Summer Studio Critique Program

July 5 - August 13, 2021

This six-week online program is designed for visual artists and educators who desire constructive feedback on their artwork, as well as the support and interaction of an artistic community. Stimulate your personal artistic growth through individual weekly critiques from a stellar ensemble of nationally and internationally known artists, including members of PAFA’s acclaimed faculty, as well as discussion, group critiques, and virtual artist studio visits.

Registration Currently Closed

Application deadline:  The application is closed for Summer 2021.  Watch for updated program information in April 2022.
Tuition: $750 non-credit, or $1,500 for either 4.0 undergraduate credits or 3.0 graduate credits.
Format: Weekly one-on-one critiques will be conducted via Zoom, scheduled each Friday by time-slot sign-up.  Lead critic Neysa Grassi will host group critiques/discussions and virtual field trips and artist studio visits.  These will be scheduled to best accommodate the group's needs.
Additional benefits:  Receive a 10% tuition discount on all subsequent PAFA CE Summer Classes! 
Review complete Registration and Policy Information below.

2021 Critics

Neysa Grassi

Neysa Grassi (Lead Critic)

Neysa Grassi is known for her gouache, mixed media, and oil paintings whose surfaces reveal the intense physicality of her creative process. Through multiple layers of paint that have been applied, manipulated, wiped out, and covered again, she creates a tactile quality that variously evinces spontaneous energy or calculated meditation.  Grassi is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship and has had solo exhibitions at several museums, including the Pensacola Art Museum in Florida and PAFA, as well as numerous one-person exhibitions in galleries in Philadelphia and New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of PAFA, the Berman Museum of Art, the Palmer Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum. She is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. She is a critic in PAFA’s MFA program.

Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen’s seemingly casual arrangements of daily life objects belie careful composition.  His painting is a slow, meditative process with a critical delay between thought and sight and its translation into paint, allowing for wonderful inaccuracies to occur.  In his invented pieces, the subject is arrived at through the questioning of abstract suggestions (gestures on the canvas), while his observational subjects look for an abstract purpose within the recognized subject.  Cohen holds a Certificate from PAFA and a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania.  He resides in Newtown, PA, where he teaches painting and drawing and creates custom, hand-carved and gilded frames.  He also co-curates Art at Kings Oaks, an annual invitational group exhibition in Newtown, with theater artist Clara Weishahn. 

Christine Lafuente

Christine Lafuente

Christine Lafuente holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and a Certificate in Painting and Printmaking from PAFA. While a student at PAFA, she was she was awarded a Louis S. Ware Memorial Scholarship for European Travel. A still life and landscape painter known for her masterful and painterly use of color, Lafuente considers her paintings poetic responses to visual experience. She is primarily based in Brooklyn and spends her summers painting the fogs and mists of Maine. Her work is widely exhibited and collected. She is represented by Gross-McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia and Somerville Manning Gallery in Delaware, among others.

View Christine Lafuente's recent PAFA lecture, The View from Here, in which she discusses how her experience sheltering-in-place in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, led to a reconnection to her Latina heritage and to a series of paintings inspired by her surroundings.

Bruce Samuelson

Bruce Samuelson

Bruce Samuelson is a faculty member of PAFA’s BFA and Graduate Programs. Informed by the principles of Old Master draftsmanship, Samuelson’s drawings and paintings expand beyond traditional methods of representation to arrive at elegant meditations on the human form. He has exhibited in over thirty solo exhibitions and his work is represented in numerous public and private collections including PAFA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Woodmere Art Museum. Samuelson is represented by J. Cacciola Galleries, New York and Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia.

Ying Li

Ying Li

Born in Beijing, China, Ying Li graduated from the Anhui Teachers University (1974-77) where she taught 1977-83. She immigrated to the United States in 1983 and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, New York, in 1987. As a painter, Li is known for her highly energetic, on-site landscapes that simultaneously describe direct visual experience and pure abstraction. Her uncompromising sense of personal vision combined with complete abandon in the possibilities of paint make her work style the epitome of painterliness. Ying Li lives and works in New York City and Haverford, PA, where she is currently the Phlyssa Koshland Professor of Fine Arts at Haverford College.   She is represented by Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson, NY, and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.

Mickayel Thurin

Mickayel Thurin

Mickayel Thurin is a Haitian American artist based in Philadelphia. She received her Certificate from PAFA, BFA from UPENN, and MS from Penn State.  She creates colorful, expressive, abstracted portraits of her family, close friends, or herself in acrylic, collage and other mixed media, including embroidery.  Choosing subjects that she has painted many times and knows well allows Thurin to bypass niceties of the artist-model relationship in her work: “Preoccupation with the sitter’s perception of your painting is not helpful during the act of creating.  It’s better to be focused on the feeling of the thing, the arrangement of shapes, the colors of pigment...the elements. These paintings are my attempt at doing just that. If they end up capturing some of the sitter’s essence or personality, it is because of our familiarity and closeness rather than an effort at flattery. In short, these portraits are about the creation process of each painting, not about the models.” Thurin is represented by Gross-McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, is in the collection of Woodmere Art Museum, and is the founder of Seen Heard Connected, a nonprofit which aims to condition a kinder, more compassionate society by painting portraits and sharing the voices of those suffering from homelessness, mental health needs, and incarceration.

Registration and Policy Information

Registration Currently Closed

The Summer Studio/Critique Program is offered through PAFA's Continuing Education (CE) Programs. Please note that the CE office is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 health concerns.  Registration is available online only at this time.

Please review the following information carefully prior to registering:

  • This is an uninstructed program; as such, prior art-making experience and the ability to work independently are required. Beyond this understanding, there are no specific application requirements or prerequisites for this program.
  • Review the Continuing Education Procedures & Policies for important policies, including information about PAFA accreditation and transcript requests.  By applying for the Summer Studio/Critique Program, you agree to abide by PAFA's Procedures and Policies.
  • Withdrawals from the program must be issued in writing to continuinged@pafa.eduWithdrawals issued prior to two weeks before the first day (by June 20) will be issued a full refund, minus a $50 administrative feeNo refunds are issued for withdrawals after June 20.
  • No materials list is provided for this program.  Students may work in their media of choice, appropriate for safe use in their home/personal studio.
  • In addition to the student's personal selection of art-making materials, the online component requires only a computer other device with a high-speed internet connection, as well as a means of photographing artwork to upload -- a cell phone camera will suffice.
  • Review CE's Registration Information for important online course information, including Zoom technical requirements, which will be adapted for the Studio Critique Program.

For questions, please contact Michael Kowbuz, PAFA’s Director of Continuing Education Programs at mkowbuz@pafa.edu.


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