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Throughout the western history of painting one of the goals has always been luminosity; that is the sense that light emits from the painting itself. From the renaissance comes the idea that to achieve luminosity the painted light must also include shadow. This is an expression of the paradox that states that something is best defined by the inclusion of it's opposite (ie. light/shadow). This paradox, as it applies to painting was called chiaroscuro. With the Impressionists came a new way of expressing luminosity in painting that (although it recognized the importance of chiaroscuro) went about expressing light in a new and more direct way. The Impressionists found that by using the concept of complimentary color contrast (Broken Color) and by following a wet into wet direct painting process they could produce canvases that appeared to shimmer and glow with light.
This workshop will explore both the notion of chiaroscuro as practiced by the classical painters and the use of broken color as practiced by the impressionists. Each student will produce a painting using the methods and materials discussed. Materials list provided upon registration.
Instructor: Cynda Valle
Date: Sunday, December 30th from 9am - 5pm