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PT 705EW Spontaneous Abstraction
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PT 705EW Spontaneous Abstraction


with Kassem Amoudi

Feeling frustrated in front of a blank canvas, unsure of how to start or what to paint? This workshop will focus on techniques to enable you to start painting with confidence by tapping into your intuitive process and finding inspiration more easily. Demonstration and critique will enhance your knowledge of the painting process.

Materials List Amoudi PT 705EW

IN 747GC Group Critique with Patricia Traub


with Patricia Traub

Calendar Feb 29, 2020 at 9 am

PAFA offers a vibrant community of faculty-artists and students who can stimulate your art-making with advice and new perspectives. A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and finding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.

Patricia Traub was an Associate Professor at PAFA for many years, teaching drawing and painting. A PAFA alumna, her interest in animal painting and conservation led her to studies in zoology and taxonomy at the University of Pennsylvania, ornithology at Cornell University, and primatology with Dr. Birute Galdikas at Camp Leakey, Indonesia. Her monumental human figure and animal paintings were recently the subject of an extensive article in Artist’s Magazine. She is represented by Gallery Henoch, New York.

Materials List Traub IN 747GC

PT 604EW Exploring Watercolor and Water-Based Media


with Lesa Chittenden Lim

Calendar Feb 29, 2020 at 9 am

Experience the joy of working with watercolor and water-soluble pencils and pastels. Both traditional and innovative techniques will be demonstrated to create luminous color and descriptive effects. Try your hand at the various media, individually and in-combination, while working from your own photographs, still life arrangements, or imagination. A great introduction to watercolor and mixed media! Award-winning artist L C. Lim uses her creative spirit to compose images that reflect the profound beauty of nature and our earth. Lim teaches at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA) and throughout northern Michigan. A recipient of many distinguished awards, her work appears in the University of Michigan Ross School, Dow Chemical and Woodmere Museum collections, as well as numerous private collections. She regularly exhibits in Philadelphia and Michigan. Lim received her degree in painting and printmaking from PAFA. (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)

Materials List Chittenden Lim PT 604EW

PR 620EW Introduction to Screen Printing


with Lisa Hamilton

Calendar Mar 7, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Learn everything you need to know about the technique of screen printing, the stencil method of printmaking, practiced by Shepard Fairey, Roy Lichtenstein and more. Step-by-step instruction will include choosing a subject, creating stencils, exposing the screen, color mixing, paper registration and printing. Come away with an edition of 10 two-color prints! No experience necessary. (Tuition includes $15 lab fee.)

* Please note that the tuition fee for this workshop was incorrect in the printed Spring 2020 catalog.

Materials List Hamilton PR 620EW

PT 604WW Watercolor Workshop


with James Toogood

Calendar Mar 14, 2020 at 9 am

Interested in learning or improving your watercolor skills? All materials and techniques will be discussed, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Students will work from still-life, and/or their own source material. A life/portrait model will also be available both days. All levels welcome.

Learning Objectives

• Gain a greater understanding of the watercolor medium.

• Learn about watercolor materials and their uses.

• Gain an understanding of the nature of paint and pigments.

• Learn about color theory as applied to watercolor.

• Gain awareness of a variety of watercolor styles and will be encouraged to explore one’s own personal aesthetic.

• Enhance existing skills or begin to develop the skills necessary to achieve success making accomplished, personally rewarding watercolor paintings.

Materiasl List Toogood PT 604WW

DR 615EP Botanical Alla Prima


with Linda Gist

Calendar Apr 4, 2020 at 9 am

Embody the spirit of spring with fresh and immediate painting! Learn to capture the essence of a living, botanical subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor. This alla prima method can be used for preparatory studies for sustained paintings, compiling a field sketchbook, or as an end in itself. All levels welcome. All levels welcome. (Tuition includes $10 materials fee.)

Materials List Gist DR 615EP

IN 603EH The Home Studio


with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Apr 11, 2020 at 9 am

Setting up an art studio in your home or apartment can be challenging, but a lot can be accomplished in a small space. Topics include efficiency, lighting, ventilation, storage, safety and waste disposal. Includes demonstrations on brush care, paint storage, varnishing and framing. Useful information for artists of all levels.

Materials List IN 603EH

IN 605EP Picture Framing Seminar


with Anthony Ciambella

Calendar Apr 11, 2020 at 1 pm

How you frame your artwork is vitally important to its impact. A bad frame or mat not only detracts from your artwork, but also can reject it from juried exhibitions, eliminate it from prize awards, or turn-off potential buyers. In this seminar, learn the fundamentals of choosing an appropriate frame for paintings, prints, drawings and photographs: material, style, size, color, matting, glazing, hanging hardware and more. Discussion will also address choosing among professional frame shops, online frame companies, art supply and craft retailers, or making your own frame. Valuable information for artists, collectors, and anyone wanting to frame work.

Materials List Ciambella IN 605EP

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