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Painting the Expressive Still Life - 1 Day Workshop

  • 250 Anderson Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
Painting the Expressive Still Life
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Saturday February 25th. 12pm to 4:30pm

Learn to give everyday objects new life by painting the still life in expressive, vibrant ways. If you tend to get stuck on the minor details or you want to learn how to paint more freely this workshop is for you. 

Through demos and exercises you'll explore how to...

  • create dynamic compositions
  • simplify the subject to the most important details
  • use bold paint application
  • relax and enjoy the process of painting expressively! 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, ages 15 and over. Some previous drawing and paint mixing helpful but not required. 

Supply list below. Canvas and paper will be provided. Those who don't have their own supplies can borrow all supplies from the studio for a $15 fee. 

*This class requires 5 students to run, with a maximum of 9 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

Workshop/Class policies 


Acrylic* Paint: (suggested palette, but bring what you have)

  • Titanium White
  • 1 Cool Yellow: Cadmium Primrose, Hansa yellow light, Cadmium lemon or Lemon yellow
  • 1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow deep/dark, cadmium yellow medium
  • 1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light 
  • 1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Quinacridone red
  • 1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
  • 1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue, manganese blue, or phthalo blue

Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht Artist Paints, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints. NO Student grade paints (they will only cause frustration). 

Brushes: Please bring a small selection of brushes (4-6) in good condition. Bigger brushes encouraged, no tiny brushes.

Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape. Metal, not plastic.

Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets.

Water container (a wide-mouthed salsa jar is fine)

Rags or Paper Towels. Many painters prefer the blue shop towels found in the auto section of hardware stores. 

Pencil and kneaded or rubber eraser

Notebook (optional)

Un-stretched canvas will be provided. If you would prefer to bring stretched canvas or primed boards you may do so (two, any dimensions 9x12 or smaller).

*Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed oil and/or Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (no liquin or other toxic or smelly mediums), and a way to transport wet paintings.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

Earlier Event: December 3