How to Read a Painting - A Six Week Intensive

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

This class has already started, but you can still sign up through October 8th! You will receive a recording of the first class to view.

When: Thursdays, Sept. 30 - Nov. 4, 2021 4-5:30 pm ET
Who: Kirstie Ruffatto 
Where: Online!

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. 30: Emphasis/Focal Point

Thursday Oct. 7: Metaphor/ Symbolism

Thursday Oct. 14: Line

Thursday Oct. 21: Metaphor/ Symbolism Pt II

Thursday Oct. 28: Color

Thursday Nov. 4: Metaphor/Symbolism Pt. III


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