Painting – Basic level course


The course in Level 1 Painting Disciplines (basic painting) is aimed at those who wish to approach the practice of painting through a series of group workshop meetings. The practical workshops will be preceded by short theoretical frontal presentations, accompanied by slide shows. These will focus on colour theory, the basic rules of composition, different painting techniques and operational processes and the themes that will represent the different areas of investigation and pictorial experimentation.

Following a path of personal research, guided by the teacher, each student will experience and deal with different technical operations during the creation of works as a means to experiment with their own pictorial language, explore personal expression, individual perspectives and give visible form to their own desire to paint.


Course type: Group

Participants: Min 08 / Max 15

Start/end of the course: 28 September – 30 November 2020
Registration dates: 22 September
Frequency: Weekly

Duration: 10 lessons – total 30 hours
Cost: 380 euros (to be paid in full at the time of registration)

Materials: The costs are borne by the student
Language: Italian

Lecturer: Guido D’Angelo

Location: Via degli Ausoni 7A (Painting classroom) – Rome


Monday: 17.00 – 20.00


September: 28 (new students only)
October: 5 (new students only), 12/19/26
November: 2/9/16/23/30


Course objectives: During this short painting course, each student will have the opportunity to develop his or her own pictorial path with the support and guidance of the teacher for everything related to theoretical/conceptual and technical aspects. The painting techniques covered will mainly be painting with oil paints, and acrylic and vinyl emulsion paints. In addition to individual research, we will propose exercises on specific topics to help grow your practice. These include : “the landscape, through vision and composition”, “the self-portrait, seeing the invisible”, “still life building and deconstructing towards the abstract form”. In addition, we will also suggest studies and in-depth analyses of historical paintings.

During the course students will address the following topics and technical applications:
– Development of a pictorial art project;
– The theory of colour, the harmony of colours and colour schemes;
– The study of pictorial composition;
– The study of materials in painting: paints, brushes and tools, supports, primers, thinners, mediums and paints;
– The techniques of sketching and monochrome painting;
– Painting on canvas, on a wooden surface, on paper;
– Half-body painting with oil paints;
– Depth painting with oil colours;
– Spatula painting with oil paints;
– Thin layer painting with oil colours;
– Mixed technique painting with vinyl emulsion and oil colours;
– Gouache tonal painting with vinyl emulsion colours;
– Painting and chalk with acrylic colours;
– Painting and textures with acrylic colours;
– Painting and material with acrylic colours;

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


– Oil colours for artistic painting;

– super fast white;

– zinc white;

– primary yellow;

- cadmium yellow;

– cyan blue;

– cobalt blue;

- ultramarine blue;

– vesica green;

– magenta;

- cadmium red or vermilion;

– carmine;

- ivory black;

– burnt sienna;

- natural sienna;

- raw umber;

– ochre yellow
* Student can choose any further colours;

– Synthetic brushes, flat shape, with long handle (each brand has its own classification, generally from 0 (or 000) 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;

– Canvas measuring 50 x 60 cm (canvases, or pictorial support, will be agreed in class as needed).

Other materials:

- oil painting medium;

– transparent rectified turpentine;

– metal container for oil painting;

– plastic palette or plates;

– paper towels for cleaning brushes;

– fabric for cleaning materials.

LECTURER: Guido D’Angelo.

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% discount on any courses purchased after the first one.

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

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