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New Offerings!
Art and Film at Pafa beginning February 3.
Encaustic Painting at Woodmere Art Museum, April 15.
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Art and Film

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Clarissa Shanahan
In the age of Netflix and binge-watching, why not develop your painting skills as a result of all your visual input?

This painting course examines the correlative relationship between the visual arts, and how the medium of film can be used to compose successful and impactful paintings. Painting and film are means of visual storytelling which rely on similar elements: composition, perspective, the expressive power of light and dark and symbolic color.

We’ll look at films and film stills to use the same principles – of how compositional elements promote narrative effects, and how visual cues are used to transmit information, in paintings created throughout the course. Using such films asM, The Wizard of Oz, A Clockwork Orange, Marie Antoinette, Royal Tenenbaums, There Will Be Blood, and more, and focusing on select frames, students will learn how they can translate these powerful elements into their own narrative paintings.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good, lively discussion about the symbolism of color in American Beauty?

10 weeks, February 3 – April 7
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Register HERE by January 23!

cs encausticEncaustic Painting

Woodmere Art Museum – NEW LOCATION!

Clarissa Shanahan

Encaustic paint, or tinted beeswax, is one of the oldest forms of painted decoration, ranging from its funerary use in ancient Egypt all the way to a variety of contemporary applications – and it’s awesome.

In this course, we will work with both encaustic paint, and the raw materials, learning about its properties, tools with which it is applied and how the surface is manipulated. This is an enjoyable medium to work with and it offers a tremendous range of finishes. You’ll be happy you tried it:)

4 weeks, April 15 – May 6.

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30p.m.

Register HERE

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