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Etching in Color

$615

with Tony Rosati

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

Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm

Explore single-plate simultaneous color printing techniques, as well as multiple-plate methods with the use of shaped paper forms and acetate stencils. Monotype and chine colle additions can offer further color embellishments. All levels welcome.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credit for $770, including lab fee.

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

Figure Painting (Summer Session 2)

$320

with David Wilson

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

Fridays, 9 am - 12 pm

Painting the human form from observation is one of the cornerstones of PAFA's long tradition of rigorous instruction.  Working from the nude model, investigate color mixing, proportion, and composition using oil paint as a medium. Intended for all skill levels, this course offers foundational instruction on building form and mixing flesh tones for beginning-level students, as well as the the valuable opportunity for more advanced students to continue to hone their skills to deepen their understanding of the language of painting.

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 

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 

Botanical Drawing & Painting Intensive

$405

with Linda Gist

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

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. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee for floral subjects, provided.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $535, including materials fee.

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

Pre-College: Painting I, PT 710E1

$400

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Come explore the vibrant possibilities of oil painting through PAFA’s time honored methods. In this course learn materials and techniques including painting supports, brushes, historical and contemporary oil mediums, and their preparations. Discussions and demonstrations will include topics such as paint chemistry, color mixing of prismatic hues and earth tone colors as well as the additive and subtractive color systems. Painting from a variety of subjects including the still life and the cityscape will allow for a development and understanding of the two-dimensional visual language.

Students are responsible for bring the supplies on the required materials list

Pre-College programs will be in-person to safely support young artists. All participants are required to be vaccinated and boosted (if eligible). PAFA will be limiting classroom density and deep cleaning all areas. We're excited to be a space of creative expression for teens!

Scholarships are available with application. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

Full Course

Advanced Illustration in Mixed Media (Online)

$195

with Kate Samworth

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Mondays, 3 - 5 pm

Examine historical and contemporary illustrated books for audiences of all ages. Develop a series of related images or picture book ideas through a series of class exercises in composition, perspective, and working in limited palettes. Demonstrations address perspective drawing challenges, working in mixed media, enhancing the written word, and working with photographic resources while avoiding the pitfalls of working associated with using photographic references. Note: No class on July 18.

Register by: June 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Summer 2022

Zoom Technical Requirements

Drawing Fundamentals Intensive

$395

with Phyllis Laver

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 18, 2022 at 9 am

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective.

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $525.

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

Pre-College: Drawing from Observation: Building on Fundamentals, DR 705EH

$425

with Roger Chavez

Calendar Next session starts Jul 18, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Students with foundational drawing experience as well as beginners will focus on building their observational skills. Using the still-life, cityscape and nude model as subjects, various visual tools will be used to help see relationships between objects and shapes. In addition, students will learn the characteristics and limitations of the picture plane to gain a better understanding of what it means to draw on the flat surface. Students will become aware of historical and contemporary drawing materials and techniques giving them insight to historical drawings and their artists

Note: This class includes nude models, and $25 model fee.

Students must bring the supplies from materials list

Pre-College programs will be in-person to safely support young artists. All participants are required to be vaccinated and boosted (if eligible). PAFA will be limiting classroom density and deep cleaning all areas. We're excited to be a space of creative expression for teens!

Scholarships are available with application. Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here: https://www.pafa.org/school/academics/pre-college/policies

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