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SG208B Program E

WorkshopTraditional Painting: Materials and Methods

2 Units
Instructor: Prof. Nikolas Vakalis


Afternoons: 4 hours workshop (SG208B)

Course Description

Requirements: Courses SG208A (theory) and SG208B (workshop) must be taken together.

This painting workshop aims to give students a better understanding of traditional Italian painting materials and painting techniques by giving them a chance to realize materially a series of paintings using these methods. This workshop is not an art class, although good aesthetics are appreciated. The main objective of the course is for students to understand well the painting process, the difficulties and limitations associated with each technique and how they influence both the aesthetics and the image making process.

The knowledge acquired in this course can be of interest to students of art restoration, painting, art history, art management and museum studies.

Course Objectives

Summary of Workshop Content

Part 1. Renaissance Fresco Technique

Support, preparation

  • Ariccio

  • Intonachino

  • Image transfer

    • Pounce

    • Stylus

  • Painting

    • Pigments

      • Natural

      • Synthetic

    • Paint preparation

    • Brushes

  • Secco

  • Glazes

  • Cleanup methods

Part 2. Sgraffito

  • Support, preparation

    • Arriccio

    • Base black coat

    • White surface coat

  • Image transfer

    • Pounce

    • Stylus

  • Scraping

Part 3. Painting on Wood Board using 14th Century Methods

  • Board preparation

    • Sanding

    • Gesso rendering

  • Paint

    • Pigments

    • Tempera binding and emulsifier

  • Glazes and varnishes

  • Gilding

    • Bolo

    • Gold foil

    • Burnishing

Part 4. Oil Painting on Canvas using 17th Century Methods

  • Prepare stretchers

  • Install canvas

  • Canvas rendering

  • Paint

    • Pigments

    • Oil binders and emulsifiers

    • Brushes

    • Cleanup methods

  • Glazes

  • Varnishes

Description of Assignments

Workshop Projects and Assigned Reading

READINGS: Cenino Cenini, The Craftsman’s Handbook.

Earlier Event: July 8
SG207 Program E
Later Event: July 8
SG206A Program D