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Painting Best Practices Workshop

Visual Art

Course Description

For over a hundred years, most causes of paint failures have been studied: humidity, temperature and paint embrittlement. The symptoms were obvious—cracking, delaminating and paint loss—but the causes were not. Conservation workers gradually formed concepts as to the causes of cracking and paint loss of old paintings. Concurrently, the coatings industry studied failures in all types of paint films. Artists developed their own ideas, but remained largely unaware of findings from both the conservation community and the coatings industry.Natural Pigments spent years developing a technical workshop to teach skills that are not taught in art school and universities—a thorough understanding of artist’s materials and tools, what they are designed to do, when to chose them and how to provide considerable longevity to your finished work. This workshop covers the most important aspects of painting that have proven to be the best practices over the centuries.The information-packed workshop includes all aspects of constructing a painting from the support and ground to the final layers. Practical procedures will be clearly explained and demonstrated on how to build your oil paintings based on conservation research during the past century. This workshop is designed for painters of all mediums, but special emphasis is given to oil painting.

Workshop Hours are typically from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day of the workshop.The last day of the workshop may end earlier than 5:00 pm..

What’s the Format of the Workshop? The workshop consists of lectures accompanied entirely by projected digital images, questions and answers and art materials demonstrations. We encourage you to ask questions all throughout the workshop.

You are welcome to photograph the projection screen during the workshop, but only for your personal use; do not distribute the images to others due to copyright infringement. Please no audio or video recordings during the workshop.

What’s Required? There is no need to bring any supplies, except a pen or pencil and notebook. We will distribute several printed handouts on the first day of the workshop, but you will want to take copious notes during the workshop. One student made over 20 pages of notes at a workshop.

Is Lodging and Meals Provided?Lodging and meals are not provided by the Natural Pigments. Restaurants and eateries are usually not far from workshop locations and we provide a one hour lunch break from about 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. each day.

Who are the Instructors? George O'Hanlon, Technical Director of Natural Pigments and Tatiana Zaytseva, Administrative Director of Natural Pigments

Workshop Inclusions

Malibu Creative Arts Studio will provide coffee and tea each morning of the workshop. We will host a reception dinner for the instructors during one evening during the workshop. We look forward to seeing you!