Still Life in Oils
- April 29 - May 17 (3 weeks) & October 7 - October 18 (2 weeks)
- 10AM - 1.30PM
- Tuition Cost:
- On request
- Application Deadline:
- One month prior to commencement
- Level of Difficulty:
- Accessible to students of all levels.
- Atelier Canova studio
- Class Size:
- 4 students
- How to enrol:
- Use the online enrollment form
There are many aspects to this course. We begin with a slide show outlining the historical development of the still life genre, and finish with a salute to some more contemporary artists. Composition is discussed as all the students begin to plan their own still life arrangement emphasising simple and clean shapes, and paying particular attention to complementary colour schemes. The drawing is executed in charcoal using the “sight-size” drawing technique. Colour theory is addressed and each student begins their painting with a quick colour sketch. This stage is supplemented by a formal demonstration of how to arrange your palette (and why a limited colour palette is recommended). Colour theory also includes an explanation of the importance of chroma, as well as opaque versus transparent pigments.
We will follow these simple steps; introduction and history lecture – theory of composition – colour study – charcoal drawing – colour painting.
Student’s various still life set ups
Some painting experience is preferred- particularly in oil painting. Also remember that any Bargue drawing experience is helpful. Students are asked to choose and assemble their own compositions but please keep in mind that “less is more”, and the subject matter should be simple. Please AVOID such things as patterned ceramics, multi coloured objects, decorative fabrics and anything that will deteriorate over the three weeks.