Art, techniques and materials

We often look at art with a theoretical eye, but in this course we dive into the practical side of making art: into techniques and materials. This course covers the simple pencil on paper, how an etching or engraving is made, how an artist builds up his canvas in layers, how pigments and oil paints are created, as well as how marble is worked with hammer and chisel and bronze is cast. You will be introduced to surprising aspects of artistry and see the alchemist at work. Some methods are as old as mankind, such as charcoal on a rock face, but in our own time surprising materials have been added, such as peanut butter on a floor. In short, in this course you will see and learn all about what passes for the artist's studio.


How does that work online?

You follow this lecture online from your own computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and sound. Lecturer and images will automatically appear on your screen. If you cannot attend 'live', you can watch the replay of the lesson another time. look back. Registration is therefore still possible until after lesson 2 of the course.


Free trial lesson

Want to know if this course and taking it online is for you? You can join lesson 1 of this course as a free trial lesson without any obligations. You can register for this free trial lesson directly via this link.

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Reviews of this course

Barry is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, which makes him a very knowledgeable teacher. In a relaxing way, he takes you through the art.
About English Art History

Lecturer of this course

Barry Heinrichs

Barry Heinrichs

Barry Heinrichs is an art historian. Driven by a curiosity for what moves artists, for the unknown and the anomalous in art, Barry Heinrichs has developed over the years into an all-round art historian who gives lectures and courses, organises guided tours and guides art tours that deal with all topics within the field of art history - ancient, modern and contemporary - and especially the connection between them.

Recommended literature

Should you wish to delve further into the subject of this course, we recommend the following books. This is not compulsory literature for the course.