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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

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Painting Animals in Casein and Gouache (Online)

$225

with Fred Danziger

Calendar Next available session starts May 25, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1 - 4 pm

Cats, dogs, horses, birds, even fantasy animals like dragons have enriched the history of art! Whether done as portraits or as part of your own personal art study, painting animals convincingly adds a rich element to any artist’s vocabulary. Basics, such as composition, color, drawing accuracy and animal anatomy will be part of this course, but rendering textures like fur and feathers, which bring animals to life on the canvas will be a special focus of the course. 

Although students can work in any medium, the weekly demonstrations will be done in casein and gouache. Art historical examples and contemporary uses of animal imagery, as well as student discussion of their own work will also be a major part of the sessions. 

Course outline:

  1. Getting the most out of the photo sources you use. Choosing and editing the photo. Composition, lighting, studio set up and special techniques for casein and gouache. Drawing and underpainting. Panel preparation. 
  2. Developing the painting in stages. Shading and transitions with opaque media. Casein emulsion and glazing. Textures. 
  3. Finishing touches. Mid-course critique. 
  4. Combining different photo sources into one painting including different perspectives. Photoshop and free alternatives. 
  5. Surrealism, abstraction and symbolic styles of animal imagery from Lascaux to Picasso, to contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. 
  6. Final critique and discussion of photographing, preserving and framing casein and gouache.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Natural History Illustration (Online)

$225

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Thursdays, 3 - 5 pm

Discover the fascinating world of natural history illustration through its greatest contributors from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century. Investigate the unusual lives of those who traveled the globe in search of new specimens and how they contributed to our understanding of nature. Each week’s instruction will focus on a different field of study:  botany, entomology, mammalogy, ornithology, marine biology, and cartography. Students will be guided through the process of illustrating specimens from each field using Micron pens, colored pencils, acrylic inks, or other wet or dry media of choice. 

Image: Instructor Kate Samworth in her studio

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

In-Depth Watercolor (Summer Session 1)

$595

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts May 27, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm

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 1.5 undergraduate credit for $750. 

Half-Day Option: For greater flexibility, this course is available for half-days (non-credit only), 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 5 p.m., for $325. Note that courses are designed for full-day attendance: information and demonstrations presented in one portion of the day may not be repeated in the other half. Students wishing to add the remaining portion can pay the balance by calling the CE office at 215-972-2029.

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

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Watercolor Plunge (Online)

$225

with Tony Rosati

Calendar Next available session starts May 28, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm

Join Tony Rosati, PAFA BFA faculty 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.

Register by:  May 13

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Color and Design in Gouache (Online)

$195

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 7, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Thursdays, 3 - 5 pm

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.  Note: No class on July 21.

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

In-Depth Watercolor (Summer Session 2)

$595

with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 8, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks

Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm

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 1.5 undergraduate credit for $750.

Half-Day Option: For greater flexibility, this course is available for half-days (non-credit only), 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 5 p.m., for $325. Note that courses are designed for full-day attendance: information and demonstrations presented in one portion of the day may not be repeated in the other half. Students wishing to add the remaining portion can pay the balance by calling the CE office at 215-972-2029.

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

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

Plein Air in the Park (Outdoor)

$195

with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 10, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Sundays, 9 am - 12 pm

Capture the colors of summer 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: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

 





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