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March 13-18, 2023
Thursday, March 9, 2023 @ Midnight
Open to all Visual Artists - Beginning & Advanced Level Artists Accepted
Space is limited to 10 students, please register today to ensure your participation.
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Workshop Description: Dacia Gallery is pleased to announce Byzantium to the Renaissance: Egg Tempera and Gold Gilding Workshop in New York City. This workshop is intended as an introduction and revival of the centuries old tempera painting and gold gilding techniques for modern painters. To inspire and create stunning modern paintings with the knowledge, materials and techniques of the Byzantine and Renaissance masters. Students will learn to paint in egg tempera and water gild 24K gold leaf with centuries old Byzantine techniques and secrets of the renaissance master painters, from Duccio and Giotto to Simone Martini and Fra Angelico. Specific images have been selected to paint for this project that each student will be able to learn the most techniques from. Including painting the face, garments, decorative gilded backgrounds and applying 24K gold leaf. The workshop is planned that each student will be able to complete a finished painting. Your time is meant to be productive, illuminating and memorable.
Invitation to Artists: The Byzantium to the Renaissance Workshop is open to all visual artists, from the beginner, who is seeking to develop basic skills, to the advanced artist who may be interested in insights into the instructor’s approach and practices. National and international artists are invited to attend, including anyone interested in learning more about Medieval and Byzantine art. This is an unique painting technique that was primarily used  during the renaissance and previous centuries. It has a wide array of applications to contemporary artists, by learning these ancient techniques to create some visually stunning paintings that are not seen today. If you are interested in participating register today. 

Egg Tempera: Historically egg tempera has been the primary paint of artists for over two-thousand years, since its invention by the Egyptians. The medium was highly favored during the Byzantine Empire for its versatility, richness of color, transparency and timeless qualities. The beauty and luminosity of Byzantine Icons is unsurpassed by the modern oil painting mediums we use today. The beginning of the renaissance was launched by using egg tempera paint to create more realistic looking icons and portraits with the newly developed Italio Byzantine style, known as International Gothic Style. The early fathers of the renaissance, Duccio, Giotto and Simone Martini all used egg tempera to the fullest extent of range, color, realism and newly invented perspective to achieve a marvelous new approach to western painting. This development inspired artists like Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi and Michelangelo to create some of the worlds best known paintings on panel. With the creation of oil paint during the early 1500’s artists slowly started switching from egg tempera to oil because of the the ease of mixing paint and speed of being able to apply paint to a gessoed panel. In the process the luminosity and transparency of tempera paint was lost to modern painters that no longer have the knowledge of the materials and techniques to create a timeless tempera painting. This workshop is intended as an educational introduction to these unique techniques that can be applied by artists in their paintings today. 


Making Your Own Tempera Paint: During the workshop students will learn to make their own egg tempera paints from scratch. By learning the properties and chemistry of pigments, grinding and mixing pigments, applying the egg yolk with distilled water and white wine as a binder, you will make your own paint just like the old masters. No modern store bought paints will equal the vibrancy, beauty and quality of the paints you will learn to make yourself.


Water Gilding 24K Gold Leaf: During the workshop students will learn how to achieve a mirror finish shine to their gold leafed paintings. The process is called Water Gilding, it requires a marble gessoed background on a wood panel on which you apply red clay bole mixed with rabbit skin glue. The clay bole dries, is sanded and polished with an agate stone burnisher. Then solution of distilled water and denatured alcohol is applied on top and the 24K Gold Leaf is placed on the wet areas, it will immediately stick to the bole. Once dried the gold leaf is burnished to a mirror like, perfect finish. Water Gilding is a unique process used by the masters that gives a beautiful finish to backgrounds or to decorative elements in paintings. You will be amazed at the possibilities of the work you can create once you learn how to properly water gild with gold.

Housing: Artists are responsible for their own housing accommodation during the time of the workshop. Previous artists have used airbnb.com to find affordable accommodations. Typically, airbnb.com is the best resource for temporary accommodations in NYC. Most artists have stayed in the East Village and Lower East Side, SoHo and Chinatown, everything is close by and the gallery is conveniently located in the middle of all these neighborhoods. The workshop will take place at Dacia Gallery located at 621 E. 11th St. New York, NY 10009.
Airport: There are three major airports where artists can fly into New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK); LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Artists are responsible for the cost and booking of their flights to and from New York if a flight is needed.
Itinerary: The workshop will take place from Monday to Saturday from 9AM to 4PM. 
Instructor: Lee Vasu is an Artist, Iconographer, Curator and the Founder of Dacia Gallery in New York City. Born in Sibiu, Romania in 1979, Vasu spent his adventurous childhood in Transylvania drawing and painting. Inspired by the stunning mosaics, frescos, and the mystical sacred Icons of the Byzantine Churches of his native land, Vasu formed a unique artistic vision of the timelessness and power of art. In 1990, Vasu moved to the United States with his family and continued to study art. He received a BA in History and Art from Kent Sate University and a Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Museum Science from the University of Akron, to further pursue his curatorial passion. Following his studies, Lee represented Romania and the United States at the European House of Arts and held his first solo exhibition at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Bucharest. Additionally, Vasu participated in group and solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Slovenia, Romania and the United States, his work can be found in numerous public and private collections. His passion for art enabled him to curate exhibitions nationally and internationally, which inspired him to establish Dacia Gallery in New York City. For more info on Lee Vasu and to see his artwork visit: www.leevasu.com

Art Materials: All materials will be provided for the workshop by Dacia Gallery. Marble Gessoed Icon Board, Tempera Pigments, Red Clay Bole, 24K Gold Leaf, Brushes, Pallets, Drawing Paper and all other items needed. There is no need to purchase anything just come ready to paint.

Workshop Fee: $1,200
Payment: In order to reserve your spot, please select from the options below and make a payment to register. Once payment has been made your spot is automatically reserved and a Dacia Representative will contact you to discuss the workshop with you. There is no refund one month before the workshop begins because we will have already paid for all the materials needed for the workshop. Upon clicking submit and making the first payment, the artist agrees with Dacia Gallery's terms and conditions for payment for the Workshop. The balance must be paid in full before the workshop begins.
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After you complete your electronic registration you will be re-directed to PayPal for payment. If you have any questions regarding the workshop, payments or registration please email or call the gallery at any time.
E-Mail: info@daciagallery.com
Phone: 917-727-9383
Thank you and we look forward to sharing this unique art experience with you in New York City.
Below is an example of a current painting that Lee Vasu is working on, explaining the technique and process that we will be using during the workshop. This is just an example, we will be painting a different subject in the workshop. 
Step 1. Drawing and Etching the Lines 
Step 2. Application of Red Clay Bole and Polishing 
Step 3. Application of 24K Gold Leaf and Polishing 
Step 4. Underpainting in Egg Tempera
Step 5. Underpainting of Flesh and Solidified Garments 
Step 6. Compleated Garments and Final Accents on Flesh and Orange Robe