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Watercolor: The Color-Focused Still Life (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.  
Instructor: Keith Leitner 
Credit: Non-Credit Only
 

Explore both the versatility of watercolor and the exciting possibilities of color through still life painting. Learn to capture form with the freshness and fluidity of all prima techniques.  Promote color in your work through instruction on color properties, mixing, and basic theory, as well as how to use hues in combination to create impactful compositions.  Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will enforce all content so that students gain the facility and freedom to use color and painting techniques as means of personal expression. 

Image: Keith Leitner. 

Register by: March 1 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

From Drawing to Painting (In-Person)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Keith Leitner
 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Drawing is integral to all types of painting in the development of form and composition, but many beginning painters lack the fundamental drawing skills, or the understanding of how best to use them, to serve their painting goals.  This combination drawing and painting (all media) class will focus on how to use drawing to create a roadmap to develop your finished work. Observational, measuring, and compositional rendering tactics will be addressed with attention to using positive and negative space and breaking your composition down to basic components. Students then will be guided toward adapting their drawings to paintings in their choice of oil or water-based media. Historical examples will show how painters past and present have used drawing in the creation of their work. Various drawing media will be discussed; some painting experience recommended.     

Image: Keith Leitner. 

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Painterly Pets (Online)

$250

with Michelle Oosterbaan

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m. (Zoom with posted Canvas content) 
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Dogs, cats, and other pets have sneaked their way into master drawings and paintings throughout the centuries just as they insinuate themselves into our daily lives.  From cats stealing food in 17th century still life art, to Bonnard’s dachshunds perched at the table or curled beside the bath, to Sarah McEneaney’s pets as studio helpers in contemporary work, household animals have proven themselves to be important painterly subjects on their own or as a part of still lifes, portraits, domestic scenes, and other genres.  Learn to find inspiration in your own furry family members to make them a meaningful part of your painting practice.  Rather than a pet portrait or animal anatomy course, this class will utilize drawn and painted sketches from life, photo references, and compositional studies to explore ways of realistically and expressively depicting your animal, including them into other subjects as formal or personal elements, or even making them a part of abstract compositions. Line, gesture, movement, textural/optical effects, and compositional principles will be addressed. Content will include presentations and PowerPoint examples from historical and contemporary art, engaging homework assignments, and discussions about the meaning of animals in art and tactics for making them a special focus in your own work. Open to all drawing and painting media.

Image: Elisabeth Fearn Bonsall, Hot Milk, 1896, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 1/4 in. Collection of PAFA, Accession #1897.4, Joseph E. Temple Fund.

Register by: March 1

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies
Information for PAFA CE Online Courses 

The American Watercolor Tradition (In-Person)

$295

with Richard Estell

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 11, 2024 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Mondays, 12:30 – 3: 30 p.m. 
Instructor: Richard Estell 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Explore the painting techniques of the masters who pioneered the 19th and 20th century American watercolor movement, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth.  Characterized by bright color and bold handling that includes accents of opaque watercolor and loose washes, work in this tradition captures subject matter with dazzling light-filled effects. Practice these classic methods and learn to incorporate them into your own artwork to achieve a greater freedom of expression as well as adaptability and control in the way that you paint. Demonstrations and art historical discussions will be combined with short and more extensive still life and self-portrait exercises. This course is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels.  

Image:  Richard Estell, Heron, Watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

Register by: March 1 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Egg Tempera Workshop (In Person)

$205

with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella

Credit: Non-Credit Only

From ancient Egypt through the early Renaissance and into modern times, pigments mixed with egg yolk, hide glue, or casein were valued for their fast-drying layers and luminous color effects. Learn traditional preparations, transparent and translucent painting methods, and contemporary mixtures of tempera and oil while painting from still life set-ups or your own reference material.  Varnishing, framing, and storage issues will also be discussed and demonstrated. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee. 

Image: Anthony Ciambella, Reunion.

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

City Landscape Drawing and Painting (Outdoor)

$295

with Larry Francis

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 7, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
Instructor: Larry Francis 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Capture the small-town beauty Manayunk's hilly streets, rowhomes, and storefronts.  Learn to create a convincing sense of space, light and time of day while depicting streetscapes, trees, water and sky.  Color mixing and painting techniques for oils will be demonstrated, but all drawing/painting media are welcome.  Located just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Manayunk offers engaging urban and riverside neighborhood subjects with parking, shade, provisions and facilities available. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to painting locations.  

Image: Larry Francis, Entrance to the City, Oil on canvas, 24 x 48 in. 

Register by: March 8

Materials List 

Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 

Watercolor Workshop (In-Person)

$225

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2024 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Instructor: James Toogood 
Credit: Non-Credit Only

Interested in learning or improving your watercolor skills? All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, and/or their own source material.  All levels welcome.

Image: James Toogood.

Register by: April 26 
Materials List  
Winter/Spring 2024 CE Policy Guide, including withdrawal/refund policies 





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