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

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

Landscape Painting: Beyond the Photo with John MacDonald

Monday - Friday, June 1 - 5

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. 

Carolyn Pyfrom

The PAFA Atelier with Peter Van Dyck & Carolyn Pyfrom

Monday - Friday, June 1 - 5

A combination instructed-class and open studio for students interested in advancing their representational drawing and painting. Design and work on your own personal projects utilizing the cast collection, figure/portrait models, and still life or interior spaces, assisted by individual critiques and group instruction on topics of broad concern or interest.

Edgar Degas, Woman Combing her Hair (La Chevelure) (detail), c. 1880 - 1885, Courtesy: Louvre Museum, Paris.

The Figure in Monotype with Mark Green

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 & 14

Explore traditional and contemporary monotype techniques while working from direct observation of the posed model in a studio setting.  Instruction will present a historical overview of the medium, demonstrating the range of artistic possibilities through the work of Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, and other historical and contemporary artists. 

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. 

Stuart Shils, graphite drawing

Reframing the Ordinary with Stuart Shils: Shaping Visual Presence on the Streets of Philadelphia

Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28

Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary while drawing in Old City, Philadelphia. Cultivate the perceptual tools of rapid visual summation and notation to capture the light, form and feeling of place in the city’s historic streets. 

Neysa Grassi, Untitled - Philadelphia 002, 2009 gouache and gum arabic on paper, 15.25 x 14.75 in.

Painting in the Dark with Neysa Grassi

Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12

Paint your way through the mystery and uncertainty of the art-making process in this intuitive, practical and empowering workshop with acclaimed artist and PAFA graduate faculty member, Neysa Grassi. Work in gouache and mixed media on paper to discover the freedom that comes from generating imagery without preconceived outcomes. 

Kate Samworth, Aviary Wonders Inc.

Charles Wilson Peale and Natural History Illustration

Monday - Friday, July 13 - 17

Explore Philadelphia’s rich tradition of natural history illustration through fascinating museum visits and hands-on art-making with award-winning artist, illustrator and PAFA alumna Kate Samworth. Follow the path of Charles Wilson Peale, the painter, scientist, inventor, and naturalist who established the nation’s first natural history museum in 1786, in an effort to collect and catalogue all living things. 


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.