Join Charles Miano on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 for a still life workshop with a concentration on fish and crustaceans.
Cost will be $250 for the two days.
Paint with Charles Miano in this brief oil color lab. Learn the secrets of rich and lustrous color with a unique and special subject matter. Miano will teach and demonstrate how to mix color and prepare and use various oil mediums to give your paintings a delicious paint surface. He will also show you how to create glowing edges and the perfect brush stroke.
Still-life painting has existed since time immemorial and offered us some of the most sublimely beautiful painting in art history. Fish have been the subject of works of art for at least 14,000 years and appeared in ‘primitive’ art from many cultures. In ancient civilizations of the West, fishes were a constant, if infrequent, motif. Fish designs in ancient Egypt were common and showed little change for 1500 years. Decorative fish designs of the Greeks and Romans (often with mythological significance) were adopted by early Christians as religious symbols. With the development of printing, the non-religious depiction of fish became more widespread and realistic paintings of fish, especially still lifes, appeared during the Renaissance. This still life tradition reached a peak in 17th century Netherlands. After 1750, fish images appeared in many different contexts. Realistic painters showed the agony of newly-caught fish, dramatic marine scenes with fish, and occasionally freshwater fishes in their habitats. In the twentieth century, fish were painted by many modern artists, including Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Masson, Beckman, Soutine, Magritte, and Thiebaud. Some of these artists’ fish images are pleasing, others are violent or ambiguously symbolic. In contrast, contemporary nature artists tend to paint live fish in idealized settings, a style with roots in 17th century still lifes and oriental brush paintings.
The size of this class will be strictly limited, so sign up now!