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SGPS 2011-07 Painting W -S. 11


San Gemini Preservation Studies 2019
Workshop – Traditional Painting: Materials and Methods
#SG208B (2 units)
Session 2 (July 8 – August 2) 4 weeks
Course #: SG 208A preliminary syllabus
Instructor: Prof. Nikolas Vakalis
E-mail: nikosvakalis@libero.it



This painting workshop aims to give students a better understanding of traditional Italian painting materials and painting techniques by giving them a chance to realize materially a series of paintings using these methods. This workshop is not an art class, although good aesthetics are appreciated. The main objective of the course is for students to understand well the painting process, the difficulties and limitations associated with each technique and how they influence both the aesthetics and the image making process.

The knowledge acquired in this course can be of interest to students of art restoration, painting, art history, art management and museum studies.



Part 1. Renaissance Fresco Technique

  • Support, preparation
    • Ariccio
    • Intonachino
  • Image transfer
    • Pounce
    • Stylus
  • Painting
    • Pigments
      • Natural
      • Synthetic
    • Paint preparation
    • Brushes
  • Secco
  • Glazes
  • Cleanup methods

Part 2. Sgraffito

  • Support, preparation
    • Arriccio
    • Base black coat
    • White surface coat
  • Image transfer
    • Pounce
    • Stylus
  • Scraping

Part 3. Painting on Wood Board using 14th Century Methods

  • Board preparation
    • Sanding
    • Gesso rendering
  • Paint
    • Pigments
    • Tempera binding and emulsifier
  • Glazes and varnishes
  •  Gilding
    • Bolo
    • Gold foil
    • Burnishing

Part 1. Oil Painting on Canvas using 17th Century Methods

  • Prepare stretchers
  • Install canvas
  • Canvas rendering
  • Paint
    • Pigments
    • Oil binders and emulsifiers
    • Brushes
    • Cleanup methods
  • Glazes
  • Varnishes

Four weeks from Monday to Friday. Morning and afternoon, 4-hour workshop sessions.

Workshop projects, assigned reading

Cenino Cenini, The Craftsman’s Handbook.

Courses SG208A (theory) and SG208B (workshop) must be taken together.


Gallery – Traditional Painting Workshop

San Gemini Preservation Studies
International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

203 Seventh Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
tel. 718 768 3508