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Open Academy: Wet & Dry Media (DR 305)

$2,300

with Jill Rupinski

Calendar Next available session starts 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 21

Materials List 

Open Academy Policy Guide 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

 

Plein Air in the Park (Lemon Hill - Outdoor)

$295

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 18, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Capture the colors of fall en plein air through vibrant watercolor and pastel. Become comfortable and confident with the practice of working outdoors, using either or both mediums, at picturesque Lemon Hill and other select locations around the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Park. Instruction will cover means of accurately and expressively depicting outdoor sites, pastel drawing and layering methods, watercolor painting techniques, mixed media applications, color mixing, and the history and capabilities of each medium. All levels welcome.   

Learning Objectives:   

  • Learn to observe and depict landscape and cityscape en plein air with attendant materials and set up 
  • Learn color mixing and application of each medium 
  • Study of pigment history and development 
  • Learn about watercolor/pastel history via short discussions of painters and their motifs. 

Register by: September 2 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022

Plein Air Painting in Cape May, NJ (Outdoor)

$595

with Joseph Sweeney

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 22, 2022 at 9 am

Thursday – Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Join Joe Sweeney for an outdoor, in-person, plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Instruction includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette.  Instruction is geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome. Health-safety measures, including social-distancing and masking where required, will be practiced. Note: Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements. 

Image: Joseph Sweeney, Lifeguard, Grant Street, Cape May, NJ, acrylic.

Register by: September 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

In-Depth Watercolor (In-Person)

$625

with James Toogood

Calendar Next session starts Sep 30, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Fridays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

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 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Full Course

Beginner's Watercolor Still Life Workshop (Materials Included)

$220

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 29, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Register by 5 p.m. on August 22 for a 10% Early Bird Discount! Enter promo code EARLYBIRDFALL2022 at checkout. PAFA members at the Friend level and above receive an additional 10% off. (Discount applies to CE adult Fall classes and workshops only. Pre-College Programs, Open Academy Courses, and Master Classes are ineligible.) 

Discover the beauty and versatility of watercolor through colorful and thoughtful still life arrangements. Discussions and in-depth demonstrations will acquaint beginners and those with limited experience with basic watercolor painting materials and techniques. A variety of approaches will be explored, and students will be encouraged to engage with the medium to find their own personal means of expression.  Materials will be supplied to better acquaint newcomers to the practice, but students are welcome to bring their own supplies to gain guidance on, and familiarity with, their use.  Tuition includes a $5 materials fee.

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.  

Photo Credit: Worthington Whittredge, Laurel blossoms in a blue vase, ca. 1890, Watercolor on paper, 15 x 10 1/2 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kesler, 1975.20.1

Register by: October 21

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 





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