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Continuing Education at PAFA

Drawing from the Antique (In-Person)

with Phyllis Laver


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

PAFA’s breathtaking Cast Hall is a unique resource for artists, containing copies of Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture, including the Winged Victory, the Venus de Milo, and the staggering life-size copy of Michelangelo’s David, among other notable works. Cast Drawing, or Drawing from the Antique, was one of the first courses established in the founding of the Academy and has remained a core part of PAFA’s fine arts curriculum for over 200 years. Become a part of this long and rich artistic tradition as you learn to draw accurately from observation, explore line and form, and gain an appreciation for some of history’s most beautiful sculptural artworks. This course is an excellent introduction to drawing techniques and materials and is appropriate to all levels.  Read a History of PAFA’s Cast Hall by Faculty Member Al Gury here. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn to articulate 3-dimensional form with active gestural line. 
  • Students will translate form into cross-contour models. 
  • Students will develop skill in drawing form with light. 
  • Students will manipulate composition to alter visual impact. 
  • Students will acquire knowledge of diverse artists and their ways of working. 

Optional: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $575. Select credit option when registering. 

Photo credit: Daniel Garber, Reclining Male Figure [Cast drawing: Michelangelo's "Day"], 1904, Charcoal on buff laid paper, 18 5/8 x 24 3/8 in., Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Gift of the artist, 1945.14.5

Please note:  All students enrolling in on-campus courses must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster upon registration. Requests for medical or religious exemptions must be 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 CE Policy Guide for complete COVID safety requirements and policies. 

Register by: September 16

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 

CE Proof of Vaccination/Booster Form 

This class is closed for online registration. To inquire about late enrollment availability, please call 215-972-2029 or email To facilitate late enrollment (if available), please submit your Proof of Vaccination/Booster in advance via the form above.

  • Session 1: Sep 27 - Nov 29th, 2022
    Tue for 10 weeks from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Registration unavailable

Historic Landmark Building

(215) 972-7600

118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Get directions

Room: Cast Hall

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