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Methods of the Masters

Our experience showed that the golden age of the renaissance is the most worthwhile base for the individual development of an artist. To continue these traditions in an individual interpretation the artist is able to develop an understanding for him as well as to open his rich inner world through art for others. The program teaches techniques which are founded in the antiquity and have been picked up again around 1400 a.c. The followers of these techniques are artist like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Lord Leighton, Alma-Tadema, Bouguereau. On closer observation it would not have been possible for modern artists, like Picasso, to be so successful without the examination of the roots of this 600 year old tradition. "Not to reinvent the wheel, but to build a own vehicle of the already existing wheels to venture in a new world" grants our Alumni real individuality and freedom.

Craft

Indispensable for a solid base of every artist is the technical and material aspect of his work. Art offers a huge range of material. To understand their interaction and differences are essential. Only the artist who is able to choose between different pencils, coal, colors, papers and canvases can be successful. It is also necessary to develop an understanding for the peculiarities which are hidden, e.g. in the choice of the brush or the preparations of clues and layers of the canvas.



Philosopy

Art is based on ideas; the origin of our ideas is based on our culture of the mind. Beside the inspiration for a journey to the inner self, the student learns an appreciation which will lead to an understanding of our culture. Art is always communication, so that the student has to have a sensibility for the deeper layers of humanity. Presentations and discussions on art philosophy as well as art history help to develop the awareness of the question for „what is art" or „why I am doing art".


Reality

The exact cognition – free from illusions – as well as the knowledge for structure and form, e.g. the human body were indispensible for painters like Leonardo and Michelangelo, the pioneers of the renaissance. The exact cognition is supported through specially developed task. This discipline has to be explored thoroughly from the students of nuARTis. In the course of the studies each student will enter the aspired matter so that he is able to see and understand – beside the external appearance – what is hidden for the eye.


Example of the perspective studies

The construction of a multidimensional reality on a surface confronts the student with a special challenge. Since the ancient world artist have been able to create the illusions of deepness in the painting by using linear perspective. The student is introduced in the basic techniques.

General techniques:

1. Introduction in the basics of perspective
2. Perspective and its environment
3. Cube multiplication and divisions
4. Ellipses and inclined planes
5. Geometrical corpuses and transparent constructions
6. Three point perspective

Explicit techniques:
1. One point perspective
2. Diagonal of a cube
3. Two point perspective
4. Studio tricks
5. Adequate perspectives
6. Reflections
7. Shadows

 
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