Painter's Survival Guide: All About Oil Painting (2 Day Workshop)

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Learn all about oil painting materials - canvas, gesso, pigments, paint and varnish - and their practical chemistry during this two day workshop! Students will stretch and prime their own canvas and experiment with the materials discussed.

Painter's Survival Guide: All About Oil Painting (2 Day Workshop)

September 21 & 22, 2024

11am - 4pm

with Emily Joyce

During this two-day workshop, students will be provided with the knowledge they need to take full advantage of oil painting material properties, increase their artist material literacy, and understand how to improve their studio practice to better care for their paintings.

Participants explore different parts of the layered structure of the traditional oil painting—canvas, gesso, drying oils, varnish, and various contemporary painting mediums—and discuss their function, practical chemistry, and how to correctly use each when painting. A few other topics that are discussed throughout the workshop include how to improve the handling and storage of one’s paintings, and how to make one’s studio practice safer and more eco-friendly.

Students will have the chance to stretch and prime their own canvas and experiment with the materials and processes discussed during the workshop.

Base Tuition: $225 Material Fee: $50 (+HST)

Materials that Students will Bring

One large brush (Preferably stiff bristles/hog hair brush) for priming
A few painting brushes of various sizes
Optional: bring a small test canvas/panel to try out materials
Optional: any other oil painting paints, mediums and/or materials that you have on-hand. Students will have a chance to ask questions about their materials during the class.

Materials ARTiculations will provide:

Raw canvas, stretcher bars, gesso, canvas hardware, select shared paints and mediums, and varnishes used over the two classes.

About Emily

Emily is an artist and paintings conservator, based in Toronto, Ontario. Through her studies, she has come to better understand the functions of art materials and how to change her painting processes to increase the longevity of her work, inspiring her to develop this course for fellow painters.

She is a graduate of the Master’s of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University, specializing in the treatment of oil and acrylic easel paintings. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) with a minor in Art History, also at Queen’s University. For her BFA thesis, she specialized in oil painting, studying the techniques and materials of Master painters such as Caravaggio, Bosch and Rembrandt. In 2018 she completed a certificate in Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Restoration techniques through San Gemini Preservation Studies in Italy, where she learned about the science of art materials.

All ARTiculations workshops require advance registration, unless otherwise noted. In the event of insufficient enrolment, registrants will be notified prior to the workshop start date and a full refund will be given. No refunds/credits will be provided for withdrawal fewer than one week prior to the start of class. ARTiculations does not provide make-up classes or substitutions. This policy is subject to change without notice.

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