Ornamental Painting

“From the classic point of view, the study of design is the most salutary discipline possible in this too naturalistic age.  If I could have my way in the training of young artists, I should insist upon their spending a good deal of time in the study and designing of pure ornament [so] that they might learn how independent fine design is of its content and how slight may be the connection between art and nature.”
– Kenyon Cox, ‘The Classic Point of View’


As part of the Master Class in Mural Painting, and as a continuation to our study of the History of Ornament, projects are now underway to copy selected masterworks from the history of art.  These exercises have been developed to familiarize advanced students with the special requirements of large scale decorative painting. 


Unique to modern atelier training, our focus on ornamental painting strengthens artistic hand-eye coordination while introducing design principles used in the construction of these great masterworks.

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Flaming June to go on Display at Tate Britain


Flaming June, by Frederic, Lord Leighton will be on display at the Tate Britain beginning in March 2008, on loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. 

For the full article, visit The Art Newspaper online.

Published in: on May 24, 2007 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weekly Lectures – Artistic Anatomy

Anatomy Plate, detail from Parthenon metope, Carracci drawing, Prud’hon drawing 

This week’s illustrated lecture begins the series on Artistic Anatomy.  Using constructive perceptions of drawing the human figure, these lectures are delivered through a combination of part slide show, part demonstration.  The goal is to inform what we see with what we know, using examples from different periods in the history of art to illustrate specific concepts.

This year’s presentation has been developed to co-ordinate weekly anatomical lessons with the actual model’s pose from evening figure drawing sessions.   


Published in: on May 18, 2007 at 3:07 pm  Comments (2)  

Exhibition at the National Gallery


Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings is now on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC through September 16, 2007.  “Approximately 100 works from one of the most significant private collections of master drawings in the United States are presented for the first time,” and include works by Bernini, Boucher, Bronzino, Correggio, Delacroix, Fragonard, Friedrich, Greuze, and Ingres.  A selection of exhibited works are online here.

Also on view at the National Gallery beginning May 27th: Claude Loraine / The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum.  This exhibition features more than 100 works, and will be on view through August 12th. 

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment