French Academic Painting Workshop

Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this one-hour video workshop.

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Class Overview

Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this one-hour video workshop.  Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

Course Curriculum

Tools Materials 05:22

Lesson1. Tools Materials

Imprimatura 02:10

Lesson2. Imprimatura free

Dry Brush Drawing 08:15

Lesson3. Dry Brush Drawing

Dead Colour 04:04

Lesson4. Dead Colour free

First Painting 20:29

Lesson5. First Painting

Second Painting 18:27

Lesson6. Second Painting

Outro 00:57

Lesson7. Outro

Meet Instructor

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

The Director and Senior Instructor at the Academy of Realist Art, Fernando Freitas has close to 20 years of teaching experience. He also conducts drawing and painting workshops throughout North America and Europe, as well as works on portrait commissions. Most recently, his work can be seen on the hit NBC show Hannibal. Fernando has produced two highly regarded instructional DVDs: Drawing the Figure and The Bargue Drawing Companion which are available through the ARA website.

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Ratings & Reviews (6)

Fantastick explonation of painting stages. Not too long and too short and covered most important points.

Liliya Zholudev

Fantastic instructions and nicely explained classical technique. Thank you!

Jan Czechowicz

I thought this course was excellent in terms of how it explained the different stages involved in actually building a painting from the very start to its completion. I particularly appreciated his advice on focusing on the large forms in the earliest stages of the painting process and reserving the finer details for the very last. l also loved how the instructor discussed the best means of applying the paint to the canvas, and how best to use agents like Odorless Mineral Spirits and Linseed Oil relative to each stage of the painting. The instruction on these particular issues was clear, detailed, concise, and really helped me in refining my technique. I did, however, feel that the course had one very major deficiency, specifically, it failed to explain how the instructor used the recommended paint colors to achieve the flesh tones in the painting. It might have been useful, for instance, to see the particular colors used to mixed a particular hue of the skin tone and the areas of shadow, and the proportions in which each color was used. I was left wondering, “Well, did he mix Titanium White with Cadmium Red, and Cadmium Yellow to get such-and-such a tone?” and “How much of each color did he combine to get the various tones – did he use more Titanium White than Cadmium Yellow?” “How much paint did he need to mix overall to paint the subject in full?” (my thought here being, not to mix and therefore waste, excessive amounts of paint). The instructor listed all the colors that would be used, the preferred brand of paint, the recommended type and brand of paint brushes, and how to best organise one’s palette for optimal performance…all of which are great. But there was no detailed discussion given on how to go about combining particular colors in particular proportions to achieve the desired flesh tones or colors for the background. It would be really great if this information could be included in a follow-up video.

Belinda

I enjoyed the course overall. I think the instructor covered the stages of the process well and the application of the paint. The color palette was shown and laid out. However it fell short in the areas of instruction on the following which I feel are of utmost importance in painting the human form. I feel in order to make this a complete classical painting course other principles and elements as below could be added. Suggestions are:
1.On the actual where and when to use the filberts and the round brushes.
2.How the colors on the palette were used and various mixtures of the colors to achieve certain affects. Such as mixtures for shadow darks and also mixtures used to turn the form.
3. The play of warm and cool temperatures discussed
4. Edges- for some reason I have never found even one video that covers the technique of how to achieve beautiful edges. The push and pull of lost, soft, firm and hard edges that creates the illusion of depth and dimension.
Maybe a sequel to this video would be helpful to include in the course.
The nice thing is that I can watch this at home and don’t have to travel to get instruction. I just wish there was more info.
Thanks

Connie

Re: First painting video:
What the instructor had to say was valuable, but there just wasn’t enough information. The way the course was constructed was I believe, aimed at a novice given the information about laying out the palette and the selection of colours, but then there was nothing really about what colours to combine to achieve a desired effect. The last several minutes was taken over by music and the instructor painting but no commentary which would have been so critical to get the desired look.

Wayne

frankly disappointing, the videos skip on the most important point which is the color mixing, he just lay down the paint on the palate and give idea how to arrange them about but no information about how the color is mixed, the skin tone is very complicated and I bought this specially for this details however the instruction is just about ” here it is more pink” and there it is “more yellow”.

Nafi

Course Curriculum

Tools Materials 05:22

Lesson1. Tools Materials

Imprimatura 02:10

Lesson2. Imprimatura free

Dry Brush Drawing 08:15

Lesson3. Dry Brush Drawing

Dead Colour 04:04

Lesson4. Dead Colour free

First Painting 20:29

Lesson5. First Painting

Second Painting 18:27

Lesson6. Second Painting

Outro 00:57

Lesson7. Outro

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Fantastic instructions and nicely explained classical technique. Thank you!
Jan Czechowicz

Downloadable Materials

Jacques Louis David - Patrocle Free
Jacques Louis David - Patrocle painting
I came out of this with a heightened attention to detail, and practical knowledge of how to make a graphite drawing to a high degree of finish – in stages. I can see how doing more of these copies would improve the accuracy of my drawing.
– Jon, Drawing the Bargue