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in All CE Winter/Spring 2024 In-Person and Online Courses

Taking the Leap: Summer Studio Session (Studio Rental and Instruction)


with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 8, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Open studio access: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, six weeks, July 8 - August 16, with weekly instruction on Thursdays.

Weekly Meetings/Studio-Visits:  Thursdays, July 11 - August 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Guest instructor/critic, TBA, on August 8.)

Instructor/Lead Critic: Roger Chavez

Credit: Non-credit

Taking the leap to start or cultivate an art-making practice in a private studio space can be both exciting and daunting. Learn how to create work and stay motivated on your own terms in this new and unique combination studio-rental and classroom course! Tuition for this six-week program will confer an individual studio space in PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, as well as weekly meetings for critique and instruction on a variety of artist’s concerns led by artist-instructor/critic Roger Chavez. Studios for this program are approximately 9 x 16 feet, white-walled, with easel and stool provided (students are responsible for additional furniture or equipment needs). Students have two studio options (select preference during registration)

  • Studios within a group space are located side-by-side within a private, key-secured corridor for an engaging community atmosphere. Each space is curtained (no individually locked doors), opening out to the corridor’s large east-facing windows for the benefit of abundant natural light.

  • Interior studios spaces (not located along PAFA’s windowed exterior walls) offer increased privacy with individual lockable doors, without natural light.

Weekly meetings will feature both one-on-one in-studio critiques/discussions as well as group instruction on art topics designed to motivate and assist you in your work, including drawing sessions, assignment prompts, materials and techniques demonstrations, gallery visits, and critiques from guest critics. This class is perfect for artists of varying levels of experience wanting to jumpstart or advance their personal practice, for students considering application to a studio-centered certificate or degree program, or for anyone lacking a home studio and seeking a space to pursue their work -- with the motivation and encouragement that come from being part of an artistic community! Participants will benefit from some prior art-making experience and the ability to work independently.

Note: Registration requires a $200 studio deposit that is refundable upon satisfactory return of the studio to its original condition at the end of the program. Students must agree to and sign PAFA’s studio agreement form. Membership and early registration discounts cannot be applied to course tuition, but students are eligible to receive 10% off additional Summer CE courses to supplement their studio pursuits.

Image: CE Summer Studio/Critique Program, 2022. 

Registration Deadline: Rolling, on a space-available basis. Late registration (after first weekly meeting) available.

Materials List (Approved Materials) 

Summer CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies

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