Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"CE Preview Saturday: Oil Painting Basics"
January 6, 2018
 

Don't be daunted by the idea of oil painting! Learn the basics with CE faculty member Allison Syvertsen. Get started with an overview of materials and techniques, then paint your own still life! This course is presented as a sample of PAFA's Spring 2018 ten-week course, Beginning Painting II, and other oil painting courses. 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: Allison Syvertsen
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


"Super Realism"
Mondays, January 22 - April 16, 2018
 

Create hyper realistic paintings in the tradition of 60s and 70s greats Chuck Close, Robert Bechtel and Audrey Flack. Learn photo-realistic oil painting techniques of image projection, depth of field, soft and sharp focus edges, and selective enhancement while working from your own photo references. Drawing and painting experience is required for this advanced painting class. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum through April 8.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Robert P. Waddington
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Oil Painting Tools & Techniques"
Mondays, January 22 - April 16, 2018
 

An encyclopedia of painting information for the beginning or advanced oil painter! Examine the techniques of blending, glazing, scumbling, and s’graffito. Materials instruction includes demonstrations on preparing mediums and surfaces, and an overview of paint colors and brands. Color theory and mixing, and methods of realistic painting will be addressed. Drawing experience recommended.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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