Amal Karzai


Class Subject:

Narrative Portraiture



Amal grew up in a household short on paints, but long on dyes made from boiled onion peel and parsley leaves.

She works as a freelance illustrator, fine artist and instructor. Her illustrations are published in traditional and educational children’s books and magazines with work in international collections and museums. Her client list includes Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin, Kalimat, Heritage Books, and Kan Yama Kan Publishing.

Amal received her MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Her training includes internships for the conservation of Chinese and other Asian works of art on paper at the Smithsonian Museums and Boston Museum of Art. She is the 2017 recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Martha Weston Grant.

Amal currently lives in the village of Port Jefferson with her husband, daughter, dog and One Thousand and One Giant Mushrooms.

Drawing and painting, and then a lot more drawing, through direct Observation is key to making great art. Understanding the process of building a painting, illustration or drawing happens faster when the student sees how to go bout it so I always gives demos and work alongside students during all classes.

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