Learn the working methods of Dutch still-life masters of the 17th century. In this two-day workshop, students will discover how artists of the period constructed a tonal composition using glazes of transparent earth, over which were applied fine layers of pure colour; by this method light and shade refract through from within the paint layers, giving a profound luminosity to the colours as well as transparent depth in the shadows.
Day one will involve composing a painting in monochrome, building up the subject in a three tone system over which the colours be later applied. Students will be taught to make their own oil paints, grinding their pigments with oil on a stone slab.
On day two students will be introduced to the practice of glazing by which layers of subtle colours are applied over the tonal combustion beneath, creating a profound dynamics between colour and tone and which forms the basis of chiaroscuro.
Students are welcome from all levels of experience including those without previous experience. Pigments are all provided. Students need to bring: a primed white canvas (12×16 inches), hoghair filbert brushes (numbers 1-5), pointed sable brushes (numbers 1, 2 and 3) and cotton rags.
David Cranswick trained at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 1999 David received a doctorate for his research into traditional painting materials and techniques. David works part-time as an M.A. and PhD supervisor at the Princes School of Traditional Arts; he lectures internationally on traditional painting techniques and the perennial philosophy. He is currently writing a book on traditional painting materials and techniques.
Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July, 10.30-4.30pm
£100 (ticket includes entry to Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust on 21 & 22 July)