Narrative Painting Course: from Idea to the Paint

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arts in rome Corso Pittura Narrativa con Nicola Verlato

Arts in Rome is pleased to present the Narrative Painting Course with Nicola Verlato from January to June (once a week) to learn how to develop the Idea and make it a Pittorean Opera. To participate in the Workshop you must be a Member of Arts in Rome. Read on as.

This course is suitable for all those who want to learn how to develop their own painting, starting with the idea, assigned by the Teacher, passing through sketches of characters, composing, to the Carton and then painting the canvas.

Date:             XX
Duration:      XX
Tutor:             Nicola Verlato
Where:           Arts in Rome, Roma (Italy)



The Idea: will be assigned by the Teacher
Sketches: Drawings will be drawn to depict the idea
Composition: the student will have to produce a series of preparatory drawings of a composition representing the chosen theme
The three-dimensional model in plastiline: the student must produce an analysis in the three dimensions of his composition. It will be small plasticine models; the photo on the left is just explanatory!
Cardboard, drafting a preparatory sketch: cardboard, a completed design intended as the final work of the course to bring back to the canvas.
Definitive Painting: Once the preparatory drawing on the Canvas is transferred, the painting will proceed.

The final painting will be small enough to finish the job. The teacher will show you through the small demo and his works the techniques and the processes.10257272_731659023553514_1322318416889449315_o


  • Analysis of the Compositional Strategies of the Old Masters to succeed in compressing a linear narrative into a composition on the two-dimensional space of the painting. Ancient Paintings and Their Compositions, Colors, etc. will be studied.
  • Illustration of compositional schemes from simple to complex around the same theme and format so as to show the enormous complexity and variety of solutions adopted by Masters from Ancient Greece to Rubens.
  • Importance of Perspective as a Narrative Tool. Brief introduction to the use of 3D programs.

This course is for me?

If you are wondering “I’d like to participate but it’s too hard for me” below you’ll find some advice! The course is certainly very complete as it does not only focus on technique, but also on inventiveness, on the idea and on its representation. It is recommended to have basics of Drawing and Painting, everything else will be explained by Nicola Verlato.

Why is the term “Narrative Painting”?

Specifically, the Teacher, Nicola Verlato, is a forerunner of painting seen as a means of telling and discussing modern themes, just as it was once; just look at the Paintings at the Churches and Museums of Italy that tell, for example, a Resurrection or an important Battle or a Birth, etc. Nicola in his paintings tells a story or a modern theme using Narrative methods, Composition, Painting and Drawing from the History of Art.

During the course some important paintings will be analyzed to explain the meanings and their realization, such as “The deposition of Christ, Daniele da Volterra”.

This study will be accompanied by projections that will help students understand the absolute interplay between the arts and the urban fabric of the Italian cities and in particular Rome and how this can affect new figurative languages. In this key the works will take on an entirely new meaning for students who will also acquire awareness of Italian cultural and artistic wealth.


The materials to be purchased will be indicated during the Course. For the beginning a sketchbook and sketch pencils are okay.

Number of Students:

The course includes a minimum of 5 participants up to a maximum of 10.



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