Workshop – Traditional Painting: Materials and Methods
Instructor: Prof. Nikolas Vakalis
Afternoons: 4 hours workshop (SG208B)
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.
Summary of Workshop Content
Part 1. Renaissance Fresco Technique
Part 2. Sgraffito
Base black coat
White surface coat
Part 3. Painting on Wood Board using 14th Century Methods
Tempera binding and emulsifier
Glazes and varnishes
Part 4. Oil Painting on Canvas using 17th Century Methods
Oil binders and emulsifiers
Description of Assignments
Workshop Projects and Assigned Reading
READINGS: Cenino Cenini, The Craftsman’s Handbook.