Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

Explore the versatility of terra cotta clay, which requires neither an armature nor casting. Learn various techniques and tools through demonstration and hands-on sculpting from the life model or imagination. Anatomy, proportion, design, and personal growth will be emphasized, as well as both representational and abstract approaches. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting Over the Line"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

Advance toward a more liberated way of painting in this open studio environment. Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Lithography"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

The ideal printmaking medium for those who love to draw! Design and draw your own magery with a variety of lithographic drawing materials on traditional stone or lightweight aluminum plates. All aspects of the process will be demonstrated from creating a drawing, to printing in black-and-white and color. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ron Wyffels
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Drawing"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

Learn to draw the human portrait, one of art’s most compelling subjects. Work in a variety of media including graphite, charcoal and conté and gain a comprehensive understanding of head structure, proportions and features toward achieving both a likeness and aesthetic effect. Suitable for both beginners and those with experience seeking to re?ne their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This class covers all aspects of painting a traditional portrait. Learn how to achieve a likeness, model light and shade, mix flesh tones, and apply paint. Includes demonstrations, and insights into the history of portraiture. Valuable information for all levels. Drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ted Xaras
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monoprint/Etching"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This course presents basic intaglio and monotype printing techniques including monoprint, drypoint, etching, aquatint, collograph and polymer plate methods. Image embellishments will include embossing, chine collé, collage, paper plates and mixed media techniques. All levels welcome; experienced students may continue independent work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Painting: Head Structure"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

Explore the fundamentals of classic, illusionistic oil portraiture. Rather than a “how-to” course, instruction aims to support students’ personal work through the investigation of essential concepts, including modeling through spatial, planar, volumetric, tonal, chromatic, and anatomical principles; as well as utilizing light as subject matter. Previous drawing and painting experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Thursdays, January 25 - April 19, 2018
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Pavel Efremoff
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Screenprinting and Beyond"
Fridays, January 26 - April 20, 2018
 

The versatile nature of screenprinting lends itself to printing on paper, fabric and other surfaces. For the beginner, this course will cover all aspects of the process including screen preparation, image development, and printing techniques. Printmakers with experience may propose independent projects.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Stone Carving"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Explore the possibilities of stone carving by using traditional and nontraditional methods. All processes from rough carving to polishing will be covered, and various tools and techniques will be demonstrated. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Drawing II"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Improve your ability to draw the human form with anatomical and spatial accuracy through lectures and demonstrations on proportions, skeletal framework, surface form, and movement. Designed to advance the skills of students who have studied drawing previously.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Metal Sculpture"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

This course focuses on metal sculpture fabrication and construction, gas and arc welding, brazing, and forging. Basic equipment will be provided, and all techniques will be demonstrated. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Steven Nocella
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $65
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Figure and Portrait Modeling"
Saturdays, January 27 - April 21, 2018
 

Learn to sculpt the human figure in clay on an armature from direct observation. Experienced students will model a 24-inch figure based on volume, proportion, architectonic construction, and spatial displacement of form. Beginning students will sculpt a life-size portrait first. Instruction will cover armature construction, clay-modeling, and tool usage. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: John Horn
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Egg Tempera Painting"
Sundays, January 28 - February 25, 2018
 

Learn traditional egg yolk tempera painting in the spirit of George Tooker and Andrew Wyeth, as well as contemporary mixed media techniques. Create luminous still life paintings through transparent and translucent methods. Incorporate contemporary mixed media techniques using linseed oil, watercolor, gum Arabic and pen & ink for unique effects. The $25 materials fee covers pigments and basic materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: Non-Credit: $295; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Acrylic Painting"
Wednesdays, January 31 - March 21, 2018
 

Create engaging and colorful paintings in fast-drying easy-to-clean-up acrylic paints. Learn to manage color, capture the effects of light, and create depth while painting the still life and other subjects. Blending, layering, and glazing techniques will be demonstrated with a variety of acrylic materials. Previous painting experience is not required, but drawing experience is recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing from Photographs"
Wednesdays, January 31 - February 28, 2018
 

The photograph can be a helpful resource to the artist, not only for capturing fleeting subjects, but also for creating varied visual and optical effects. Learn to incorporate photographic elements including depth of field, distortion, focus and contrast into drawing from life and your own source material. Includes discussions about photo-based art, and a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"A Stroll Through the Galleries: Brain Health and the Power of Art"
4 Thursdays: February 1, March 1, April 5 & May 3
 

