Classical Art Atelier

Dutch Golden Age Master Copy Painting

3-Day Master Copy Oil Painting Workshop with Brian Smyth

Dutch 17th-century genre paintings, often referred to as scenes of everyday life, encompass an enormous range of subject matter and have enjoyed tremendous popularity. Unassuming yet full of charm, these pictures, produced by great artists like Vermeer, Steen, de Hooch, Dou, and others, evoking daily existence during the Netherlands' Golden Age, are legendary.

Brian Smyth's 3-day intensive workshop introduces you to the oil painting practices of the Dutch Masters, selecting from a variety of genre paintings to copy. A resident artist and instructor at realist painting academies in Florence, Italy, Brian also regularly teaches at the Dutch Atelier of Realist Art in Haarlem, The Netherlands, giving him a strong affinity with this style and epoch.

The Dutch Golden Age Master Copy Painting Workshop will take place in CORK CITY, from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June, and in WATERFORD CITY, from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2019. Limited Places! Please BOOK EARLY to ensure a place on this workshop!

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Copying master paintings is one of the best ways to improve one’s painting skills, whether you are an established artist or a beginner. This intensive workshop starts with learning the principles of academic oil painting, and cover topics such as gesture, proportion and the use of subtle colour.

Beginning with the dry-brush method, Brian will demonstrate and explain how to measure and capture accurate proportions, and how to emphasise a good sense of gesture in the figure. This process is illustrated 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
  • Basic materials included*
  • Detailed handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Refreshments provided

*Students will be required to bring certain materials.

"Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know."

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

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

The Dutch Golden Age Master Copy Painting Workshop will be held in Cork and Waterford in June 2019.
See the dates and details for this workshop below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 Nano Nagle Place, CORK 3 Days Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 14-16 June 2019 € 300
2 St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD 3 Days Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 21-23 June 2019 € 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 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
  • 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)
  • Liquin
  • Fast Drying Linseed Oil
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Turpentine
  • Wooden Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • Palette Cups
  • Glass Jar
  • Paper Towels
  • Portfolio Case
Dutch Golden Age Painting Workshop

Learn the methods and techniques of northern European oil painting

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