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Italian Artisan Courses in Florence, Italy
Trompe L'Oeil courses
Learn time-tested techniques for mural decoration passed down through generations of Italian artisans.

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 Painting Architectural Illusion or Trompe L'Oeil (Linear striping)
Level 1 | Hours: 20 | Dates and prices


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Learn basic techniques of the ancient art of creating splendid architectural illusions. Known as 'quadraturismo' this art reached its height in the baroque period in Italy. This basic course covers learning the correct use of specific tools of the trade such as the lining ruler and the correct brushes. Students study how to create linear divisions of shading to create the illusion of a three dimensional frame, how to construct a composition, the use of chiaroscuro, and the creation of linear architectural elements in trompe l'oeil relief.

Teacher: Special courses with master painter Marco Cavallini: This is a unique opportunity for students to study under a well known Florentine master. The curriculum is divided into brief courses with assistance in English.
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 Painting Architectural Illusion or Trompe L'Oeil (Ornament)
Level 2 | Hours: 20 | Dates and prices


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This is the second course on the art of 'quadraturismo' students study and make examples of the most frequently used decorative elements. Learn how to draw and how to employ them in mural decoration. Techniques for executing non-linear decorative elements are covered.

Teacher: Special courses with master painter Marco Cavallini: This is a unique opportunity for students to study under a well known Florentine master. The curriculum is divided into brief courses with assistance in English.
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 Mural Painting: Scenic Elements
Landscape, Floral and Imitation of Stone and Marble for Murals
Level 1,2,3 | Hours: 40 | Dates and prices


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Course objectives:
Learn to master the free form elements of a mural composition such as faux marble, landscape, floral and leafy elements, and the imitation of surface textures.

This course covers:
mixing and using an harmonious colour palette
brushstroke work and shading
imitation of stone and marble
finishes and patinas (‘antiqued’ surfaces)
the composition of a landscape with the construction of foreground, middle and background using colour and value to create atmospheric perspective

About the course: This course introduces systems of working with colourful and stylish elements which add life and interest to the more rigorous formal elements of chiaroscuro work. It is useful for people who wish to have a well rounded study of all the elements of mural and decorative panel painting. Recommended to be taken in combination with Painting Architectural Illusion courses. (See above)

Teacher: Alison Woolley
 

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