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Digital Portraiture
February 25 - March 4, 2017 (Saturdays, 9am-5pm) — Learn to create your own unique, digitally-painted portraits. Topics covered include researching and collecting reference, combining reference material in Adobe Photoshop to form a digital underpainting, and using a Wacom tablet to digitally draw and paint a finished image over your underpainting. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ryan Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Hand-Printed Monotype
February 25, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Introduction to Digital Photography
February 27 - May 1, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — Learn the basics of digital photography, including camera functions, image editing in Photoshop, and creating digital prints. Instruction will focus on fine art aesthetics, compositional strategies, conceptual framework, individual expression and historical/contemporary context. Students should possess or have access to a DSLR camera or a compact camera with manual functions. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Sharon Koelblinger
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $395, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Woodcut Workshop with Dan Miller
March 4-5, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. This two-day workshop will be held in PAFA’s state-of-the art Print Shop and 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 black-and-white and color. Attention will be given to equipment usage and to paper selection and employment, with an emphasis on hand-printing. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Dan Miller
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495 plus $20 Lab fee
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Bookbinding for Beginners
March 4, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Learn how to turn your prints and drawings into sculptural works of art. This workshop will introduce three simple bookbinding techniques: pamphlet, accordion and long stitch. Bookbinding requires only simple tools, is easily portable, and does not require a shop or studio, making it ideal for artists of any level. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Shushana Rucker
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Terra Cotta Figure Sculpture Workshop
March 11-12, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Sculptures will be ?red at the end of the workshop. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $205, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Passion for the Palette
March 11-12, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Landscape from the Masters
March 13 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Artists from the Renaissance through today have shaped and transformed their craft through copying works of their predecessors. Apply this time-honored tradition to landscape painting in order to gain a better understanding of mark-making, composition, space and color. Explore your discoveries outside in an excursion to paint the surrounding landscape. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Roger Chavez
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure and Portrait Drawing in Ink
March 13 - April 17, 2017 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — From the Renaissance to the present, artists have favored the expressive qualities of drawing with ink. Experience both the fluid gestural brush applications and detailed reed pen drawing techniques. Focus on head studies and full figure work using both clothed and life models. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Animal Drawing
March 14 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 9am-1pm) — Working from life in the PAFA studios and at off-site locations, explore animal subjects in a variety of approaches using dry and wet media. Use the underlying architecture to represent the form through contour drawing, wipeouts and more. Instruction will cover anatomy, effective representation of the figure, and emotional expression. Van transportation from PAFA available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Collograph: The Printed Collage
March 14 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — Transform the tactile beauty of collage into a printed image. Print your collage using both press and hand-printing techniques with non-toxic, soy based inks. The printed image can serve as a finished art object or the beginnings of a mixed media piece. Open to all levels. Adaptable for home or the classroom. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Christine Stoughton
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250, Lab Fee: $50
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Ceramic Sculpture
March 14 - April 18, 2017 (Tuesdays, 6-9pm) — Investigate the potential of ceramic sculpture! Develop hand-building skills, such as hollowing forms (pinch pots), coiling construction, and slab-building, as well as mixed media technique and glazing and firing. Explore the conceptual and narrative possibilities of the medium. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Colleen O'Donnell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Highlights of Printmaking History
March 15 - April 12, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-12pm) — A history of prints and printed illustration work from the 15th to the 21st centuries, presented by Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Printmaking Department. Printmaking will be presented in the context of art history and its relevance to the cultural, religious and political climate of the times. Vocabulary associated with methods, materials, artists, and the many isms of art history will also be covered. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Rosati
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $175
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Classic Egg Tempera
March 15 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Master the fundamentals of egg tempera painting, practiced by Renaissance artists to recent masters such as Andrew Wyeth and George Tooker. Learn to prepare a wooden panel, make your own fresh egg tempera, and build paint layers toward a finished work. Experiment with both traditional and expressive applications. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Ernie Norcia
