Mischtechnik Painting Seminars
The Artist ~ Teachers
Aside from teaching, organizing international painting seminars and coordinating exhibitions, Mantra Cora and Prof Phil also exhibit together in two-person shows and are co-partners in passing on the knowledge of painting in international painting seminars. During the seminars, they impart a knowledge of Mische Technique (egg tempera and resin-oil painting) in a number of versions, or Tempera Grassa, and sometimes even merging Renaissance and 19th-century methods in drawing, painting and inspirational sessions on the creative process. All this encourages the importance of a profound artistic knowledge and skill in painting that is greatly emphasized in the studio, but not less than the role of the artist's psyche, spiritual imagination, inner life and process of invention. 'Psyche' and its handmaiden, 'Techne', working in harmony. They take an integral approach in their teaching. Students learn all aspects of their craft, from the maintenance of their equipment, to the different paints, mediums and tools, to an acute awareness of color, light, perspective, movement and depth, atmosphere and the relationship between all of these elements without abandoning the quality of 'human feeling' that has become elusive in the hands of many painters today.
The courses are taught in English with one-to-one contact as often as possible. The most in-depth knowledge of various techniques are offered. All this takes place in an atmosphere in which the teachers highly emphasize individualized instruction tailored to each participant's unique visual language and spirit. It is not the one-size fits all formula that too many seminars and academies lean on. Mantra's and Prof Phil's approach inspires a serendipitous process in painting that combines preparation and a natural, intuitive and spontaneous execution, enabling the artist to achieve imagery that can run the spectrum from a mystical precisionism to a vibrant abstract painting; from a classical realism to an expressive and raw emotional work. The painting is infused with an 'inner light', a mirror to the human spirit. Today this technique is considered to be a sacred knowledge by Classical, Fantastic and Visionary artists alike. All are welcome to join.
The Core Teachers
Selected work from Philip Rubinov Jacobson & Mantra Cora
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Philip Rubinov Jacobson
Professor Phil holds an MFA in Painting & Printmaking, an MA in Painting and Sculpture and a Bachelor degree in Studio Arts and Cultural Anthropology. He says he learned nothing about painting at any university and so at 19 yrs. old he left the USA to study painting under his mentor, Ernst Fuchs (1930 – 2015), co-founder of the School of Fantastic Realism in Vienna, Austria. Their ever evolving friendship would span 42 years. In 1997 Ernst Fuchs requested that Prof. Phil formally carry on his teachings in the Mischetechnik (German: Mixed-Technique) of painting in egg tempera and oil and he has been holding his renowned Old Masters – New Visions international painting seminars ever since. In 2012, his wife, Mantra Cora, joined him in organizing and teaching in the seminars. This summer they return to Greece to hold a 4 week painting retreat.
Rubinov's travels have been extensive, including India, where in 1978 he studied meditation, Eastern philosophy and wandered naked with a group of sadhus. In 1995, the professor founded and directed the New School of Extended Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where he served as the Dean from 1991-1997. The artist has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and his writings have been read worldwide. He is the author of the now classic; DRINKING LIGHTNING - Art, Creativity, and Transformation from Shambhala Publications and PROMETHEAN FLAMES- Rekindling and Re-visioning the Creative Fire. These first two books are an integral part of a Trilogy on art and consciousness that culminates in a forthcoming monumental tome entitled: Eyes of the Soul - Exploring Inspiration in Art. Prof.Phil is currently teaching at Barton Community College, where he will also offer the first college credit courses in Mischtechnik Painting in the USA, perhaps even the world. Mantra Cora has also joined the faculty at BCC. Together, with their daughter Liya, they are living in the Midwest and continue to paint, sculpt, write and teach.
Mantra Cora was born in Gdansk, Poland, relocated to England in 2006 and then to the USA in 2016 with her husband, Prof Phil and their daughter, Liya. In 2013 Mantra completed her BA in the Visual Arts at The University of Salford in England. She has closely studied techniques of painting with Prof. Phil, and also studied drawing and painting as an Erasmus Exchange Student at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata in Italy. Her Erasmus Exchange program was followed by a 4-month internship at the Phantasten Museum in Vienna, Austria. It was there that she daily assisted the internationally renowned artist, Ernst Fuchs, with his paintings. Along with her partner, Prof Phil, they both resided and worked alongside the renowned Austrian artist, De Es Schwertberger, during this magical time in Vienna. Mantra co-teaches painting with Prof Phil in their international Old Masters-New Visions painting seminars. At their painting retreats, she offers a section on Creative & Innovative Grounds that inspire automatic-imagery and a serendipitous process in painting. In 2016 she co-curated, "A Legacy of Light" art exhibition and also co-created and edited the catalog for the show. This historical exhibition took place at Castle Gloggnitz in Austria. Her art has been exhibited internationally, including the UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. Mantra and her family recently relocated to the Midwest and has joined the faculty at Barton Community College where she will be teaching Portrait Drawing and Painting
Selected Work by Past & Present OMNV
Visiting Guest Artists & Teachers
Guest teachers offer a variety of techniques, methods and expertise that is rarely found elsewhere. Visiting artists add to the creative fire by bringing a unique spark of inspiration to the community and through their dialogue and feedback with both students and the teachers. Over the years many artists have been invited to visit and some to teach alongside Prof Phil and Mantra. This has included Prof Ernst Fuchs, Michael Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffmann, Viktor Safonkin, Brigid Marlin, Daniel Friedemann, Peter Gric, Wolfgang Widmoser, Otto Rapp and assistants to Prof Phil: Amanda Sage, Cynthia Re' Robbins, Matthias Staber, Kim Evans, Veronica Shremeck, Jody Florman and Kris Kuksi. A sample of some of the Guest teachers' work can be viewed below. Among future guest and visiting artists will be: Benedetto Fellin, Amanda Sage, Kuba Ambrose and Vera Atlantia, Jennifer Mc Euen and many others to come.