Oil Portraits | Chiaroscuro Oil Painting Technique
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Chiaroscuro is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark in composition—a technique used by celebrated Old Masters such as Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. During this 3-day masterclass, you will embark on a journey to discover the legendary Italian painter Caravaggio and his dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. His technique comes from the brown school, and he focused on darkening shadows and transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light through a multi-layered, indirect oil painting method. You will learn both his 16th Century dramatic chiaroscuro portrait painting technique and the history behind this historical method.
Caravaggio's approach made a monumental impact on the art world, creating a powerful movement that has inspired artists throughout the centuries. To learn this dramatic approach, our classically trained tutor with provide demonstrations and teach you the step-by-step methodology to achieve this dramatic effect through copying a Caravaggio masterpiece.
All of our masterclasses can be learnt in our central London art studio at Sunny Art Centre or remotely online via our live online teaching platform. The live online art tuition will follow the same structure as our on-site sessions. You can, therefore, have live interactive art lessons with our expert art tutors remotely, wherever you are.
By the end of the art course, you will have learnt about light theory, value, edges, open and closed grisaille, brushes for specific techniques, specific mediums for each layer, mixing colour and painting a portrait with a limited palette.
Making master copies is the best way to learn a technique and this art masterclass will provide you with the necessary skills and confidence to create compelling and realistic portraits.
Our art tutors will provide you with booklets and manuals to aid your development. Content covered in this masterclass includes:
Suitable for adults with intermediate and advanced oil painting skills who also have a particular interest in portraiture.
2. You will receive an email with instructions about how to attend the masterclass online or on-site at our central London art studio.
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Note: For rare occasions, if the final registered students are 3 or less, the tuition fee will be £700 +VAT. The difference in the payment is required prior to the course starting date.
Using the right art materials plays an essential role in an art course. You can prepare your art materials by yourself from the list below, to avoid the trouble of mistakenly purchasing the wrong art materials. Our art tutors have also designed a variety of drawing and painting art materials packages specifically for our art courses with promising quality. They contain all the necessary art tools that you will need to use during the art lessons. You can pre-order the recommended pack for this masterclass here below.
Our Art Centre’s team of expert art tutors has an incredibly strong academic background - they honed their valuable skills and trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including the Royal Academy of Arts and Central Saint Martins in London, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Athens Academy in Greece, and the Florence Academy of Art.
The extraordinary efforts of the art tutors ensure that the organisation can continuously deliver bespoke cutting-edge art tuition for students both on-site at our London art studio, Sunny Art Centre or remotely online.