Paint it like Preti: Workshops on Mattia Preti’s manufacturing techniques for painting on canvas and stone

Heritage Malta will be organising workshops on Mattia Preti’s manufacturing techniques for oil painting on canvas and stone

On the occasion of the exhibition “Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity”, which will be running at the President’s Palace State Rooms in Valletta between 3rd May? and 7th July, Heritage Malta will be engaging the visitors with a number of workshops on the manufacturing techniques used by the artist when painting on canvas and stone.

The first workshop will feature Preti’s manufacturing techniques for an oil painting on canvas. Heritage Malta’s Senior Conservator, Ray Spiteri, who has worked on the conservation of Preti paintings, will take participants through the manufacturing techniques behind Preti’s oil paintings on canvas. Participants will work off a preliminary drawing, mix their own colours and paint their own masterpiece just like Preti did. Finally, the participants will be able to take their finished work home with them. This workshop will be held on the 17th of May between 10am and 2pm with a second group on the 14th of June at the same time.

The second workshop, which will be held on the 31st of May and repeated on the 28th of June, will deal with the manufacturing techniques used by Preti for his works on stone. As in the first case, the workshop will also take place at the President’s Palace in Valletta between 10am and 2pm and the participants will be able to take home the work done during the session.

The price for each workshop is €25 and includes all materials (including paint brush etc) and a guided tour of the Mattia Preti exhibition. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta sites and museums, and from Heritage Malta’s Head Office in Bighi, Kalkara. Places are limited and early booking is highly recommended.

For further information please contact Heritage Malta’s Education Programmes Department on 23954239 or by sending an email to

Mattia Preti official website