Make Color Work

With Jo Hay. Tuesday-Friday, April 19 – 22, 9am-4:30pm. Members: $380, Non-Members: $400.

This lively and rigorous 4-day painting class will focus intently on understanding color and how to make it work optimally for any style of painting.

Beginning with specific exercises that cover the importance of tone in painting and color mixing and handling, the class also studies the importance of drawing in painting and the power of composition. A solid understanding and awareness of the importance of palette set-up, brush size and paint application will also be covered to support experimentation outside of the usual way of working. Students will be encouraged to learn from each other in the group environment and to participate in class discussions. The goal of this class is for all students to greatly increase their ability to control the impact that color can have in their work. Oil paint is preferred, including water based oil paint. All levels are welcome.


Jo Hay is a contemporary British American portrait painter. She received the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant 2010 sponsored in part by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and the New York Academy of Art Portrait Scholarship 2011. She was a semi-finalist in the BP Portrait Award 2015 at the National Gallery in London and was a finalist in Art For Freedom A Global Initiative curated by Madonna.

Hay was a subject of the documentary She is Juiced by British director Lois Norman and screened at Tate Modern in 2017.In 2017 Hay began the ongoing project Persisters, comprised of large-scale portrait paintings representing contemporary, trailblazing women in their pursuit of justice. In 2019, a solo exhibition of the Persisters series was shown at The Provincetown Commons. Her portraits of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vice President Kamala Harris were exhibited at PAAM in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

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