Painting on panels with Margaret Krug

Focus on traditional painting methods and their contemporary application including encaustic used in the Fayum region of ancient Egypt, egg tempera from early Renaissance Siena and oil painting from Renaissance Venice. Prepare small wood panels with traditional gesso ground. Produce paint by combining dry pigments with beeswax, egg, milk glue or oil. Using exercises from An Artist’s Handbook, technical proficiency is encouraged through copying techniques employed in master paintings, while gaining an understanding of color theory, composition and construction of a pictorial space, and through creating original work from observed reality using the same methods. Create a set of technical examples to use as visual reference as well as a cohesive body of original work. Day trips, with art history lectures and sketchbook exercises, to museums and other sites in Siena, Florence and surrounding towns enable students to examine the cultural/historic context of methods and concepts presented in the course. Critiques and thematic assignments encourage access to personal vision.

Textbook: An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques, Margaret Krug

Coordinator’s Bio

Margaret Krug MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, painter, author, associate professor at Parsons School of Design, former senior lecturer at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Contributing writer for Artists Magazine. She is an Artist Mentor at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Lesley Art Design, MFA in Visual Arts Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Painting Center, The National Arts Club, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Willa Cather Foundation and elsewhere throughout the United States and internationally. Author of An Artist’s Handbook: Materials and Techniques, published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, Laurence King, London. Spanish, German, Chinese, and Russian editions published. Director of a painting, drawing and art history program at Friends of Spannocchia in Italy. At work on a forthcoming book on color and composition.


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Jun 15 - 27 2022


All Day


Tenuta di Spannocchia, Chiusdino, Siena, Italy