Color for Painters: Renaissance Palette (online)

Come try your painting hand with the colors and strategies of the Renaissance. Combined with closeup photographs of historical examples, this exploration of painting’s past will surprise you with its continuing relevance and possibilities. The use of layering paints and preparing grounds will be covered, along with understanding the philosophical and color-enhancing effects of darkness, as well as some of the symbolism attributed to color then vs. now.

What you will learn:

  • Colors and reasons for grounds

  • Layering instead of mixing complementaries, especially green and red

  • The role of black

  • Tonal drawing in color

  • Colors you thought were modern

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for fall term assistance is Monday, August 29th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Friday, September 2nd.

Required Supplies:

John recommends oil paints for this course, but acrylic paints would also be acceptable. If you wish to use acrylic paints, please use Golden Open Acrylics, which have a slow drying time, at least for your underpainting colors.


  • Titanium white (true experimenters might use flake white)
  • Naples yellow
  • Yellow ochre
  • Raw sienna
  • Burnt sienna
  • Cadmium red hue
  • Quinacridone red
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Terre verde
  • Viridian
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt umber
  • Ivory black
  • Paint brushes: hogs hair bristle flat # 10, flat #8, round # 4, round #2; synthetic brush round #2
  • Supports: gessoed canvas, canvas paper, gessoboard, or birch panel (8 X 10 inches to 16 X 20)
  • Refined linseed oil
  • Odorless turpenoid
  • Container for mediums
  • Paper towels
  • Wooden Palette or palette paper


  • For acrylic painters: a Sta-Wet palette is recommended