images and thoughts from Sean Kramer
"Humans do not live very long,
and having seen just a part they boast of having seen the whole."

"We make assertions and denials of what is next to it,
but never of it."
Dionysius the Areopagite

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.