17 February 2015

Pascal Amblard- summer painting classes in San Francisco

It is with great excitement that I can announce that I have the honor of hosting my friend the master muralist Pascal Amblard, for a special painting workshop at Lynne Rutter Studio in San Francisco.

Tiepolo-inspired painting by Pascal Amblard
You've read more about Pascal Amblard's work here before, and hopefully bought his amazing book, Painted Homes, which explores the wide variety of his elegant work as a muralist and decorator.

A sought-after mural artist working internationally from his studio in la Haute-Savoie,  Pascal is also well known as a generous and skilled teacher.  I am thrilled to host him in my own mural studio this summer for what we have been calling the "dream class!"

July 10-17, 2017
Seven day Mural Master Class
This course will give those wishing to improve their mural painting skills, an opportunity to work at a grand scale,  learn design, drafting,  and painting techniques for creating large scale works.

A preview of the type of composition we will create together ; the architecture and landscapes are borrowed from Tiepolo's frescoes in Palazzo Labbia, and the figures from his son, Giandomenico. We will use similar elements and come up with our own murals.
Pascal says:"After more than 25 years in this business I am finally organizing a "start from scratch" class.
Pascal Amblard with his demonstration mural
"It is certainly the most valuable learning situation for students, and the most difficult for a teacher. I will of course prepare this class very carefully, I have already  spent quite a few hours on it~ but on day one, hour one, instead of starting to play a well mapped out part,  I will start improvising with you!   I know in which key we will play and what note to use or to avoid but I will be open to your ideas and suggestions. I will show you how I myself compose, mixing computer and centuries-old techniques.


We will share and experience together in what is so rarely taught: how do we get from a blank piece of wall to a spectacular, harmonious and desirable mural composition.

"Once the composition is set we will use projectors, possibly some free-hand drawing as well.  Then we will paint, and I will teach you the techniques I have used and refined through hundreds of murals.
As we have a lot of working space, we will do this on a grand scale.  Each person will have room to work comfortably.

"A good mural painter has to know about a few  topics : skies, landscapes / trees, architecture / perspective , figures / draperies , objects / still lives.  Besides composing a large and complex mural, the point of this class is also to cover  all these fields."

Reservation information for Mural Maser Class  here:  Mural Master Class


18th Century Rococo ornament for Pascal Amblard's newest class


July 6-8, 2017
Three-day 18th Century French Ornament
In this exciting new class,   Pascal Amblard will teach the methods of painting the graceful Rococo ornament of 18th century France. 
Participating artists will paint an ornamental "Turquerie" panel 35"x 40" featuring hand painted vases, roses,  and figures and stylized ornament suitable for framing, or for use as wall decor, panel ornament, or cabinet inset.

Reservations for Rococo ornament class here:  18th Century Ornament



Here is a rare opportunity to learn and practice in a large, light-filled, working mural studio, with one of the true masters of this art.







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