Viewing and discussing art stimulates the brain to build new pathways and help with memory loss. Dona Duncan, registered Art Therapist, will facilitate small group discussions about artworks in the PAFA museum, as well as participants’ thoughts and feelings, in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. Learn about the artists’ life stories and painting styles, as you practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Feel free to sketch if you wish! Continue the conversion in the PAFA Café over a coffee or snack – like an art club!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $25 or $10 per session
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor - Section 1"
Fridays, February 2 - April 6, 2018
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Techniques in Still Life Painting"
Fridays, February 2 - April 6, 2018
 

Create a compelling sense of realism in your paintings using timeless, classical techniques. Paint the still life from direct observation using opaque scumbles and translucent glazes over a tonal underpainting to produce a rich and luminous surface, in the style of the Old Masters. Excellent for all levels. Basic drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Figure Drawing"
Fridays, February 2 - April 6, 2018
 

Explore the classical ideal through drawing from both sculpture in PAFA’s Cast Hall and the life model. Learn to comprehend and appreciate the differences between an idealized form and a living model. Students will work in charcoal and chalk on toned paper, with emphasis on line, value, shape, size, and texture.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Spontaneous Figure Painting"
February 3-4, 2018
 

Tired of getting lost in the details of traditional figure painting? Then this workshop is for you! Learn expressive painting techniques to render the figure in a looser and more contemporary manner, creating a lively surface while boosting your creativity, technique and skill. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Kassem Amoudi
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Matting and Framing Works on Paper"
February 3, 2018
 

View a complete demonstration of all the procedures required to properly prepare your work for framing, from cutting and hinging mats, to fitting and final assembly including glazing. Employ these procedures on your own framing project under the supervision of the instructor. In the event of inclement weather, this workshop will take place on Saturday, February 10.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: Non-Credit: $95, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Beginning Painting II"
Saturdays, February 3 - April 7, 2018
 

Build upon your basic oil painting skills to develop more complex compositions and personal style. Work from still life subjects to explore color mixing and relationships, as well as surface preparations and presentation. Ideal for students with limited painting experience seeking to improve their understanding of essential concepts; open to first-time painters.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Drawing for Comics: The Graphic Novel Strikes Back!"
Saturdays, February 3 - April 7, 2018
 

Learn the art of visual storytelling by combining text and imagery to create your own graphic novel. Topics to be covered include: creating characters, using pencils and inks, designing color schemes and covers, creating page layouts, and more! Includes a field trip to a local comics shop. All levels welcome. Scholarships available for High School students!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Matthew McKnight
Cost: For Credit: $425; Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Portfolio Preparation: Painting"
Saturdays, February 3 - April 7, 2018
 

Add color and variety to your portfolio by developing your painting skills in oil or acrylic. Students will work from direct observation using the still life and human figure/portrait models to explore the fundamentals of painting, including the selection and care of materials, painting techniques, and color mixing. Instruction will emphasize principles of composition, the modeling of forms through values, and color relationships. Note: This class will utilize nude models. Saturday classes offer teens a valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Portfolio Preparation classes include a visit by PAFA Admissions representatives to provide advice on selecting and documenting work for a portfolio and an optional portfolio review. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sean Hildreth
Cost: For Credit: $425; Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"High School Portfolio Preparation: Drawing"
Saturdays, February 3 - April 7, 2018
 

Ideal for teens who want to further their drawing skills and develop a strong body of work for their portfolios. Students will work in drawing media from the still life, PAFA’s historic cast collection and the human figure/portrait to learn principles of composition, value, perspective, and drawing techniques. Note: This class will utilize nude models. Saturday classes offer teens a valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Portfolio Preparation classes include a visit by PAFA Admissions representatives to provide advice on selecting and documenting work for a portfolio and an optional portfolio review. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Cost: For Credit: $425; Non-Credit: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mixed Media Drawing"
Saturdays, February 3 - April 7, 2018
 

Explore the dynamic possibilities for your drawings by mixing materials and techniques, guided by traditional and contemporary methods. Combine pastel, chalk, ink and watercolor to create harmonious compositions that promote the subtle contrasting qualities of each medium, while drawing from the still life, figure models and the cityscape. Prior drawing experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sherif Habashi, www.sherifhabashi.com
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"In-Depth Watercolor - Section 2"
Mondays, February 5 - April 9, 2018
 

