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Art Journaling: From the Garden

$295

with Dressler Smith

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Using the spring and summer seasons as a starting point, learn how to commit your life’s memories to book form though engaging prompts and practical tips. Art journaling allows you to document your feelings and life events in a meaningful and creative format through a calming, personally expressive practice. Fuse words with imagery though drawing, watercolor pencil, and more to organize your thoughts and preserve your experiences. No drawing experience is necessary. 

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Portrait Drawing from 2D and Life

$595

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Draw one of art’s most compelling and moving subjects: the portrait.  Learn to create realistic and expressive renderings from both photographs and live models, in order to explore a range of approaches for your personal practice.  Use charcoal and graphite drawing techniques to suggest light and volume, and discover how to incorporate contrast and detail to create interest.  Instruction will cover basic anatomy, including skull bone structure and musculature, as well as how to determine the movement and direction of the head. Useful information for all levels.    

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn notions of basic anatomy, including skull bone structure and muscle structure 
  • Students will learn how to settle movement and direction of the head 
  • Students will learn how to create volume with charcoal and graphite techniques 
  • Students will learn how to make their portraits interesting by adding details and contrast to their pieces.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $750.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

In-Depth Watercolor (Summer Session 1)

$595

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts May 27, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about color theory as applied to watercolor.
  • Students will receive a comprehensive explanation of watercolor materials and tools, with particular focus will be paid to the properties of paint and pigments as they interact with the paintbrushes and paper.
  • Through both discussions and demonstrations, first time participants and beginners will learn a variety of techniques that are fundamental to watercolor, presented in a systematic step by step method. Participants can expect to have regular individual instruction, given at their current skill level.
  • Focus also will be paid on acquiring the skills needed to achieve a richness of color and a feeling of light.
  • Participants will work from direct observations from the still life and model, as well as from one’s own source materials.
  • Those not taking the class for credit will have the option to work on landscape, still life, portrait and figure or abstraction, as they wish.
  • Participants will be exposed to a variety of watercolor styles, and encouraged to discover one’s own personal aesthetic.
  • The course is ultimately designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to make accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credit for $750. 

Half-Day Option: For greater flexibility, this course is available for half-days (non-credit only), 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 5 p.m., for $325. Note that courses are designed for full-day attendance: information and demonstrations presented in one portion of the day may not be repeated in the other half. Students wishing to add the remaining portion can pay the balance by calling the CE office at 215-972-2029.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Master Class with Christine Lafuente: Alla Prima Oil Painting Marathon with Critique (Online)

$650

with Christine Lafuente

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 14, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Tuesday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm

Get your studio up and running with Christine Lafuente! Experiment with alla prima oil techniques and produce several paintings focusing on still life subjects in this inspiring three-day painting marathon. Each morning will feature an hour-long demonstration focusing on studio set-up, color mixing, oil mediums, and brushwork. The rest of the day will consist of a virtual open studio of individual critique and problem-solving in which all can listen along while painting. Each session will wrap-up with a helpful discussion about specific painting issues. Be prepared to share your work via the online Padlet platform and have the class “visit” your painting space via Zoom on your smartphone or tablet in this interactive and engaging painting intensive.

Image: Christine Lafuente, Cherries, Roses, and Pears, Contra Jour, oil on linen, 12 x 24 in.

Register by:  May 31

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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Ease into Oils Workshop

$195

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 25, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm

Want to paint but don't know where to begin? This two-day structured workshop makes it painless and easy to ease into oil painting. Begin with a black-and-white painting (just like drawing) to become familiar with painting tools and materials. Be introduced to color with a simple earth-palette painting. Move on to a brighter palette, and then top off the weekend by completing a painting in a full palette of colors. This course will utilize still life subject matter. Drawing experience recommended.  

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration.  Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. 

Register by:  June 17

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Realistic Still Life Painting

$595

with Alicia Mino

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

Wednesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Still life is a fascinating and useful introduction to oil painting, offering opportunities to explore color mixing, varied paint application methods, and techniques for creating light, shadow, and volume to impart a sense of realism.  Experienced artists will appreciate the genre as a means of both growing their skills and experimenting with composition and subject matter to suggest ideas or meaning.  Instruction will focus on selecting objects and arranging compositions, establishing lighting to create focus and drama, and applying and blending oil color to create volume and painterly effects.   

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn about still life composition
  • Students will learn how to choose elements to create an interesting still life composition 
  • Students will learn how to settle lighting to create an interesting focus point and drama in the still life 
  • Students will learn how to apply and blend oil painting color to create volumetric painterly effects

Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $750.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Realistic Painting Techniques

$595

with Robert Waddington

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

Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm

Capture your subjects with confidence as you master the essential components and techniques of realistic oil painting. Informative demonstrations, handouts, and skill-building assignments will address drawing fundamentals for establishing correct proportions and tonal relationships, basic painting materials, color theory, and color tonal values, as well as the physical mixing, application, and blending of paint. Explore old master and modern painting methods, including underpainting, glazing and scumbling. Advanced painting techniques to create highly realistic renderings of materials and textures, such as fabrics and metals, will be explained in detail. A weekly Zoom meeting will be held every Wednesday evening, 7 - 8 p.m., for students to ask questions and present their independent work for critique. Basic drawing skills are a prerequisite for this course.

Learning Objectives

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credit for $750.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below. Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Image: Robert Waddington, Hardware Pick-Up, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in. private collection.

Register by:  June 24

Materials list

CE Policy Guide Spring 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Botanical Drawing & Painting Intensive

$405

with Linda Gist

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Explore flowers and other natural forms, beginning with line and value drawing and progressing to full-color rendering in watercolor and mixed media.  Topics will include sighting techniques, line quality, tone and value, creation of depth, composition, texture, and basic color. All levels welcome. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee for floral subjects, provided.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $535, including materials fee.

Important: All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) upon registration. Open the Agreement form during checkout to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation, or submit vaccine and booster documentation below.Onsite card display and card images emailed to the CE office cannot be accepted. Registration for any on-campus course is pending without vaccination documentation or exemption approval. See the CE Policy Guide below for complete COVID-19 safety requirements. 

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form





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