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Acrylic in the City (Outdoor)

$325

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 2 pm

Acrylic paint is the perfect medium for landscape painting in the open air! Explore acrylic’s vibrant color and versatile application and layering methods as you portray the beauty of Philadelphia’s parks in your own personal style. Learn techniques for choosing a composition, mixing color, and working efficiently outdoors as you complete a series of rapid sketches and at least one sustained painting. Fast-drying and easy to clean-up, acrylics will allow you to easily transport your finished work home to admire when you are done with each day’s painting!Open to all levels. Painting locations featuring shade, restrooms, and other amenities may include Clark Park in West Philly, Wissahickon Park in Mt. Airy, and Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Note Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.

Register by: May 13

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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

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Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting
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Abstraction:  Investigation and Experimentation in Painting

$295

with Keith Leitner

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

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 pm

Immerse yourself in the creative process in this exploration of painting techniques and personal expression.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice.  Class discussions will be focused upon in-depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.  Note: This previously online class now meets in-person. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting. 
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material. 
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships. 
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

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

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Assemblage Art (Online)

$350

with Colleen O'Donnell

Calendar Next available session starts May 31, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm

From the reclusive Joseph Cornell’s fantastical sculptures to Betye Saar’s complex revisioning of racist tropes, assemblage as a means of artistic expression could not be better suited for this time of social-distancing and tension. Assemblage intrinsically engages the unconscious while drawing on elements of design, whimsy, and chance to reflect a point of view and a moment in time. In this class, learn to transform everyday items, found objects, elements of nature, or memorabilia into three-dimensional sculpture and collage. Be guided through a different topic each week, delving into your own responses and ideas to create dramatic, humorous, emotional, and satirical works of art.

Learning Objectives:

  • Make something that has value and is relevant to our experiences in this challenging time.
  • Supportive feedback of your work in a group of fellow artists.
  • Experience the process of art making in 3 dimensions, working intuitively or with pre-planned drawings
  • Be introduced to the historical and contemporary innovators of Assemblage Art

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525

Register by:  May 23

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History of the Printed Image, Part 1 (Online Lecture)

$75

with Tony Rosati

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 7, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm

Join PAFA faculty and accomplished printmaker Tony Rosati for an overview of important prints and books spanning the 15th to the 20th centuries.  Learn about artists in their context and the evolution of various printmaking mediums through three fascinating lectures:  

  • 15th- and 16th-Century Engraving and Etching 
  • Color Chiaroscuro Relief Printmaking in the 16th Century and Beyond 
  • The Advent of 19th-Century Technologies and the Evolution of 20th-Century Screenprinting  

View and discuss milestone prints and books from the collections of the PAFA museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress.  Nix the Netflix and enjoy this compelling dinnertime conversation for anyone who loves looking at, and learning about, art!  Note: This class is lecture-only.  Students who wish to continue this series may register for Part 2.

Register by:  May 31

No materials required.

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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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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Figure Drawing

$620

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 9 am - 5 pm

This course is for those who are new to figure drawing or who haven’t done it in a while. Methods will be introduced for gauging proportions and shapes along with study of basic anatomic structure and figure dynamics. Students will execute short, gestural drawings, as well as more developed extended studies, in order to build skills and knowledge.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $775.

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

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Impasto Painting (Online)

$225

with Charles Muldowney

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 5, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 10 am - 1 pm

Impasto is a technique in which paint is applied in very thick layers, often with visible brush or painting-knife strokes, to impart texture, expression, or even sculptural effects.  Impasto techniques have been an essential part of painting history, from the underlying vigorous brushwork of Renaissance artists to the distinctive mark-making of past and contemporary masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, de Kooning, Soutine, Lucian Freud, and Auerbach. Learn techniques to build a thick, textured surface to find your own unique impasto style in this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn the history of the impasto painting technique.
  • Students will gain confidence in applying thick spontaneous layers of paint.
  • Students will loosen up and discover how to create a unique mark making signature.
  • Students will learn how to paint with a pallet knife and other tools. · Students will discover the difference between direct and indirect painting.
  • Students will learn the important techniques of glazing, velatura, scumbling and dry brush.

Register by:  June 24

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CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

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