The Renaissance Atelier

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The Renaissance Atelier was established in 2014 and regularly offers workshops and courses to students seeking to learn more about the traditional Drawing and Oil Painting techniques as used by Renaissance artists.  This methods have stood the test of time and paintings created over 500 years ago still hold a luminosity and brilliance of colour.  Students shown here are completing Master copies of Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato’s ‘The Virgin in Prayer’  which acts as an effective learning tool for Renaissance oil painting techniques. Also shown is the initial stage in completing a master copy of Northern Renaissance artist Jan Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring‘ . This was completed by a student completely new to oil painting, and clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of this particular painting process. Victoria is a highly experienced tutor and holds 17 years university teaching experience at Birkbeck UCL and three other universities.

Courses cover canvas preparation, different grounds, composition, directional light, traditional colour mixing (muller and dry pigments), colour/tonal balance, subtlety of line/edges, and the overall atmosphere to be achieved.

Also different drawing techniques are covered, including papers and materials. Tuition is available either via small groups or on an individual basis. 

” A thorough, exacting and very enjoyable Renaissance painting course which examines the processes and procedures in painting at a fascinating period of time.  Victoria is a knowledgeable and patient guide in these methods and also provides an understanding and good sense of the artists of the Renaissance”.    

Ann Green BA (Renaissance Oil Painting Course)



The Chocolate Factory Wood Green N22 6XJ.   &    BHCA Bedford House, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5NW.