front           haed            
For educational purposes
- We are first of its kind in SW Florida
We are dedicated to the Preservation of Representational Art and Fine Art Education
      Click Below To Open:

Organization and Membership

Latest News

Media Announcements

Fine Art Demos

Fine Art Workshops

Famous Masters /
Locations to see
Artist Exhibitions
Special Events
Recommended Classes

S p e c i a l  Galleries

Open Meeting
Open Studio
Portrait and Figure
Members’ Accomplishment
Helpful Hints
Painting Programs
Talent Search

Scholarship Programs

Educational Events

New Masters

Future Masters
Donations and Needs
Submit your Comments


Frank Covino Art Class 2015 – Registration Form

Ft. Myers, Florida



Mailing address______________________________________________



_____Week 1:  Jan. 12-16, 2015

 $200.00 deposit enclosed (or $695 paid in full)

_____Week 2:  Jan. 19-23, 2015

$200.00 deposit enclosed (or $695 paid in full)

_____Both Weeks

            $400 deposit enclosed (or $1290 paid in full-note: $100 off 2nd week)

Balance is due on the first day of class.

Please bring cash or if necessary, make check payable to “Patricia Dunker”. 

Please note that it is for Frank Covino’s class.

Mail to:

Pat Dunker

81 Governors Club Dr.

Xenia, Oh. 45385


 or after Jan. 5, 2015

15687 Caloosa Creek Circle

Ft Myers, Florida 33908

Registrations are on a first come/first served basis. 

                                                    Class size is limited to 12 each week.


Verdaccio Painting

Verdaccio is an underpainting technique - and specific paint color - which originates from the Italian fresco painters of the early Renaissance. Created traditionally from a mixture of Mars Black and Yellow Ochre pigments, Verdaccio was used to establish tonal values in fresco painting quickly, creating a soft greenish-gray for the shadows of flesh tones. Architectural details in frescoes were often left in the pure Verdaccio coloring, hence we are able to still see evidence of it today in works such as Michelangelo's frescoes.

But what does Verdaccio have to do with modern oil painting techniques? As any artist can tell you, achieving realistic flesh tones is one of most challenging aspects of painting in color. But even early tempera painters of the Middle Ages knew that if they painted their figures first with a greenish hue, the flesh tones painted on top of them would "pop out" more convincingly and realistically. Green is the complementary color to red, and placing these two hues close together or on top of each other in a painting can create dynamic effects. The green can also "kill" some of the intensity of pure orange/pink flesh tones which can otherwise look plastic or doll-like on a painting. From these early realizations came Verdaccio underpainting techniques.

On this page I'll present a brief introduction to verdaccio underpainting: using and mixing verdaccio colors, how to paint and glaze over verdaccio, I'll show examples of verdaccio painting in use and also where you can learn more about the technique, including through workshops and books by artist Frank Covino. Covino is one of the strongest proponents of verdaccio and classical oil painting techniques today, and in fact is the artist from whom I learned many of the painting techniques I employ in my own work today.

Image credit: Section of Michelangelo's fresco of the Sistine Chapel, courtesy Wikipedia.

Contents at a Glance



To be a good artist one must be able to draw well, therefore:


'Putting Visual Intelligence Into Action ' (All Levels)

PORTRAIT SKILLS SESSIONS WITH acclaimed artist, teacher, art judge,

specialist in old masters.etc/, painting restorationwith over 25 years experience.

Ted de Clercq

 In these sessions , the instructor

 will address the relationship of the head to the figure, using drawing methods.


Monday eves and Friday PM, Saturday day with life model

Location:    Ted’s Naples Studio, 1335 Hilltop, Naples, FL 34103, tel.: 239-434-7544


Ted de Clercq

Fine Art Teacher For the Year 2012-2013

Portrait and Figure Fine Arts

Ted is  one of the best teachers in SW Florida with 25 years of teaching experience. He is an expert in the fine arts - the 'Old Masters' paintings and drawings and 'Painting Restoration'. He gives classes - private and groups - at his own studio and other

Art Organizations.

Monday eves and Friday PM, Saturday day with life model

                                                              Location:    Ted’s Naples Studio, 1335 Hilltop, Naples, FL 34103, tel.: 239-434-7544


Sessions are weekly in Ted's Studio

Please note: Model(s) will be dressed or costumed.


Workshop was planned well but needed to be cancelled due to lack of participation.



Intermediate and Advanced


With famous Ringling School Educated and

World-travelled Teacher




Steven Assael– Special Master Workshop

Sponsored by the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida, Inc.,

March 6, 7 ,8 ,9  2012

Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (1 hr. lunch)

Place/Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33901

Contact:  Renate M Reuter, tel: 239-481-2081, e-mail:


No Solvents

Message from Steven Assael below - paragraph

We will be using NO solvents at all! No Gamsol. No odorless mineral spirits.

No odorless turpentine. The only thinner allowed is safflower oil, and or cold pressed linseed oil.

We can use a drop of medium in addition to....See my pallet -- but No Turpentine.
The Venice turpentine is OK which is a honey consistency.                                                           




Robert Liberace – Master Workshop

for PFPS in Ft Myers

Sponsored by the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida, Inc., 239-481-2081,

in Ft. MYERS, FL

Free Demo for all Public

2-days Drawing, and 2-days ‘Alla Prima’ Painting the portrait or figure or study.

Date of Workshop: February 23 including Saturday 26, 2011.


Artist: Rob Liberace  with Workshop Group at the Southern Atelier, Sarasota

See: Rob in middle with his daughter

Charlie Miano at front left; I am in yellow front middle



Completed  Successfully






4-Day Oil Painting and/or Drawing Workshop   

March 24, 25, 26, 27, 2010

Covenant Presbyterian Church's Culvert Hall, Ft. Myers

2439 McGregor Blvd. (1 block of Edison Estate, Entrance in back)

Web. www.Steven Assael




Click to E-Mail:
To promote, stimulate and foster creative fine art painting in various
Media and styles. To encourage and promote fine portrait and figure
artists, teachers, students, our communities - national and international,
in their professional growth and success.

Copyright 2007 * All Rights Reserved ®
* Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida, Inc.
17545 Butler Road, S Fort Myers, Florida, 33967-2966 * Tel.: 239-481-2081 Web:
We are a USA 501c3 approved non-profit organization.