Friday, 27 November 2015

Michael John Angel Masterclass, 2016

'Painting the Human Figure From Photos using the methods of Caravaggio'   

 Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st August 2016 Belfast.

Michael John Angel painting St John
Mr Angel is highly regarded as one of the foremost figurative painters,  and his paintings and portraits hang in both public and private collections worldwide. Mr. Angel has taught workshops at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, in addition to lecturing at the Florentine campuses of several American universities and various private schools. From 1982 to 1988 he was the Director of the National Portrait Academy in Toronto, Canada, and from 1992 - 1995 the Assistant Director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  As an ARC living master, Mr. Angel is considered one of the most inspiring and successful teachers in classical and traditional art today.

                                                                Course Description:
Instructor: Michael John Angel

From Jan van Eyck, through Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Reynolds and Gainsborough, to Norman Rockwell and the present day, painters have always used the best technology available to them. Such technology includes the camera obscura, mirrors and photographs and is extremely convenient, but it is often used incorrectly.

In this one-week workshop, maestro Michael John Angel teaches the class the proper use of photographs, using a method similar to Caravaggio’s use of mirror projection. All photographs are provided by Mr Angel.

The course begins with a few basic exercises and includes various illustrated lectures in proportion, gesture, under-drawing and oil-painting materials. During the course, each student produces an oil painting in full colour, and throughout the workshop Mr Angel gives painting demonstrations that clarify each stage of the painting process.

Students have the options of working from a photo of the live model, or from a single-figure painting by Caravaggio.

Students will also receive various pdf handouts, with illustrations, that encapsulate the method of painting and drawing the human figure accurately. Other pdf handouts will explain the different grounds, materials and mediums used in oil painting and describe the various layers used in a 17th-century underpainting-overpainting oil technique.

Mr Angel is the Director of Studies  and senior instructor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence. A short biography can be found at He is listed in the Art Renewal Center’s Living Masters Gallery and is one of the ARC’s Board of Judges. As well as judging the ARC’s International Salon, he is a judge on several other national and international painting juries,: the Collection Beaux-Arts Réaliste, IlluxCon, and the Portrait Society of Canada, for example.

Michael John Angel painting Caravaggio

Further Workshop Details:
The workshop includes 30 hours tuition, from 10am - 5pm daily with a 1 hour lunch break. 
Individual and group critiques
Painting demonstrations by Mr Angel
Discussions on materials and techniques 

COST: £800 to include 30 hours of instruction, tea/coffee and some materials. 
A list of materials (paint and brushes) will be sent upon booking a place.

Terms & Conditions:

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. Full payment must be received by 1st June 2016. 
Minimum number of students - 10.

Not included:
Accommodation and flights, transport and all other personal costs.  Fees are non refundable unless the course is cancelled for any reason. 
 If traveling, it is recommended that you take out insurance to cover costs in the unlikely event of cancellation etc. 

Details of accommodation near the studio will be provided upon booking. 

For booking information and all enquiries please email 

Belfast is a vibrant city with a warm friendly atmosphere. If you are traveling for this course, you will find lots of things in the city to enjoy, in the days before or after the workshop.

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