MICHAEL JOHN ANGEL - VERMEER WORKSHOP
Johannes Vermeer was known as “The Sphinx of Delft” because so little was known of him and his painting methods. However, a tonne of research has been done over the last 15 years, and we now know how his paintings were constructed.
In this workshop, you will learn how to recreate these luminous paintings that seem to be full of air and light. Under maestro Angel’s instruction, you will learn about Vermeer’s attitude to edges and how to build the illusion of form. You will also learn how Vermeer used glazes to give the impression that the painting is more vibrant than Nature.
Copying master paintings under instruction is the fastest way to learn, and the surest way for a painter to improve. Vermeer’s paintings are small, and the students will be painting them actual size.
Maestro Michael John Angel gives several painting demonstrations throughout the 5 days and teaches the class how to stay in control of the drawing while developing the colour.
Students also receive various pdf and jpeg send-outs that encapsulate the correct methods of using oil paint. These send-outs explain the different grounds, materials and mediums used in oil painting and also describe the various layers used in traditional underpainting-overpainting techniques.
A short biography of Mr Angel can be found on the Angel Academy’s website. He is listed in the Art Renewal Center’s Living Masters gallery, and has served as a judge for several national and international competitions, including the ARC International Salon competition (four times), the IlluXCon international competition, and the Portrait So- ciety of Canada (three times). He has also served as judge for la Collection Beaux-Arts Réaliste, 2014.