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Open Academy: Wet & Dry Media (DR 305)
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Open Academy: Wet & Dry Media (DR 305)

$2,300

with Jill Rupinski

Calendar Current session started Sep 7, 2022 at 8:30 am, runs for 15 weeks

Wednesdays, 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.

This course provides a hands-on experience using traditional water-soluble materials, such as watercolor, gouache and ink, and through various dry media, such as graphite, colored pencils, chalk and pastel. There will be ample presentation, lecture and demonstration of the wet/dry media techniques. Students will be expected to provide basic materials that they already have. In order to ensure that all students can experience the various processes, the instructor will provide any materials that individual students do not have. Along with observational study, students will be guided in working from personal sketches, paintings, memory, and photography, as well from recognized artworks. The projects will encourage exploration, and experimentation in individual ways.

Optional: This course is available for 3.0 undergraduate credits for $2,800. Select credit option when registering.

Image:  Jill A. Rupinski, Marsh Inheritance, Sanguine, Yellow Ochre, Umber, and Black Chalk, 2016.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and 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. 

Register by: August 22

Registration is now closed. To inquire about late registration availability (prior to start date), please email continuinged@pafa.edu.

Materials List 

Open Academy Policy Guide 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

In-Depth Watercolor (In-Person)

$625

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Sep 30, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $795. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be 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 CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image: James Toogood, 

Register by: September 2 

No classes during Thanksgiving Break, November 24 – 27.

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course

In-Depth Watercolor, Section 2 (In-Person)

$625

with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Oct 5, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $795. Select credit option when registering. 

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be 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 CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

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

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Full Course
Watercolor Fundamentals (Online)
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Watercolor Fundamentals (Online)

$250

with Roberto Osti

Mondays, 2:30 – 5 p.m. 

Embrace the beauty and versatility of watercolor in this live Zoom class with renowned artist, educator, and author Roberto Osti. In-depth demonstration and lecture will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with the basic materials and techniques as they learn to paint still life objects, landscapes, and portraits.  Students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.   

Image: William Trost Richards, The Last Rows of Summer, Conanicut Island, 1883, Watercolor on paper, 3 1/4 x 5 in. (8.255 x 12.7 cm.), Gift of Dorrance H. Hamilton in memory of Samuel M. V. Hamilton, 2008.5.89 

Register by: November 2

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Introspective Watercolor (Online)

$250

with Alicia Mino

Calendar Current session started Nov 8, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm 

Explore your artistic inner self in a relaxed, calm, and reflexive practice developed by the school of Mahayana Buddhism. Using techniques that originated in China, learn to draw and paint in watercolor expressive Zen compositions that portray energy, subtlety, and intensity -- not letting conscious thought or self-criticism impede the process as you allow each moment and mark to lead you further into the space of the painting. Create meditative compositions that are both healing and beautiful as you express your spiritual voice. 

Image: Alicia Mino, Watercolor on Paper

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

Zoom Technical Requirements 





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