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Online Class: Matisse: Color and Methods

Materials and Techniques / Online

Wednesdays, February 3–24, 6 – 8:10pm


Henri Matisse. Blue Still Life (detail), 1907. BF185. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

About the Class

This course examines the painting processes of one of the most influential artists of the early modern era. Through a series of talks and demonstrations that balance art history with technical information, we will study Matisse’s working methods, his palette, and his radical use of color at different moments in his career. We will also consider the impact of these innovations on other artists.

Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.


Henri Matisse. Blue Still Life, 1907. BF185. © 2020 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Al Gury

Gury is chair of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he teaches drawing, painting, and art history. A painter of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and figures, he exhibits at F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia and other galleries around the country. He is the author of three books on art and numerous articles published nationally and internationally.