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October 2-5, 2019 9:30 - 4:30
This workshop is inspired by the Dutch Breakfast Still Life (Ontbijtjes). This type of still life painting developed in the 17th century and while the word “ontbijtjes” is Dutch for breakfast, it was more thought of as “a light meal taken at any time of day”.
The Breakfast Still Life is characterized by the display of everything from common everyday foods and items to rare delicacies and luxury goods such as roemers (wine glasses), silver/gold goblets, and chinese porcelain bowls. Still life paintings in this genre ranged from small and simple to large and complex with a variety of meanings, both literal and symbolic. The range of meanings included straight forward tributes to nature and finely crafted wares to moral and religious warnings against excess.
The paintings were created using very specific procedures. They first executed a careful and accurate line drawing of the scene. This drawing was transferred to canvas or a panel and then toned a light gray or brown. The artist then completed the dead coloring (dood-verf) which was a transparent underpainting that would establish the general tones and colors needed to describe each object. Some artists did their dead coloring with full color and some did it with just brown and white. We will use the latter method and limit our palette to brown and white. Once this layer is dry, the process of “working up” (opwerken) began. In this stage, the artist precisely defined each form to completion. They were careful “not to apply paint too heavily, but thin and sparingly, elegantly laid, glowing and pure.” If, when this layer dried, some revisions and final touches were needed, they would do it at this time. There were, of course, different interpretations and versions of this method, but generally, most of the still life artists of that time period worked in some variation of the previously described process.
Due to the time limitations and the importance of experiencing the entire production process, I want everyone’s still life to be simple. The size of the painting should be between 8×10 and 11×14. I recommend you choose a few pieces of produce (lemons, oranges, grapes, olives, etc.) with a bowl, plate or cup, etc. Metal objects (steel, silver, pewter, copper) are great but avoid high polish. Bread works well too and comes in many varieties. You can also include a piece of fabric, such as a white napkin or tablecloth. If your fabric has a pattern, it should not be too complex.
We will spend the first day setting up our compositions, drawing and transferring. The second day will be used to complete the grisailles. The remainder of time will be spent completing each part with color. Justin will work with everyone individually throughout the week. All levels welcome although some prior experience drawing and painting is helpful.
One-Day Workshop, October 19, 10am - 4pm
This intensive one-day workshop will introduce the scientific principles of color mixing in oil paint, so that you can confidently mix colors with accuracy and understand why mixing works the way it does. This workshop is a highly distilled version of the Classical Lab / Graydon Parrish Color Mixing Course, which is normally a 2-week class, but it presents the same core concepts and methods (just a lot less practice). The class starts with a lecture about basic color science and the problems faced by artists trying to control color, and a brief introduction to the Munsell color system, which provides the vocabulary and framework for the class, and then moves on to color mixing, starting with a short demo, and then hands-on mixing challenges for the remainder of the day.
Students should bring their own paints - whatever they have and can comfortably carry, no specific colors or brands are required. They should bring a mixing surface (palette, disposable palettes, a sheet of window glass, or whatever they normally work on), palette knives for mixing, and clean-up materials. Latex gloves are recommended but not required. Students wishing to mix larger quantities for storage might want to bring empty aluminum paint tubes.
Students are welcome to also bring their hardest color questions and toughest target-color challenges, to be tackled with gusto.
Nov. 8-10, 3-Day Workshop
9:30am - 4:30pm
In this portrait workshop, students will draw the portrait from a single pose. The sessions will consist of developing a linear drawing with graphite on paper to establish an accurate likeness, proportions, and structure. The students will then begin modeling the form in a highly rational method, slowly developing each area based on an understanding of the effect of light on form. Some topics that will be discussed in length are comparative measuring, shape finding, anatomy of the skull, light and form. Kathryn will demonstrate each stage of the process briefly as well as give each student individual critiques throughout each session. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. The model fee is included in the price of the workshop.
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