The works of art in the permanent collection of the
National Gallery of Slovenia are a diverse source of creative inspiration. For
this reason, in addition to guided tours and lectures, we have been running various
creative courses for our visitors for many years.
Advanced Intaglio Printmaking Techniques Course
The participants made prints in various intaglio
printmaking techniques: drypoint, etching, vernis-mou, aquatint and reservage. Most
of the participants had prior knowledge in printmaking, thus we were able to
explore the complex processes of matrix preparation, the mechanical and
chemical processes of motif creation, and how to obtain a high-quality print as
the final goal of printmaking. During the course, the participants demonstrated
great mastery of printmaking expression, which was manifested in high-quality
prints and artistic variety.
At the drawing course Portrait Step-by-step,
participants explored the relationships between parts of the human face and the
basic modules of the entire human head using plaster models of the eye, ear,
mouth, nose and an oval-shaped model of the head. They created in pencil and
pastel techniques, while learning about shading and the concept of light and
dark of the art theory. With their final assignment the course participants
referred to Slovenian realists, whereby they chose a portrait photo and rendered
it in the colour pastel technique.
At the drawing course From portrait to human figure,
participants learned about different approaches to drawing the human figure.
Starting by drawing by observation a plaster model of the human head and a
model of the human skull, they further made drawings of plaster models of the human
palm, foot, torso and a wooden full-length figure. The emphasis was on aiming
and conveying angles and mastering proportions. The final assignment consisted
of drawing a figure of a live model.
Oil painting course
At the painting course Everyone can paint like a
master, the participants first learned to mix their own oil paints in the manner
that was known centuries ago in the workshops of the great painting masters.
The participants delved into the secrets of the painting principles and
techniques of the nineteenth century. Each individual trained his or her painting
skills through a number of tailor-made exercises accompanied by lectures and
demonstrations of the mentor. The final project consisted of rendering copies
of selected full-length portrait paintings from the permanent collection of the
National Gallery of Slovenia.
Mentor of intaglio printmaking courses: Admir Ganić
Mentor of drawing courses: Tina Konec
Mentor of oil painting course: Nik Anikis Skušek
Preparation of works for the exhibition: Tina Buh
Exhibition coordination: Tjaša Debeljak Duranović
1 September – 25 september 2022
National Gallery of Slovenia