Light & Shadow: The 17th Century Dutch/Flemish Tradition – The Art Students League

Light & Shadow: The 17th Century Dutch/Flemish Tradition

Michael Siegel

Workshop Description

MARCH 26-30
1:30–5:00 PM
Fee: $450
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

For centuries, artists have produced and experimented with hundreds of oil painting mediums to get the most out of each brushstroke. In the Golden Age of the Dutch/ Flemish Baroque, artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck used Black Oil and thicker wax mediums to produce amazingly rich “Light and Shadow” paintings, known as “Chiaroscuro.” This workshop will give the artist a working knowledge and understanding of these traditional handmade oil painting mediums. We will be using these techniques while painting a portrait from life. The instructor will conduct demonstrations, illustrating methods and materials and will cover subject like; light vs. shadow, painting as a sculptural language of brushstrokes, designing powerful compositions using lighting, value, color, edges, and paint quality and painting mediums and varnishes, and their use in painting. All levels are welcome, from beginner to professional.

About the Instructor

Having studied drawing all his youth, Michael Siegel began painting under Gregg Kreutz, and later moved to Taos, NM where he studied privately under famed ASL alumnus David A Leffel.  In 2009 Michael moved his studio to Los Angeles, where he now works as an artist and is a highly sought-after instructor. In 2011 Michael became the youngest artist on the roster of Spanierman Gallery in NYC. For more information please visit:

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