Inspired by the Masters: Painting the sky

Subject: Painting
Dates: 23 September 2019 - 27 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Radu Leon
Full price
£ 385

How did Western artists translate their experiences of the heavens into art? From flickering starry nights and stormy clouds to radiant sunrises and serene sunsets, this practical course retraces techniques used by early modern and modern European artists. We will also explore the symbolism and spiritual charge informing the depiction of the sky.

Begin with a museum visit discussions in front of inspiring examples. Guided by your tutor, view painted skies by Italian Renaissance, 17th Century Dutch and 18th Century British and Venetian masters.

Over the following days, the tutor will demonstrate techniques, and introduce exercises of increasing difficulty. These are all intended to improve the students' power of observation and technical command of the media.

Through contemplation, students will be able to focus on what they see, not on what they know. In doing so, we will look at nature afresh and reconnect with it through our practice, while completing a painting of the sky.

The media used on this course are traditional Western drawing media: pen and ink, gouache, and pastels.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring?

Students are asked to bring their own round sable brushes, in sizes 1, 3, 5. Click to view an example.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Date & Time Location
23 Sept, 10:30 - 17:30 Museum visit, venue TBC
24 - 27 Sept, 10:30 - 17:30 The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

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Tutor biography

Dr Radu Leon

Radu Leon earned a PhD in History of Arts in Venice, after having previously received an academic education in film and visual arts. He had training in TV Journalism from the BBC. His paintings and drawings were exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Private Views in favour of Marie Curie Cancer Care (2013-2017), at the Mall Galleries in the Pastel Society UK Annual Exhibition (2011), in the 'Venice in Peril' exhibitions at the W.H. Patterson Gallery (2012) and at The Osborne Studio Gallery (2015), and in the shows of the Société des Pastellistes de France (2013-2014).