THIS YEAR I will be offering a course covering all aspects of painting, drawing and mixed media techniques. The village of Casole d'Elsa itself and its surrounding landscape is a wealth of stimulation for all lovers of the Tuscan landscape, architecture and way of life and it's the intention of both courses that besides exploring the many visual opportunities on offer using just one or more painting, drawing and/or mixed media techniques that you should also relax and enjoy yourself. There will be introductory demonstrations on various techniques and slide talks relating to my own work and to involvements. Tuition will be on an individual basis and with my encouragement and guidance I hope that you will leave the Centro with the confidence, skills and enthusiasm to continue your own explorations and to further develop your ideas.
VINCE TUTTONhas had a close association with Centro and the village of Casole d'Elsa for the past 18 years. He is an artist of considerable experience, but with an equally impressive background in education. He has taught Art College students, Adult Education and Communty Arts Groups. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Miami Dade Community College, Florida and the recipient of Italian Government Scholarships and painting residencies at the Foundation Valparaiso in Spain. Originally from the Rhondda Valleys of South Wales, Vince is now based on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. However, the close personal and professional links both he and his family have with this area brings them back to Casole each summer and is very evident in his work.
MATERIALS:It will not be necessary to bring the full range of materials listed. During the introductory sessions all materials used (except the more expensive paper and painting boards) will be provided at a small cover charge. Following these workshops you will be expected to use your own materials. You should also bring your own brushes, pencils, eraser, sketch book and palette.
Basic colours recommended- Titanium White or Flake White (quicker drying), Ivory Black, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt Blue, burnt umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, viridian green. N.B. The now alkyd range is an excellent versatile paint, ideal for quick drying needs. It is more subtle/sensitive than acrylics. If using acrylics a GEL RETARDER to slow drying time is most useful.
Chalk pastels: (soft) Rowneys Artists' soft pastels. Assorted boxes available, including "Landscape' range (No. 12L or 36L). You can purchase individual sticks to suit your own colour range.
Oil Pastels. Rowney Craypas - assorted boxes.
Conte Crayon: Black, white, sepia bistre, red sanguine,
The Centre provides basic materials such as gumstrip, chalks, drawing pins, glue size and light drawing paper. We are also equipped with static and portable easels, drawing boards and sketching stools.
AT THE CENTRE
We have a small shop where we stock a limited range of paints, several types of cartridge, tinted and watercolour paper, hardboard, canvas, stretchers, primer and fixative.
In the village you can buy turps, white spirit, linseed oil, Kitchen paper etc.
We are equipped with easels, drawing boards, some sketching stools and portable easels. We provide light weight drawing paper, chalk and charcoal.
There are art shops in the neighbouring towns of Colle Val d'Elsa, S.Gimignano and Siena so it is often possible to replenish your supplies during the course.