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Learn Oil Painting Online with Interactive Lessons Live on Zoom

The above gallery showcases the evolution of some of the work done by participants in previous online courses.

Sept. 28 to Oct 30, 2020
Painting the Portrait: Studying the Male Head

I’m pleased to announce the return of Teodoro!

Teodoro was our model for the group portrait class when the lockdown started in March, so I’m very happy to have him back in our company.

Note: the above image is not the photo reference we will use; I will provide those once the course begins.

What People Are Saying about Their Online Learning Experience

‘Drawing’ is fundamental to Tim’s approach, in working from life, whether using paint, pencil or charcoal. Tim teaches by example and it is reassuring to see him constantly improving his own work, being prepared to make changes in the drawing, at all stages of a painting.

Tim encourages individuals to develop their own style,  whilst observing the fundamental  rules of creating form and light; it is so satisfying when you see things starting to work. Added to that, Tim focuses our attention on the importance of achieving a unified whole and selectively using contrast in the detail.  Lessons are punctuated by joyful exclamations of discovery, as a glaze turns a colour into a temperature and gives life to form.

It has been amazing to see the transformation in all of our work, over the course of the programme and a privilege to work under the shadow of somebody so accomplished. I couldn’t recommend Tim more highly.

Dalle lezioni individuali per imparare le basi della pittura a olio a quelle sul ritratto, Tim mi ha insegnato non solo la tecnica ma è riuscito a trasmettermi molto di più.  L’attenzione verso la composizione, l’importanza delle gerarchie visive e i modi per attrarre l’occhio dell’osservatore su alcuni punti precisi della superficie del quadro, l’importanza del tono e della temperatura dei colori, l’atmosfera che si crea intorno ai soggetti del quadro, la qualità della luce, la pazienza per il disegno di base (che a me mancava).

Abbiamo lavorato sui grandi maestri del passato cercando di cogliere il loro processo pittorico per incorporarlo nella nostra esperienza.
E poi, durante il lockdown il grande colpo d’ingegno di Tim: con le lezioni on line siamo riusciti a non fermarci e, anzi, a lavorare, dipingere e imparare come e più di prima.

Col tempo, durante tutte le lezioni e guardando ai suoi bellissimi lavori, mi sono resa conto che per Tim dipingere è urgente e necessario.
Credo che proprio questa sua passione lo spinga anche a trasmetterci tutto quello che sa e che fa. Forse come accadeva nelle botteghe di pittura del Rinascimento dove immagino che gli allievi imparassero attraverso gli insegnamenti ma anche, nella stessa misura, per osmosi.

Grazie Tim, maestro appassionato e appassionante.

A very enjoyable experience with Tim! He is a highly skilled artist teacher who has an effective method of teaching. I just finished up the an on-line oil-painting class which was fun, entertaining and very instructive. Tim has the right manner to critique your paintings in order for you to improve your skills each week. It’s also nice to be studying with other art students around the world which enriches the experience.

I am very happy to have found Tim in Rome, teaching his lessons in both Italian and English he brings you back into another period to learn the techniques, secrets and methods of the old masters. I recommend these classes with Tim if you are willing to put the time and commitment in, you will certainly improve your craft.

PADASOR’s (the Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome) art classes are now available on line via Zoom.  Thank god for modern technology!  I can now rejoin my favourite art classes live from Rome, in my studio here in Melbourne, Australia.

Tim’s amazing ability to conduct classes in both Italian and English means no one misses out on information.  The classes are also recorded so you can go back and refresh on techniques.  It’s a wonderful group of students with varying levels of competencies.  Rome’s morning classes are my evening classes and I highly recommend joining.

You’ll be amazed what you’ll produce under Tim’s tutorials, and best of all, it’s great fun.

Non pensavo fosse possibile avere risultati così evidenti, frequentando un corso di pittura on line. Ma Tim è stato in grado di trasmetterci passione e validi insegnamenti, documentando passo passo le nostre evoluzioni. Grazie, Tim. Questo per me è solo l’inizio….

Il corso fatto con te mi ha fatta migliorare perche’ ho avuto modo di “ cavarmela da sola” facendo tesoro delle tue spiegazioni filosofiche/ artistiche supportate da precise traduzioni pratiche nell’ operato. Mi accorgevo che ad ogni lezione apprendevo qualcosa di prezioso che mi sarebbe sempre servito! Grazie.

How Does It Work?

There are two sessions a week, one in the evening (the Blue Group) and one in the morning (the Orange Group).  Both groups will have access to the recorded session of the other, meaning each week you will have one live session via Zoom and one recorded lesson.

For example, if you elect to join the Blue Group, you will participate in a live Zoom session on Monday evening and then have access to a recording of the Orange Group session that will take place on Thursday.  If you join the Orange Group, you will have access first to the recorded session with the Blue Group and then you will participate in a live Zoom session on Thursday morning.

During the live sessions, I work from a live model, and will continue the process in chronology from one session to the next.

During the course there will be three live critiques, one at the end of the second week, the fourth week and the fifth week.

