Flemish Painting Techniques

Grounds of Cowdray House

Five Day Renaissance Painting Workshop

During this workshop students will explore the traditional painting materials and techniques used by Flemish and Italian masters of the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Artists of this period combined the two mediums of egg tempera and oil, integrating the virtues of both mediums into their paintings. The works of Van Eyck, Van Der Weyden and Antonello De Messina bare witness to profound beauty and durability which this technique offers.

Students will be guided through the various stages of the work as practiced by artists of this period. From transferring the design onto a traditional gesso panel; creating an egg tempera underpainting; tonal composition (chiaroscuro) and the application of colour in oil using traditional glazing mediums.This technique of combining egg tempera and oil paint gives the colours a jewel-like quality, combining the luminosity of egg tempera beneath with the richness and depth achieved through the use of hand ground oil paints.

The workshop will include instructions in the traditional method of preparing egg tempera from the yolk of an egg and mixing with pigments, learning about the different plant oils and their properties and how these are mixed and ground with pigment to make oil paint.

The workshop is designed for students of all levels of experience, from beginners to professional artists.

David Cranswick is artist in residence at Cowdray Studio, Cowdray House. David trained at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 1999 David received a doctoral degree for practical research into the traditional painting materials and techniques practiced by master painters from 13th to 17th centuries. David lectures at the Princes School of Traditional Arts, London within the M.A. and PhD departments. David is a professional painter and has been painting for over thirty years.

The cost for the 5 day workshop is £400 and includes materials. Places are limited to 10 students.

Course address:

This course will take place at Cowdray House Studio, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, GU29 0AY.

Download map here  follow signs for ‘Deliveries’ and park in provided parking bays at the rear of the house.

The cost for the 5 day workshop is £400 including materials. Places are limited to ten.

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