Oil Painting: Methods and Materials

Subject: Painting
Dates: 17 February 2020 - 21 February 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: David Cranswick
Full Option
£ 385

This course offers a thorough understanding in the disciplines and skills developed by master painters of the Renaissance.

Progress, step by step, through the various disciplines of classical painting techniques.  Learning how to make oil paint from natural pigments, then how to prepare an under-painting in grisailles, a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour. .

Continue by exploring tonal composition and theory, the history and origin of pigments, colour theory and mixing colour, chiaroscuro, glazing recipes mediums and waxes, painting with a limited palette, coloured glazes and over-painting techniques.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolment to run.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

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?

Please your own brushes:

Classic filbert brushes, sizes 1-6

Pure Kolinsky sable designer brushes, series 22, Sizes 2, 3 and 4

Paint palette with wells & 2 large glass jam jars

All other materials will be provided.

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.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

Tutor biography

David Cranswick

David Cranswick, PhD, 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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