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Continuing Education at PAFA



Watercolor, Gouache & Tempera

Color & Design in Gouache (ONLINE) PT 630ED_ON

$350

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Current session started Sep 30, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Learn the essentials of color mixing and harmony using gouache paint (opaque watercolor) – essential information for artists in all media.  Develop your understanding of value, color temperature, and simultaneous contrast through a series of guided exercises using limited palettes.  Basic techniques of painting with gouache will also be covered including control of flow, paint application and brush work.  Subjects will include repeat pattern design, perspective drawing, tessellations, and making copies of masterworks.   

Regsiter by:  September 17

Materials List: Samworth PT 630ED

CE Policy Guide Fall 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

In-Depth Watercolor (Section 1) PT 604ED
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In-Depth Watercolor (Section 1) PT 604ED

$595

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Oct 1, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

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 1.0 undergraduate credit for $750.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) at time of registration.  During checkout, be sure to open the Agreement form to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation.  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:  September 24

Online registration is now closed.  Call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu to inquire about late registration availability, or see Section 2 of this class.  Due to the time needed to process safety/access requirements, PAFA may not be able to accommodate registration requests with less than 24-hours notice for students to attend the first class.  Tuition cannot be prorated for late registration.

Materials List: Toogood PT 604ED

CE Policy Guide Fall 2021

In-Depth Watercolor (Section 2) PT 604ED
Registration Unavailable

In-Depth Watercolor (Section 2) PT 604ED

$595

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Oct 6, 2021 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

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 1.0 undergraduate credit for $750.

Important:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or documentation for a medical/religious exemption request) at time of registration.  During checkout, be sure to open the Agreement form to upload an image of your vaccination card or exemption documentation.  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:  October 1

Materials List: Toogood PT 604ED Section 2

CE Policy Guide Fall 2021

Online registration is now closed.  Call 215-972-2029 or email continuinged@pafa.edu to inquire about late registration availability.  Due to the time needed to process safety/access requirements, PAFA may not be able to accommodate registration requests with less than 24-hours notice for students to attend the first class.  Tuition cannot be prorated for late registration.

Botanical Drawing & Painting (ONLINE) DR 615EP_ON

$225

with Linda Gist

Calendar Current session started Oct 20, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

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. 

Register by:  October 15

Materials List : Gist DR 615EP_ON

CE Policy Guide Fall 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Watercolor Plunge  (ONLINE) PT 604EP_ON
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Watercolor Plunge (ONLINE) PT 604EP_ON

$225

with Tony Rosati

Calendar Next session starts Oct 23, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Join Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Print Department, and accomplished watercolorist in this live Zoom class designed for those with little or no experience in watercolor. Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor materials and techniques, including papers, brushes and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Gain the the confidence to continue to work with watercolor beyond the workshop. Take the plunge; a lifeguard will be on duty!

Register by:  October 15

Materials List: Rosati PT 604EP_ON

CE Policy Guide Fall 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

The Art of Watercolor with James Toogood (ONLINE - Session 2) PT 604AW_ON

$150

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 1, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join James Toogood  AWS/NWS/AAA, PAFA CE faculty, renowned watercolorist, and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor for a discussion of what is needed to paint truly great and successful watercolors.  Referencing his own award-winning watercolor landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, James will present a thorough explanation of watercolor materials and techniques via Zoom.  Topics will include the proper selection and preparation of your paper, brushes, color palettes as well as a thorough discussion of paint and pigment.  James will take you through the development of a painting, from drawing and composition to opening washes to a completed piece.  He will talk about how to develop a sense of light and atmosphere, and how to achieve a range of textural effects from glass, metal, stone, grass and water and more!

Note:  This course is lecture-only but is interactive with plenty of time for student questions.  There are no required materials for this class.

Register by:  October 27

CE Policy Guide Fall 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

Image: James Toogood, Mixed Emotions, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 in.





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