Enrich your knowledge of painting with an in-depth look at watercolor. Thoroughly investigate a wide range of watercolor materials and techniques from your choice of landscape, still life, portrait, and figure subjects. Open to watercolorists of all levels and to acrylic/oil painters looking to broaden their skills.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $950; Non-Credit: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Academic Figure Drawing (Online & In Studio)"
Mondays, February 5 - April 9, 2018
 

Experience the convenience of web-based learning with hands-on studio practice in this online/in-studio figure drawing course. Modeled after the historic 19th century Charles Bargue drawing course that was utilized by such iconic artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, this instruction will be supported by weekly instructor feedback, a history of drawing materials and techniques, and a forum for group interaction. Life-model drawing sessions in the PAFA studios will supplement online course work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Portrait Photography"
Tuesdays, February 6 - April 10, 2018
 

Experiment with a variety of styles of portrait photography, including street, studio, family, candid, narrative, and staged. Use both historical and contemporary methods to explore a personal theme or interest. Learn how to think creatively about how lighting and composition can change the meaning of a photograph. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Mindful Meditation Painting"
Thursdays, February 8 - April 12, 2018
 

Are you afraid to paint because you think it's too late in life? Are you struggling with memory loss or anxiety? Mindful Painting consists of combining creativity with a light form of meditation to promote a sense of relaxation. Applying a calm mind while painting releases you to express your thoughts and feelings on canvas while discovering gifts of creativity that can carry through to your daily life. Make an original artwork to take home, whether a large modern painting, still life, or pet portrait - whatever you choose. Share stories and listen to music while painting freely in this welcoming small group environment led by Dona Duncan, artist and registered Art Therapist. No experience necessary.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: $195 for 10 weeks or $25 per session
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Materials & Techniques"
Thursdays, February 8 - April 19, 2018
 

Examine painting materials and techniques used by artists from the Pre-Renaissance to the present. Explore underpainting techniques, glazing and scumbling layering methods, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. Supply selection and care, historical palettes and pigments, varnishes, framing, storage, and health issues will be discussed.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395; Materials Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Extended Pose"
Thursdays, February 8 - April 19, 2018
 

Draw or paint the life model in a single pose for the entire length of the course, and gain an understanding of what it takes to produce a finished artwork. Students will be guided in initiating an individual project using drawn/painted studies before embarking on a single, larger-scaled work. Instruction will involve accurate measurement, value, color, composition and narrative content. Lecture and demonstration will address historical and contemporary methods and materials. All levels and all media are welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Encaustic Painting Workshop"
February 10-11, 2018
 

Encaustic painting is the technique of painting with hot tinted beeswax, seen in ancient Egyptian portraiture as well as the work of modern/contemporary artists. Learn all aspects of this fascinating process. Open to all levels, and a versatile adjacent medium for oil/acrylic painters seeking to explore texture and layering. The $35 materials fee covers beeswax, basic pigments and use of hot plates.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Materials Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art as Expression for Teens"
Saturdays, February 10 - March 31, 2018
 

Being a teenager in the world today presents many challenges: bullying in schools, social media overload, being over-scheduled, communicating effectively with family and friends, not to mention anxiety from the news and politics. Find freedom and release your frustrations through creative expression, whether making an abstract painting or a comic strip - anything that brings you joy! Join our little group, share your story, feel safe, create, and make new friends. Guided by Dona Duncan, registered Art Therapist and artist.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dona Duncan
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Crash Course in DSLR Cameras"
February 17, 2018
 

Get the most out of your camera and take better pictures! Learn all the functions of your camera in automatic and manual modes including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and depth of field, while exploring composition, lighting and color. Walk away with the ability to use your DSLR with confidence after this hands-on workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Workshop"
February 17-18, 2018
 

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, portrait models and/or their own source material. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"From Dürer to Artschwager: More Highlights of Printmaking History"
Wednesdays, February 21 - March 28, 2018
 

This class presents an overview of important prints spanning the 15th to the 21st centuries, with emphasis on their context and the evolution of various printmaking mediums. View and discuss examples of traditional and contemporary milestone prints in the print study rooms of both PAFA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Master Class with Stuart Shils: The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space"
February 23-25, 2018
 

