David Kassan workshop 2014 Jun

I was  honoured to be chosen for the David Kassan 5 days workshop in Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin 2014.
David Jon Kassan is one of the greatest figure painters of the contemporary art world.

The aim of the workshop was learning Kassan’s method of approaching a portrait painting. David demoed in the mornings, students worked in the afternoons. David shared generously his knowledge of painting, also moved through the classroom, attending to each student individually.

David begun with a drawing, using gunmetal gray Daler-Rowney Canford card paper to draw on. The block-in stage was done by PanPastel which I realised is an Irish owned American company. The product itself has to be ordered from abroad, hard to find here in Ireland.

Pan Pastel is a brilliant product and can be used with water for watercolour effect.

He refined his drawing with General black and white charcoal pencils. This brand is an American brand, superb artistic high grade quality.
Once completed, the drawing was photocopied and pan pastel iron oxide is rubbed on the back of the copy. This is placed upon a die-bond plastic board that has been prepared with Golden Acrylic N6 grey and traced out.

David uses Vasari colours which he believes are the best.
He paints with size 2 Kolinsky Sable round brushes series 6227Z. He builds up his painting with a series of small lines. His mediums: Liquin oleopasto medium, stand oil and M Graham’s walnut alkyd oil. Binoculars are used at all stages of drawing an painting in order to refine shapes and forms.

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