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Traditional Artist Materials – with Leo Mancini-Hresko

November 4, 2017 - November 5, 2017

$200 - $225

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5,
9 AM – 4 PM.
$200 RAA&M Members / $225 Non-Members (includes materials fee).
Registration Deadline: October 21 (two weeks in advance).

Day 1

Leo starts with a long talk about why hand-made materials are relevant in our modern time. We talk through the differences between the vegetable oils that are used by the oil painter and the way they behave differently based on their distinct characteristics. There will be some discussion on pigment history and the desirable archival qualities of an oil painting.

The day will also include:
• Leo mulling a small amount of yellow ocher and ultramarine blue to show the individual rheological characteristics of each pigment in oil.
• Demonstration of how to make paint ‘feel different’ – we make paint longer, shorter. Discussion on ‘branding’ and common fillers used by modern paintmakers.
• Together, we begin making Titanium White and Ultramarine Blue. More talk on paint behavior, and how to stabilize pigments in oil so they don’t separate in the tube for storage.
• Demonstration of how to properly tube oil paints for storage.

Day 2

This day’s morning discussion is focused on Supports – advantages of rigid vs. flexible supports whether linen/cotton/polyester/jute or panel. Preparing paper for painting or drawing. Discussion of metal supports, mounting canvas to board. How to properly cook and test strength of rabbit skin glue. Some discussion on mediums and varnishes.

The day will also include:
• Cooking animal hide glue. Discussion on the differences between natural hide glues and modern replacements.
• Discussion of differences between different types of canvas/panel, when to use either type.
• Demonstration of sizing linen stretched on stretchers, sizing paper with glue or varnishes, and sizing wood panels.
• Demonstration of mounting unprimed linen to panel with size.
• As a group, we begin cooking a batch of traditional gesso – discussion on the difference between traditional gesso and the acrylic stuff that is commonly called ‘gesso’ these days.
• After demonstrating technique, the students begin applying their first coats of gesso to their panels.
• Throughout the day, continued mulling of large batches of Titanium White and Ultramarine Blue, ~1kg each.
• The students finish mulling our large batches of oil paint.
• Making Oil Grounds – Application on our stretched canvas.
• The students do the final coats of gesso on their panels.

All levels welcome. Materials will be provided.

Registration Deadlines: Participants must register by the listed deadline – two weeks prior to the workshop.

Cancellation policy: Up to 7 days prior – any payment minus $50. Tuition will not be refunded after this 7 day period. This policy is strictly enforced.

To register, you may pay: online (see below); by phone 978.546.6604 with a credit card; or by mail with a check made payable to Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA (please put the name of the workshop in the Memo).


November 4, 2017
November 5, 2017
$200 - $225
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Rockport Art Association & Museum
12 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 United States
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