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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)
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Oil Painting Essentials for Beginners (In-Person)

$525

with Roger Chavez

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

Whether you are just beginning your painting studies or have never picked up a brush, this is the perfect course to build your familiarity and confidence with the techniques and materials of oil painting.  Students will work from direct observation using still life and human figure/portrait subjects to explore the fundamentals of painting, including the selection and care of materials, paint application techniques, and color mixing.  Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the use of value to create three-dimensional effects, and color relationships.  The study of paintings throughout history will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of this medium. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $675. 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:  Thomas Hovenden, Peonies, 1886, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 1/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Coates (The Edward H. Coates Memorial Collection), 1923.9.2

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)
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Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)

$425

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Sep 17, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

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

Using oil or acrylic paints, exploit a wide range of techniques and artistic languages to transform everyday reality into expressive, symbolic, or personal statements. Base your paintings on unique studio still-life arrangements or use your own photographs as a starting point. Topics discussed and demonstrated include using color as an emotive element, designing compositions to convey mood and movement, and employing energetic mark-making. For less experienced students, materials, color mixing, and basic techniques are also reviewed. 

Course Objectives 

The student will learn… 

  • How to select and use basic materials, including the characteristics of various commonly used colors, solvents, and mediums 
  • To execute a variety of direct and indirect painting methods. 
  • Approaches to interpreting and modifying observed reality to achieve emotive, symbolic, and compositional goals 
  • Descriptive, emotive, and symbolic use of color, shape, and mark 
  • Basic color theory and color mixing 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. 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. 

Register by: September 15

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu. To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.

The PAFA Atelier (In-Person)

$845

with Peter Van Dyck

Calendar Current session started Sep 21, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This combination of instructed class and open studio is designed for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting.  Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.  This course features intermediate-level instruction for students with prior drawing/painting experience.  Note: Tuition includes a $50 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $1,150 (including model 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: Peter Van Dyck, Couple Manayunk

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course

Beginner's Watercolor Still Life Workshop (In-Person, Materials Provided)

$220

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 29, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Discover the beauty and versatility of watercolor through colorful and thoughtful still life arrangements. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with basic watercolor painting materials and techniques. A variety of approaches will be explored, and students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.  Materials will be supplied to better acquaint newcomers to the practice, but students are welcome to bring their own supplies to gain guidance on, and familiarity with, their use.  Tuition includes a $5 materials fee.

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 Credit: Keith Leitner

Register by: October 21

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

How to Make an Oil Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 3, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

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

Learning the process of making an oil painting from beginning to end is essential for painters starting out or for any artist looking for greater control over their materials and techniques. This course will start from the ground up, beginning with the underlying painting supports all the way to the finished painted image. Hands-on instruction will guide you through stretching a canvas and applying the sizing and oil ground.  Discussions on historical and contemporary mediums, as well as the components and characteristics of paint, will facilitate understanding for command over your materials. Paint from still life arrangements to learn sound techniques and approaches for toning the surface, drawing the image and underpainting, working “fat over lean” to create stable layers, and achieving a finished artwork.  This course packs a punch of valuable painting information as an introduction to oils, a still life study, and a materials-and-techniques class rolled into one.

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: Thomas Gaughan, Fruit on Table, 1953, Oil on canvas, 8 1/8 x 14 1/16 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of James P. and Ruth Marshall Magill, 1957.15.9 

Register by: October 28

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

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

Comprehending Color for Oil Painters (In-Person)

$295

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 7, 2022 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Without question, every oil painter benefits from color mixing instruction: Understanding how to accurately see, mix, and adjust color not only allows you to achieve the results you want in your work but also enables you to avoid the pitfalls of wasting paint though inaccurate and poorly understood pigment mixing. Explore key methods and principles for effective color mixing, using a limited palette to create prismatic hues and earth tone colors. Instruction will address the role of light in our visual perception of color, as well as subtractive and additive color systems. Work from varied still life arrangements to put your color comprehension into practice, and advance your painting skills for all subject matter. 

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: Mary Townsend Mason, Still Life with Fruit, ca. 1921, Oil on canvas, 26 3/16 x 30 1/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, John Lambert Fund, 1922.11

Register by: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

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

Mastering Composition: Secrets of the Golden Mean (Online)

$175

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 8, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

How the elements inside a painting are arranged amplifies the expressive power of the work. This arrangement or composition separates the poetic from the ordinary. Henri Matisse said, “The whole effect of my painting depends on composition. The place occupied by figures and objects, the empty spaces around them, their proportions, each has a place.” 

This class will focus on some of these basic elements of composition: balance, contrast, emphasis, subordination, formal structure, considering the center, dividing the rectangle, rabatment, inviting the viewer in, the rule of thirds, rhythm, and the mysterious golden section. Learn to master these elements through targeted projects. Special attention will be given to the use of the golden mean through illustrations and assignments that will instruct the student on what it is, how to use it, and how to recognize it in other works of art. While projects are tailored primarily toward drawing materials, students may elect to use watercolor or other painting mediums. Assignments will utilize mirrors, photos, interiors, still life, and window views. 

Image: Charles Muldowney, Sweet Potatoes, oil on panel, 6"x 13" , 2008 

Register by: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Drawing Fundamentals (Online)

$250

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 9, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Drawing is a cognitive and creative process that is bolstered by knowledge and practice. The artist is not simply a copy machine; rather, they aspire to infuse their work with a poetry that moves the viewer. Learn to produce accurate and affecting drawings by mastering fundamental tools and theories such as trapping space, aligning, sight sizing, measuring, restating, and applying rules of proportion and perspective. Instruction will address the powerful elements of composition, light, value, space, volume, line, balance, focus, and rhythm from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Demonstrations, projects, and critiques will fortify your understanding of each topic presented as you learn the materials and equipment to produce your most expressive work.

Image: Shushana Rucker, Skyline, Graphite on Mylar

Register by: October 28 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 





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