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Demystifying Old Master Materials and Techniques

Understanding Materials and Techniques

Tuesdays, September 3 – September 24, 6 – 8pm


Andrea Hornick. Madame Bonier de la Moson Luxuriates in the Protective Embodiment of Sun Bear; His Hibernation-Harnessed Fortitude Lends Her a Lack of Poise Needed to Play Diana the Huntress (detail), 2014. © 2019 Andrea Hornick

$230; members $210*

(4 classes)

About the Class

Old master paintings at the Barnes exemplify luminous color and illusionistic precision. After studying the techniques of artists like Cranach and Veronese, we will create similar effects using historic and contemporary materials. Through careful looking and in-class exercises and demonstrations, we will learn how the old masters layered materials and used negative space to render shapes and values. Draw in pastel and graphite, see glazing demonstrations, and make a batch of oil paint and varnish to take home.

Capacity: 25

*Price includes material fee of $30.


Andrea Hornick, MFA

Hornick engages historiography and feminism in her paintings, reimagining old master portraits of women by adding their animal spirit guides. Hornick has a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2012, she has taught fine art and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.