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Trompe L'oeil: The Elements

Trompe L'oeil (tromp-LOY') is a French term that literally means to "fool the eye".  This three-thousand-year old art style creates the optical illusion of dimension with nearly photographic realism.  Trompe L'oeil is an art form that deceives the viewer into thinking that the objects in the painting are real.  Every tear in a photograph, every fold in a drape and every human image is meticulously reproduced.  As a result, the objects depicted are both visually accurate and lifelike.

This five day course will give a comprehensive understanding of the principles of light and shadow as well as to develop the artist's skills to execute these principles.  Structured to accommodate those with little formal fine arts training to professionals in their trade, this class will move at different paces.  By the end of this class, every student will have a through understanding of Trompe L'oeil and will be able to include this style of decorative painting in his or her portfolio.

The course will begin with a study of light and dark rendered in charcoal and proceed to executing finish samples in acrylics.  In addition, several short lectures will be given on color, perspective, design of mural, scale and proportion.

Trompe L'oeil: The Elements will include:

  • Stone architecture

  • Crumbled edges and broken stone elements

  • Architectural marble pillars/columns

  • Illusional gilded capitals

  • Atmospheric receding landscape

  • Carved relief in stone

  • Life size trees in foreground with life like bark

  • Tranquil reflecting water

  • Romantic atmospheric skies

  • Flowing draped fabric and more.


Trompe L'oeil: The Elements

Current Pricing Information & Scheduled Dates
Price/Deposit Prerequisite
$2295 / $795 None
Dates to be Determined


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