A course for the inquisitive beginner, the advanced professional, anyone wishing to expand creative potential. In the beautiful rolling Tuscan hills, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this retreat will provide a natural environment for inspiration, and basis which to stimulate the creative process.
The pictorial technique of watercolour utilizes transparent colours diluted with water and applied to paper or equivalent (similar) materials. The quick and rapid action of watercolour allows for that"flash"of reality, the evocative timelessness of the fleeting moment captured in this spontaneous medium. More than any other medium watercolour allows for the expression of human emotion and sentiment, alongside the mystery and secrets of nature. Introduction to the technique of watercolour (use of supports; various types of papers, fine and coarse texture; traditional colours, white colour; types of brushes; colours that can be found on the market and their differences).
Painting method and correct proportions. Use of primary colours and their mix in order to make secondary and tertiary colours. Colour harmony and tonal gradation: exercise of composition of subjects using selected colours.
Technique of wet on dry. Technique of wet on wet. Technique of masking. Open-air watercolour painting in the Tuscan landscape.
Introduction to techniques used in the creation of frescos. The classical renaissance method used for the fresco medium, tempera, encaustic and use of oil on walls, will be outlined. Choice of the subject and preparation of the "cartoon". Application of the arriccio to a mobile support. Application of plaster, divided into various giornate, or "working days". Transfer of the design (sinopia, direct drawing, direct and indirect incision, dusting of preparatory layers, shaking of the strings and division into squares). Fresco painting with powdered pigments. Preparation of a support for dry painting. Tempera painting with animal glue. Preparation of a "fresco medium" on a whitewashed support.
In-depth course on the fresco technique used in making icons.