Floral Painting in the Dutch Manner with Carlo Russo
“… why should the earnest student overlook the simplest and most thorough way of acquiring all the knowledge of the craft of painting and drawing, the studying of inanimate objects, still life painting, the very surest road to absolute mastery over all technical difficulties. Once learned it applies to all painting, all drawing…”
– Emil Carlsen, Palette and Bench, 1908
Simple objects are made transcendent by exquisite stagecraft and technique. Still life painting is a unique genre in its own right with a long history of richness and variety as well as being a training ground for other forms of painting.
The workshop covers the issues of composition, drawing, values and color through the vehicle of making a modest scale still life painting in oil. Studies are executed in both charcoal and oil paint. Students work in an environment of natural north light, utilizing the methodology of The Florence Academy to create a uniquely individual Still Life developed in a step by step approach: selection of material, composition, charcoal sketches, value and color studies, preliminary painting and final paintings. Students also learn about supports for painting, pigment selection and the fundamentals of color mixing, the use of mediums, the sight-size method of drawing, and the use of basic tools for drawing and painting. Aside from general information, all instruction and critiques will be on an individual basis.
Thumbnail image: Floral still life by Carlo Russo
30 hours full instruction by individual critique.
Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced welcome
Maximum enrollment 14 students
Studio access 9:00am-5:00pm
Carlo Russo graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2004 where he focused his studies in the methods and practices of traditional realism. Since his graduation, he has been a full-time artist and has exhibited his works in numerous galleries across the United States. While known primarily for his mastery in still life painting, he is accomplished in figurative and landscape painting as well. Carlo works in the natural northern light that fills his studio. He is intent on creating beautiful works which capture the myriad textures, colors and forms we find all around us.
See more of Carlo’s work at www.carlorussoart.com
ADDRESS: 888 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ
Minimum enrollment requirement for all studio workshops is 5. Students will be notified if this number is not reached 60 days before the first day of class. At that time, they will be given the choice of either enrolling in another workshop, availability permitting, or having their payment refunded. Students may continue to apply to workshops even after the deadline and through the first day of the course.
The Florence Academy of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors of any course at the last minute or during the session. Once you apply and are accepted, you will receive an acceptance packet via email with information on housing, materials and payment of the non-refundable deposit due immediately to hold your place. The balance must be received on June 1. No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.
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