Observe and Create:  Automatic Drawing

Saturday, January 31, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sculpture Study Center

$15/Non-Members; $10/PAFA Members; Materials provided; Space is limited.

Peter Blume referred to his drawings as automatic, creating numerous preliminary works before his paintings evolved.  Inspired by the studies contained within the exhibiton, join Dressler Smith, Coordinator of Adult Programs, in an exploration of blind contour line and the automatic drawing process.  Along with learning the building blocks of investigative drawing, participants will gain a deeper understanding of Blume’s artistic process while discovering their own.



The Artist’s Journal: The Artist’s Garden

7 weeks, Wednesdays, 2 – 4 pm, Samual M.V. Hamilton Building

February 18 – April 1

$50/Non-Members; $40/PAFA Members; Journal and drawing materials provided; Space is limited.

Back by popular demand!  Beginning on Wednesday, February 18th, our Artist Journal workshop will focus on the central themes of The Artist’s Garden.  Under the guidance of Dressler Smith, Coordinator of Adult Programs, participants will use the impressionist still lifes and landscapes on view as inspiration while learning techniques in drawing, watercolor, and collage.  Weekly sessions will emphasize plant life as well as the thematic galleries of the exhibition.  Whether joining us for the first time or continuing previous explorations, come fine tune your ability to put your expressions on paper.



Observe and Create: Printing with Nature

Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Historic Landmark Building, Studio 1

$35/Non-Members; $25/PAFA Members; Materials provided; Space is limited.

Taking inspiration from the colorful blooms featured in The Artist’s Garden, learn the basics of printmaking while using objects from nature.  With flowers, petals, and leaves, create organic compositions reminiscent of our beautiful landscapes and still lifes.  Led by Dressler Smith, Coordinator of Adult Programs, come and create impressions that will last well past the last days of our exhibition.  Have a favorite flower or leaf?  Be sure to bring it along to print with!



The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ public programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency).