3 days / 70+ speakers
80+ lectures, seminars, and workshops
National Symposium for Classical Education

Phoenix Convention Center
February 22-24, 2023
Cana Academy

Mary Loughran

Mary Frances Loughran serves as Cana Academy’s Director of Writing and as a Master Teacher, specializing in teaching writing and leading seminars on imaginative literature, philosophy, and history.

Additionally, she specializes in education for disadvantaged students. For 35 years Mary Frances has taught and consulted in schools with an emphasis on classic humanities.


Learning to Attend
Tradition is a handing down, a great transfer. Across the centuries one generation surrenders a common heritage to the next. By handing down our shared tradition, our forebears free us by situating our lives together—with them, with each other, and with the generations to whom we pass on our culture. Placing ourselves at the feet of master artists we learn to see better as they surrender to us their vision. The greatest artists help us to see more of the world—what we could not see except for what they see.

Great art points us in the direction of the infinite and reveals to us our longing for the infinite, the eternal verities, the unchanging vision of what it means to be alive in a world not created by us but made more beautiful by our choices.

This workshop will explore several ways that artists use traditional tools and symbols to teach us something about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Participants will view and discuss a selection of masterworks, including paintings from Perugino, Crivelli, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Homer, and Wyeth.