Realist Still Life Pt. 4

$37 usd
+ available add-ons
Sun Feb 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)

Realist Still Life Pt. 4 with Ardis DeFreece


In this class, students will learn to create a dramatically composed still life in the style of the old masters. Each student will choose objects from home. We will work together to compose the still life, control the light for dramatic effect, and choose a palette to work from. We will also work with more advanced techniques in perspective, value, color, and texture. Students will look at the work of artists from the past and present for stylistic changes and techniques. This is a fun and challenging project that requires some painting experience. If you have questions, please contact me via email.

Experience level: Students should have beginning to intermediate experience before this class. If you have taken a beginning painting class, you will feel comfortable. More advanced students will learn new techniques.

-Acrylic or oil paint in the following colors: ultramarine blue, quinacridone or permanent red, yellow ochre, hansa yellow, cerulean blue, burnt sienna, burnt umber, titanium white, mars, lamp or ivory black.
-Water in a jar for acrylic
-You may use thinner for oil. I prefer EcoHouse thinner, otherwise just use a low odor thinner or no thinner. I use a glass jar with a cleaning coil and lid to store and reuse thinner like the Silicoil brand).
-Walnut oil and/or walnut alkyd medium. Or linseed oil or galkyd for oil painters
-A selection of brushes: a 1”, good quality, house painters sash brush (no angle from hardware store), a larger flat (No 10) and some smaller flat brushes for details, a No. 10 round, and a few small detail rounds size 0 to 2, it is nice to have one script liner (a long bristled round detail brush) size 2 to 4 as well. The white synthetic brushes are fine for either acrylic or oil. You can also have a sable or two for oil if desired, but not necessary.
-Rags or paper towels for dabbing and cleaning.
-If you are not using thinner for oils, you may want some non toxic brush cleaner.
-Palette: you cam use disposable palette paper in a palette box, or a reusable palette in plastic or wood. Please do not use a watercolor palette with little depressions for mixing. You want a large, flat palette with lots of space for daubs of paint and mixing. I use a 12x16 inch palette.
-Canvas, canvas panels, or wood panels (sizes vary according to project)

Ardis DeFreece

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