2013 SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Traditional Methods of Making Paint, Panels and Canvas
2 Days, June 29th and 30th, 10:00-5:00, one hour lunch Cost $280 (materials included) Deposit $75
Instructor: Leo Mancini-Hresko
Leo Mancini-Hresko teaches how to make and work with traditional painting materials - whether hand-ground paints, archival gesso panels, oil-primed linen canvases, mediums, oils or varnishes. Leo has experience working with both beginner and advanced artists who want to take their process into their own hands. After years of teaching materials at The Florence Academy of Art and in his own studio, Leo has an intimate understanding of how the materials used in painting affect your process.
This workshop will comprise of both extensive lecturing and hands-on practice. Each student will be worked with individually, and will create their own hand-ground paint, gesso panels and linen canvases - processes that they will easily be able to replicate in their own studios.
Day 1- Pigment History, Oils, Paint Rheology. Group will 'grind' paint, and will begin talk on Rabbit Skin Glue and Supports.
Day 2- Flexible/Rigid Supports, Linen, Panel, metal Supports. Group will make Gesso Panels and Canvas, and talk on Mediums and Varnishes.
In the Studio of Velazquez FINAL DAY TO ENROLL - JUNE 1st.
10 days, July 8th - 19th 10:00 - 5:00, one hour lunch break Cost: $1150.00 Deposit $300.00
Instructor: Garrett Vitanza
This class will explore the painting method of Velazquez from his early period in Spain and Italy, to his later period painting for the Spanish court. A lecture series and day to day demonstrations will provide an in depth understanding of Velazquez's technique, painting surfaces, palette choices, and thought process in composing his paintings. With this knowledge students will then produce a master copy from a selection of high resolution images of Velazquez's work. The workshop will also offer demos on stretching and preparing surfaces in traditional methods and other basic technical skill utilized by Velazquez and other old master to provide a necessary understanding of the fundamentals for traditional oil painting.
Painting by: Christina Mastrangelo
Still Life Painting
10 Days, July 22nd - August 2nd 10:00 - 5:00, one hour lunch break. Cost: $1150.00 Deposit $300.00
Instructor: Christina Mastrangelo, 2nd place winner in the Still Life Category of the Portrait Society of America's 2012 Members Only Competition, for her piece, The Last Dance.
Students will learn how to approach an oil painting from start to finish. We start with drawing the still life in the sight-size method, transfer it to canvas, and paint in layers until the objects have form and detail. This course teaches traditional atelier-style methods, from using a campitura, to dead color, first painting, and second painting, all working from life. Demonstrations will be given on the layout & methodical uses of the full-color palette, as well as lectures and handouts on mediums, steps of the process, hue/value/chroma, color mixing, palette care, and varnishing. The goal of the course is to understand the observational painting process and come away with a realistic still-life painting.
This course is recommended for artists looking to create more realistic work. Prior experience with painting in oil is not necessary. This is a very logical, academic course; everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject from life.
Student work from Christina's previous workshop
The Self Portrait: Artist as Model
10 days, August 5th - 16th 10:00-5:00, one hour lunch break Cost: $1150.00 Deposit $300.00
Instructor: Emanuela De Musis
During his life, Rembrandt completed at least seventy self portraits. These drawings, etchings and oil paintings created a diary of his life and served as tools of experimentation and promotion.
Using history as inspiration, this ten day workshop will open with a presentation of various self portraits and a discussion of their motivations and themes. This will aid the student in choosing a composition for their autobiography. More than other genres, the self portrait demands that the artist reflect not only on the self, but how to present this self to others.
Moving into the studio, students will begin a cartoon in graphite. This is a preliminary sketch that establishes proportion, gesture and the correct grouping of light and dark. This important phase creates a solid structure. Using a light table, the students will transfer the cartoon to toned paper and the drawing will continue in graphite and chalk where rendering techniques accurately capture delicacy of form and quality of flesh. Through the articulation of subtle plane changes and correct value assignments, the students will move towards a naturalistic and volumetric drawing.
The instructor will provide individual critiques, demos and lectures.
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Color Lab: Flesh Tones
10 days, August 19th - 30th, 10:00 - 5:00, one hour lunch break, Cost $1150.00 (plus $50 Materials Fee) Deposit $300.00
Instructor: Sean Krajnik
Color is an indispensable tool for painters. Mastery of color unlocks freedom and control over one's ability to solve color problems.
Painting accurate flesh tones is a demanding task for beginners. A key problem may lie in lacking a complete understanding of the principles of color. Once they have been understood, artists can move on to express ideas in painting with control and freedom. Let us inquire about the language of color, the nature of color, and acquire mastery over flesh tones.
This class is designed to aid students in understanding the fundamental principles of color, particularly how it applies to painting flesh. Using modern color science as well as color measuring tools such as the Munsell Book of Color and a spectrophotometer, students can explore color more deeply. It is designed to demystify the creation of flesh tones and managing the challenges they bring. Students will progress through fundamental lessons that start with mixing and organizing a flesh tone palette, then painting geometric shapes that are flesh colored, followed by a color study of a selected print of a female model.
Lectures, painting demonstrations and reference material are given throughout the workshop.
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Nathaniel Allen, Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Visual Studies, Andrew College - “The workshop caused some drastic changes in the way I approach my painting classes and my paintings in general. I made all my students complete one sight-size drawing or painting in the first half of this semester before they could do anything else. It has definitely worked to their advantage. After the workshop I immediately started another painting, a portrait of my Mother, something I had been uncomfortable with doing for many years, and using what I learned in the workshop I was able to get it done in 10 days…”
Jason Keener - “Thanks so much for putting on a great workshop. I had a really good time and learned so much.”