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I am pleased to announce that there will be a show of student work on Sunday, December 13th, 2015 from 18:00 to 21:00 at “Studio Soderini” in Prati. All artists who have participated in a PADASOR class this year, including the summer workshop, are invited to participate with some of the work they completed during the course.

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Course Offerings and Calendar—Start Date: Sept 24th, 2015

Figure Drawing Workout: Short Poses with Charcoal & Long Pose with Water-Soluble Graphite

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

  • September 24th to December 10th, 2015
  • Time: Thursdays from 17:00 – 19:00
  • 11 lessons total: we will skip October 15th.
  • Cost: €25 per lesson and one-time registration fee of €25 OR €30 per lesson and no registration fee.
    Model fee included / Materials not included

    Please note: the registration fee guarantees your place at an easel for the duration of the course… with the understanding that you will be attending most if not all of the lessons.  The registration fee is non-refundable.

Join us for two hours every Thursday for a life drawing session divided into two parts:

  • From 17:15 to 18:15 we will do a “Figure Drawing Workout” of short poses using 60 x 80 cm drawing paper and charcoal to warm up;
  • From 18:15 to 19:00 we will work on one long pose with water-soluble graphite on Rives BFK paper.
  • From 19:00 to 19:15: group critique.

Recommended Materials

  • Vine charcoal
  • 60 x 80 cm sketch pad
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Derwent water-soluble graphite set (2B 4B 6B 8B)
  • Water-brush pens
  • Fabiano Watercolor Paper (comes in 56 x 76 cm sheets which we will divide into smaller sheets)
  • Clips
  • Masking Tape
  • Wet-wipes

Portrait Painting – Deciphering the English Treatises

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • September  26th to December 12th, 2015
  • Time: Saturdays from 11:00 – 14:00
  • 10 lessons total: we will skip October 10th and October 17th.
  • Cost per lesson €35 with one-time registration fee of €25 OR €40 per lesson and no registration fee.
    Model fee and paints included.  All other required materials not included (see below).

    Please note: the registration fee guarantees your place at an easel for the duration of the course… with the understanding that you will be attending most if not all of the lessons.  The registration fee is non-refundable.

Many treatises on the practice of oil painting were published in England in the 19th century.  Thanks to the advent of the internet and the due diligence of Google, many of those are now available online.  I spent much of this past summer studying nearly a dozen of them and I am excited to bring the fruit of my research to you in the studio.

We will have one model for 9 of the 10 lessons.  During that series we’ll take two lessons to make one drawing, then copy that twice on canvas for a double-portrait (of the same drawing).  This will allow us to experiment with more than one technical process.

The first lesson will be without the model; we’ll review some of the treatises, examine and experiment with some of the colors and prepare the canvas.

Required Materials

  • Derwent Water-soluble graphite (2B, 6B)
  • 1 Sheet of Rives BFK
  • 1 Sheet of Tracing Paper
  • 1 Sheet of Carbon Paper
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Masking Tape
  • Wood Palette
  • 1 Palette Knife
  • Linseed oil
  • Medium Cup or Jar
  • Brushes:
    • 3-4 Bull Hair (Sizes 6 to 10, Filbert)
    • 3-4 Wide Short-Handle Hog Bristle (Sizes 0 to 3)
    • 3-4 Synthetic Hair (Sizes 6 to 10, Various)
  • Oil Paint: provided during each lesson.
  • Paper Towels
  • Wet Wipes
  • Paint Rag (an old T-shirt or pair of socks works great)
  • Linen Canvas: 30 x 40 cm or 40 x 50 cm

If you need assistance in purchasing your materials, please speak with Paola, Francesca, Raul or Matteo at La Bottega dell’Artista.

Figure Painting – Form, Fabric and Ambition

Level: Intermediate, Advanced

  • September 26th to December 12th, 2015
  • Time: Saturdays from 15:00 – 18:00
  • 10 lessons total: we will skip October 10th and October 17th.
  • Cost: €35 per lesson and one-time registration fee of €25 OR €40 per lesson and no registration fee.
    Model fee included / Materials not included

    Please note: the registration fee guarantees your place at an easel for the duration of the course… with the understanding that you will be attending most if not all of the lessons.  The registration fee is non-refundable.

We’ll continue with our study of folds and fabric… and a painting on a grand scale.  As we came to say in this past Spring, “go big, or go home.”

So come join me with your brushes, paints, enthusiasm, tenacity and a large canvas.  (2 meters x 1.2 meters is recommended.  No guts, no glory.)

There will be one model for all 10 lessons.  As in the Spring, the model Arianna will be with us.  Dress and decor will be a surprise.

Recommended Materials

  • Wood Palette
  • 1 Palette Knife
  • Linseed oil
  • Medium Cup or Jar
  • Brushes:
    • 3-4 Bull Hair (Sizes 6 to 10, Filbert)
    • 3-4 Wide Short-Handle Hog Bristle (Sizes 0 to 3)
    • 3-4 Synthetic Hair (Sizes 6 to 10, Various)
  • Oil Paint:
    • Titanium White
    • Ivory Black
    • Raw Umber
    • Raw Sienna
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Cadmium Red Light or Vermilion
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Sap Green
  • Paper Towels
  • Wet Wipes
  • Paint Rag (an old T-shirt or pair of socks works great)
  • Large Linen Canvas. Recommended size: 2 x 1.2 meters.

If you need assistance in purchasing your materials, please speak with Paola, Francesca, Raul or Matteo at La Bottega dell’Artista.

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