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Session 2: July 6 - August 15
Modern Art Since 1945 (ONLINE) IN 670RS_ON
with Dr. Kevin Richards
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.
Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525
Red Grooms, (b. 1937), A Room in Connecticut, 1984, oil on canvas and acrylic on plexiglass with aluminum frame, 72 x 96 in., collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 1985.4, John Lambert Fund, © 2010 Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
This fanciful tribute to the American avant-garde depicts the artist Marcel Duchamp and his patron the collector Katherine S. Dreier - two of the founders of the Societe Anonyme, established in 1920 to promote American and European modernism - conversing in the art-filled library of Dreier's West Redding, Connecticut, home.
Oil Painting All Levels (ONLINE) PT 601E_ON
with Frederic Kaplan
This special course is designed for students eager to get back to painting, but while keeping a safe distance. Each weekly session contains 3 modules: the first is for beginners or those who need a refresher and covers all the basics; the second for intermediate students, and going more deeply into color, introducing a wider variety of painting methods, and providing additional technical information; the third is for more advanced students – those ready to develop a personal style and express ideas and emotions symbolically. The course includes video and illustrated lessons, plus person-to-person discussions and live critiques via Zoom. (See materials list for more information)
Note: This course is available for 1.0 credit for $525.
- Introduce alla prima (direct) painting techniques.
- How to use a selection of basic materials.
- Familiarity with the “feel” of oil paints and how to manipulate them.Introduction of a limited palette of colors, their properties, and effect in mixtures.
- Elements of chiaroscuro and its use in realistic painting.
- Realistic painting of elemental geometric forms.
- Demonstrate several methods of starting a painting including wipe-out, grisaille, and imprimatur.
- Color theory with emphasis on complementary and analogous color schemes.Introduce a broader range of colors, including transparent pigments.
- Physical and optical color blending methods.Optical color mixing with glazes, velaturas, and scumbles.
- In-depth study of painting mediums and oils.
- Expressive and symbolic use of color.Mark-making as a descriptive and expressive tool.
- Color as a spatial symbol and symbol of illumination.
- Compositional techniques including the golden rectangle, composition grids, element relationships and unity.
Picturing Benjamin Franklin (ONLINE) IN 651EB_ON
with Dr. Paul Sivitz
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.
Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525
- 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
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
Realistic Drawing Techniques (ONLINE) DR 618ER_ON
with Frederic Kaplan
Take your drawing skills to the next step, utilizing a variety of illusionistic techniques to bring a greater sense of volume, space and atmosphere to your drawings. Investigate lost and found edges, contrast and chiaroscuro, texture, proportions, and basic principles of linear perspective in a range of dry drawing media as you progress from still life arrangements to complex interior and exterior complex settings. Ideal for those seeking an increased sense of realism and finish in their drawings, and an excellent foundation for painting. This primarily-asynchronous Canvas course includes video and illustrated lessons, plus person-to-person discussions and critiques using Zoom. (See materials list for more information.)
Note: This class may also be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525
Rackstraw Downes (b. 1939), Under the Viaduct at Riverside Drive and St. Clair Place, graphite on brown paper, collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, accession # 2013.39, gift of the artist
Summer Studio Critique Program (Online)
with Neysa Grassi
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.
Illustration: Picture Book Storyboard (ONLINE)
with Kate Samworth
Learn how to turn your picture book idea into a prototype with Kirkus Award-winning illustrator Kate Samworth in this live Zoom course. Be guided through the process of dividing a text into pages and developing spot and full page illustrations. Discussions will address story pacing, layout, and narrative arc of classic and contemporary examples in order to deepen your understanding of how to enhance the written word with visual art. Live Zoom sessions will be held every Monday, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (See materials list for more information.)
Kate Samworth (BFA '10) explores themes of environmental change, balancing a sense of wonder and possibility with an expression of mourning. Her passion for natural history illustration, dark fairy tales, and satire converge in her illustrations. Samworth has illustrated several books, including the award winning Aviary Wonders Inc. and Why Fish Don’t Exist, written by NPR journalist Lulu Miller.
Watercolor: Depicting the Natural World (ONLINE) PT 604EN_ON
with Roberto Osti
The natural world is an infinite and fantastic source of inspiration for the artist, and the versatility and luminosity of watercolor make it the perfect technique for recording nature in a fresh and fun way. In this course, learn fundamental drawing techniques and essential watercolor techniques to create both quick field sketches and detailed, finished artworks. Subject matter will include flowers, plants, animals and landscapes. Reference images will be gathered through observational sketches and photography. An ideal course for those interested in both the fine arts and the Illustration field. Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback. This Canvas course includes a weekly live Zoom lecture/demonstration every Monday, 3 - 6 p.m. (See materials list for more information)
Note: This course is also available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.
Roberto Osti, illustration for the the article, Evolution: A Lizards Tale, in Scientific American magazine, March 2001.
Abstract Painting: Find Your Voice (ONLINE) PT 705E_ON
with Keith Leitner
This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process. Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance. Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice. Discussions delving into work of master painters will further inform and encourage your own art-making. Live Zoom sessions will take place every Monday, 6 - 8 p.m.
- Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting.
- Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material.
- Students will learn color mixing and color relationships.
- Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.
Keith Leitner, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 in.