Offer Ends 30th Aug 2019 (deposit = £200)
One years academic studies 2019-2020.
1st Term = 24th Sep – 29th Oct |half term| 12th Nov – 17th Dec 2019
2nd Term = 7th Jan – 11th Feb |half term| 25th Feb – 24th March 2020
3rd Term = 14th April – 19th May |half term| 2nd June – 7th July 2020
Term 1 Underpainting
The first term will be divided between two types of underpainting, the first half “imprimatura” using one pigment and the second half “Grisaille” using two pigments.
We will be using this method to ease the transition from Drawing to Oil Paint. It’s a similar process to Drawing as we use the white of the canvas for the lights whilst adding paint for the darks.
The beauty of this technique is its simplicity. There is no need to mix colour, the paint can be applied directly to the canvas just like using a pencil.
Imprimatura stems from the Italian and literally means “first paint layer”. This technique is traditionally used as an underpainting which is a monochrome version of the final painting. The intention is to fix the composition and the tonal range before adding colour.
We will be using this technique to introduce students to the art of mixing paint beginning with two pigments (black and white ) before moving on to the complexities of colour.
Grisaille is a term used for a monochrome painting using shades of grey. A Grisaille may be painted for its own sake or used as under-painting. The difference with this technique and the Imprimatura is that the lights are built up using impasto paint layers.