Monday, July 13, 2015

Renaissance Tile class!

I have become more and more excited about the possibilities of the Zentangle Renaissance tiles over the past year. These tiles were developed to showcase shading as well as highlighting techniques based on the chiaroscuro method in Renaissance art. While preparing to teach this class, I looked up definitions and examples of the chiaroscuro method. 
Wikipedia defines it as, "in art, it is the use of strong contrast between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. mentions that the basis of the word is equivalent to chiaro (bright) plus oscuro (dark).

This contrast of light and shade results in a dramatic effect. The technique was initially pioneered by Leonardo da Vinci, and it was further developed by atrists such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Rembrandt. 

Here are a few examples of chiaroscuro used in Rembrandt's paintings. I love the moody glow of the light against the dark!

A beautiful example of this technique by Maria Thomas, who developed Zentangle with Rick Roberts, is linked here to their blog:

You can also find great examples of Zentangle Renaissance tiles in the FaceBook group: Square One: Purely Renaissance Zentangle

 And now . . . . . . drumroll, please! Here are Renaissance tiles done in class yesterday!
Everyone did a spectacular job!

Marti Morgan sent this image of her first (!) tiles from class last year along with her new Renaissance tiles from class yesterday.

Kathy Webb sent this wonderful 'collage' of her supplies in addition to a peek at her tiles!

Here is my most recent Renaissance tile.

If you enjoyed this post, have any questions or ideas, I would love to hear your comments! Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

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