This is a ONE TO ONE painting and drawing class. Learn the basics or improve your skills further!
Come to Learn paint with Acrylics or Oil colour, in a traditional manner like the old masters or in an Abstract form, exploring different techniques and mixed media, the choice is yours!
Classes are of a maximum of 2 people but often one to one, this way you can be absolutely certain to receive Cristiano’s full attention and a personal lesson tailored just for you. You are welcome to attend even just one Class and you might be able to finish a painting in one sitting (more likely in case of abstract painting), or you can come back for 2 or several classes at a discounted price!
The workshop will be held at Cristiano Di Martino’s Studio, located at the heart of Camden Town at the Historic Arlington Building, where writer George Orwell wrote some of his novels.
CLASSIC/TRADITIONAL PAINTING (still life, figure/portrait etc.)
If you want learn to paint in a traditional manner with oil colour Cristiano will be teaching you:
At your discretion he will give you an introduction about colour theory, tempera, acrylics and oil colour, pigments, bindings, mediums, solvents, types of canvases, how to stretch it and ways of priming a canvas with gesso, or wooden panel or paper, how to build your own tools, etc...
How to create a monochrome colour wash to begin your painting,
- How to transfer your drawing onto the canvas,
- How to paint in tones of grey to block volumes and light,
- How to work with a limited colour pallet (primary colour),
- How to achieve almost any tone and value with the few colours on your pallet,
- How to mix and apply paint,
- How to paint ‘Alla Prima’ or ‘Impasto’,
- How to works in layers with glazes and how to use them to achieve realism, depth or transparency,
- How to varnish your finished painting, the different tips of varnish and how to apply them.
To get the most out of your lesson Cristiano will be painting your same subject on his easel, right beside yours, so that you can see in first person how he mix colour, what brush he use throughout different stages of the painting and all the tricks artist use to achieve all kinds of effects.
Abstract Art is about exploring forms and colour and during your class with Cristiano you will learn:
- How to develop an Idea for your painting
- How to select the colour to use for your painting and how to choose good combinations of them,
- How to mix different media without compromising the archival characteristic of your painting,
- How to create movement and force with colours
- How to create effects
- How to create different textures with unconventional methods
You will discover the freeing felling of painting in Abstract and see that there’s no limit to what technique or tools you can use to apply colour: fingers, pallet knifes, wooden sticks, rugs, spray-paint, paint rollers, stencils, and anything else your imagination brings you to!
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Cristiano Di Martino
Cristinao began his Art studies working under a local 'Maestro' in the Italian city of Arezzo at the age of 14. That's where he learnt to paint in a traditional manner, focusing particularly on portrait painting. He later continued his education at the Accademia Di Belli Arti in Florence. During this time he studied many established aspects of painting, including but not limited to; building and preparing a canvas from scratch, using mediums, pigments, mixing and applying paint, layers, brushstrokes, textures, light, realism, abstraction, movement, form and composition and the theory of painting.
In his work today he uses an array of techniques and materials, from the most traditional to more contemporary and unconventional.
He can tailor his teaching to the needs and challenges that are specific to you.
Above all, he would do his best to make the class both entertaining and informative to help you get the most the out of painting and enjoy it as much as he does.
You’re not required to bring anything with you unless you want to, ALL MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED (all the materials that Cristiano offers are high quality for professional Artist use). You're welcome to bring an Apron to wear if you worry to get colour on your clothes ;)
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.