Friday, March 22, 2013

2013 Summer Workshops

Traditional Methods of Making Paint, 

Panel and Canvas

2 Days, June 29th and 30th, 10:00-5:00, one hour lunch break
Cost: $280 (materials included)

Instructor: Leo Mancini-Hresko

Leo Mancini-Hresko teaches how to make and work with traditional painting materials, whether hand-ground paints, archival gesso panels, oil-primed linen canvases, mediums, oils or varnishes. Leo has experience working with both beginner and advanced artists who want to take their process into their own hands. After years of teaching materials at The Florence Academy of Art and in his own studio, Leo has an intimate understanding of how the materials used in painting affect your process.

This workshop will comprise of both extensive lecturing and hands-on practice.  Each student will be worked with individually, and will create their own hand-ground paint, gesso panels and linen canvases - processes that they will easily be able to replicate in their own studios.  

Basic Outline-

Day 1- Pigment History, Oils, Paint Rheology.  Group will 'grind' paint, and will begin talk on Rabbit Skin Glue and Supports.

Day 2- Flexible/Rigid Supports, Linen, Panel, Metal Supports.  Group will make Gesso Panels and Canvas, and talk on Mediums and Varnishes.

Leo began his studies in 1999 at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.  During a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, Leo found The Florence Academy of Art, where he began studies in 2001.
After graduating in 2005, Leo was asked to stay on at the school, first as an instructor and subsequently director of the school’s drawing program for sculptors.  Additionally, Leo taught regular courses in plein-air landscape painting and artist materials until leaving the school in 2011.
Having left his 19th-Century painting studio in Florence, Leo has relocated to his native Massachusetts, now working and teaching from his studio in an old mill building in Waltham, MA.
Whether working en plein-air or in the studio Leo works with traditional materials, his own hand-ground paints, canvases and oils.
Leo’s paintings can be found in private collections worldwide.
To learn more about Leo and  his work, go to:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Open House with Events

Please join us on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:00am to 8:00pm to learn about our program, tour our facilities, and view student as well as instructor work.

Scheduled Events:

11:00 - 2:00  Instructor Garrett Vitanza opens his studio while working on the initial stages of a Velazquez Master Copy in paint.

To learn more about Garrett's Velazquez Master Copy workshop, go to:

3:00 - 5:00   Instructor Stephen Kivimaki demos the beginning stages of portrait drawing in graphite.

6:00 - 8:00   Instructor Sean Krajnik lectures on the Munsell Color Order System and how it applies to seeing color relationships, organizing the palette and mixing pigments.

To learn more about Sean's Thursday night Color Lab Class, go to:

All events are free and open to the public.