Join acclaimed painter Stuart Shils for a three-day painting intensive, focusing on pictorial structure, composition and color. The life model will be the primary subject, with emphasis placed on close-looking, improvisational shorthand and editorial intervention to establish perceptual hierarchy. A day will be devoted to working from reproductions of old and modern masters to interpret their construction and organization of painted space. Acrylic paint will be the main medium, with considerable emphasis on drawing with graphite, crayons and cut-paper collage.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Solar Etching"
Saturdays, February 24 - March 17, 2018
 

Celebrate spring with this versatile, simple and environmentally-friendly way to make painterly prints without using chemicals or acid. Transfer your drawings, paintings and/or computer generated images to a light-sensitized plate which then can be developed with water and printed. A safe and direct way to make images!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
Cost: Non-Credit: $150, Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Hand-Printed Monotype"
February 24, 2018
 

An introduction to quick and easy monotype printmaking methods that do not require a press or fully-equipped shop. These techniques are easily transportable for use outside for plein air work, on a table at home or in the classroom. Learn oil-based, dark field, water-based and Gauguin monotype processes.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: Non-Credit: $95, Lab Fee: $35
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Analog Photography for the Digital Age"
Thursdays, March 1 - April 5, 2018
 

Hand-crafted, thoughtful and a bit magical: all these describe the process of traditional film photography. Explore its tools and techniques, including film-to-digital methods of creating imagery without a darkroom. Working hands-on, learn how to best promote the strengths of this fascinating medium in a way that complements your time, budget and vision. No experience necessary. RA Friedman is a figurative artist who works with drawing and analog photography. His studio practice is informed by a background in science, theatre set design, and painting. A regular contributor to The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine and faculty member at Pratt Manhattan, he is currently working on a suite of ten multi-figure pinhole photographs.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: RA Friedman, www.rafriedman.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Painting Knife: Creating Texture & Detail"
March 3, 2018
 

The painting knife is an important accompaniment to the brush, for creating textural effects, expressive marks, and broad planes of color. Learn how to use the painting knife to get crisp edges and fine details while painting landscape and architectural subjects. Explore color, texture and painterly application in this fun, one-day workshop.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Shushana Rucker, www.shushanarucker.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Woodcut Workshop with Dan Miller"
March 3-8, 2018
 

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with Dan Miller, a member of the PAFA faculty for over 50 years and a master of woodblock printing. Held in PAFA’s state-of-the art Print Shop, this workshop will begin with a printing demonstration and a slide lecture illustrating the vast historical variety within the woodcut experience. Studio activity will focus on designing an image, cutting the woodblock, and printing in blackand-white and color. Attention will be given to equipment usage and to paper selection and employment, with an emphasis on hand-printing.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dan Miller
Cost: $395, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painless Perspective Workshop"
March 10-11, 2018
 

Perspective is at the heart of good drawing and painting, allowing us to translate the observable world into a believable two-dimensional image. Learn its basic principles and methods in clear, easy-to-understand language, without special tools or complex geometry. Apply these principles to still life, interiors and cityscape views. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Classical Figure Painting"
Sundays, March 11 - April 22, 2018
 

Create luminous figure paintings using traditional painting materials and procedures established during the Renaissance. Through step-by-step instruction, learn how to create an underpainting and then glaze and scumble transparent and opaque layers to achieve a rich sense of color, volume and space. Basic drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Basics of Color"
Tuesdays, March 13 - May 1, 2018
 

Mixing too much paint, for too long, with poor results? Learn to use color effectively! Explore color mixing, value, temperature and pigment variations through exercises and observational painting. Instruction covers oil color palettes, painting methods, grounds, materials, and terminology. Apply your visual vocabulary of color to all painting media. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Avian Drawing"
Tuesdays, March 13 - April 3, 2018
 

Don’t miss this unique bird-drawing class with renowned artist and esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub! Work from live avian subjects, both seed-eating varieties and birds of prey, provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Further hone your understanding through focused studies of bird anatomy and feather structure. Work in graphite, charcoal, colored chalk, and pastel on toned papers, referencing Old Master techniques. Includes a history of animal drawing and painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Cost: Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Art and Film Lecture Series"
Wednesdays, March 14 - April 11, 2018
 

