Weekend Workshops — Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17

Post-Conference Weekend Workshops
at the Boston Academy of Realist Art

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The Academy of Realist Art, Boston is an art school that teaches traditional art techniques in drawing classes as well as painting classes, using a curriculum that is modeled on 19th century French academies.

ARA is located at 112 South Street in Boston - about 30 minutes by public transportation from MassArt.

The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001  Graydon Parrish Oil on canvas, 18 ft x 7.5 ft, New Britain Museum of American Art

The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001
Graydon Parrish
Oil on canvas, 18 ft x 7.5 ft, New Britain Museum of American Art

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Munsell Color Mixing: Focus on Skin Tones

June 16 to June 17 (2 days)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch)
Cost: TBA
Instructor: Graydon Parrish

Many artists find the colors of flesh elusive.  After all, most can bring to mind ultramarine blue and cadmium yellow. Yet when it comes to flesh, many are left scratching their forehead.  Flesh tones are hard to describe. Luckily, the forehead can be studied in Munsell notation: hue, value and chroma.   This makes the task of identifying then mixing the color much easier.

Whether you choose high chroma colorants like cadmium orange and cobalt blue or lower chroma earth pigments like yellow ochre, burnt sienna and ivory black, you will need to address the facts at hand:  flesh occupies a specific area of Munsell color space. If the values are too light or dark, the chromas too high or low, or the hue too red or too yellow, the results will be less convincing. So, when in doubt, begin with the local color and work outwards, seeing how subsequent hues, values or chromas differ from the average.

Pre-requisite: Attendance at the Munsell Color Mixing Tutorial on Friday, June 15 with Graydon Parrish and Steve Linberg.
Parrish and Linberg don white lab coats and perform a “Bill Nye the Science Guy” schtick, playing off of each other with Parrish being the “art guy” and Linberg acting as the “theory guy” as they demonstrate how to use the Munsell Color System for accurate color mixing.

Graydon Parrish attended New York Academy of Art before graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. An internationally acclaimed artist, his paintings combine classical and contemporary realism.

Steve Linberg



Gordon's Bay
David Briggs

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Practical Color Theory for Paint and Pixels

June 16 to June 17 (2 days)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch)
Cost: TBA
Instructor: David Briggs

Along with the Tuesday afternoon workshop Dimensions of Color for Artists, this workshop will demonstrate ways of presenting many aspects of our current understanding of color for an audience of art students and artists. Together these sessions will cover most of the illustrated lecture content from what is normally a five-day workshop, together with demonstrations and examples of the practical exercises. The weekend workshop will consist of four parts: (1) paints and paint-mixing paths in Munsell space, (2) trichromacy, opponency, "color mixing" and "primary colors", (3) object-color constancy and painting light and atmosphere, and (4) digital color spaces and digital painting.

Prerequisite: Attendance at the Dimensions of Color for Artists workshop on Tuesday, June 12. 

Dr David Briggs is a painter and teacher of painting, life drawing, anatomy and colour at the Julian Ashton Art School and the National Art School, Sydney. His classes specifically on color have included “Theories of Colour”, a Bachelor of Fine Arts lecture course on the theory and historical practice of color in the Art History and Theory Department at the National Art School, “Traditional and Modern Colour Theory”, a Public Programs course primarily for secondary school teachers also at the National Art School, and a long running workshop “Colour, Light and Vision” at the Julian Ashton Art School. David is the author of a website on modern colour theory for painters, “The Dimensions of Colour” (2007- ; huevaluechroma.com) and has contributed to publications including the chapter “Colour Spaces” in the forthcoming “Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour”. David is currently serving a term as Chairperson of the New South Wales Division of the Colour Society of Australia (2015-)


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Exploring Color Palettes: Still Life Studies

June 16 (1 day)
9:30 to 4:30 (1 hour lunch)
Cost: TBA
Instructor: Kristina Carroll

This workshop will explore various color palettes, while focusing on the three main components of COLOR (Value, Hue, and Chroma) in Still Life Painting. We will work with each component of color individually through small studies, and then tie them all together during longer painting sessions. The goal of the workshop is to encourage you to explore color by doing quick studies of the same still life in three different limited palettes.

  • Earth Palette - to explore value
  • Classical Palette - to explore hue
  • Modern Palette - to explore chroma

The workshop will start with a lecture demonstration on Color Space, pigment history, and color palettes. There will be color-mixing and painting demonstrations throughout the workshop. Most of the workshop, however, will be painting time to put these concepts into practice.

Kristina Carroll is an award winning illustrator and fine artist. She specializes in art with a Fantastic, Surrealist and Symbolist aesthetic with a focus in Figurative work. While she loves many medias, oil and charcoal are her preferred weapons of choice and she strives to master both the art of color and black and white imagery. Kristina has discovered a second love in education and has taught a variety of art and illustration courses at several universities. In addition to teaching traditional classes, she works with Strathmore Artist Papers and Gamblin Oil Paints running workshops in colleges all around the New England area.