Painting Webinar: ACCIDENTAL RENAISSANCE
LIVE on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 11 am Pacific.
Recording is available anytime thereafter.
Inspiration video: https://youtu.be/npLELHkvmuU
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After purchase, we will send you an access link to the webinar (before the session starts) or recorded links if you purchase thereafter. We'll also send you the link to the shared photo folder specific to this webinar.
We're using ZOOM as the video platform. Video and audio for participants will be muted by default during the live webinar. You'll be able to view and listen to the presentation and interact via chat. The session will be recorded and up for replay anytime after the live webinar ends.
Reddit user Alexis Smith created a page in 2014 after an image of a brawl in the Ukrainian parliament was compared to Renaissance paintings. Currently, on the Reddit page "Accidental Renaissance," 800,000 armchair art historians discuss contemporary photographs that resemble classical paintings. Through "Accidental Renaissance" images, current events become theatrical windows into contemporary human dramas.
“Renaissance painters have this economy of style and scale and human bodies where they can convey to you the plenitude of human emotions in just a few square feet of canvas. What we’re looking at in ‘accidental Renaissance’ pictures is something approaching that — it’s a few square inches of pixels that get at something that is deeply human,” says Christopher Nygren, a professor of Renaissance and Baroque art at the University of Pittsburgh.
For this painting series, we're going to use contemporary Accidental Renaissance photographs as inspiration in creating Renaissance-style paintings.
- Painting premise: Figure.
- Props: Image references.
- Painting surface: any size, any kind. We recommend 9x12 or under.
- Painting webinar medium: oil over cotton paper. Feel free to select your media.