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Continuing Education at PAFA

Drawing in the PAFA Museum (In-Person)

with Phyllis Laver


Tuesdays, 1 – 4 pm 

Experience the PAFA Museum in a stimulating and interactive way. This course will offer an opportunity for in-depth study of the work in PAFA's collections through extended drawing sessions both in the breathtaking Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt-designed Historic Landmark Building and in the Samuel L.V. Hamilton Building, featuring the Making American Artists exhibition. Students will make selections from work spanning centuries based on personal interest and proceed to drawing from the pieces. The galleries will be closed to the public during scheduled course times, allowing for immersion and quiet focused work. Draw from both two- and three-dimensional pieces in PAFA’s collection, including iconic and rarely-seen works. The Historic Landmark Building is an architectural treasure, and students may choose to draw interior views as an additional pursuit. Being offered for the first time, Drawing in the PAFA Museum will bring a new level of interaction and understanding of important work as you discover or hone your drawing skills. 

Interested in continuing to visit and support the PAFA Museum year-round? A Friend Membership allows a wealth of benefits for the whole family, including 10% off CE classes! View support options during checkout!  

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. 

Image: David Johnson, The Hudson River from Fort Montgomery, 1870, Oil on canvas, 38 1/2 x 60 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Museum Purchase, 2016.12 

Register by: November 4

Materials List 

CE Policy Guide Fall 2022 


  • Session 1: Nov 8 - Dec 13th, 2022
    Tue for 6 weeks from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
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Historic Landmark Building

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118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Get directions

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