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 fine detail through the use of tempera grassa, a recipe developed in Italy 150 years earlier. By this method of painting egg into oil artists were able to achieve a degree of fineness 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.

The fee for the 5 day workshop is £495.00


The cost for the 5 day workshop is £500.00 including materials. Places are limited to ten. 

The workshop will be held in the Tower studio within the ruins of Cowdray Castle, Midhurst, West Sussex