Color for Painters w/Al Gury

Monday-Friday | 6/17-6/21 | 9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.


As an artist Al strives to integrate a number of elements in his work: richness in the use paint and color, poetry and expression in the creation and choice of images of images, and strength in the technical execution and process of executing the paintings and drawings.

Al’s influences come from both art history and the contemporary world: baroque figure painters such as Ribera and Zurburan have been important influences, along with tonalist and colorist landscape painters such as Inness and the Pennsylvania Impressionists. Contemporary observational painting is balanced by a strong sense conceptual and social content.

3 interesting facts about Al Gury:

#1- He was one of Juliette Aristides’ instructors.

#2- He is the Chair of Painting at PAFA, this is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, this is the oldest art school in America.

#3- He has written several books, including one on Color Theory.

Live Model
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
Become inspired by the primary sources, traditions, and practices of color in western oil painting. We 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.