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ARTECHNE – Technique in the Arts, 1500-1950

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From Print to Paint – Utrecht Summer School 2020

How do artists master their art? Does painting in oil result in different working procedures and visual effects compared to other media? Which material and technical properties determine the creative possibilities of prints, sculptures, and the applied arts? What can art historians learn from re-making art, re-working historical recipes, or reproducing material objects? This course will immerse you in discussions related to art production and (re-)making, materials and materiality, and techniques and technology. 

This course is highly interactive and has a firm hands-on component. It integrates methods typical for the humanities and historical disciplines with practical work in the studio or lab. At one moment you may find yourself decoding a recipe for writing ink in a historical manuscript; at another moment you might be introduced to the practicalities of the printing press. During one lab session you might be mixing pigment with different binding media to make oil and tempera paint, and on the next day you might be working with fire to cast a small metal object. You will benefit from Utrecht University’s Kunstlab and the research and expertise of the ERC-funded research project ARTECHNE (https://artechne.wp.hum.uu.nl/). Upon completion, you will have deepened your knowledge in the artistic production of art with insights from recent developments in technical art history and heritage studies.

For more information and application details, see: https://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/art-music/from-print-to-paint-histories-and-methods-of-artistic-production.  

You can choose to participate in either the one-week version of the course or the extended version (two weeks), which includes visits to museums throughout the Netherlands.