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PA-01-22 Realism Basics in Oils with Patrice Al-Shatti



Realism Basics in Oils is a series of four classes that will teach students the skills necessary to create an oil painting of contemporary realism using updated variations of the underpainting and glazing techniques used by historic masters like Vermeer. It is an accessible step-by-step approach that allows the artist to separate the application of color, value, shape, and edge quality and is perfect for those who either have struggled to feel satisfied with looser styles of painting or simply yearn to create their own luminous realistic masterpiece. The class is divided into four sequential parts and students are strongly encouraged to take the classes sequentially to have the best experience.

PART I: SURFACE PREPARATION with Patrice Al-Shatti | July 30, 2022 | 10 am 2 pm

Students will learn the careful preparation of a hardboard panel to create a surface that is both smooth but with tooth to capture oil paint. We will review options for and application of a toning layer, known as the imprimatura and use of Liquin, a modern drying agent, in this process. Then students will learn the grid transfer method of moving their chosen drawing onto the panel and, historic tools for compositional excellence, studio safety with oil paints and solvents, and a review of materials.

PART II: THE POWER OF UNDERPAINTING with Patrice Al-Shatti |August 6, 2022 | 10 am-3 pm

Students will learn how to create a closed grisaille, or underpainting. The underpainting is the magical layer that allows the artist to focus on shape, edge, and value and can be the bones of a realistic painting. It also greatly simplifies the painting process by breaking it down into manageable steps. Students will learn how various types of underpaintings impact the feeling of the final work and how to mix their own blacks for richness and complexity, offering them a repertoire of options as they move forward to create their own works of contemporary realism.

PART III: GLAZING FOR LUMINOSITY with Patrice Al-Shatti |August 13, 2022 | 10 am-3 pm

Using transparent oil paints and Liquin to speed drying, we will explore the art of glazing for color, depth, and luminosity. Applied to a dry underpainting, layered glazes bring extraordinary vibrance to contemporary realistic artworks. Students will learn about necessary supplies and techniques and gain practice as they glaze the piece they underpainted in Session III.

PART IV: FINISHING YOUR PIECE with Patrice Al-Shatti | August 20 | 9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Students will learn how to take their painting from good to great through the careful evaluation and correction of value range, color correction, application of highlights, and a simple method of varnishing.

Patrice studied classical methods at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute in Florence, Italy and the Rees Atelier. She found her niche in the historic technique of underpainting and glazing, a timeless method that brings great depth of light and color to the work. She paints in a time intensive, layered style using transparent colors in both watercolor and oils. It is an ideal method for building a sense of luminescence.

Patrice’s work is has been shown in multiple solo and group exhibitions, was juried into the Maricopa Community Colleges Artists of Promise exhibition, several Arizona Artists’ Guild exhibitions, the Olney Gallery, and multiple years of the Glendale Arts Council Statewide Juried Fine Arts Competition, where she won first prize in 2022. A number of pieces are in the permanent collection of Midwestern University and private collectors around the Western United States and South America have purchased and commissioned her work.

**In order to provide a safe learning environment, all class sizes will be limited, and masks are required for all students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.  

Saturdays | July 30, 2022 | 10 am 2 pm | August 6 & 13, 2022 | 10 am-3 pm | August 20 | 9:30 am- 12:30 pm | 4 sessions | $210

Price: $210.00

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 2:00 pm

Start Date: July 30, 2022
End Date: August 20, 2022

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