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Shodo: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy
March 15 - April 19, 2017 (Wednesdays, 6-9pm) — Shodo originated in China 3,500 years ago and has developed as a ?ne 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 ?nished work. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Mayumi Tomii
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $250, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Group Critique with Pat Traub
March 18, 2017 (9am-5pm) — PAFA offers a vibrant community of faculty-artists and students who can stimulate your art-making with advice and new perspectives. A group critique is an excellent means of both dispelling feelings of artistic isolation or uncertainty and ?nding inspiration in the ideas and artwork of others in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Patricia Traub is an Associate Professor at PAFA, teaching drawing and painting. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Pat Traub
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $100
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Drawing Words and Pictures: Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling
March 18-19, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Comics is a kind of alchemy, blending words and images on the page to tell stories that make powerful impressions. Words and images play off of each other and swap roles in ways that give great power and expressive range to the author. Learn how to master the basics of this rich visual language through a series of short exercises and slideshows. Investigate the principles of panel-to-panel storytelling, view examples of page and book design, and survey the traditional tools of the trade: India ink, pens and brushes, and bristol board. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Matt Madden, mattmadden.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495, Lab Fee: $15
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Observe and Create: Stamp, Stencil and Paint
March 18, 2017 (11am-3pm) — During WWI, stenciling and stamping became very popular for marking boxes shipped abroad. Participants will explore PAFA’s World War I and American Art exhibit, discuss examples of common design principles found in posters and illustrations and then create their own mixed media artwork. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $20 PAFA members, $25 non members
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Figure Painting
March 19 - April 30, 2017 (Sundays, 9:30am-4pm) — Paint in oil from the life model to make full-figure, head, and torso studies. Anatomy, composition, proportion, light and shadow, color, painting technique and history will be covered through lecture and demonstration. Basic drawing experience recommended. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Photographing your Artwork
March 25, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Sharon Koelblinger
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Embracing Intuition: Book Collage
March 25-26, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Strengthen your ability to work intuitively: invite the unexpected by immersing yourself in each moment of color and shape. Work in a personal book with watercolor, gouache, paint pens, highlighters, crayons, pencils, pens and cut-paper collage to fluidly create and react to marks, and recognize when to move on. Learn to embrace trust, play, looking, and flexibility in your art-making. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Bettina Nelson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Solar Etching Workshop
March 25 & April 1, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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! Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lesa Chittenden Lim
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The American Watercolor Tradition
March 25 - April 29, 2017 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Learn the painting techniques of the masters who pioneered the 19th and 20th century American watercolor movement, including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth. Paint the still life and master copies and visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition, American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Richard Estell
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Painting in the Dark with Neysa Grassi
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process through this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Dispel the voices of criticism in your head, and learn to perceive doubt as a valid means of investigation rather than a destructive force. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from making imagery without preconceived outcomes. Discussion of painting practices and critiques of students’ previous work will supplement studio activity. All instruction is presented on an artist-to-artist basis, whether participants are beginners or seasoned artists. References will include Phillip Guston, Alberto Giacometti, Outsider Art and other artists/movements. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Neysa Grassi
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Portrait Drawing Workshop
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Learn to create finished portraits in pencil and charcoal that capture likeness and convey expressive effect. The workshop will begin with a structural approach to the head and its features and progress to the study of anatomy, composition and value. Excellent for all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Jill Rupinski
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Botanical Alla Prima
April 1-2, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Linda Gist
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Philadelphia Landscape
April 2 - May 7, 2017 (9am-2pm) — 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, Northern Liberties, Roxborough, and West Philadelphia will offer parking, provisions and facilities. All media welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $350
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Observe and Create: Exclamation!
April 8, 2017 (11am-3pm) — In the early 1900’s, posters gained recognition as a connection between utilitarian and fine art. Participants will examine the posters and drawings in World War I and American Art and create their own illustration that incorporates text. All materials provided. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $20 PAFA members, $35 non members
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Process of Creation: Sabin Howard and the National WWI Memorial
April 8, 2017 (2pm) — On January 26, 2016, the World War 1 Memorial Commission announced the selection of The Weight of Sacrifice for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington D.C. Key to that selection was the commission of massive bronze walls covered with bas reliefs that are being designed by sculptor Sabin Howard, as well as a three dimensional sculpture, whose classical training reflects the early art education he received in Philadelphia over thirty years ago. Howard will discuss how the state of figurative art today, narrative concepts, and ideas of light and structure come together in the creation of this singular, national monument that honors more than 4,000,000 men and women who served in uniform. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Sabin Howard
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $15
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Introduction to Photoshop
April 8 & 15, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Adobe Photoshop is an essential program for promoting the visual impact of digital artwork and documented images. Gain a basic understanding of its editing tools and techniques. Workflow, color profiles, color and contrast correction, retouching, and other enhancements will be explored. Bring your own images on a flash drive to edit in class. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Sharon Koelblinger
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Pennsylvania Landscape Tradition
April 12 - May 24, 2017 (Wednesdays, 10am-4pm) — Learn the essentials of landscape painting in the New Hope countryside, the area made famous by Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, and other masters of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Topics include color mixing to achieve a sense of light and air, capturing time of day, compositional fundamentals, and sound painting practices. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $625, Non-Credit: $495
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air Painting at Bartram's Garden
April 13 - May 18, 2017 (Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — This class will be held at historic Bartram’s Garden, home of America’s first botanist, John Bartram. Work en plein air in the medium of your choice to capture light and shadow, and to create a convincing sense of space and form, including a variety of trees, flowers and buildings. Drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated for oil and gouache. Plenty of free parking and restrooms available on site. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Larry Francis
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $295
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Preparing Supports for Painting
April 15, 2017 (9am-12pm) — Learn the correct methods to prepare stable, archival supports for painting in oil or acrylics. Stretching canvas, preparing wood panels, and applying size and ground layers will be demonstrated. Alternative supports such a metal and plastics will be explored. Useful information for all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $50
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Home Studio
April 15, 2017 (1-4pm) — Setting up an art studio in your home or apartment can be challenging, but a lot can be accomplished in a small space. Topics include efficiency, lighting, ventilation, storage, safety and waste disposal. Includes demonstrations on brush care, paint storage, varnishing and framing. Useful information for artists of all levels. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Gallery-Going
April 21 - May 5, 2017 (Fridays, 12:30-3:30pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Power of Pastel
April 21-23, 2017 (9am -3pm) — This is a portrait workshop in pastels. Learn how to take better photo references and work with models. Focus of class will be on composition, color harmony and control of the pastel medium. Visit website


Location: Carnegie, PA
Instructor: Christine Swann, PSA, IAPS-MC
Email: Christine Swann
Phone: 724-612-2886

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Gouache Painting
April 22-23, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Allison Syvertsen
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $20
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Art at Lunch: How Illustrators Create Their Art
April 27, 2017 (12-1pm) — James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art, will present selected works from his book to illustrate how advances in image production and reproduction technologies changed the appearance of illustration art through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Thompson will refer to works by Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Alice Barber Stephens, artists who trained at PAFA and who highlight the Academy’s significance during the “Golden Age of Illustration”. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: James Thompson
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: Free
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Animal Maquette Sculpture
April 29-30, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Sculptors use maquettes to describe essence and action in fast-paced, three-dimensional sketches in clay, similar to croquis in drawing. Learn to capture the unique character of animal movement and form by rapidly identifying key anatomical landmarks. Work from live animal models, both in-studio and at the Philadelphia Zoo. Van transportation available. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Diane Collins
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Landscape Painting: Methods, Approaches and Strategies
April 29, 2017 (9am-5pm) — This workshop offers a concise exploration of landscape painting from a variety of approaches: alla prima and plein air vs. indirect painting; academic vs. conceptual. Experience a variety of materials, equipment, design ideas, techniques and styles. Includes a visit the PAFA museum to view historic examples and an outdoor painting session (weather permitting). Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Charles Muldowney
