Painting – Basic level course


The I level Painting course (basic painting) is aimed at those who wish to approach of painting through a series of group workshops. The practical workshops will be preceded by short theoretical presentations, accompanied by slide shows. These will focus on colour theory, the basic rules of composition, different painting techniques and practical processes and  themes related to different areas of investigation and experimentation.

Through personal research and guided by the lecturer, students will learn the different techniques needed to experiment with their own pictorial language and means of expression. An outlook to give a visible form to one’s  need to paint.



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    Course type: group session – in-person
    Participants: Min 08 / Max 15
    Start/end of the course:  April 19 – June 21, 2021
    Registration dates: April 7, 2021
    Frequency: Weekly
    Duration: 10 lessons – total 30 hours
    Cost: 380 euros (to be paid in full upon registration)
    Materials: the costs are borne by the student
    Language: Italian
Lecturer: Guido D’Angelo
Location: Via degli Ausoni 7A (Painting classroom) – Rome

    Monday: 5 pm – 8pm
    April: 19/26
    May: 3/10/17/24/31
    June: 7/14/21

    Course objectives: during this short painting course, each student will have the opportunity to investigate and consolidate his/her own painting journey thanks to the support and guidance of the lecturer for the theoretical/conceptual and technical aspects. The painting techniques examined will be mainly painting with oil paints and painting with vinyl matt paints. In addition to the individual research project, exercises will be proposed on specific topics such as: “the landscape, through vision and composition”, “the self-portrait, seeing the invisible”, “still life building and deconstructing towards the abstract form”. Historical paintings will also be studied in-depth.

    During the course students will address the following topics and technical applications:
    – color theory, color harmony and color harmony agreements;
    – study of pictorial composition;
    – sketching and monochromatic painting techniques;
    – impasto painting with oil colors;
    – spatula painting with oil colors;
    – mixed media painting with vinyl matt emulsion and oil colors;
    – tonal gouache painting with vinyl matt emulsion;
    – painting and gesture with vinyl matt emulsion;
    – painting and matter with vinyl matt emulsion.

    Recommended bibliography:
    – Johannes Itten – “Art of Colour”, Ediz. Il Saggiatore, 2007
    – Gino Piva – “La tecnica della Pittura ad Olio e del disegno artistico”, Ediz. Hoepli, 1985
    – Alberto Boatto – ” Di tutti i colori. Da Matisse a Boetti, le scelte cromatiche dell’arte moderna “, Ediz. Laterza ,2012
    – Philip Ball – ” Colore. Una biografia. Tra arte storia e chimica, la bellezza e i misteri del mondo del colore”, Ediz. BUR, 2014
Michel Pastoureau – ” Nero. Storia di un colore “, Ediz. Ponte alle grazie, 2008

    Materials for drawing techniques:
    – Graphite pencils (choice between Caran D’Ache – Staedtler – Winsor & Newton – Conté À Paris – Koh I Noor – Faber Castell – Derwent) grades: 2B / 4B / 6B – alternatively white Staedtler eraser (or similar);
    – pencil sharpener;
    – Winsor & Newton (or other brand) medium “fusaggine”;
    – Cretacolor gray  kneaded eraser;
    – 2 black carré (square section) Conté À Paris;
    – 1 bottle of black Indian ink 30 ml. Winsor & Newton;
    – 10 sheets of Spolvero paper size 70X100 cm;
    – 1 roll of yellow paper tape 3 cm.

    Materials for the technique with the water-based vinyl matt emulsion colors Flashe by Lefranc Bourgeois:
    – titanium white 022;
    – light Japanese yellow 183;
    – carmine red 366;
    – ultramarine blue 043;
    – phthalo blue 036;
    – natural Sienna 482;
    – red ochre 306;
    – natural shade earth 478;
    – sepia brown 107;
    – black 265;
    – white acrylic chalk 500 ml. Lefranc Bourgeois.

    Oil colors Winton series by Winsor & Newton:
    – 087 Cadmium Lemon Hue – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 109 Cadmium Yellow Hue – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 095 Cadmium Red Hue – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 468 Permanent Alizarin Crimson – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 229 Dioxazine Purple – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 263 French Ultramarine – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 516 Phthalo Blue – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 048 Phthalo Deep Green – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 552 Raw Sienna – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 554 Raw Umber – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 331 Ivory Black – (37 ml Tubes);
    – 644 Titanium White – (200 ml Tubes).

    Tools for oil paints:.
    – Sansodor thinner, 250 ml;
    – Liquin Original, 75 ml;
    – Liquin Impasto, 60 ml.

    Long-handled flat brushes in pig bristle or strong synthetic fibres (hard type):.
    (each brand has its own classification, which tends to range from 0 to 28);
    – brushes, large size, number 20 or 24;
    – brushes, medium size, number 14 or 16;
    – brushes, small size, number 6 or 8;
    – brushes, small size, number 2;
    – flat pig bristle brush, number 50 or number 60.

    Round brushes with long handles made of pig bristle or strong synthetic fibres (hard type):.
    (each brand has its own classification, which tends to range from 0 to 28);
    – brushes, medium size, number 14 or 16;
    – brushes, small size, number 6 or 8;
    – brushes, small size, number 2.

    Other material:
    – steel spatulas (shapes and sizes to be agreed with the teacher at the beginning of the course);
    – canvases size 50 X 60 cm. or 60 X 80 cm. (at choice);
    – rectangular wooden palette for oil colors;
    – flat, large plastic plates for vinyl colors;
    – glass jar with lid (jam type) for oil;
    – water container (like a tall bowl or jar) for vinyl;
    – cloth rags for cleaning materials.

    Guido D’Angelo was born in Rome in 1971. He graduated in 1997 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 2008 he obtained a teaching qualification for Pictorial Disciplines at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 2009 he obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences at the Telematic University of Human Sciences Niccolò Cusano. His work focuses on painting as a language and process system, and aims to manifest and visualise the complexities and articulations within the device of representation. His research also extends to installation interventions with the use of different materials in constant dialogue with space. Guido D’Angelo has been teaching painting techniques and technologies at RUFA since 2019. Since 2015 he has taught painting and drawing techniques at SRF – Scuola Romana dei Fumetti. Since 2014 he has held painting courses and workshops at the Fondazione smART Roma – Polo per l’Arte. Since 2013 he has been the creator and curator of the art project MAGTRESTUDIO in the project room at the art courtyard in Rome. Since 2011 he has been the creator of art projects and events for the TFAC – The Fine Art Collective program, and technical consultant for brands: Liquitex, Winsor&Newton, Conté à Paris, Lefranc Bourgeois. For the TFAC programme, he also holds workshops on painting and drawing techniques in fine arts academies and art training institutes throughout the country. In 2006 he began his professional collaboration with the artist Paolo Cotani, taking part in projects in galleries and museums. In 2005 he started the experimental research project on Image Action in the Environment in Berlin, named ‘Progetto Aliacorpora’. Since 1999 he has worked as a volunteer assistant with Prof. Franco Berdini for the chair of Semiotica del Segno Sperimentale at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 1996 he founded the research group SANGIORGIO, a project focused on the experimentation of environmental installations using the Multiverse Diaprojections technique, borrowed from the experiences of the historical Lanterna Magika by Josef Svoboda, Alfred Radok and Vaclav Kaslik.


    RUFA students: 10%
University students: 5% (upon presentation of the university registration booklet)
    Course package: If you have signed up for two or more courses, you are eligible for a 10% reduction on any courses purchased after the first one.

    At the end of the course, upon request, a certificate of attendance will be issued, after attending at least 8 of the 10 lessons.

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