Bouguereau and the Perfect Painting Method with Martinho Correia

Martinho Correia is a contemporary realist painter from Calgary.  He has a Fine Arts degree from the University of Calgary, an Education degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy from the European University in Rome.  He studied and taught for several years at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence.  To learn more about Martinho, visit his website at: Martinho's website.   Some comments from his students:

"He is an excellent teacher. . .and his critiques and comments were encouraging and helpful.  He showed a lot of patience...I would certainly take another workshop with him and would recommend his workshops to others." -EF  

"I would take another course from him...He is calm and easy-going and so familiar with the problems of learning a technique". -JC

"The course was fantastic . . . I learned a lot, and thought that Martinho was very good." - LH


“Bouguereau and the Perfect Painting Method -A Traditional Approach to Making Pictures"

bouguereau method

This class will study a traditional approach to painting through the works of William Bouguereau and other 19th century painters who used what has been called, the perfect painting method. 



Thomas Bardwell’s 1756 book “Practical Treatise on Painting in Oil-Colours”  was the first book published in Britain giving a detailed and comprehensive set of instructions for a method of oil painting. Bardwell stated that he discovered his method by studying the art of the past as “ I could have no assistance from the living”. 

His method was arrived at after a ‘tedious course of mistakes’ and involves painting a picture in three stages.  Bardwell’s influence was enduring in the first half of the 19th century and painting in stages continued as the standard method well into the 19th century.

Indeed it is this process that many artists of the 19th C used and developed further in their own work. When we look at the unfinished paintings of Bouguereau as well as others such as Alma-Tadema, Waterhouse and Gerome are able to see various stages and in turn discern their process. 

Class begins Monday September 27, 2021 at 9 am Ottawa time and will run every Monday for 5 weeks until October 25. During this Monday class there will be a live demonstration of the process for each stage of the painting and that week's assignment. Students will follow along and can ask questions. The class will be recorded for students to refer to. Classes will be between 2 and 3 hours depending on the needs of the demonstration. After this students can work at their own pace for the week.

Thursdays at 9 am will be a class chat for any questions students have and for further demonstration. This will be between 60 and 90 minutes.  This class will also be recorded.

Weekly assignment is due Sunday with feedback given Monday. Late assignment feedback will be given during that week.

Individual feedback given with recorded video sent directly to the student.

Price:  $530 for KAC members, $550.00 for non-members payable at the time of registration to the Kanata Art Club, either entirely or in two instalments: $100.00 on the day of registration and $430.00 ($450.00 for non-members) 10 days prior to the start of the workshop.

Participants will receive on registration a supply list.

Registration will open for KAC members on August 24th.  It will open to non-members on August 27th.  To register, email: Registration is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.   Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a class where there is insufficient registration. 

To withdraw prior to the start date, please contact the registrar at .  A cheque for a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 will be issued if a written request is received no less than 10 days prior to the start of the first class.  There will be no refund issued beyond that date.