STILL LIFE PAINTING
April 01, 2020
Loosen up your style and paint realistic, expressive, and exciting still life paintings. You will develop a deep understanding of traditional techniques, as well as explore contemporary approaches in paint application. Students may choose to paint many small studies or work on larger arrangements for longer periods of time. Topics including drawing, value organization, color, edges, design and paint application will be addressed. You’ll leave the class with a new set of skills to set up and create your own still life masterpieces.
Below is the (suggested) materials list. While all of these materials can be found at Opus Art Supplies, similar products from other stores are fine. No need to bring everything, simply bring what you would like to work with each class.
1) PAINT Bring oils or acrylics, although oils are strongly recommended.
• Titanium White
• Cadmium Yellow Pale & Cadmium Yellow Lemon
• (or bring any bright yellows that you have)
• Yellow Ochre Pale (or Yellow Ochre)
• Cadmium Red Medium
• Alizarin Crimson Red (or Permanent Alizarin)
• Raw Umber
• Burnt Sienna
• Ultramarine Blue
• Ivory Black
• Odourless mineral spirits (please bring Gambol brand ONLY, small bottle)
• Refined linseed oil (small bottle)
3) BRUSHES Please bring a range of shapes and sizes. Feel free to bring whatever brushes you wish. Steve recommends: For Canvas: Both bristle & synthetic brushes can be used for canvas.
• 2 Bristle Filberts: size 4
• 1 Bristle Bright: size 10 or 12
• 1 synthetic filbert: size 4
• Synthetic Rounds: sizes 0, 2, 4 (1 of each) For Panel: Synthetic (or Nylon) brushes are best for panel, as bristle scratches the smoother surface.
• 1 Flat: size 10
• 2 Filberts: size 4
• 1 Filbert: size 8
• Synthetic Rounds: sizes 0, 2, 4 (1 of each) 4) SURFACE
• Bring 1 gessoed hardboard or wood panel (recommended) OR canvas or canvas board: 11 x 14”, or slightly larger or smaller than this is fine. Please don’t bring a big canvas, as it takes too long to paint! • Surface Prep: Add 3 layers of gesso.
• A glass palette is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own.
6) PALETTE KNIVES
• Any size, although we recommend the Liquitex ‘Small Painting Knife’ #8
7) PAPER TOWEL
• 1 roll of extra absorbent paper towel. We recommend ‘Scott’s Shop Towels’ (blue or white), found at painting/ lumber stores.
• Painting can be messy, please bring suitable clothing
• Any size (a small one is fine): used for taking notes and doing various homework exercises
• Mahl stick
• Paint ‘razor’ scraper What we provide:
• Easel, side table, chair/stool
• Glass palette
• Containers for your painting liquids
• Masking tape
*Optional Materials: No need to bring these items to class, unless specified by the instructor