This class will introduce students to traditional layering methodologies with the use of strategic palettes. Students will have 8 weeks to complete two figure paintings (4 weeks for each painting). We will begin with the foundational underpainting technique of Imprimatura moving to an open grisaille and closed grisaille (or a more direct colored grisaille with the use of a limited palette if preferred). Students will be introduced to the second layer, The Piambura. Paintings will proceed to a final layer using velatura, glazing, and scumbling techniques. The cumulative body of knowledge in classical painting is based on a series of perceptual, conceptual and physical exercises. The aim of these exercises is to expand the students understanding of the figure visually, and as a living design—its structure, nature, character and the play of light upon it.
PREPARATION BEFORE CLASS
• Prepare your supports (16”X20” or 18”X24”) for class (whether canvas or panel) with the proper Ground (oil or acrylic)
• Pre-tone all your supports with Raw Umber (slightly lighter than mid-value—not too dark) with acrylic toning on acrylic ground or alkyd oil toning on oil ground. Toning on supports must be dry before class begins on July 10, 2017.
• Black Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencils
• Charcoal pencils (2B)
• Vine charcoal—medium (thin sticks)
• White charcoal pencils
• Kneaded rubber eraser
• Hard eraser
• A personal sketchbook/notebook
• Pencil sharpener (manual or sandpaper) or a general purpose razor blade or X-Acto knife, to sharpen drawing instruments
INDIRECT PAINTING PALETTE:
CREMNITZ WHITE or FLAKE WHITE
CADMIUM YELLOW LEMON
CADMIUM YELLOW LIGHT
YELLOW OCHRE LIGHT
TRANSPARENT OXIDE RED
ALIZARIN CRIMSON PERMANENT
If you are planning on using a new, unsealed wooden or masonite palette, seal the surface with several coats of varnish or shellac before bringing it to class. Sand lightly between coats. As an alternative, you can seal the surface with several coats of linseed oil. I recommend a 12” x 16” rectangular palette since this size fits conveniently into a Masterson’s Sta-Wet Palette Seal, a Tupperware-like box used for transportation and storage (especially useful if you want to paint at home, but completely optional).
• GLASS PALETTE:
Glass palettes are best. Please place it over a medium valued neutral surface, neutral grey or wood for example. You can store it in a Masterson’s Sta-Wet plastic palette box with lid. A French Companion serves the same basic function and is great. Both help to keep your paints wet, especially the Masterson’s. The Masterson “Stay-Wet”palette can be placed in the refrigerator to increase the life of your paints.
• Please NO “disposable” paper palettes, white-enameled wooden or plastic palettes.
SOLVENT & MEDIUM
• Eco-House brand citrus solvent or Gamsol
• Oleogel (transparency)
• Oleoresgel (opacity)
• We will mainly use the following three (3) mediums in class:
[Alternative medium are listed to the right of each recipe]
Underpainting Medium: [Alternative: Oleogel]
1 part refined linseed oil
3 parts mineral spirits (Eco-House)
Overpainting Medium: [Alternative: Oleogel & Oleoresgel]
1 part refine linseed oil
1 part stand oil
1 part mineral spirits (Eco-House)
Glazing Medium [Alternative: Oleogel]
1 part Stand Oil
1 part Dammar Varnish
5 parts Distilled Turpentine
CANVAS & PANELS
• I recommend that the students work in the 16”X20” to 18”X24” format ranges
• All canvases/panels should be toned with raw umber. Acrylic toning on an acrylic primed support is best for studies done in the life class. Alkyd oil toning on oil-primed supports may be desirable for the longer poses. Please bring completely dry.
• Wood Panels: 16”X20” to 18”X24” format ranges with proper ground and toning, preferably in raw umber about mid-value, or lighter.
• Stretched Canvas: I recommend Artfix (L64C or L84C) or Claessens (13 DP) Double-Oil Primed linen or equivalent quality.
• Please do NOT use cheap acrylic-primed canvas boards for class work. If you wish to use canvas art boards in various sizes, make sure that the surface is a high quality linen and properly primed. A great resource for such boards is ART BOARDS (http://www.art-boards.com/index.htm)
• Please use oil-primed linen for more serious efforts and AVOID the acrylic-primed cotton duck canvases and canvas boards.
• Bring a selection of bristle filberts (ranging in sizes 2 – 10) of your choice & any of your favorite and most useful brushes.
