Austria, Salzburg

Alchemistic Painting

when 5 August 2019 - 17 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks

Painting is a pleasurable, extremely clever and ancient, communicative, foolish, intelligent, stupid, pioneering, world-changing procedure for making a study of society, and a tool for the future, says Paulina Olowska. (Der Standard, 10.07.2017)

Alchemy is an ancient science that deals with the mixing of various elements to create something new. Alchemists attempted to produce gold – an ambition many painters seek to achieve, in a figurative sense, with their painting.

In the Alchemistic painting course, Paulina Olowska combines these two approaches: the early one, mixing pigments or other elements to create something totally new, and the contemporary, a critical study of society.

The course focuses on painting in the broadest sense. If they wish, participants may learn how to produce paints – acrylic, gouache and oil paints. They can try painting murals and experiment with industrially-produced paints. There will be exercises with live models, tableaux vivants, with people (possibly also in theatrical costumes) as well as animals. Students may choose the subjects they wish to study in depth: portrait, gesture, objects, animals, or the question of how human emotions can be expressed in painting.

Group discussions will be held (also with references to art history), and individual guidance offered. A final exhibition will present results.

Course leader

Paulina Olowska

Target group

open to anyone interested in fine arts

Fee info

EUR 0: EUR 700: Regular fee
EUR 540: Reduced fee for students


Send application for grants by 3 April 2019. link on official website