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


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

If you’ve never drawn before, or your skills are a little rusty, then this class is for you. Learn to draw what you see with confidence. Study the still life, interior spaces, and human figure to master the drawing elements – shape, contour line, composition, light and shadow, texture and perspective.
 
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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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: 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


 

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