Dutch Still Life Painting

Subject: Painting
Dates: 25 November 2019 - 29 November 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr David Cranswick
Full Price
£ 385

Learn the painting methods of Dutch masters of still-life; how they constructed a tonal composition using traditional oil glazes, over which they applied fine layers of pure colour, using a combined method of painting egg tempera into oil paint.

Students will be taught the working methods of the 17th century Dutch school. Students will learn how to make their own oil paints using a muller and stone slab; they will learn how to compose a design in monochrome and develop a tonal underpainting.

Using a traditional glazing recipe students will learn the classical method of building up the painting in layers of glaze by which the colours are established in a layering system. Students will then be taught how the Dutch masters perfected a method of achieving fine detail through the use of tempera grassa, a recipe developed in Italy 150 years earlier. By this method of painting egg into oil artists were able to achieve a degree of fineness of detail as well as beautiful sfumato effects, hitherto impossible to achieve in a purely oil technique.

Avoid wearing:

  • Baggy clothing (especially sleeves)
  • Loose jewellery
  • Short sleeve t-shirts (when there is a chance of contact with hazardous materials)
  • High heels or open toed shoes
  • Health & Safety

    When mixing pigments:

  • Wear the dusk mask provided by the tutor
  • These masks are disposable masks and are intended to be used for a day at most
  • Wear disposable nitrile gloves should be worn
  • Tutors and students must wash their hands and forearms regularly to avoid cross contamination ie. after mixing pigments before eating, drinking, smoking, using the telephone or going to the toilet.
  • Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.

    What should I bring?

    If you have a subject or master work in mind, please bring it to class and speak with your tutor regarding the practicality of the painting for the time available and your level of experience.


    Ultimate Bristle Filberts sizes 1 - 6 from Rosemary & Co.

    Series 22 pure kolinsky sable numbers 1, 2 and 3 from Rosemary & Co.

    Paint palette with wells

    2 empty glass jam jars

    Who is this course for?

    All levels of ability and experience welcome.

    What days do I attend?

    Monday - Friday

    Do you offer concessions?

    Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

    To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

    By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

    Tutor biography

    Dr David Cranswick

    David Cranswick trained at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He received a doctorate for his research into traditional painting materials and techniques in 1999 through The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. David has taught traditional painting materials and techniques since 1979. He is an MA tutor at the School and is also a PhD supervisor and examiner.

    Dr Cranswick is currently writing a book on traditional painting techniques and their underlying craft practices as expressed through the Alchemical tradition.

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