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Continuing Education at PAFA

Pre-College: Still-Life Painting, PT 710E1

with Sherif Habashi


Explore the rich medium of oil painting through the subject of still-life while further acquiring the working knowledge of the fundamental principles of working from observation. Through a series of structured studies, we will examine how to analyze space, determine proportional relationships, develop form and structure, as well as, study composition, basic color theory, and the language of visual texture.

Time will be spent at the outset of each day to introduce students to each assignment through live demonstrations via online Canvas platform. In addition to the first-hour live introduction of each day, there will be an additional one-hour live session from 1-2pm. Students will have 2-3 hours to work on assignments following each presentation, assisted by available feedback from the instructor.

Monday - Limited Palette Studies, Color Contrasts.

Tuesday - Limited Palette Studies, Color Contrasts Continued.

Wednesday - Full Palette Study, Lighting, Compositional emphasis, and mark-making.

Thursday –Final Composition, Brunaille Underpainting.

Friday –Final Composition Continued, Glazing, Group Review.

Please review the required materials list and be prepared with these materials for class. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will become familiar with a variety of materials and techniques of oil medium.
  • Students will further practice their knowledge of painting directly from observation, by learning to analyze and reconstruct what they see, through the experience of working with a range of disciplines.
  • Students will gain a working knowledge of the various methods and techniques of the medium, while gaining a meaningful understanding of the basic principles of pictorial design, with an emphasis on composition and color.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here:

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to to register as an international student.

  • Session 1: Jul 26 - 30th, 2021
    Mon - Fri for 1 week from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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