Master Classes

PAFA's Master Classes offer students the opportunity to work with renowned artists with national and international reputations. They are scheduled in two- or three-day formats, usually over weekends and often 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

2019 Course Offerings

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Limited Space AvailableElizabeth Osborne

Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of America’s premier painters and long-time PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work in the medium of your choice from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement as you explore means of translating form and articulating space.  Maximize the expressive impact of luminous color through stronger, more focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and present a slide presentation on the work ofrelated contemporary artists. Revitalize your work and advance your love of color while working directly with a contemporary master.

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Patricia Traub: Avian Drawing

Don't miss this unique bird-drawing class with renowned artist and esteemed PAFA faculty member Patricia Traub!

Work from live birds of prey subjects provided by the Academy of Natural Sciences.  Further hone your understanding by learning skills to observe bird behavior, capture gesture and movement, bird anatomy and feather structure. Choose to work in a series of drawings or two more completed studies of each bird.  Work in ballpoint pen, graphite, charcoal, conte pencils or pastel pencils on white or toned papers.

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Waitlist Only Jane Davies: Intuitive Painting

Tap into your creative intuition to embrace a more spontaneous way of art-making!  Paint to music, draw with crayons, create your own collage papers, and use improvisation and collaboration to stimulate unexpected outcomes.  Learn to be present to the process, let go of expectations that inhibit you, and expand your expressive capacity.  All techniques are accessible, so participants of all levels of experience can jump right in.  Experienced painters will find this a refreshing way to re-energize their art practice.  If you have never painted before, this is a great way to start!

Jane Davies is a full-time artist based in Vermont, working in collage, painting, and encaustic. Through her workshops, she helps people find a personal and playful approach to art.  Believing that art-making is a journey with very few hand-holds and only a general road map, she encourages each participant to find their own way, while at the same time remaining open to learning from others.  She focuses on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process, which paves the way into that precarious I-don’t-know-what-to-do-next zone, where the artist is challenged to forge a personal path.  With Davies’ helpful guidance, each artist can discover the satisfaction of making art that is truly their own.


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.