Color For Painters

Al Gury is Chair of the Painting Department of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. An artist, educator, and author, Al received his BA in fine arts and humanities from Saint Louis University, a four-year Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and an MFA from the University of Delaware.
He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist
A painter of the figure, landscapes, still lifes and portraits, Al’s work is regularly shown by F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia. His paintings have also been exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Capitol in Washington D.C., Washington and Lee University, the University of Pennsylvania, and galleries across the country.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Materials list for painting (same for oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor)

Please bring whatever materials and colors you have and wish to use. If you don’t want to invest in all of these colors, instructor will have a set available to share. If you wish to work from photographs to serve as a reference, a discussion of how to use photographs will be presented. We will have a still life arrangement in the classroom to work from as well as master images for copies, portrait and life models, books, etc.)

Please email me if you have any questions:

Basic Suggested Colors, or equivalent, for oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor or drawing media:

  • Titanium white
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Ivory Black
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Permanent Rose
  • Ultramarine Blue

Other Materials:

  • Linseed Oil (for oils)
  • Weber’s Odorless Turpenoid, or equivalent (for oils)
  • Palette surface
  • Paper Towels
  • Canvas Boards (2 or 3 @ 11”X14” to 12”X16”), or paper for drawing and acrylics
  • Brushes
  • Small Sketchbook or drawing pad

Any additional materials of your choice such as watercolors, pastels, etc.

Learn the core theoretical traditions of color studying with chair of the painting department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The workshop will focus on the primary sources, traditions and practices of color in western oil painting. Lectures and demonstrations will be combined with studio exercises. Students will learn how color choices affect visual language and understand, mix, and apply the colors used in aesthetics such as Baroque tonal painting, observational color, Impressionist daylight painting, and Modernist and Expressionist color. Hands on painting will take place every day and students will accomplish a number of paintings by the end of the week.