Renaissance Style Figure Drawing & Painting
Fridays, Jan. 19th thru Mar. 8th - 10 am - 1 pm (8 weeks course)
Now on Youtube, you can preview the introductory lecture to this course and get an idea of what it is all about. The video has already had tens of thousands of views.
Youtube Video: Venetian Figure Painting
This studio course aims at reconnecting with the academic tradition of Western Art. The Late Renaissance Venetian development of Indirect Oil Painting, light over dark, was pivotal to that tradition. Virtually every European painting, up until the Impressionists, was some variation on the Venetian technique. This Painting course takes a structured, step-by-step, approach through the three tiers of Indirect Painting: drawing, value, and color. The focus is on the order of painting: glazing dark over light and scumbling light over dark. The course project explores classical closed-form and Baroque chiaroscuro effect. From a live nude model in a single pose, students will first create a working drawing on paper, transfer it to canvas and finally create a finished painting. This unique course is challenging but equally fun and rewarding. It covers material rarely found elsewhere. When you have finished you will never look at master paintings the same way again.
We take students at all levels and will work with you to achieve artistic excellence. Many students repeat this class multiple times in order to improve their skills and reach their artistic goals.
Painting in the Style of the Venetian Masters - Art X424.2 - Reg 357917
(to be scheduled)
Check the UCLA Extension website for schedule and enrollment: www.uclaextension.edu
This studio course aims at reconnecting with the academic tradition of Western Art. The Late Renaissance Venetian development of Indirect Oil Painting, light over dark, was pivotal to that tradition. Virtually every European painting, up until the Impressionists, was some variation on the Venetian technique. This Painting course takes a structured, step-by-step, approach through the three tiers of Indirect Painting: drawing, value, and color. The focus is on the order of painting: glazing dark over light and scumbling light over dark. The course projects explore classical closed-form and Baroque chiaroscuro effect. Students will paint a copy from a master, a portrait, and a live model. This unique course is challenging but equally fun and rewarding. It covers material rarely found elsewhere. The instructor will mentor the students according their level of experience and artistic objectives. He will help the students build artistic strengths in the time-honored spirit of the artists’ atelier.
Classical Drawing Art X427.23
to be scheduled
Check the UCLA Extension website for schedule and enrollment: https://www.uclaextension.edu
Drawing is the foundation of all art making. If you can measure, you can learn to draw! The aim of this beginning course is to link up with the classical academic tradition. Western art has long followed a rigorously disciplined path towards idealized representation as the fundamental building block of artistic expression. The aim of this course is for students to experience the technical rigor of that tradition. Working first from art plaster casts, students explore the essentials of line, form and value, and then move on to more complex human forms. Finally the students will work from a live model. Students will also work on great master copies to learn how to instill life, mood, and emotion into a composition. The course covers the various aspects of comparative, and relational, and structural measuring to achieve accurate representation.
Alla Prima Workshop
at the Blue Rooster Art Supply Store
to be scheduled
(323) 302-5613 - BlueRoosterArtSupplies.com -4661 Hollywood Blvd.
We are excited to offer this special one day Portrait Oil Painting workshop with Master Painter, Thomas Garner. Whether you are a complete beginner or want to strengthen your artistic skills, this is one work shop you won’t want to miss! Thomas was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. He will guide you through the time-honored secrets of the masters essential to creating a portrait in the classical Chiaroscuro style in a single day. We will start by talking about prepping your canvas and the palette. Working from a live model, there will be an hour demo to get you started. Before breaking for lunch you will focus on the under-painting. In the afternoon Thomas will demo the color stage and you will concentrate completing your painting using alla prima, direct painting techniques with rich colors and bravura brush strokes.
Eighteenth Century Portraiture
Course in Development
Eighteenth Century painting was similar to our own moment in art history in that they were interested in rediscovering the techniques of the old masters. This seems surprising to us as we see them as "old masters". But they didn't see it that way. Joshua Reynolds was one of the most prolific and articulate experimenters of his time. They were all of course influenced by the indirect methods of the Italian masters. But I surprised to discover that Reynold's technique was in a certain sense the flip side of the typical Venetian technique in that he worked from cool to warm as opposed to warm to cool. The results were equally rich. Below is a copy of a Reynolds portrait (a detail) that follows the progression of his technique. He starts with a cool gray ground. The first four steps use only black, white, and carmine. Only towards the end does he introduce yellow ocher, Naples yellow, vermilion and Prussian blue for the back ground. He famously used abundant megilp and wax mediums and bitumen, some times to disastrous effect for conservators