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Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)
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Oil/Acrylic Painting: Abstracting the Real (In-Person)

$425

with Frederic Kaplan

Calendar Current session started Jan 21, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Using oil or acrylic paints, exploit a wide range of techniques and artistic languages to transform everyday reality into expressive, symbolic, or personal statements. Base your paintings on unique studio still-life arrangements or use your own photographs as a starting point. Topics discussed and demonstrated include using color as an emotive element, designing compositions to convey mood and movement, and employing energetic mark-making. For less experienced students, materials, color mixing, and basic techniques are also reviewed.

Course Objectives 

The student will learn… 

  • How to select and use basic materials, including the characteristics of various commonly used colors, solvents, and mediums 
  • To execute a variety of direct and indirect painting methods. 
  • Approaches to interpreting and modifying observed reality to achieve emotive, symbolic, and compositional goals 
  • Descriptive, emotive, and symbolic use of color, shape, and mark 
  • Basic color theory and color mixing 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. 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: Frederic Kaplan. 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

Alla Prima Landscape Painting (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Jan 22, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 3 - 4 p.m.

Al Gury, Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice, presents this in-depth approach to the skills, materials, colors, history, and techniques of direct landscape painting. Working from photographs, masterworks, or available on-site images, learn concepts that will not only improve your landscape painting but also grow your confidence in your artistic practice. Video demonstrations, images, and written instructions on Canvas will be supplemented by critiques and weekly Zoom discussions. Oil painting will be the primary focus, but all media are welcome. 

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

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Al Gury. 

Full Course

Color for Painters (Online)

$375

with Al Gury

Calendar Current session started Jan 22, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

An in-depth approach to understanding and mixing color for oil painting from the Chair of PAFA’s Painting Department and noted author of Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice. Explore history, palettes, mixing and application for still life, portrait, interior spaces and landscape through a series of studio paintings.  Includes videos, lectures and assignments with regular instructor feedback, and weekly Zoom meetings. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Students will gain an understanding of the history and evolution of color in painting 
  • Students will gain an understanding of theoretical and critical approaches to color 
  • Students will gain an understanding of the practical applications of color mixing, gradations, temperature and palettes 
  • Students will learn color application through studio projects using the major aesthetics of color 
  • Students will learn to understand the use of color in a variety of masterworks 

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

NOTE: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. 

Register by: January 6 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

Zoom Technical Requirements 

Image: Al Gury. 

 

Metal Sculpture (In-Person)

$320

with Steve Nocella

Calendar Current session started Jan 28, 2023 at 12:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

This six-week course teaches the basic skills needed for making metal sculpture. Learn fundamental methods of cutting, bending and welding metal such as sawing, heating, and MIG welding. Students will be encouraged to explore the medium with directness and spontaneity to gain a knowledge and understanding of its complexion.  Note: Tuition includes a $25 lab fee. 

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:  Judith Hoyt, Untitled, n.d., Wood, metal and paint, 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (23.495 x 21.59 cm.). Collection of PAFA, Accession #2011.1.251, Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter, Copyright © Judith Hoyt, Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women.

Register by: January 20

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

 

Screenprinting and Beyond (In-Person)

$445

with Shushana Rucker

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 4, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects.  Note: Tuition includes $20 lab fee. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the screenprinting process.  
  • Students will acquire technical experience with screens, squeegees, ink, tools, and equipment.  
  • Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques including image development, coating and processing screens, mixing ink, and printing.  
  • Students will acquire technical expertise by way of printing various stencils from fine detail images to flat broad areas.  
  • 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. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $595 (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:  Nancy B. Campbell, Okura, ca. 2000, Screenprint, ed. 8/9, 14 x 11 1/8 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2017.56.3

Register by: January 27 

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023 

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

 

Gouache Painting Workshop (In-Person)

$230

with Allison Syvertsen

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 11, 2023 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views. Note: Tuition includes a $15 materials fee, which covers surfaces and paints for class-use.)

Learning Objectives

  • Develop paint application techniques for fluidity and control, with opaque and wash applications.
  • Gain the ability to mix color and to predict its effects.
  • Recognize and promote gouache’s characteristics and learn how to problem-solve with the material.
  • Learn to incorporate principles of line, value, color and space for a greater command of the medium.
  • Work from still life arrangements to learn how to representationally depict subject matter and to recognize abstract concepts.
  • Become familiar with artists’ techniques for selecting and preparing surfaces, as well as basic methods of displaying paintings for exhibition.

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: Allison Syvertsen, Playground (Island), Gouache on Panel, 14 x 16 in.

Register by: February 3

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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

The Portrait Painting Basics Workshop (In-Person)

$240

with Theodore Xaras

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 18, 2023 at 9 am

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Topics include achieving a likeness, modeling light and shade, mixing flesh tones and applying paint through various techniques. All participants will produce at least one finished portrait. Includes demonstrations and portrait history. Valuable information for all levels. Tuition includes a $25 model fee.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn to analyze and construct a portrait using clearly defined steps.
  • Students will be able to achieve a likeness through the careful observation of shapes and their color/value equivalent, which together, form the “topography” of the face.
  • Students will learn how to mix and adjust colors to produce accurate flesh tones.
  • Students will be able to produce one completed portrait, either a head and shoulders or the entire torso and hands.
  • Students will be able to paint a recognizable portrait from life.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for the art of portraiture from their own work as well as becoming acquainted with historical and contemporary examples as a basis for further study.

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: Theodore Xaras, Amanda.

Register by: February 10

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

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

Colorfield Abstraction Workshop (Online)

$175

with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 3, 2023 at 10 am

Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Broaden your painting horizons through this in-depth focus on colorfield painting. Explore the painting techniques and color-layering processes behind this sophisticated genre. Masters including Jules Olitski, Morris Louis, Nicolas de Stael, and Richard Diebenkorn will be discussed. Includes a presentation of notable artworks and critique. Painting experience recommended.

Image: Kassem Amoudi.

Register by: February 24

Materials List

CE Policy Guide Winter/Spring 2023

Zoom Technical Requirements





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