14 and older
If you want to be a great jazz player - you need to study scales and classical foundations. The same is true to become a great painter. Many students come to us who have had years of art school, but have never been "taught" how to paint! But that changes here! All levels.
What you will learn:
Renaissance Painting Techniques
Learn a method of deconstructing a painting
How to apply color & how to mix paint
I can't tell you how many students come to me who have had years of art school, have never been "taught" how to paint! But their frustration ends at our front door! Whenever an Artist speaks about a "linage" of instruction, it is a proud declaration of where their knowledge came from. Ours is a fusion of Northern European, Classical Italian and California Impressionism. With this background we can hone in on an individual's choice of style once foundations in painting are achieved.
The first “initiation” exercise that students in this class must accomplish is our Compass Rose exercise. This exercise teaches the student first, basic skills for blending, glazing etc. the Zorn palette of colors and then introduces the student to a new way of “seeing.”
The second exercise is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries.. copying old master paintings. It’s as if Di Vinci himself were sitting on your shoulder and speaking to you, revealing his secrets from centuries past...and is now your teacher ...and all you have to do is listen. Copying got a bad wrap in the last century because it became synonymous with “cheating.” I assure you that it is not! Try to copy the Mona Lisa or any Carravagio. It is one of the most incredible learning experiences. To this day when in a european museum you will see a student with easel “copying” an old master. After a series of copies, I encourage students to explore many other styles. Palette knife paintings, landscapes, still lifes and to explore images that move them in some way but to continue to use and apply the principles that they have learned in their previous exercises.
MATERIALS ARE NOT INCLUDED!!
YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN SUPPLIES.
*NO TURPENTINE IS ALLOWED IN THE STUDIOS BECAUSE OF THE FUMES
*PLEASE HAVE EVERYTHING READY TO GO ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
Supplies for the Compass Rose Project
(Your 1st Project when taking this class)
During the first class for the Mandala project you will not need many of any brushes. After the first class be sure to have a selection of the following:
#4 through #20 – Brights – medium soft Isabey “memory” or “Raphael Kevrin” or soft bristles but brights not flats or filberts (You don’t need every number, just a selection)
1 ½” to 2” inexpensive large paint brush (See the image below) - NEEDED FOR THE FIRST CLASS
One 24x24 canvas (The more expensive canvases, like 1.5” box frame, have a nicer surface to paint on)
I will recommend brands that have the nicest color. Please though, DO NOT BUY CHEAP PAINTS OR STUDENT GRADE. I also do not recommend Windsor & Newton because the color of their paints varies greatly from other brands. For instance, Naples yellow is a huge difference.
First few weeks you will need:
Raw umber – Brownish oil paint by Norma or Old Holland brands has a beautiful golden shade. Other brands of raw umber tend to be much cooler.
Titanium white – If you are on a budget buy Rembrandt, original formula – large tube. A really nice white is Williamsburg titanium white.
After the 3rd or 4th class, we will begin color. Brands of paint I recommend are: Williamsburg, Old Holland, Vassari, Michael Harding, Robert Doak, and RGH (RGH: An online company in NY who will give you samples if you say you were recommended by Kline Academy)
Here are the paints you will need:
Cadmium red light or French vermillion
Yellow ochre – color varies with different brands, make sure it is not too dark
After 2 weeks add glazing colors:
Transparent red oxide – Rembrandt is okay
Transparent Brown Oxide – Rembrandt if okay
Ultra marine Blue – deep
Alizarin crimson (do not buy the “permanent” Alizarin)
Phthalo Green (aka Thalo)
Naples yellow – Mussini or Sennelier only – Also do not buy Naples yellow light or dark, just plain Naples yellow
Chrome Green Opaque (Also called Chromium oxide green)
Roll of blue tape
Spray fix or cheap hair spray (Hair spray is actually the best)
Thin cotton rags – T-shirts works best NEEDED FOR THE FIRST CLASS
Walnut oil or cold linseed oil
A small container for medium
Palette – light wood palette if you are working with a model, or disposable palette pad
Roll of paper towels – Please always bring a roll with you and do not use the one in the bathroom