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Painting an Allegory: Concept to Canvas

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Compose stunning allegorical paintings and bring them to life on canvas! Join Martin Wittfooth in the studio for a study in storytelling.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Martin Wittfooth
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Learn the secrets to creating striking allegorical paintings that will fascinate viewers and ignite their imagination. Join instructor Martin Wittfooth for an exploration of professional painting techniques that will enrich your use of themes and symbols. You'll use three classic composition styles that will change the way you look at art -- the golden ratio, rule of thirds and diamond guide -- while venturing into the current era with digital composition tools like Photoshop. Wittfooth's expert tips will help you infuse underlying messages to your art in meaningful ways as you apply intentional focal points and more technical prowess to everything you paint.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Allegorical Painting
Meet your instructor, Martin Wittfooth, and discover the importance of symbols and themes in allegorical paintings.
2. Developing a Concept
3. Diamond Guide & Rule of Thirds
4. The Golden Ratio
5. Digital Composition Tools
6. Composing in Photoshop
7. Creating an Underpainting
8. Blocking in Color
9. Refining the Details

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paints, brushes, canvas or board

Taught by

Martin Wittfooth
Martin Wittfooth
Brooklyn painter Martin Wittfooth's work blends classical techniques with modern allegorical themes. His works have been featured in American Artist and New American Paintings magazines, in addition to being shown in galleries nationally and internationally.

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