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Continuing Education at PAFA

Master Class with Ying Li: A Picture Journey of Space, Paint & Vision

with Ying Li


Discover how your surrounding studio, living, and outdoor spaces can become inspiring subjects for experimentation in your painting practice. Combine observation with imagination, memory, and improvisation to explore how an objective image can be transformed into a personal statement through the process of painting. Instruction will address the individual development of style, theme, metaphorical meaning, and expression through representational and abstract approaches. Students may work in their choice of oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastels.

Class instruction will be conducted through a combination of Zoom and Padlet, the free online message/image board, and will include one-on-one discussions, group critiques, and PowerPoint presentations examining works of old masters and contemporary artists. Open to abstract and representational artists of all levels.

Register by:  February 26

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, Hudson, NY and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.  View the artist’s work at


Ying Li, Farm at Haverford 1, 2020, mixed media on paper, 11 x 15 in.

Materials List: Li IN 609YL_ON (1)

CE Policy Guide Spring 2021

Zoom Technical Requirements

  • Session 1: Mar 12 - 14th, 2021
    Sun, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Will run

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