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Traditional Painting

Principles & Methods for Realism

R$ 178,80


R$ 198,00


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  • A basic understanding about Drawing and Painting is useful, but not necessary

  • All the material used will be shown, listed and comented during the course


This course is designed to give a broad introduction to the fundamentals and methods of traditional painting, from the history of academicism and the functioning of a studio or atelier, the materials and methods of painting, colours, mixtures and paint application, to practical demonstrations of realistic painting!

Not only for beginners, but also intermediates, and even advanced professionals who want a greater knowledge of traditional and academic methods of painting.

Watch the teacher Rafael Guerra, graduate and former teacher at The Florence Academy of Art, in Italy demonstrate in practical lessons the use of materials, from pencils, charcoal, brushes and paints, to papers and painting surfaces; the use of limited and complete palettes of colours, and how to make the right mixtures for an efficient colour palette that will allow you to paint any subject; and the step by step to produce drawing or painting based on the realistic tradition of the great European academies. In the end, you will have all the basic knowledge of traditional painting and the timeless academic methods and fundamentals for quality painting, such as the Sight-Size Method, the use of lighting, and the steps for the production of any painting.

Just a reminder, you will need access to a printer to print the guides; practical exercises are optional, and the student can choose to do them, which will result in the need for materials, or just watch the course and absorb the information.

Materials needed for practical exercises, which are ultimately the student's choice to do them or not:

- HB Graphite Pencil

- Charcoal (Suggested Nitram H, HB, B; explanation of use within the course

- Paintbrushes (Suggested round Bristle type, varied sizes; explanation of the use within the course

- Oil Paints; list of colors described within the course

- Canvas or other painting surfaces of the student's choice

- Some tools, such as masking tape, plumb line, etc. will also be necessary, but all the material to be used is described in detail within the course during the demonstrations of the use


The Language is listed as English (UK) because the teacher lives in Europe, but the English is spoken with a Brazilian Portuguese accent. Subtitles (CC) are available but generated automatically

Who this course is for:

  • Lovers of Art and Painting, from Hobbyists to Professionals, who look to raise their knowledge about Tradicional Painting

  • People interested in Traditional Drawing and Painting, and Classical Methods of Artistic Production

  • People interested in Realist Painting, on any subject

  • People interested in Painting, who seek knowledge about the use and production of traditional Drawing and Painting Materials

Course content

  • 8 sections • 36 lectures • 4h 42m total length

  • Collapse all sections

  • Introduction to the Course & the History of Traditional Painting2 lectures 

  • Introduction

  • History of Painting, Academicism and Modernism

  • II Introduction to Traditional Methods4 lectures

  • From Drawing to Painting

  • The Sight-Size Method

  • Hello from Rafael!

  • III Drawing Materials3 lectures

  • Pencil and Others

  • Charcoal

  • Papers

  • IV The use of the Drawing Materials & Construction of the Drawing4 lectures

  • The Use of Pencils and Charcoal Sticks

  • Values

  • Drawing Construction

  • Drawing Demonstration

  • Preview

  • V Painting Materials8 lectures

  • Oils, Paints and Mediums

  • Brushes

  • Preview

  • Painting Surfaces

  • Preparing Canvas and Panel for Painting

  • Palettes

  • Limited Color Palette

  • Colors and Mixtures

  • Cleaning the Palette

  • VI Painting Practice I6 lectures

  • The Use of Brushes and Mediums

  • Underpainting

  • Grisaille

  • Experiment with a Limited Color Palette

  • Review of Concepts and Comparison with a Full-Color Palette

  • The Steps for a Painting

  • Preview

  • VII Painting Practice II - Still Life Painting3 lectures

  • Still Life Demonstration Part I

  • Still Life Demonstration Part II

  • Still Life Demonstration Part III

  • VIII Painting Practice III - Portrait Painting6 lectures • 33min

  • Preparatory Drawing

  • Transferring the Preparatory Drawing

  • Underpainting and Introduction of Color

  • Preview

  • Portrait Painting I

  • Portrait Painting II

  • Portrait Painting II!                                 


Rafael Guerra

Rafael Guerra was born in Recife, on the northeast coast of Brazil. Being one of the oldest and largest cities in Brazil, Recife is a cultural centre, where Guerra grew up exploring an affinity to art from a young age. He first majored in Biology at University, but his love for art made him move to Italy, where, in 2009, he began his studies in Drawing and Painting at The Florence Academy of Art (FAA), leaving Biology behind and investing in a future as a painter. During his time at the Academy, his work received different prizes, one of which allowed him to study and work alongside Director Daniel Graves in his studio in Florence, whilst also taking on the role of assistant teacher in the FAA Intensive Drawing Program for one year. After fully graduating, in 2013, Guerra taught for 2 years at the FAA, before moving to Finland, where he currently lives and works, having a private studio in the city of Loviisa. He also works from his private studio in Brazil, in the coastal city of Olinda, an area which a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He tries to dedicate his time painting between these two countries, believing these two different environments are sources of great inspiration. Guerra has exhibited his work in Brazil, Italy, England and Finland.

On his work, Guerra tends to be influenced by his love for nature, for tales and myths, and fantasy related aspects of life. He draws inspiration from the nature around him, especially in forest-covered Finland, with its many natural areas. His works reflect this passion for natural things, incorporating aspects of a rustic, natural life, with vibrant dramatic colours portraying the beauty of the natural world.

What you'll learn

  • Principles e Methods of Traditional Realist Painting

  • History of Painting and Classic Academicism

  • The Functioning of an Atelier/Studio of Realist Academic Painting

  • Materials for Quality Painting: Paints, Oils, Brushes, Surfaces, Palettes, and more, besides Drawing Materials

  • Preparation of Canvases and Surfaces; Traditional Making of Oil Paint

  • The Sight-Size Method and the Stages for Realist Drawing and Painting

  • Colors and Mixtures for an Essential Organized Palette; The Zorn Palette and Limited Color Palette

  • How to Use Pencil, Charcoal and Brushes, and the Main Concepts for a Production of a Painting

  • Complete Production of Paintings, from Drawing to Underpainting e Finalizing

  • Processes and Stages of Still Life and Portrait Paintings, with Demonstrations

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