Still Life Painting
06 Aug, 2021
08 Aug, 2021
Still Life Painting
Come learn a synthesis of painting techniques that allows for efficiency without compromising quality, craftsmanship, or draftsmanship.
6 in stock
This workshop introduces participants to an expressive, efficient approach to painting that can be called a direct method. The direct method allows the artist to explore the fundamental aspects of painting, including paint quality, warm and cool tones, expressive brushwork, accuracy of shape, form and colour, etc. The direct painting technique borrows somewhat from the layering methods used by most old masters, as well as from the modern alla prima style that features wet-into-wet paint application. Students will learn a synthesis of techniques that allows for efficiency of execution, but without compromising any of the principles of quality, craftsmanship, and draftsmanship.
The class will meet at our studio from 10 am – 4 pm ET each day.
Full workshop price is $350, and a $100 deposit is required to save your easel. The balance will be due on the first day of the workshop.
Painting Surface(s)Either a 14 x 11 in. or 16 x 12 in. The most economical and simple surface to paint on is a standard stretched canvas with acrylic primer. Prepared panels are the best options as they are more portable, archival, and can have smoother finishes, which is preferable for both detail and painterly effects. Good quality prepared panels, such as Ampersand™, RayMar™, and Fredrix™ are available at art stores very nearby ARA: Aboveground Art Supplies and Articulations. Also panels from New Traditions™ or RealGesso™ or Art-Boards™ all are good choices, as well, but would have to be ordered online. If you wish to tone your canvas beforehand please do so early enough so that it is completely dry prior to the workshop. A mid-tone warm or neutral grey is ideal (Value #5 Munsell) mixed with black, white, and raw umber. You can use a premixed #5 acrylic paint instead to tone the canvas, as it dries quickly, but ensure that it is not applied too thickly; i.e, it should be transparent, like watercolour. Golden and Liquitex acrylics both sell tubes of Munsell value #5 Neutral Grey paints.
Colours (oil paint only)
- Titanium White and Cremnitz (Lead) White (if available)
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Yellow Ochre PALE (Winsor & Newton)
- Cadmium Red Light (true Cadmium only, not “Hue”)
- Burnt Sienna
- Raw Umber
- Alizarin Crimson
- Viridian Green
- Ultramarine Blue
- Ivory Black
- 6-10 hog’s bristle brushes (filbert), ranging in sizes from 1-10
- 6-10 synthetic brushes (filbert), ranging in sizes from 1-10
- 3-4 soft (synthetic or natural) round brushes, ranging in sizes from 0-1
- Note: This is the minimum!
Medium / ThinnersNote: These will be provided for you if you cannot find the product or if you are travelling by air.
- A small container of odourless mineral spirits (OMS). No turpentine or citreous please.
- 2 small cups with lids for holding medium or mineral spirits. Available at art stores everywhere.
- Palette knife — a narrow, long and flexible blade is best
- Palette — Paper palettes (preferably a gray-toned palette) are quick and convenient, but a prepared (i.e., sealed) wooden palette is ideal.
- For clean-up; a roll of paper towels, or Shop towels, or a Box of tissue, or Clean rag(s)
- Masking tape, and 2 Bulldog clips
- Mahlstick (a 1/2 in. diameter dowel, approx. 30 in. long is fine)