Bristle Filbert # 2 (at least 2) (Silver or Trekell Brush brand is recommended)
Bristle Filbert # 4 (at least 2) (Silver or Trekell Brush brand is recommended)
And a few larger ones, maybe a 6, 8, 10
• I recommend buying new synthetic nylon brushes or badger hair brushes for finer modeling and more subtle passages. In general it is best to have brushes that are not too stiff, but also not too soft. Rounds should come to a point at the tip and filberts should have a good shape (not frayed or worn).
I use a lot of Raphael brushes, they are sometimes difficult to find. Any brand you prefer is fine.
• Palette knife
• Painting knife
• Razor blade and holder
• Paper towels (please bring your own paper towels)
• Cheese cloth
• Small box of Q-tips
• Black or white ph neutral Masking tape
• Small jar with tight fitting lid for medium
• Silicoil brand brush cleaner, or Holbein air-tight brush washer, #1052-15S or #1052-15M, or comparable brush cleaner (or just a glass jar with a tight fitting lid)
• Mahl stick
• Masterson’s Sta-Wet plastic palette box with lid (preferably the one that can store your palette) is a useful tool for transporting wet palette paints to and from class.
Ryan Wurmser is a full-time studio-artist, writer, and teacher. He attended Art Center College of Design, and studied extensively at many other academies including California Art Institute, Associates in Art , Steve Huston Studio, LAAFA, Andreeva Academy, Studio Escalier, and L’Ecole de Albert Defois.
His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Forbes Gallery/NY, Colorado History Museum, Denver Museum of Art, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Pasadena Museum of Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art, and Carnegie Art Museum. Wurmser was honored with the Gold Medal for Best Painting at the CAC’s 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. He also received the Grand Prize at the “Artists for the New Century” Exhibit, and was awarded the Portrait Commission of Lord Martin CECIL.
Wurmser worked as a conceptual and visual development artist, a brief list of clients includes Landmark Entertainment Group, Disney Imagineering, Spectra Entertainment, Renaissance Entertainment, Universal Studios and Paramount Studios.
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Payment Plans: A 3% Payment Plan Fee will be assessed, with a maximum charge of $35. The Payment Plan Fee, $20 Registration Fee, plus 50% of the total tuition owing must be paid on or before the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the tuition can be paid with a post-dated check (dated 1 month later) or with a signed Credit Card Authorization Form.
There is a $35.00 fee for all checks returned as N.S.F. (Non-Sufficient Funds).
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You have two weeks to evaluate each class and decide whether you want to drop for credit (a dollar amount calculated based on the receipt of request) or transfer into a new class. Requests must be submitted before the start of the third session, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A $25 Drop/Transfer Fee is assessed. Credit will be valid for a full year and is non-refundable. It can be applied toward any Extension Course, Workshop or Visiting Artist Event at LAAFA.
All Visiting Artist Workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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One free make-up session is allowed per quarter, per class. Please email us at email@example.com, at least 3 days in advance, with the course and date you wish to attend as a make-up. Make-up sessions aren’t transferable to future quarters.
- If you arrive late, please enter quietly. If you have equipment to set up, please wait for a break to set up so that you do not disrupt the class.
- The front row of benches is reserved for sitting individuals.
- Economize your workspace to accommodate fellow artists.
- Please refrain from talking to the models while they are posing. Photography is not allowed without the express permission of the model. The model may require a photography fee.
- Please refrain from personal discussions while class is in session. Be sure to switch cell phone ringers OFF.
- Don’t comment on others’ work unless it is solicited.
- Animals are not permitted, with the exception of assistance dogs for the disabled.
- Please clean up your work area and properly dispose of your waste after class. Use the Brush Cleaning Closet, not the bathroom sinks, to clean your hands, paintbrushes and other art tools.
- No Turpentine or smelly solvents and mediums are allowed. Odorless Mineral Spirits is preferred.
Uninstructed Workshop Policy
- There will only be 16 spots allowed in the workshops. Entry in the workshop is on a first come, first served basis. Students paying on a per-day basis will be admitted at the start time of the workshop if space is available.
- Please note that all students must pay prior to the start of each workshop or class when paying on a per-day basis, and prior to entering the workshop to set up.
- A monitor appointed by LAAFA will set up all uninstructed workshops. Once the pose is set, there will be no changes.
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CSATTF Tuition Reimbursement Program
Through this program, members of Art Directors Guild (Local 800), Animation Guild (Local 839), Costume Designers Guild (Local 892), Motion Picture Costumers (Local 705), Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (Local 706) are able to apply for:
Reimbursement of two-thirds the tuition cost for CSATTF approved classes and workshops.
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