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	Image: Domenico Beccafumi Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist c1542 (detail)

Painting from the collection

Reflecting the Renaissance painting workshop

Join artist Celia Gullett in this intensive three-part oil painting workshop.

From direct observation of Beccafumi’s Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist c1542 in the Gallery’s collection, Celia will guide you step by step through traditional techniques used by the old masters to build a painting in layers. Beginning with a tonal underpainting, a full explanation of how to paint drapery and flesh will be given. The application of glazes and flesh tones will be discussed and you will gain knowledge and techniques which can be applied to your own practice in the studio.

It is essential for students to have reasonable drafting skills and some experience with oils.

About Celia Gullett

Celia has studied and taught at both East Sydney Tech (now known as the National Art School) and at COFA. She attended the Charlie Sheard Studio School in Redfern to learn historic oil painting techniques which formed the basis of the year-long course she designed to communicate her practical knowledge with students of similar interests. Celia has been coordinating this extensive course in oil painting for eight years in the painting school that she founded in Annandale.

Course outline

Day 1: Sunday 9 June
A talk and explanation of the technique typical of the period. Application of a tonal underpainting of a section of the painting.

Day 2: Monday 10 June
Application of three tones in tints to begin representing the flesh and drapery. A week’s break for drying.

Day 3: Sunday 16 June
Glazing of the drapery and second layer of flesh to make it more solid. A look at the Dutch masters to consider working up of the flesh to make it appear more solid.

What to bring

  • Your selection of oil paints
  • A palette or pad of disposable palettes
  • Brushes of varying sizes, 2-10 hog hair and soft hair
  • Rags
  • 2 jars with lids
  • 2 oil-primed linen canvases no larger than 18 × 20 inches each
  • Odourless solvent (NO TURPS ALLOWED)
  • Apron or old t-shirt
  • Lunch (or buy it at the Gallery)

View the Beccafumi work in the collection

Image: Domenico Beccafumi Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist c1542 (detail)

Sunday 9 June, Monday 10 June, Sunday 16 June 2013
10am - 4pm

$390 member
$450 non-member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Cancellations: Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 5 hours
Location: Function space