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Plein Air Pastel and Watercolor
April 30, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn the basics of drawing with pastel and watercolor, ideal for plein air, as you work along the picturesque Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The instructor will demonstrate techniques, reference art historical examples, and encourage personal expression. Amenities will be available along the way. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Keith Leitner
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115, Lab Fee: $10
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Ceramic Decal Printing
May 6 & 13, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn to prepare photo silkscreened ceramic decals, used to affix permanent images onto glazed ceramic, tile, or glass. Learn methods to create images, print transparencies, coat and expose a screen, mix china paints, and print decals. Students will come away from this workshop with finished decals ready for transfer. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $35
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Schuylkill Landscape
May 6-7, 2017 (9-4pm) — Investigate the delightful practice of painting outdoors, or en plein air, on the grounds of beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark that features terraced grounds, Victorian monument sculpture, and wonderful views of the Schuylkill River. Receive instruction in classic plein air oil painting techniques and complete paintings depicting morning and afternoon light. Oil colors, painting supports, solvent and medium will be provided by the instructor. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $225, Lab Fee: $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Sketch on the Go
May 13, 2017 (9-5pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $115
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Monotype Studio Intensive with Stuart Shils
May 19-21, 2017 (9am-5pm) — 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. Emphasis will be placed on the priority of the image over “correct” technique and how-to instruction. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Stuart Shils
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $950
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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The Landscape Sketch
May 20-21, 2017 (9-5pm) — Learn to transform plein air drawings to studio paintings. Draw outdoors from direct observation of the Philadelphia cityscape, then use your plein air studies and memory to create one or more studio paintings with emphasis on composition, color structure, painting technique and finding your personal voice. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Celia Reisman
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $215
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Master Class with Bill Scott
June 3-4, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Work with renowned painter Bill Scott and learn approaches to painting that emphasize the sensuous yet thoughtful abstract construction of space. Color will be the focus as participants paint from an expansive still life environment. Known for his complex and gorgeously rich abstract paintings based on nature, Scott has had many solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and London, and has received numerous honors and awards. He is represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Bill Scott
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $750
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Advanced Level

The Plein Air Landscape with John MacDonald
June 9-11, 2017 (9am-5pm) — This workshop will focus on the process of using photographs, sketches, and/or plein air studies executed on location to create dynamic paintings in the studio. Students will explore the uses and limitations of photographs as reference material and methods of enlarging studies and sketches for larger studio paintings. This course will take participants through the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. Emphasis will be placed on proper seeing – looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships – and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: John MacDonald
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $595
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Master Class with Patricia Traub: Avian Drawing
June 14-16, 2017 (9am-3:30pm) — Join esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub in this unique bird-drawing workshop. Focused drawing studies of bird anatomy and feather structure will supplement work from live avian subjects, including both seed-eating varieties and birds of prey, provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences. Referencing Old Master drawing techniques, students will work in graphite, charcoal, and colored chalk and pastel on toned papers. Students are invited to present both their in-class work and paintings or drawings from home for critique and advice. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of methods to make finished paintings beyond the workshop by using gesture drawing and studies in combination with photography. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Patricia Traub
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $695
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Still Life Workshop with Christine Lafuente
June 19-23, 2017 (9am-5pm) — Brooklyn-based painter and PAFA alum Christine Lafuente considers her paintings “poetic responses to visual experience.” Responding to the still life motif, learn how to build an oil painting directly, with the emphasis on color. The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration, followed by painting sessions in which students will be guided through a series of focused procedures: composing a painting and establishing tonal design, mixing color, achieving harmony and palette organization, applying large color masses, and using principles of oil viscosity to build form into wet-into-wet painting. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Christine Lafuente
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: For Credit: $950, Non-Credit: $750
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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