Learning from the Masters: Historical Techniques

DayTimeCourse NameInstructorTuition
500 - Friday9:30am - 12:30Learning from the Masters: Historical TechniquesLauren Rosenblum$350
  • This class is open to all levels and ages; it is an ideal way for beginners to learn sound oil-painting basics, and intermediate and advanced students to sharpen their understanding of historical practices and techniques. Beginning students are introduced to basic oil-painting materials and methods and focus on fundamental techniques, starting with an underpainting known as grisaille.
    Intermediate and advanced student focus on historical painting methods—including Verdaccio, Venetian/Grisaille, and Flemish/Bister—used by the great masters.

    The techniques are taught sequentially, so that students can gain a sufficient understanding of each painting method by completing a master-copy painting in that manner. The instructor patiently guides each student with lectures, individual critiques, and demos. Students are encouraged to move at their own individual
    pace, and all levels of experience are welcome.

    • A small jar of gesso for priming the board
    • Linseed stand oil / Liquin
    • Gamsol
    • Palette, jar or cup for Gamsol

    Oil Paint Colors (*I use Utrecht and Gamblin):

    • Greenish Umber*
    • Terra Verte*
    • Titanium White
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Raw Umber
    • Burnt Umber

    Bring a small tube of Acrylic Burnt Sienna for the first glaze; this will dry quickly and allow you to start working.
    Brushes: Bring a range of sizes and be sure to include some smaller, finer sizes.

    Intermediate to Advanced Students working on Master copies—in addition to the above materials, please do the following:

    • Choose a painting from the early Renaissance period (15th Century)
    • Choose a size and bring a pre-cut masonite board that size.
    • Bring in a photocopy print of the painting you are rendering on Photo paper (actual size): a black-and-white copy for tracing (regular copy paper). It is also helpful to print it out in monochromatic color (green, regular copy paper). This will help you stay focused on the values for the underpainting.