Part of the Program: Adult Classes and Workshops

THE EVOLUTION OF PAINTING (online): Exploring How and Why Great Paintings Affect Us

10:00 am
12:00 pm
From the comfort and safety of your home

These classes are designed for both students of painting and those who simply enjoy looking at paintings. In this series, Paul DuSold explores how and why great paintings affect us emotionally and spiritually! Viewers watch as Paul recreates a master painting from start to finish, and sees how the qualities of color, shape, texture, light and space engage the imagination. 

Paul describes every step of his experience walking in the footsteps of the artist who created the original, demonstrating how a painting goes from a blank canvas to a finished masterpiece. Watching this process provides viewers with a much greater understanding of the painting! Context of social and aesthetic history will also be discussed. Participants are able to ask questions at the end of each session.

The paintings Paul copies are both European and American masterpieces, historical and contemporary, representational and abstract, including the work of contemporary Philadelphia artists. Each copy will develop over three weeks. 

Starting September 16, Paul will be focusing on 17th century portraits by copying Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Velasquez and Vermeer. The underlying theme in this group is the progress of the individual in European society.

On December 9th, Paul will create a copy of a painting by Christine Lafuente, who will join in the meeting.  Christine is a graduate of PAFA and exhibits at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia.  On December 16th, Christine will give us a virtual studio tour and slide presentation of her work.


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    The Museum's outdoor sculpture, grounds, and Straw Journey remain available to visitors observing social distancing.