Explore the relationship between film, photography and painting. Examine how film stills relate to painting through composition, tone, value/lighting, symbolic color, and visual cues. Learn to recognize elements that convey information and drive visual narrative in order to build critical skills for viewing images in all media and for developing compositions in your own artwork.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy"
Wednesdays, March 14 - April 18, 2018
 

Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a fine art using simple tools: brush, ink and paper. Learn the various styles and techniques of Shodo along with its history and appreciation. Urauchi – the Japanese traditional paper-backing/mounting methods –will be used to enhance finished work.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Cost: Non-Credit: $225; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Crash Course in Video Editing: Smart Phone & Beyond"
March 17, 2018
 

Take those smart phone videos to the next level, and turn them into works of art! Learn basic editing techniques, including adding transitions, music, and more! Basic computer skills required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ian Wagner
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Plunge"
Wednesdays, March 17 - April 21, 2018
 

If you have little or no experience in watercolor, now is the time to take the plunge! Acquire a thorough grounding in basic watercolor techniques and materials, including papers, pigments, and transparent and opaque painting methods.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Alla Prima Painting with Christine Lafuente: Interior with Still Life and Figure"
March 17-18, 2018
 

Work with renowned painter and PAFA alum, Christine Lafuente, and learn how translate a visually rich still life and life model arrangement into painterly form. Instruction will guide you through composing a painting with gestural and tonal relationships, achieving harmony and palette organization, mixing and applying color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Improvisational Stitching"
Saturdays, March 24 - April 14, 2018
 

Stitching is a uniquely textural and versatile form of mark-making. Explore its potential as textile art in a welcoming community environment. Learn over twenty basic embroidery stitches, fabric collage, and techniques for drawing with needle and thread. Create embroideries for display on their own or incorporation into sewing projects and multimedia artworks.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Self-Compassion As a Producivity Tool: How to Get Your Creative Projects Finished"
March 24, 2018
 

It happens all the time: your creative work gets sidelined when other things jostle for your time and attention. But being severe with yourself is exactly how you don't regain momentum. What’s the alternative? Come to this talk and find out. Jessica Abel is a cartoonist, author, educator and Chair of the PAFA Illustration Department. She helps creative people get past procrastination and anxiety, and get on with the business of making their creative work in the real world.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jessica Abel
Cost: Free Public Lecture
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Chart Your True Course Workshop"
March 24, 2018
 

Do continual new ideas, indecision, and lack of focus distract you from the real business of getting down to work? Just thinking about your creative work will get you nowhere, and approaching tasks with a lack of clear direction will likewise result in anxiety and lack of accomplishment. Learn to prioritize, plan and focus in order to achieve your goals – and a more creatively fulfilled version of yourself along the way. Jessica Abel is a cartoonist, author, educator and Chair of the PAFA Illustration Department. She helps creative people get past procrastination and anxiety, and get on with the business of making their creative work in the real world.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Jessica Abel
Cost: Non-Credit: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Night Painting"
Tuesdays, March 27 - April 24, 2018
 

Paint the urban landscape at night from PAFA’s windows. Simplify space through passages of light and shadow in order to convey architectural geometry and atmospheric mood. Perspective, composition, line, tone, light, and color will be addressed. The evening landscapes of Monet, Hopper, Van Gogh and others will serve as inspiration. Drawing and painting experience required.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor:
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Photographing your Artwork"
March 31, 2018
 

The ability to document artwork is an important skill for any artist pursuing exhibition, professional or academic opportunities. Learn basic lighting and photography techniques to document two-dimensional drawings and paintings as well as three-dimensional sculptural works. Bring 2 - 3 pieces of art and your digital camera for hands-on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $95; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Botanical Alla Prima"
April 7-8, 2018
 

Spring is here! Learn to capture the essence of a living, botanical subject quickly and spontaneously in pencil and watercolor, to create fresh and immediate work. This method can be used for preparatory studies for sustained paintings, compiling a field sketchbook, or as an end in itself. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Linda Gist
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting on the Delaware"
Wednesdays, April 11 - May 16, 2018
 

Paint the spectacular views of the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing. Museum access offers the opportunity to tour the collection, see boat builders in action, and access the facilities. Includes a session on the river in the museum’s excursion boat, à la Claude Monet! Parking/transportation available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $525; Non-Credit: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Watercolor Workshop with Eileen Goodman"
April 14-15, 2018
 

