Learning from enamelist Olga Barmina is reason enough to take the class. Because finding a grisaille class is so rare, Olga is self-taught in the art. “My favorite part about teaching is being inspired by my students. They are so enthusiastic and their thinking is fresh. It is very nice to be around people who do not feel constrained by the technique. They help me push it’s boundaries,” Olga told us. Grisaille requires an artist to think backwards since sketching is more like darkening the shadows. In this case, technique creates a strong contrast between light and shade.
Originally used as underpainting for oil painting, grisaille enameling achieves a dramatic effect of light and shade. Often associated with medieval French enameling, grisaille is the application of white enamel to a black enamel background, creating halftones and shading. We met up with 20 Shades of Grey: Medieval Enameling Techniques instructor Olga to go over a simple, step-by-step project from the class.
The prerequisite for this class is Enameling I. Already taken Enameling I? Check out our upcoming 20 Shades of Grey: Medieval Enameling Techniques classes.