In this three-day oil painting workshop, you will be introduced to the painting practices of three turn-of-the-20th-century masters – Zorn (Sweden), Sorolla (Spain), and Sargent (America/Italy). These painters used style as technique, oscillating between the grand manner derived from Classical Realism, and a looser bravura style that leaned more towards Impressionism.
Each student will select one master painting to copy in order to learn their methods and techniques. Copying master paintings is a standard atelier approach to learning the skills of oil painting, and one that has been practised by all of the Old Masters.
In this workshop, you will learn some of the principles of academic oil painting as well as the alla prima style employed by these master painters, covering topics such as gesture, proportion and the subtle and accurate use of colour. As well as pre-mixing colours and values on the palette, you will also be shown how to mix on the canvas, wet-in-wet, and learn how to recreate the expressive and painterly effects used by Zorn and his contemporaries. Colour and brushwork will play a very important role in these paintings, and you will receive detailed instruction about Zorn’s limited palette as well as colour theory in general.
The entire process will be illustrated through a cohesive step-by-step procedure designed to enhance the student’s ability to render the human form.
– Capture the initial impression and design
– Plan your painting effectively
– Mix colour on the palette and on the canvas (wet-in-wet)
– Create realistic flesh tones
– Vary brushwork and handle transitions and edges
– Set up the Zorn colour palette
Instructor: Adrian Cooke
Medium: Oil Paint
Class Size: 12 max. (limited places)
Price: € 300 Discount: € 270 (before 29 February)