Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"CE Preview Saturday: Anatomical Drawing"
January 6, 2018
 

PAFA faculty and author Roberto Osti will guide you through the basics of human anatomy, and discuss his online course, Essential Human Anatomy. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. New student attendees will receive a 10% tuition discount on a Spring 2018 CE class or workshop!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Roberto Osti
Cost: Tuition-free with a $10 materials fee (all supplies provided)
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Life Painting and Drawing"
Mondays, January 22 - April 16, 2018
 

Join PAFA’s celebrated figurative tradition, combining Eakins-influenced historical techniques with contemporary approaches. Master the drawing elements of gesture, proportion, volume, anatomy, tone, and composition in charcoal and colored chalk on toned paper. Progress through oil painting materials and techniques, expanding from limited colors to a full palette. Ideal for all levels, with options to draw-only or paint-only based on experience.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Douglas Martenson
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Cast Drawing"
Tuesdays, January 23 - April 17, 2018
 

Drawing in the Academic manner from plaster casts is a traditional and effective way to learn to draw accurately from observation. PAFA’s beautiful and historic Cast Hall contains life-size copies of antique and Renaissance sculpture – a unique resource that has been part of PAFA’s curriculum for over 200 years. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Phyllis Laver
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"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


"Studio Anatomy"
Wednesdays, January 24 - April 18, 2018
 

This drawing course is designed for the intermediate to advanced artist with an interest in the study of proportion, form, skeletal and musculature structure of the human body. Work from lectures and demonstrations, reference material, PAFA anatomical casts and the life model. Use this knowledge to create accurate and dynamic figure drawings!
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Patrick Connors
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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