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Figure Drawing Foundations: Cast and Life (In-Person)

$550

with Roberto Osti

Calendar Current session started Jan 17, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 12 weeks

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Develop your ability to render the human form through the joint time-honored methods of cast and life drawing with noted artist and author Roberto Osti.  Learn the methods and technical skills traditionally associated with beautiful figure drawing, such as measuring, tonal rendering, anatomical structuring, and establishing the effects of light on the figure through graphite on white paper, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, reduction techniques, and the trois crayons technique. Half of the course will be devoted to study from PAFA’s historic cast collection of Antique and Renaissance sculpture: a traditional way to master sight-measuring and tonal development.  The other half of course content will be devoted to drawing the figure from life, for the essential experience of learning how to capture the elegance, dynamism, and subtleties of the human form, art’s most enduring subject.  Note: Course tuition includes a $25 model fee. 

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

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $700 (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:  Roberto Osti, Brutus Charcoal Copy, 2022 

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

In-Depth Design for Contemporary Artists (Online)

$250

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This course is a continuation of Classical Design for Contemporary Artists but open to any artist seeking a deep dive into the design principles! Strengthen your work through a thorough working knowledge of the elements of composition, color, line, light, value, space, perspective, balance, contrast, proportion, movement, gesture, emphasis, harmony, rhythm, pattern and texture. Instruction will include presentations on the historical and contemporary use of these design principles. Explore the applications of these principles through in-class projects, weekly assignments, and critiques.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will gain the ability to recognize and define the elements of design. 
  • Students will become familiar with important art historical figures and their influence on design. 
  • Students will experiment with a variety of techniques and materials to understand how their application influences design. 
  • Students will develop and discuss concepts and image development in the form of structured critique. 
  • Students will gain confidence in interesting and informed applications of design concepts within their own artwork. 

Register by: January 13 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Charles Muldowney, The Diagonal in the Golden Section. 

 

The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition (Online)

$375

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Keep your plein air skills warm during the colder months by joining Joe Sweeney, online inside his studio, to hone your landscape painting practice indoors!  Work from instructor-provided reference photographs of the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism.  Topics will include creating a strong composition, identifying what to leave in and what to leave out, color mixing, capturing the effects of light, painting techniques, and learning how to use photographs effectively to prepare for or supplement outdoor work. Instruction is geared toward oil/acrylic painting, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Ideal for all levels, including beginning painters.   

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering.

Image:  Joseph Sweeney, Farm on New Road, Pastel. 

Register by: January 13

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

Color Workout: Exercises in Color Theory and Practice (In-Person)
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Color Workout: Exercises in Color Theory and Practice (In-Person)

$425

with Alicia Mino

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

How do we see and perceive color? How does color function in, and strengthen, composition? Learn about the principles of color and its terminology, including descriptions such as primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, and concepts such as temperature, chroma and hue, in this creative and fun class. Instruction will utilize collage and mixed-media techniques to explore the physical and psychological properties of color, with a goal of enabling students to recognize, understand, and apply color to any type of artistic media. 

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 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: Alicia Mino 

Register by: January 13 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

The Painter's Palate: Food Painting in Oil and Acrylic (Online)

$250

with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Whet your appetite for painting by whipping up small food studies in oil or acrylic! Transform garden bounty, bakery confections, or lunchtime leftovers into masterpieces worthy of hanging in a kitchen or gallery.  Alla prima still life painting is an excellent way to hone your color mixing and paint handling skills, and food is the perfect subject to capture form, light, color, and texture rapidly and expressively.  Discussion and demonstration will cover tactics for setting up your composition, mixing color, and exploring paint application techniques for oil and acrylic; conversation is free to include food memories, recipes, and recommendations. Examine food paintings from historical and contemporary artists for inspiration and admiration.  Combine palette and palate to create compositional concoctions that are personal, whimsical, or visually delectable. Instruction is geared toward oil or acrylic painting, but students may work in their drawing/painting media of choice.  All levels are welcome. 

Image:  Allison Syvertsen, Ruins (detail), 2021, oil on paper mounted on panel, 8 x 8 in.

Register by: January 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Exploring the Archives: Drawings in the PAFA Collection (In-Person)

$45

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next session starts Feb 21, 2023 at 1 pm

Tuesday, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (one day)

The experience of viewing physical works on paper by master artists is a rare and wonderful pleasure: the freshness of the artist’s hand, the texture of the surface, and the subtle details in the subject are most touchingly apparent up-close and in-person. Add to that another artist’s observations to guide you through the work, and you will come away with a truly insightful experience into the mind and practice of the artist.

PAFA’s Center for the Study of the American Artist (CSAA) provides access to, and the study of, works of art in the permanent collection and institutional archives. Within the glass-walled workspace where PAFA’s museum staff work on the preservation, documentation, and treatment of the collection, master draftsperson and Continuing Education instructor Phyllis Laver will select and discuss a range of fascinating and beautiful drawings in PAFA’s collection. Past artwork selections have included works by Thomas Anshutz, Sidney Goodman, Alice Neal, and Barkley Hendricks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see, appreciate, and be inspired by work rarely on display in the museum galleries. Students should plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance, at 12:45 p.m.

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: Seymour Rosofsky, Two Masks, Self Portrait, 1974, Lithograph on paper, 19 x 26 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the Estate of Seymour Rosofsky, 2013.17.43 

Register by: February 10

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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

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