Your options during the course are:

  1. Use high resolution images of the model that I provide as a reference
  2. Work from a live model at home
  3. Do a self-portrait

If you have any questions, please use the form below to contact me.

Schedule & Cost

Schedule

The first session for the evening schedule will start September 28th; the first session for the morning schedule will start October 1st.

The Final Critique for both schedules will be on October 30th.

Depending upon which schedule you choose (morning or evening), the full schedule is presented on the right (or below, if you are on your smart phone or tablet).

Please review the dates and times carefully.

Please note: The times listed are the local Rome times, GMT+1

Cost

Evening Schedule / Blue Group
€160 + IVA (€195.20)
Level: All levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)
Maximum 10 participants

Morning Schedule / Orange Group
€160 + IVA (€195.20)
Level: All levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)
Maximum 10 participants

Conditions & Requirements for All Courses

  1. All lessons are conducted via Zoom, therefore you must have a computer or a tablet to connect.  (You could use your smart phone to do this, but I don’t think that is ideal.)
  2. You will need to procure all of the materials (see details under “Materials”).
  3. I strongly recommend you invest in the materials I specify, especially the paints.  If that’s not possible, we’ll manage.
  4. If you don’t have paints, you can elect to draw with either pencil or charcoal.

A Philosophical Note from Your Teacher

Teaching painting online has been a necessity and a revelation.  How fortunate we are to live in an age where the technology is advanced enough to enable dynamic interaction.  More importantly, how pleased I have been to discover that this format—with live discussions, recorded demos and photos of student progress—facilitates a thorough and effective learning environment.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you will consider joining me.

Timothy J. Allen

Note

You can still join the class after it has started.

Please contact me for details using the form below, or via Whatsapp: +39 347 263 1033

Questions Before You Register?

Evening Schedule
Blue Group

Please note: The times listed are the local Rome times, GMT+1

September 28
Monday
18:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
18:15 – 19:45

October 5
Monday
18:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
18:15 – 19:45

October 9
Friday
18:15

Live Zoom Critique
18:15 – 19:45

October 12
Monday
18:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
18:15 – 19:45

October 19
Monday
18:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
18:15 – 19:45

October 23
Friday
18:15

Live Zoom Critique
18:15 – 19:45

October 26
Monday
18:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
18:15 – 19:45

October 30
Friday
18:15

Live Zoom Final Critique
18:15 – 19:45

Morning Schedule
Orange Group

Please note: The times listed are the local Rome times, GMT+1

October 1
Thursday
11:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
11:15 – 12:45

October 8
Thursday
11:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
11:15 – 12:45

October 9
Friday
11:15

Live Zoom Critique
11:15 – 12:45

October 15
Thursday
11:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
11:15 – 12:45

October 22
Thursday
11:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
11:15 – 12:45

October 9
Friday
11:15

Live Zoom Critique
11:15 – 12:45

October 29
Thursday
11:15

Live Zoom Session with the Model
11:15 – 12:45

October 30
Friday
11:15

Live Zoom Final Critique
11:15 – 12:45

Materials

Oil Paints

I use only Michael Harding paints.  If you don’t have them and/or can’t get them, use what you can get.

Note: this is not acrylic painting, so acrylic paints are not an acceptable substitute.

  • Cremnitz White or Warm White or Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Raw Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Lead-Tin Yellow (very expensive) or Naples Yellow Light (less expensive)
  • Vermilion or Cadmium Red Light or similar
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Blue or French Ultramarine Blue or Ultramarine Blue
  • Terre Verte

Brushes

Try and have an assortment of hog bristle, synthetics and sables of various shapes—flats, filberts and rounds—and various sizes.  Small sables are good to have when it is time for precise drawing and details.

If you can, get a brush set.  For example, on Jackson’s Art website they have a set of Black Hog bristle brushes and Pro Arte synthetics.

Medium

First you need the oil and the solvent.

For oil, you can use regular linseed oil or walnut oil.

For solvent, I recommend the odorless, non-toxic kind.  I use either ‘Tintorsetto’ (which I get at the Rome art shop) or ‘Shelsol-T’ (which I order from Kremer).

Get three ‘jam jars’ and mix the following mediums:

  • Lean Medium: 75% solvent + 25% Linseed Oil
  • Medium Medium: 50% solvent + 50% Linseed Oil
  • Fat Medium: 25% solvent + 75 % Linseed Oil

When I do this, I use a double-boiler to heat the medium for about 15 minutes.  If you don’t have that, don’t worry.  Mix the property quantities, then shake thoroughly.

Other Materials: Canvas, Easel, etc.

As we’ll work 1:1 (meaning the scale of the work is the actual size of the head), use a canvas that is 35 x 45 cm.  A life- size head (or an A4 print of the head) will comfortably fit within that frame.  Make sure it is linen, prepared with a white ground, either universal or oil.

Ideally you’ll have some kind of easel that you can use to place your canvas next to your model (or the print next to the canvas).  If not, do what you can.

If you are doing a self-portrait, make sure you can easily turn your head and look in a mirror.

You’ll also need:

  • A palette
  • Palette knife
  • Rags, paper towel, wet wipes

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