Drawing and Painting the Cast from Life

Overview

  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

  • Total Learning Hours: 8 hours in 4 lessons for Drawing; 12 hours in 6 lessons for Painting

  • Cost: €160 for Drawing; €240 for Painting

  • Language: English, Italian, and Spanish

  • Instructor: Randy Ortiz Martinez

Next Course

Drawing the Cast from Life

Section 1 starts Wednesday evening, January 25, 2023, from 18:00 to 20:00

Section 2 starts Thursday morning, January 26th, 2023, from 10:30 to 12:30

Minimum number of students: 4

Maximum number of students: 8


Painting the Cast from Life

Section 1 starts Wednesday evening, March 1, 2023, from 18:00 to 20:00

Section 2 starts Thursday morning, February 23, 2023, from 10:30 to 12:30

Minimum number of students: 4

Maximum number of students: 8

Curriculum

In Color

Part 1. Drawing 

Part 1 begins with an emphasis on linear and non-linear (massing) approaches to drawing, with an emphasis on the latter.  (The drawing phase will begin directly with oil paint.) We will also discuss differences between sight-size and comparative measurements.

Part 2: Color Theory/Form 

Part 2 begins with a discussion on color and its relationship to form, examining differences in palettes and light sources, with a focus on a bringing a three-dimensional quality to the work.

Part 3: Finishing 

In Part 3 we will continue to develop our painting while also examining what makes a finished painting and how to achieve a specific level of finish.

It is recommended that students participating in this course arrive at least 10-15 minutes early each session before beginning. This way we have enough time to prepare our palletes and can utilize the rest of the time we have to work.

In Grisaille

Part 1: Placement / designing shapes

The first part of this course will begin by establishing the overall height and width of our cast using basic principles of architectural drawing, sight size and comparativemeasurements.

Part 2: Block in and construct

In part two of this course we will arrive at the two dimensional stage of our painting,dividing the shadows from the lights by using basic shapes and begin constructing the form establishing specific planes.

Part 3: Defining and articulating

By the third stage of this process, our painting will be well on its way to being finished. In this stage, we will focus again on shape design, paying attention to how our shapes are in relationship to the over all structure of our cast then defining and articulating them further.

Part 4: Rendering and finessing

Lastly, becoming more specific with subtle value shifts and turning the form. Finally bringing our painting to a finish.

Materials

In Color

Pigments

  • Lead white-Old Holland\Michael Harding\Rublev
    (If purchased from Old Holland it must be tubed before arrival)
  • Titanium white-Michael Harding linseed oil based
  • Cadmium yellow-Michael Harding
  • Raw sienna-Michael Harding
  • Cadmium orange-Old Holland
  • Burnt sienna-Old Holland
  • Ultramarine blue-Old Holland
  • Raw umber- Michael Harding
  • Burnt umber- Old Holland
  • Ivory Black-Michael Harding

Canvas

  • Claessens medium weave oil primed linen 

Other materials needed 

  • Brush cleaner\canister
  • Mahl stick
  • Palette
  • Palette knife
  • White cotton rags\paper towels 

Mediums

  • Tintorsetto (odorless solvent)
  • Calcium carbonate powder
  • Galkyd or Oleoresgel
  • Linseed oil 

Brushes

  • Fan brush
  • 6 4 2 1 rounds
  • 12 10 8 6 filberts
  • one or two of each size

** In order to provide an affordable alternative to those not wanting to buy all of the paint, you can, instead, choose to pay me on the first day of the course an additional, one-time fee of €30 and I will provide you with all of the oil paints you need.

In Grisaille

Pigments

  • Lead white-Michael Harding or Williamsburg
  • Titanium white-Michael Harding or Williamsburg (linseed oil based)
  • Raw umber-Michael Harding or Williamsburg
  • Ivory black-Michael Harding or Williamsburg

Canvas

  • Claessens medium weave oil primed linen 

Medium

  • Tintorsetto
  • Calcium carbonate powder 
  • Galkyd or Oleoresgel
  • Linseed oil 

Other Materials

  • Brush cleaner\canister 
  • Mahl stick 
  • Palette 
  • Palette knife 
  • White cotton wrags\papertowels 

Brushes

  • Fan brush
  • 6 4 2 1 rounds
  • 12 10 8 6 filberts
  • one or two of each size

Terms and Conditions

A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.

There is no reimbursement for absences, nor make-up lessons.

Registration

Registration is managed through our Course Registration portal.  If you have any difficulties registering, please let us know via email or call/text via WhatsApp: +39 347 263 1033.

If the course that interests you does not appear on our Course Registration portal, it may not currently be offered.  Check the schedule of courses to confirm the dates.

If this course isn't on the schedule, but it interests you, let us know!

Above: a cast painting done using the full color palette

Below: a cast painting using a grisaille palette

Meet Your Instructor:
Randy Ortiz Martinez

Born in Chimayó, New Mexico, Randy Ortiz Martinez is a graduate of Angel Academy of Art, a painting school founded in Florence and specializing in teaching the fundamental principles and skills in classical painting.

He has conducted extensive, independent research on various painters such as Raffaello Sorbi, Filadelfo Simmi and the origins of the Accademia in Florence from the 17th century to the 19th century. He has also spent time in the gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe degli Uffizi studying drawings from various other painters such as Agnolo di Cosimo (Bronzino), Jusepe de Ribera, Giulio Cesare Procaccini , Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Parmigianino) and Federico Barroci.

Prior to his studies and life in Italy, Randy earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts at the University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializing in painting and contemporary arts.