Monday, January 23, 2012

Retablo Painting Requirements

Oil Painting Requirements

1. Use a 5x7 Masonite Board (they are already gessoed).

2. Sketch your idea FIRST and fill out your art proposal. Get approval from Ms. Burnell prior to painting.

3. The subject of your painting is up to you BUT it must have a narrative (tell a story) and use symbolism.

4. The whole surface must be painted/completed.

5. You must demonstrate knowledge of, and use, shades and tints in your painting.

6. Have a clear background and foreground, and if possible, middleground.

7. You must paint details.

REMEMBER: You MUST put newspaper underneath your painting AND clean brushes thoroughly!

BOTH the Independent Project & the Retablo Painting are DUE:
February 17th, 2012

Retablo Paintings

A retablo is a Latin American devotional painting. The paintings are usually small in size, considered to be folk art and use iconography derived from traditional church art.

Retablos can represent a specific religious subject/person or they can tell a story, which is called narrative. The stories usually recall dangerous events that actually occurred, and which the person survived and/or triumphed, thanks to the help of a sacred person (God, Mary or a saint). The retablos are made to thank the sacred person for protection.

(Secular Retablo Painting by Dianne Bennett)

Cleaning Paint Brushes

Brush Cleaning Directions for Oil Painting:

1. Wipe off excess paint onto newspaper. Wipe as much as possible as this will make it EASIER to clean.

2. Wipe your brush GENTLY around in the tub of The Masters brush cleaning soap.

3. Rinse with water.

4. Repeat step 2 until brush is thoroughly clean.


* Make sure that you DO NOT get oil paint on your clothes or the tables!

* Oil paint does not come out of clothes!

* Always put your 5x7 masonite board on newspaper when painting - this prevents oil paint from getting onto the table.

Frida Kahlo

"Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo's work is remembered for its 'pain and passion', and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition figure prominently in her work, which has sometimes been characterized as Naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as 'surrealist', and in 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo herself as a ribbon around a bomb'.

Kahlo had a stormy but passionate marriage with the prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which stemmed from a traffic accident in her teenage years. These issues are reflected in her works, more than half of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, 'I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.'"


Website about Frida Kahlo: