Life painting and drawing courses in Rome, Italy: Atelier Canova

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 16 February 2010.

Still Life by Andrea Smith image A Bargue Lithograph image Marsiliana, a landscape painting course location image

Atelier Canova is an art school in Rome offering a range of drawing and painting courses in English Language.

Taught by the professional realist painter Andrea Smith, courses range from regular weekly sessions through to two-week intensive, live-in courses, some at the studio based in Rome, and some at various regional districts of Italy.
The school is named after the 18th Century Italian sculptor Atelier Canova in whose studio the courses take place. Participation in these classes could make an excellent addition to the cultural tourist’s visit to Italy.
Some of the classes on offer include:
The Bargue Course, which was originally published between 1866 and 1871 by Goupil & Cie, and is composed of 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model.
Landscape Painting in Marsiliana, which is focused more on “alla prima” painting. Retaining an accurate drawing is not as fundamental, as an understanding of atmospheric perspective. In this course, the student must address the composition as a whole and be fast and flexible in the execution of colour and value.
Still Life in Oils, which begins with an historical outline to the development of the still life genre and finish with a salute to some more contemporary artists. Composition is discussed as all the students begin to plan their own still life arrangement emphasising simple and clean shapes, and paying particular attention to complementary colour schemes. The drawing is executed in charcoal using the “sight-size” drawing technique.
Check out the 2010 Workshop Calendar for more information: