Master Classes

PAFA's Master Classes offer students the opportunity to work with renowned artists with national and international reputations. They are scheduled in a variety of condensed formats, ranging from two days to one week, and may include a public lecture.

Artists have included Stuart Shils, Bill Scott, Odd Nerdrum, Bo Bartlett, Vincent Desiderio, Juliette Aristides, Sidney Goodman, Elizabeth Osborne and Ken Kewley

2020 Course Offerings

Christine Lafuente, Peonies and Peaches, oil on linen, 12 x 12 in.

Alla Prima Still Life with Christine Lafuente

Monday - Friday, June 15 - 19

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. 

John MacDonald, Spring Rain, oil on linen, 12 x 16 in.

Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo with John MacDonald

Monday - Friday, June 22 - 26

Work in the studio from photographic reference of the landscape, using it to create paintings of different value keys, color keys, times of day, and seasons of the year. Learn to break down the information in photos, analyze it, and use it to create tonal sketches, change color palettes, and create paintings based on multiple images, memory, and imagination. 

Stuart Shils, graphite drawing

Reframing the Ordinary with Stuart Shils: Locating Yourself Graphically Wherever You Are

Friday - Sunday, July 10 - 12

Join artist and teacher Stuart Shils for this recalibrated version of his annual outdoor drawing class -- taking it from the streets of Philadelphia to reframe the ordinary within your own home.   

Contact Continuing Education

Thank you for your interest in PAFA's CE programs. Join our community of dedicated artists of all ages and skill levels:  Continuing Education offers exceptional studio art classes and workshops for beginner to advanced artists outside of PAFA's degree programs, available to both museum members and the general public.

Telephone: (215) 972–7632