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Continuing Education at PAFA

Portrait & Figurative Painting (ONLINE) PT 600E_ON

with Fred Danziger


Join renowned realist painter and PAFA alum Fred Danziger from his studio via Zoom for this live portrait and figurative painting course!  Whether working from good photo sources or a live model, the essential elements of figurative realism remain the same:   composition, color, and accurate representations of light, form, and space.  Demonstrations will address effective set up of workspace, palette, and lighting; choosing a good photo source; and both grisaille underpainting and alla prima painting techniques.  Students will work independently from a willing family member model or photo references, with individual critiques from the instructor.  Aspects of the portrait will be emphasized – such as hair, hands, and obtaining a good likeness – but a variety of figure-based themes, additional subjects, and conceptual interests may be pursued.  Additional resources will be available through the Canvas, including art historical examples, technical advice addressing the use of black and white grounds, using a grid with transparent overlays for working with photo references, and more. 

Course Schedule

Project 1:  Indirect Painting

  • Photographs provided by the instructor.
  • Creating linear underdrawing.
  • Applying a base layer of paint with monochrome washes.
  • Applying finish color using glazes, opaque, and semi-opaque (velatura) layers.

 Project 2: Tonal Painting

  • Students choose their own subject
  • Developing a painting using a wipe-out technique from an imprimatura base

 Project 3: Direct Painting

  • Students choose their own subject
  • Application of direct color over minimal underdrawing to achieve an immediate, expressive painting (alla prima).

Note: This course is available for 1.0 undergraduate credit for $625.

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Materials List : Danziger PT 600E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021


Fred Danziger, L, 2013, oil on panel, 20 x 18 in.

  • Session 1: Jan 21 - Apr 8th, 2021
    Thu for 12 weeks from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
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