Leonardo Art Academy
In Spring 2013 I discovered the Leonardo Kunstakademie (Leonardo Art Academy) in Mattsee near Salzburg, Austria. Following an introduction afternoon, I decided to register for two classes to test the waters. It did not take long to realize that their art study is exactly what I needed to fill the gaps that I had as an autodidact.
First Courses at the Leonardo Art Academy
My first course was about painting informalist pastels. Informalism means that the subject is not derived from any objects. The instructor was Elfriede Kotrba, the administrator of the Leonardo Kunstakademie. Just after the first day, I felt that I had learned so much in one day, that the course had already paid off.
My second course was with the leader of the Leonardo Kunstakademie, Prof. Hannes Baier. The course topic was the painting styles of J.M.W. Turner and Emil Nolde. Both painted with watercolors and it was fascinating to learn more about their different techniques.
Art Study Program (2013-2015)
In September 2013 I started this study program, which consists of 10 intensive courses of each 3 to 5 days distributed over two years. In between these classes we have plenty of assignments that are then critiqued during the following class.
The following gallery shows a small selection of works that I produced during my time at the art academy.
The following links lead to the blog posts about each course, for all who want to see more details.
Basic Course 1 – focus on drawing techniques, perspective, shading
Basic Course 2 – focus on watercolor (Aquarell), ink, color composition, color mixing, glazing
Advanced Course 1 – focus on acrylics, tempera, gouache, oil paint
Advanced Course 2 – focus on depicting the human figure and portraits
Advanced Course 3 – focus on conceptual paintings
Advanced Course 4 – focus on the final exam paintings
Large-scale paintings and their potential
Painting techniques of Feininger and Kandinsky
Impressionism and Expressionism
Painting techniques of Schiele, Morandi, Modigliani, and Cezanne