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Open Academy: Book Arts & Letterpress (PR 267, In-Person)

$1,150

with Rosae Reeder

Calendar Current session started Jan 18, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 15 weeks

Wednesdays, 4:30 - 7:20 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 explores the book as a forum for artistic expression. The emphasis of the course is on concept development and how the structure of a book can complement and integrate the content of it.  Various arrangements of text, images and textures communicate the content of a book.  Unique books employ text and imaging by manuscript, drawing, painting, collage, and digital methods.  Text and printed images through traditional letterpress fundamentals (for editions) will also be taught.  The book structures presented are based on selected historical and contemporary models.  Syllabus expectations vary according to students' individual needs and the credits for which the course is taken.

Optional:  This course is also available for 1.5 credits for $1,400 (select add-on pricing during registration).

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

Image: Rosae Reeder.

Register by: January 6

Materials List

Open Academy Policy Guide

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form

Foundry: An Introduction/All Levels (In-Person)
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Foundry: An Introduction/All Levels (In-Person)

$690

with Pavel Efremoff

Calendar Current session started Jan 19, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.  Note: Tuition includes a $65 lab fee. 

This course does not meet during Spring Break, March 6 – 12. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $1,060 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:  Pavel Efremoff, Narwal 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 

The Painter's Palate: Food Painting in Oil and Acrylic (Online)

$250

with Susan Sullivan

Calendar Current session started Jan 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Whet your appetite for painting by whipping up small food studies in oil or acrylic! Transform garden bounty, bakery confections, or lunchtime leftovers into masterpieces worthy of hanging in a kitchen or gallery.  Alla prima still life painting is an excellent way to hone your color mixing and paint handling skills, and food is the perfect subject to capture form, light, color, and texture rapidly and expressively.  Discussion and demonstration will cover tactics for setting up your composition, mixing color, and exploring paint application techniques for oil and acrylic; conversation is free to include food memories, recipes, and recommendations. Examine food paintings from historical and contemporary artists for inspiration and admiration.  Combine palette and palate to create compositional concoctions that are personal, whimsical, or visually delectable. Instruction is geared toward oil or acrylic painting, but students may work in their drawing/painting media of choice.  All levels are welcome. 

Image:  Allison Syvertsen, Ruins (detail), 2021, oil on paper mounted on panel, 8 x 8 in.

Register by: January 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Editorial Illustration (Online)

$375

with James Heimer

Calendar Current session started Jan 26, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.

Explore image making as a means of communication. This is an intermediate class geared toward artists who wish to express narrative themes in their work as well as graphic designers interested in a pictorial approach to visual communication. Students will learn to analyze current news and opinion writing to create imagery with a message. Concept development methods including written brainstorming, thumbnails, and preliminary sketches will be introduced. Techniques combining traditional and digital media will be explored. This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to digital media and will bridge the gap between the page and screen.

This course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes video demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Weekly group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom. Access to a scanner and Adobe Photoshop or other raster graphics software is required for the completion of assignments.

Image: James Heimer

Register by: January 20

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

Zoom Technical Requirements

Lithography (In-Person)

$545

with Ron Wyffels

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 1, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Lithography is a versatile printmaking process that allows for a complete range of drawing effects:  contour line, hatching/cross-hatching, painterly wash applications, expressive mark-making, and reductive techniques.  Learn all aspects of the lithographic process through step-by-step demonstrations and hands-on practice:  preparing a traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plate; creating your own drawing from observation, imagination or photographic transfer using a range of drawing materials; selecting paper; printing in black-and-white and color; and editioning your prints.  Note: Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the lithography printing process. 
  • Students will acquire technical experience in preparing stones, plates, & ink. 
  • Students will learn basic stone & plate drawing, etching and processing techniques. 
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by way of proofing and printing their stones & plates, including learned skills in roller use & litho press operation. 
  • Students will learn printmaking professionalism including printing editions on clean registered printmaking paper, signing and numbering editions appropriately. 
  • Students will learn the importance of image development through individual reviews and by exploring various possibilities with the process. 
  • Students will develop critical visual and verbal skills by way of individual discussions with the instructor and with their peers. 
  • Students will advance their individual art concepts and expand their artistic territory through new techniques & material uses. 

This course does not meet during Spring Break, March 6 – 12. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $695 (including lab fee). Select credit option when registering.

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and at least one additional booster upon registration. Registrations lacking vaccine documentation or approved medical exemption one week after submission are subject to withdrawal. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be approved by PAFA’s head of security. Withdrawals for noncompliance will result in fees. See CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Image:  Ron Wyffels

Register by: January 20 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form - SUBMISSION REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION 





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