Artists Construct Own Canvas In Paint Stretchers Workshop

Release Date: 1/18/2001. Expired: 2/10/2001

The Renaissance Center is providing a Paint Stretchers workshop on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001 9 a.m. noon. Tuition is $40 and the deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001.

In this workshop, students will construct their own paint stretchers. Each student will determine the canvas size, with an approximate limit of 36 X 36. The process includes measuring, cutting mitered corners, stretching canvas, and applying gesso. Participants will leave with a custom-primed stretched canvas.

A canvas is a strong, heavy, closely woven fabric of cotton, hemp or jute on which a painting is done. Applying gesso seals the canvas giving the artist a smooth surface on which to paint.

“Purchasing prepared canvas in stores can be expensive,” states John Kohlburn, a member of the art faculty at The Renaissance Center and workshop instructor. “This workshop teaches students how to prepare their own canvas for a fraction of the cost. It is a practical workshop for the serious artist who doesn’t want to spend extra to purchase canvases or just wants to create their own.”

Besides the financial advantages of making their own paint stretcher, artists are not bound by any particular size. Students will learn that they can determine the size of their canvas for each painting. This life long skill gives the artist more control over their work.

For more information on the events at The Renaissance Center, please call (615)740-5600.

Visit the Visual Arts Workshops page for more about the workshops.


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