No class November 25.

In this course, participants will work alongside the instructor as they are taken through six essential steps to making a still life painting.

Step 1: Composition and Studio Setup

Step 2: Value Study on Brown Paper

Step 3: Color study

Step 4: Block-In / Transfer Drawing

Step 5: First Pass in full color

Step 6: Final Pass

Step 7: Glazing and Finishing touches

Students will work steadily to finish each of the 6 steps so as to get to the finishing of a still-life in the allotted time.  The course will emphasize finishing as much as it will focus on each step along the way. Each week Liz will provide an example of the stages indicated above.  The students are expected to participate by making a work in the same manner. Individual critiques will follow, and an explanation of the next week’s topic will be discussed towards the end of class.

Materials List:

-Compressed Nitram Fusain Charcoal (vine charcoal is too soft)
-White chalk (I like to use the kind you get for chalkboards)
-Hand Mirror
-Knitting Needle to measure
-Plum Line
-Toned drawing paper
-Drawing Board
-Blue Tape
Please bring professional quality paints
Flake White (Cremnitz White) or Titanium White
Cadmium Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Red Scarlet
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Viridian Green
Ultramarine Blue
Ivory Black
Additional colors can be added as needed.
Suggested Medium and Solvents:
Linseed Oil
(small palette clip to hold medium)
Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol)
Coil pot for Gamsol or Jar with lid
Brush soap
Spray Retouch Varnish
I prefer a hand held wooden palette.
Brushes:  Please don’t feel obligated to buy every brush.  Have a variety of small, medium, and a couple large brushes ready.
Escoda Bristle brushes in filbert and round (sizes 2-8)
For details, Escoda Optimo Kolinsky Sable Oil Brushes (sizes 2-6)
Paint Knife (no plastic knives please)
Mahl Stick
Paper Towels (“Viva” recommended)


Suggested panels are Deluxe Professional Oil Primed Linen Panels Centurion (OP DLX) found at Jerry’s Artorama.
For Canvas, I recommend fine or medium weave canvases that is double primed. (Claessens 13 is great)
Extra Canvas:  For sketches/small studies on canvas, a small roll of canvas can be cut to size and taped to a board.