This is a full day workshop dedicated to painting in oils. Unfortunately there is a lot of misconceptions about oil paints, risks and health hazards etc. To make things worse the market is flooded by a lot of products which continues to confuse and deter any interested artists that want to try to have a go at this medium.
The aim of this workshop is to help you understand better this medium and to also make informed decisions when you go to buy materials. You will also have a go at painting a waterfall using traditional methods of painting.
This workshop will start with an introduction about oil painting and oil painting materials. We will cover topics such as:
1. Canvases and painting supports
2. Mediums and solvents
3. Paints and varnishes
During the remaining of the day we will then paint a waterfall using a traditional approach of painting in oils.
There will be a 30 minutes break at around 12:30pm
Lunch is NOT included
Teas and coffees are available for free.
ALL MATERIALS needed for the workshop are provided and included in the price.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Christopher Vidal is an artist and scientist living in Sydney. His love for arts and science started from a very early age. At the age of six he was showing his interest in drawing and painting and at the age of thirteen he attended the school of Arts at Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta, Malta. For three years, he studied Arts in the classical way using life objects as reference materials for his drawings/paintings and sculpture. He was inspired by works of arts of the Renaissance and Baroque eras and by artists such as Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and others. Later, Chris pursued a career as a scientist initially working in various clinical laboratories in chemistry and later he obtained a PhD in molecular genetics. He worked in science and research in both Malta and Australia for twenty-five years. During these years, he mentored several students. His scientific background also helps him to understand better the effect of light on the various pigments used in paint and so he considers each painting as a challenge to try to create the illusion of light using paint. However, his innate love for arts always remained and throughout the years he experimented with various media and techniques. For the last fifteen years, his focus was to develop his technique in oils. He finds oil paints as the best medium to work with, since it is versatile and dynamic and hence you can use them to create endless effects using both brush and painting knife. His experience taught him the importance to get to know and understand your materials to be able to use them well. This means that one needs to know the various pigments and other materials that are available on the market. Preparing your own surfaces also gives you more control on the materials that you use and to ensure quality to your clients. Traditionally used materials such as oil paints gives you peace of mind about their durability since they have been used for centuries and hence passed the test of time.
Please visit Chris’ website for more information and to see his works http://www.christopher-vidal.com.au