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Open Academy: Life Drawing (DR 200, In-Person)

$1,150

with Ron Wyffels

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2023 at 8:30 am, runs for 15 weeks

Thursdays, Half-Day 8:30 - 11:20 a.m. OR Full-Day 8:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

PAFA’s Open Academy provides the opportunity for Continuing Education (CE) and non-matriculated students to enroll in select BFA courses for credit or non-credit.  Open Academy students enrolled in PAFA’s renowned studio arts courses learn technical skills, creative expression, and critical thinking from master artist-teachers while working amongst dedicated full-time students in PAFA's classrooms.

Life Drawing will focus on developing skills and exploring the use of the figure with the following concepts: (1) structural and anatomical delineation of human form with line and tone. (2) The figure as an expressive end in itself. (3) Simple group compositions in interior as well as invented space. The class is open to various media & techniques.

Optional Length/Credit Adjustments:  Base-price listed covers Half-Day Mornings, non-credit.  This course is also available for the following (select add-on pricing during registration):

  • Half-Day Mornings, 1.5 undergraduate credits for $1,400
  • Full-Day, non-credit for $2,300
  • Full-Day, 3.0 undergraduate credits for $2,800.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and one booster upon registration. Requests for exceptions for medical or religious reasons must be submitted with appropriate documentation and 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 Open Academy Policy Information for complete COVID safety requirements and policies.

Image:Christian Schussele, [Figure study: female nude reclining, back view], n.d., Charcoal on green-gray wove paper, 13 13/16 x 21 in. irr. (35.09645 x 53.34 cm.) Accession #1876.9.572. John S. Phillips Collection.

Register by: January 6

Materials List

Open Academy Policy Guide

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Drawing Fundamentals (In-Person)

$525

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.  

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Work from still life arrangements, PAFA’s renowned cast collection, interior spaces, and the human figure to master the drawing elements: shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective. Instruction will guide students through sight-drawing and measuring techniques, use of materials, shading methods, and ways of defining form and space. This course is also excellent as a foundation for future study, including for painting and other disciplines.  

This course does not meet during Spring Break, March 6 – 12. No class on April 6.  

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 at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:  Phyllis Laver, Mid-Day, 2010, 34 x 48 in.

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

Full Course

Practical Perspective (Online)

$250

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 3 – 5 p.m.

Understanding the principles of one- and two-point perspective is essential to drawing and painting convincing forms in space. Master the fundamentals of this geometric system that was developed during the Renaissance and is used to this day. Instruction will break down sometimes-intimidating principles into basic concepts to provide practical methods for creating interior spaces, landscapes, and cityscapes, including elements of repeated patterns, arches, stairways, and more. Limited class size will allow time for one-on-one assistance. Great for illustrators and artists of any media requiring a strong drawing framework. 

Image:  John Notman, Sketch of the Interior of the North Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, n.d. Ink and wash on paper, 7 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Charles Coleman Sellers, 1973.26.2

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Foundry: An Introduction/All Levels (In-Person)
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Foundry: An Introduction/All Levels (In-Person)

$690

with Pavel Efremoff

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.  Note: Tuition includes a $65 lab fee. 

This course does not meet during Spring Break, March 6 – 12. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $1,060 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:  Pavel Efremoff, Narwal 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

Portrait Sculpture (In-Person)
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Portrait Sculpture (In-Person)

$450

with Morgan Dummitt

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

Learn to sculpt a life-size portrait in clay on an armature from direct observation.  Working from models, sculpt the head and neck structure with accuracy based on volume, proportion, and anatomy, developing the portrait from deep geometric structure to surface form. Capture likeness and expression through measuring practices and study of the facial features. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay modeling, and tool usage. This sensitive and immersive practice is excellent for both sculptors and drawing/painting portraitists seeking to inform their work through the exploration of three-dimensional form.  All levels welcome. Note: Course tuition includes a $25 model fee. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $600 (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 at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies.  

Image: Morgan Dummitt, Cooper Portrait. 

Register by: January 20

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

Editorial Illustration (Online)

$375

with James Heimer

Calendar Current session started Jan 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.

Explore image making as a means of communication. This is an intermediate class geared toward artists who wish to express narrative themes in their work as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication. Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen.

This course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Weekly group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom. Access to a scanner and Adobe Photoshop or other raster graphics software is required for the completion of assignments.

Image: James Heimer

Register by: January 20

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

Zoom Technical Requirements





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