Eileen Goodman is one of Philadelphia’s most respected painters. Known for their large scale and lush surfaces, Goodman’s remarkable watercolor still lifes achieve the saturated color, nuanced tonal ranges, and complex textures usually associated with oil painting. Be guided by this recognized master while working from an array of inspiring arrangements in PAFA’s dedicated still life room. Instruction will emphasize combining drawing with watercolor and pushing your work for maximum visual impact. Includes a slide presentation by the artist, in which Goodman will discuss her own work and that of other artists. Students are welcome to bring a limited number of works for critique.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Eileen Goodman
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Photoshop: From Studio to Computer"
Saturdays, April 14 & 21, 2018
 

Photoshop editing opens a world of photographic possibilities. In this workshop, photograph in the studio and outside, and then combine multiple photos into a single image in PAFA’s digital lab. Pre-visualize and achieve your vision with an understanding of workflow, color profiles, color and contrast correction, retouching, layers and masking.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples, www.juliastaples.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $215; Lab Fee: $10
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Introduction to Art Journaling: Just for a Season"
April 14, 2018
 

Art journaling is a personally expressive form of record-keeping. Learn how to transfer your creative ideas on paper through engaging prompts and practical tips. Complement your writing with drawing and other media, including watercolor. Using the four seasons as a starting point, draw from your life and memories to create a unique record.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Dressler Smith, dresslersmith.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden"
Thursdays, April 19 - May 24, 2018
 

Work en plein air at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Learn to capture light and shadow; create a convincing sense of space; and depict trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Free parking and restrooms available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: Non-Credit: $225
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Gallery-Going"
Fridays, April 20 - May 4, 2018
 

Interested in visiting galleries or collecting art, but don’t know where to start? Explore Philadelphia’s diverse gallery scene with PAFA faculty-artist Lisa Sylvester for an insider’s view of the artist/gallery relationship. Visit artist-run, commercial, and alternative exhibition spaces, as well as local artists’ studios, for the latest art in the city.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Cost: Non-Credit: $75
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Gouache Painting"
April 21-22, 2018
 

Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy to- clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views. The $20 materials fee includes most materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Materials Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Philadelphia Landscape"
Sundays, April 22 - May 20, 2018
 

Craft your personal vision of Philadelphia’s picturesque landscape. Learn to build form, mix color, and create space with perspective, light and shadow. Instruction will address tips for working on-site and the history of painting the city. Locations in North Broad, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, shade, provisions and facilities. All media welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Larry Francis
Cost: Non-Credit: $295
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Passion for the Palette"
April 28-29, 2018
 

Explore how the science and psychology of color play key roles in composing dynamic visual narratives, and learn how to tailor your palette to support your work’s message. Work from still life arrangements with colored lights for brilliant optical effects with emotional resonance. Open to all media.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan, www.michelleoosterbaan.com
Cost: Non-Credit: $195
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting on the Brandywine"
May 6, 2018
 

Portray the autumn landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sketch on the Go"
May 12, 2018
 

Capture the active life of the city and its rich architecture. This is an excellent workshop for anyone who wants to learn to sketch on the bus or train, in cafés and public parks, or while traveling abroad. Topics include perspective, gauging proportions by eye, gesture figure drawing, and methods for simplifying form. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: Non-Credit: $95
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Monotype Workshop with Stuart Shils"
May 18-20, 2018
 

Experience the joys and possibilities of monotype printmaking with an emphasis on color and abstraction in the shaping of the visual image. Through the monotype process, students will understand pictorial structure (design) and mood as the keys to visual coherence and graphic strength. Working from window views and in-studio drawings, students will employ graphic shorthand and visual memory to generate imagery that captures the essence of places and moments through color and form, exploring the intimate relationship between observation and abstract structure. Rather than enforcing Shils’ style, instruction will encourage artists to create prints that promote their personal voice and expression. Space is limited to 10 students.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Cost: $950
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Oil Sketch: Landscape"
May 19, 2018
 

The oil sketch is a traditional way for painters to execute preparatory ideas, quickly capture initial impressions, or enjoy a fresh and instinctive approach to painting! Learn useful techniques for rapidly encapsulating color and form while working directly from observation. This workshop is held on Kelly Drive, along the Schuylkill River.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: Non-Credit: $95; Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


 

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