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Continuing Education at PAFA

Lecture & Seminar

The Art of Watercolor with James Toogood (ONLINE) PT 604AW_ON


with James Toogood

Calendar Next available session starts May 24, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Join James Toogood  AWS/NWS/AAA, PAFA CE faculty, renowned watercolorist, and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor for a discussion of what is needed to paint truly great and successful watercolors.  Referencing his own award-winning watercolor landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, James will present a thorough explanation of watercolor materials and techniques via Zoom.  Topics will include the proper selection and preparation of your paper, brushes, color palettes as well as a thorough discussion of paint and pigment.  James will take you through the development of a painting, from drawing and composition to opening washes to a completed piece.  He will talk about how to develop a sense of light and atmosphere, and how to achieve a range of textural effects from glass, metal, stone, grass and water and more! 

Register by:  May 14


James Toogood, Mixed Emotions, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 in.

Abstract Painting: Experimentation, Exploration, Investigation (ONLINE) PT 705E_ON


with Keith Leitner

Calendar Next session starts May 24, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This live Zoom class provides the perfect format to actively immerse yourself in the creative process.  Explore the back-and-forth conversation you have with your materials and mark-making to create paintings that engage and even surprise you as they develop depth and visual resonance.  Learn to hone your critical eye and personal intuition as you use color, mark, space, and texture as the means to encapsulate your unique artistic voice.  Class discussions will be focused upon in depth investigations of master painters, and on informing and encouraging your practice, in order to help you make the paintings you want to make.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will obtain a grounding in the history of modernist painting.
  • Students will learn to compose compositions through editing, making and interaction with material.
  • Students will learn color mixing and color relationships.
  • Students will be challenged in their thinking towards painting.

Register by: May 14

Materials List : Leitner PT 705E_ON

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021


Keith Leitner, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 in.

Full Course

Painting Over the Line 1 (ONLINE) PT 703EL_ON


with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Next available session starts May 26, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Take your work to the next level under the guidance of artist/critic/mentor Kassem Amoudi in this live Zoom class.  Expert instruction and advice from the instructor will push you to explore new possibilities and work more intuitively, allowing unplanned marks and passages to become artistic breakthroughs.  Paint from personal subject matter to find your own visual language, informed by examples from contemporary and modern art. Painting experience recommended.  Kassem will begin each class with a slide presentation/lecture focusing on how master artists through history have addressed color, harmony, focal points, space, mark making, paint application, and more, and how to appy these concepts to your own work. 

Register by:  May 14

Materials List : Amoudi PT703EL_ON Session 1

Zoom Technical Requirements 

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Portrait Painting Demonstration with Theodore Xaras (ONLINE) PT 602ED_ON


with Theodore Xaras

Calendar Next available session starts May 27, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

See the techniques of the masters unfold in front of you in this extensive oil painting demonstration.  Professional portrait artist Theodore Xaras will reproduce two – three portrait masterworks, using the historical palettes and techniques of the original artists.  See how the "limited palette" – black, white, yellow ochre, and red – can produce a fully-realized portrait through the re-creation of works by Velasquez, Hals, and/or Rubens.  Learn how Titian used the techniques of glazing and scumbling thin layers of translucent and opaque color to further enhance an underlying limited palette painting.  Lectures will include a look at portrait examples from other artists utilizing these methods, as well as a paint mixing demonstration to physically illustrate how so few colors can produce so many vibrant tones.  This lecture series presents valuable content on color and technique for practicing painters, as well as fascinating information for any art lover.

Register by: May 14


Theodore Xaras at the easel

History of the Printed Image: Japonisme, the Mexican Movement and More (ONLINE) PR 605EH_ON


with Tony Rosati

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 1, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Join Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Printmaking Department, for another fascinating exploration of the important prints and books spanning the 15th to 21st centuries. This session’s topics will include European printmaking and Japonisme influence in the 19th century, early 20th Century printmaking including the Mexican movement, German Expressionism, Cubism and a focused look at English artist, Stanley William Hayter, one of the most significant printmakers of the 20th century.

Register by:  May 28

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