Quoting from the workshops descriptions:
"The old masters were masters of design. Despite their preference for realistic subject matter, their paintings are full of abstract visual principles. In this workshop, through study and discussion of paintings old and new, students will learn to recognize and incorporate within their own work over a dozen vital visual elements that are essential to good painting. Practical experience is gained through a score of hands-on exercises. A photography session will show you how to create visually strong reference photographs that already look like beautifully designed paintings. Students also are encouraged to bring work of their own for discussion and critique."We are also requested to select images of paintings that we are attracted to. I am collecting a few from the web, mainly in the area of Dutch paintings. Soon to arrive is Dutch Painting, 1600-1800 by Prof. Seymour Slive. I've been especially fond of the work of Gerrit Dou. Depending on how well he is represented, I may spring for a copy of exclusively his work. Also needed is a trip to the MFA for viewing, inspiration, and possibly shopping for images in that wonderful book shop/gift store.