How to Read a Painting - A Six Week Intensive

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 4:00pm to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:30pm

When: Thursdays, Sept. 24 - Oct. 29  4-5:30pm ET
Who: Kirstie Ruffatto 
Where: Online!


  • If signing up the day it begins, which is TODAY on September 24th, the link for the live class will be emailed to you around 3pm ET. If you register at or after 3pm ET, you may not receive the link until the following day.

Open to high school age through adults. Can't make the class live? Everyone who signs up will receive the recordings to watch later.

Kirstie Ruffatto is the illustrator of CiRCE's 30 Poems to Memorize (Before It's Too Late).

How to Read a Painting

In modern times, we encounter more art than ever on a daily basis but often don’t actually see it. As image bearers ourselves we are drawn to images--both in the creation of them and in the desire to be surrounded by them. But today we tend to miss the obvious, we’ve become so accustomed to images around us that we seldom contemplate them and have lost the language. We consume it the same way we consume everything else-- quickly and without contemplation. It is time to recover the language of art.

Just  as we must teach ourselves to read  literature in layers we have to learn how to open our eyes and see art. The best way to learn to read art is to start at the beginning. 

In this course, we will enter into the language of art through the genre of paintings. Through comparisons and discussions we will discuss not only the obvious --which is so very often overlooked--but will also discover what the language of the particular image is telling us about the natural and the supernatural, the real and the unreal, the seen and the unseen, the past and the future, the transitory and the eternal-- ultimately ourselves as image bearers. We’ll explore concepts such as color, line with gesture, symbolism, visual metaphors, and more.

This course is for high school students and adults who would like to learn more about the world of art and how to see rightly.

Topics: (subject to change)

Thursday Sept. 24: Emphasis/Focal Point

Thursday Oct. 1: Metaphor/ Symbolism

Thursday Oct. 8: Balance/ Rhythm

Thursday Oct. 15: Line

Thursday Oct. 22: Value

Thursday Oct. 29: Color


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