Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fresco painting workshop

Sean Kramer,
One Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, 9 – 4, February 20 & 21

The ancient art of fresco painting has been practiced for millennia. The oldest paintings we have evidence of are kinds of fresco. In this course students will work on small scale true fresco projects. They will learn to apply the fresco lime plaster to tile, brick, even walls at home. Fresco painting is done by applying pure pigments to wet plaster. When the plaster dries the paint becomes a permanent part of the surface, resulting in a beautiful, soft matte finish.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015


Sean Kramer, 10 Weeks
SA 6 A Monday 9 – 12 February 1 – April 4
SA 6 B Wednesday 6 – 9 February 3 – April 6
Tuition $300 Materials Fee $120
Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine

In this course you will learn painting techniques originating with the Egyptians, practiced throughout the Middle Ages, and continued into the present by artists such as George Tooker, Andrew Wyeth, Michael Bergt and others. We will first work on a number of small projects to learn and practice the basic techniques of egg-tempera panel painting. Then students can work on a painting either of their own design or based on a prototype. We will begin by learning multiple methods of preparing panels: using 'true gesso' made from marble dust and chalk, as well as other plasters. Then we will make our own paints from earths, semiprecious stones and modern pigments. The making of other paints (oil, acrylic, distemper, watercolor) from the same basic pigments will also be demonstrated. We will learn a number of methods for using gold leaf and other kinds of metal leaf in paintings (gilding, assist, patination, painting over metal leaf). Multiple techniques of applying egg-tempera will be learned: dry brush, petite lac, glazing and scumbling. This will be craft-based painting course.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Icon of Prophecy

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Archangel Michael

egg-tempera and gold leaf on plastered wood panel
27 inches tall

A set of three icons, just finished

Monday, May 18, 2015



This is a Syrian style icon. The red background is hand-ground cinnabar.