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Continuing Education at PAFA

Lecture & Seminar

Painting Over the Line (ONLINE) PT 703EL_ON


with Kassem Amoudi

Calendar Current session started Jul 7, 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. 

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Materials List : Amoudi PT703EL_ON Session 2

Zoom Technical Requirements 

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021

Portrait Painting Demonstration with Theodore Xaras: The Expanded Palette (ONLINE) PT 602ED_ON


with Theodore Xaras

Calendar Current session started Jul 8, 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 three portrait masterworks, using the historical palettes and techniques of the original artists.  Demonstrations will focus on the expanded palette, which employs a broad range of pigments, examining that of Thomas Sully in his historic instructional book, Hints to Young Painters, and as well as those of other artists.  This series will feature reproductions of a diverse and informative selection of masterworks:  classic work by John Singer Sargent; an astounding hidden gem by his contemporary, Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz; and Eduard Charlemont’s 1878 masterpiece, The Moorish Chief.  Examinations of portraits by other artists, as well as paint mixing demonstrations, will be included.  This lecture series presents valuable content on color and technique for practicing painters, as well as fascinating information for any art lover.

Note:  This course is lecture/demo-only but is interactive with plenty of time for student questions.  There are no required materials for this class.

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Image:  Theodore Xaras at work

The Art of Drawing (ONLINE) DR 610EM_ON


with Patricia Traub

Calendar Current session started Jul 9, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

Experience a fascinating survey of drawing techniques from Old Masters to artists of the 21st century from the viewpoint of master draughtsperson Patricia Traub. This Zoom lecture series will examine the “meaning" of a finished drawing, as well as drawing from observation, working from photography, searching, and other approaches. Discover artists who combined imagination with reality, and technology with expression, in single works.  Artists covered include Mary Frank, Leonardo DaVinci, Paul Cadmus, Frieda Kahlo and more.

Week 1: Techniques and choice of materials

Week 2: Personal Drawing

Week 3: Thoughts on the meaning of a finished drawing

Week 4: Using reality, imagination and technology in a single drawing

Note:  This course is lecture-only but is interactive with plenty of time for student questions.  There are no required materials for this class.

Register by: July 2

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


with James Toogood

Calendar Current session started Jul 12, 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!

Note:  This course is lecture-only but is interactive with plenty of time for student questions.  There are no required materials for this class.

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

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


with Keith Leitner

Calendar Current session started Jul 12, 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.

Registration Still Available

Materials List : Leitner PT 705E_ON 2

Zoom Technical Requirements

CE Policy Guide Summer 2021


Keith Leitner, Storm, 2021, oil on paper mounted on board, 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. 

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