Classical Art Atelier

Copying the 19th-Century Nude

3-Day Oil Painting Workshop with Brian Smyth

This intensive workshop by Brian Smyth, artist and tutor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, introduces you to the academic painting practices in oils, and demonstrates some of the principles and techniques currently being taught at the realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere. This workshop will focus on learning through the completion of a master copy of a figure painting from the 19th century.

The Copying the 19th-Century Nude Painting Workshop will be held at C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education Campus, CORK, on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 October 2018 (Hallowe'en Bank Holiday Weekend).
Limited Places! Please BOOK EARLY to ensure a place on this workshop!

Description

Copying master paintings is one of the best ways to improve one’s painting skills, whether one is an established artist or a beginner. Painting the human figure offers the greatest scope for dealing with gesture, proportion and subtle colour. This intensive workshop starts with learning the principles of academic oil painting.

Beginning with the use of the dry-brush method, Brian will teach and demonstrate how to measure and capture accurate proportions, and how to emphasise a good sense of gesture in the figure. This process is all explained through a cohesive step-by-step procedure designed to enhance the student's ability to render the human form.

Each student can choose an image from which to copy for their master copy exercise.

Materials List
Features
  • Basic materials included*
  • Detailed handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Refreshments provided

*Students will be required to bring certain materials.

STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH

Brian will demonstrate each of the key steps in the painting process and will individually assist each student as they progress on their copy.

Images courtesy of Brian Smyth © 2018

Day One

The first day will be devoted to shorter exercises, mainly in monochrome, which will serve to strengthen the student's understanding of the gesture, proportion and construction of the figure.

Days Two & Three

The subsequent days will be spent working on the master copy, where students will learn about drawing with the brush, the creation of volumes, the use of a set palette, and the mixing of flesh tones for full-colour painting.

Notes & Handouts

Students will receive various handouts that explain the correct methods of using oil paint. These hand-outs will lay out the various grounds, materials and mediums used in oil painting and also describe the various layers used in classic underpainting-overpainting techniques, that will be covered in this workshop.

Workshop Details

See the dates and details for this workshop below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Days Times Dates Cost
1 C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education,
No. 46 Grand Parade, Cork
3 Days Saturday to Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm 27-29 October 2018 € 300

Important Notes

  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time if the minimum number of students required is not reached. In such cases, your fee will be fully refunded.
  • It is recommended that you take out insurance to cover travel and accommodation costs in the event that this workshop is cancelled.

About Brian Smyth

Oil Painting Instructor

Brian Smyth is an award-winning graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design. He has had several succesful solo exhibitions in Dublin and London and has participated in and curated many group exhibitions. He has completed many private commissions, including a 14-painting Stations of the Cross commission for a church restoration project in his native Co. Cork.

Brian has his works in many private and public collections and continues to develop his technique, to exhibit his paintings and to work on portrait commissions.

Brian began his studies in The Angel Academy, in Florence, in 2012, and has worked there as an instructor since 2013. Visit www.briansmythartist.com to see his work.

Materials List

Oil Painting Workshop

Stretched and unstretched canvas will be provided by the academy. However, it is imperative that you bring a portfolio case large enough to fit a canvas 50x40cm or some other means of taking your wet canvases home with you. Your work will not be stored by the academy.

All materials and equipment are available at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount upon enrolling for this workshop, or at Jackson's Art Supplies UK

Oil Colours
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
  • Ultramarine Blue
Mediums
  • Liquin
  • Fast Drying Linseed Oil
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Turpentine
Brushes
  • 4 x Bristle Filbert (size 6)
  • 2 x Soft Synthetic Filbert (size 8)
  • 1 x Soft Filbert (size 12)
  • 1 x Soft Round (size 1)
  • 1 x Soft Fan Brush (size 6 or 8)
Accessories
  • Wooden Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • Palette Cups
  • Glass Jar
  • Paper Towels
  • Portfolio Case
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