Thursday, December 3, 2009

Trompe-l'oeil moldings and ornaments galore!

During this 4-week program Michel led the class inside the magical world of trompe-l'oeil which, as described in his book, Art & Techniques: Decorative Painting, encompasses the study of highlight and shadow, imitation moldings, and decorative ornamentations of style.

After teaching the filets, or linings, Michel took the time to explain various architectural molding profiles in detail.  The techniques covered in class are similar to studying a new language - like a new set of codes - that will help students create the illusion that will give their painted objects a three-dimensional character.

Michel giving detailed, step-by-step instructions

Students watching closely during a demo

Michel checking student's work

Michel relaxing, as he waits for students
to gather for the demo

Students' panels lined up on our studio's wall

Another demo by Michel -
a decorative ornamentation of style painted in trompe-l'oeil

Michel's panel - work in progress