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Design Basics in Contemporary Art

What makes a work of art work? This conversational one-hour tour will focus on design concepts to explore the ideas and principles that make a painting or sculpture beautiful, intriguing, or impactful. 

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (born 1917), Blue Savanna, 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Susan Neal.

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna (detail), 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Gail Beals.

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna (detail), 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Gail Beals.

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna (detail), 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Susan Neal.

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna (detail), 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Geri Bassett.

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna (detail), 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Philip Printz.

Image: Dahlov Ipcar (United States, born 1917), Blue Savanna (detail), 1978, oil on canvas, 36 1/16 x 50 1/4 inches, Gift of the artist, 1987.58.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Kathy Remmel.

Image: Winslow Homer (United States, 1836-1910), Weatherbeaten (detail), 1894, oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 48 3/8 inches. Bequest of Charles Shipman Payson, 1988.55.1.

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Susan Neal.

Image: Winslow Homer (United States, 1836-1910), Weatherbeaten (detail), 1894, oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 48 3/8 inches. Bequest of Charles Shipman Payson, 1988.55.1

PMA Highlights Tour

Explore the best of the PMA collection with docent Chris Merrill.

Image: Gilbert Stuart (United States, 1755-1828), Major General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829),