State University. He has returned to his native Philadelphia after teaching for seven years in the Department of History at Idaho State University. He specializes in early America, the Atlantic World, Race and Slavery, the social history of disease and medicine, and the circulation of knowledge in the eighteenth century. His art historical interests span the early modern period, particularly the themes of science, medicine, and political commentary.


Benjamin Franklin, David Martin (1736-1798), 1767,Oil on canvas, 49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (125.8 x 100.4 cm.), Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Accession #1943.16.1, Gift of Maria McKean Allen and Phebe Warren Downes through the bequest of their mother, Elizabeth Wharton McKean, Joseph Harrison, Jr. Collection

Summer Studio Critique Program (Online)


with Neysa Grassi

Calendar Jul 6, 2020 , runs for 6 weeks

This six-week online program is designed for visual artists and educators who desire constructive feedback on their artwork, as well as the support and interaction of an artistic community. Stimulate your personal artistic growth through individual weekly critiques from a stellar ensemble of nationally and internationally known artists, including members of PAFA’s acclaimed faculty, as well as discussion, group critiques, and virtual artist studio visits.

Weekly one-on-one critiques will be conducted via live Zoom videoconferencing sessions; work sharing and discussion boards, as well as critic-provided visual references or readings, will be available via Canvas, PAFA's online learning management system.  Weekly critiques will be scheduled each Friday by time-slot sign-up.  Lead critic Neysa Grassi will host group critiques/discussions and virtual field trips and artist studio visits.  These will be scheduled to best accommodate the group's needs.

View the complete course description and list of critics here.

Registration Deadline:  Rolling, on a space-available basis. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Withdrawal/Refund Deadline:  June 28 ($50 fee applies; no refunds issued for withdrawals after this date)

Academic Credit:  This program is available for non-credit for $750, or for either 4.0 undergraduate credits or 3.0 graduate credits for $1,500.  Select credit choice with price adjustment during checkout. See CE's Policies and Procedures to review credit policies.

Additional Benefit:  Studio Critique registrants receive a 10% tuition discount on all subsequent PAFA CE Summer 2020 Classes!

Review Studio Critique Program registration and policy information here prior to registering. 

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