Titian & The Venetian School



Dates: 5 November – 3 December 2021
Times: Fridays 2pm – 4pm
Duration: 5 Weeks / 2-Hour Class Each Week
Format: Live Online Zoom Course
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Titian was the first artist to achieve international fame, and during his own lifetime, he was considered a genius, and his influence on the development of Western art has lasted until the present day. What is remarkable about Titian’s painting style – particularly in his late works – is how they still remain a blueprint for today’s contemporary realist painter.

In this 5-week intensive painting course, we will explore Titian’s working methods and techniques, as well as the materials and mediums that he used, paying special attention to his gold-standard glazing technique, and his ability to produce unique artworks using just these colours: black, white, and red. From this limited colour palette, which he used extensively in his paintings, he was able to produce a vast variety of colours, chroma, and luminance.

We will also consider the methods of the Venetian School during the Renaissance, who were known for their dominant use of colour (or colorito), and how it diverged from other schools in Florence and central Italy, who promoted design and drawing (or disegno).

This course opens a window into the past, and highlights its relevance to today’s painting styles, methods, and techniques.

A good painter needs only three colours: black, white, and red.

– Titian (1488/90-1576)

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