The Art of 17th century Dutch Still-Life Painting
Set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Learn the painting methods of Dutch masters of still-life; how they constructed a tonal composition using traditional oil glazes, over which they applied fine layers of pure colour, using a combined method of painting egg tempera into oil paint.
Students will be taught the working methods of the 17th century Dutch school. Students will learn how to make their own oil paints using a muller and stone slab; they will learn how to compose a design in monochrome and develop a tonal underpainting.
Using a traditional glazing recipe students will learn the classical method of building up the painting in layers of glaze by which the colours are established in a layering system. Students will then be taught how the Dutch masters perfected a method of achieving ï¬ne detail through the use of â€˜tempera grassaâ€™, a recipe developed in Italy 150 years earlier. By this method of painting egg into oil artists were able to achieve a degree of ï¬neness of detail as well as beautiful sfumato effects, hitherto impossible to achieve in a purely oil technique.
Students are welcome from all levels of experience including those without previous experience. Tutor biography 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, alchemy and art as an expression of traditional philosophy. He is currently writing a book on traditional painting materials and techniques.
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The cost for the 5 day workshop is £400 including materials. Places are limited to ten. For enquiries and bookings contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 07801 430194
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