Mariana Carreras
Mariana Carreras

When did paint in a tube help make painting easier?  What did artists do before that?  When did attempts at perspective enter two-dimensional art?

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16), Mariana Carreras will discuss a brief history of painting techniques in Western art in her second lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy. She promises to touch on topics ranging from the materials and possible motives of cave humans, to the techniques and reason for Egyptian and Roman painting. She will look over the shoulder of monks and their manuscripts and enjoy the violins along with the development of a Mona Lisa.

Here are some questions to consider prior to the presentation:  What is the difference between Gouache and Watercolor?  What is a giclee print?  What is the Glair Technique (see Book of Hours picture below).

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Carreras received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fine arts at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  Moving to Tucson, she opened the Carreras Art Studio and became an active artist in the Tucson community.

BOOK OF HOURS: JULY. Shearing sheep and reaping wheat in July: illumination from the 15th century manuscript of "Tres Riches Heures" of Jean, Duke of Berry.
BOOK OF HOURS: JULY. Shearing sheep and reaping wheat in July: illumination from the 15th century manuscript of “Tres Riches Heures” of Jean, Duke of Berry.

Carreras is a guest lecturer at the Tucson Museum of Art, and was a board member, volunteer and fundraiser for The Drawing Studio.  She has been a full-time faculty member at Pima Community College for nine years, and is now a department chair.

In 2012, she received the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for her contributions to the Department of Arts and Humanities. She has also been nominated for Best Art-Educator at the Arizona Governors Award Ceremony.

Written by Virginia Richardson, Academy Village Volunteer

 

Tracing the History of Painting Techniques: Nov.2016
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