Veil Painting - Course Description

Friday, October 24, 2014

Veil painting is a watercolor technique special to Waldorf schools. Watercolors are thinned more than usual (to about Value 7 or 8 on a photographer’s scale) and glazed over each other one white paper to achieve subtle color washes or “veils.” Colors are mixed only on paper, and then only one at a time in a wash over dry colors. Students stretch full sheets of watercolor paper over stretcher bars and attempt three paintings in “luster colors” (red, yellow, blue) and “image colors (white, black, green and peach.) The first canvas consists of eight panels, with pairs of colors painted into each panel.  The second painting is the Gothean color wheel and an alternate second, or possible third painting is an interpretation of a Durer engraving transposed into color masses using a full palette.  Student are evaluated on cooperation, discipline, painting skills, improvement made, number and quality of their paintings, skill in stretching the paper, proper care of materials, and engagement in the assignments.

Written Assignment due at the end of the block.

Write an essay about your experiences in Veil Painting several pages long using the What, How,Why and Who format:

What; describe what a Veil Painting is, perhaps by comparing it to a traditional watercolor painting. What did you learn, what did you get out of the Veil Painting experience.

How; this may be the most extensive part of the essay. Describe stretching canvas, mixing colors, applying layers of color, etc.,

Why; what is the purpose or advantages of Veil Painting over other forms of painting.