MARY MARTIN ART GALLERY PRESENTS
MASTER ARTIST RON DiSCENZA’S ARTIST WORKSHOP
“FROM DARK TO LIGHT, THEN COLOR”
Andell Inn-Kiawah, SC
January 31st - February 2nd
Join us for a dynamic workshop in the Verdaccio or Monochromatic underpainting technique which originates from the Italian fresco painters of the early Renaissance with artist Ron DiScenza.
You will achieve an optical effect that cannot be achieved by direct painting with color. In its simplest terms, an underpainting is a monochrome version of the final painting intended to initially fix the composition, give volume and substance to the forms, and distribute darks and lights in order to create the effect of illumination. Color is applied over the underpainting only when it is thoroughly dry.
Especially exciting, Di Scenza's detailed realism is on par with Flemish painter Johannes Vermeer's, while the soulfulness of his subjects brings to mind Italian artist Michelangelo Caravaggio."When I paint, I try to continue the great painting methods that came before me," explains Di Scenza. "At the same time, I seek to create the immediacy of the here and now through the unique spirit of the person I'm painting. His process begins with preliminaty drawing transferred to the canvas and he works "from dark to light." Once Di Scenza established his monochromatic design, he adds color. Di Scenza's paintings can be seen in galleries in the United States and Italy and in the permanent collection of many Long Island and New York City corporations. His individual collectors hail from around the globe.
DAY 1- On the first day, students will recreate a Rembrandt portrait. They will learn the procedures of how Rembrandt's paintings were created, with reference pictures supplied by Ron Di Scenza.
DAY 2- The Rembrandt technique learned on day one will be applied to a still-life painting. The still-life reference will be provided by Ron Di Scenza.
DAY 3- On the last day, students will apply what they have learned to a landscape or seascape painting. Students may bring their own reference pictures if they choose. Ron Di Scenza will also be providing instruction on how to create a landscape painting without a reference picture, using only the imagination!
Classes are $350 per person and will be held from 11 AM - 6 PM at the Andell Inn in Freshfields Village.
Call Mary Martin Gallery to reserve your spot: 843-723-0303