Monday, July 29, 2013

Velazquez Master Copy Workshop photos

In this two week workshop, students selected and replicated a Velazquez painting, using the methods and materials that Velazquez used.

Working on a rough hemp like surface, students started the painting by establishing the "scheme" or "dry-brush" using burnt umber. From the dry-brush stage students then began to establish the color field of the painting. Students mixed an oil drying medium into their paint applying semi-transparent passages of color over the dry-brush creating what appears to be a tinted under-drawing.

Once the semi-transparent color field was established the class proceeded to render the subjects with a "fat" paint mixture (generous amount of linseed oil). This "building up" stage brings the subjects close to their final state. All that was left was the "retouch" or "Second Painting" stage, delicate painting into "couches" and applying glazes to achieve subtle blending effects.

Lectures and demos were provided to the class throughout the course to ensure students knew the goal and purpose of each stage.

Students went away with a breadth of knowledge including book recommendations, comprehensive information about oil painting materials, Old Master painting methods, theories and applications.

Palette: Titanium White, Vermillion (or Cad Red), Iron Oxide Brown, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Naples yellow,  Cadmium orange, Ivory Black,  Ultramarine Blue, Terra Rosa

Mediums: Walnut Alkyd Dryer, Calcium Carbonate, Linseed Oil

Garrett's Demo for the workshop:

A sample of the student's works:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Workshop offering: Long Pose Figure Painting with Hege Elisabeth Haugen

30 hours from the nude model
Guest Instructor: Hege Elisabeth Haugen
5 days, August 5th - 9th, 10:00 - 5:00 (one hour lunch) 
Cost $575 

This course will explore painting the figure with methods from the Ateliers and Academies of the 19th century. There will be one pose throughout the course allowing a focused study of the different stages, from construction, through the effect of light, towards a finished presentation of the human figure. The sight size method will be explained and demonstrated along with other essential elements such as the use of palette and color sketch, the block in stage and the design of half tone shapes.

Contact us to reserve your spot today!

About Hege

Hege Elisabeth Haugen has exhibited throughout Europe, participating in both group and juried shows from the Haugar Vestfold Museum of Art Tönsberg, Norway – who subsequently decided to expand their permanent collection with a piece from her exhibition, to the ‘Immortal Works’ at the Hall of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden as well as the Florence Academy of Art Alumni Exhibition at the Corsini Palace Stables, Florence, Italy. She is currently presented by Galerie Michael, Los Angeles. Hege Elisabeth Haugen was born in Norway in 1979.

 She studied with Odd Nerdrum between 1999-2001 and spend her summers at Odd Nerdrum Painters Community in Norway, Iceland and France from 1998-2008. In 2003 she enrolled in the Florence Academy of Art, Italy and graduated in 2006, after which she became the Principal Instructor of Drawing at the newly founded Swedish branch of the Florence Academy of Art in 2007.

 In 2010 Hege Elisabeth was offered the position as Principle Instructor for Painting by the Florence Academy of Art, Florence, where she lives today.