Module 2 - Still-Life Drawing & Painting

Learn how to draw Still Lives from real life accurately by using traditional drawing techniques and recreate a painted Still-Life study of an Old Master.

Learning how to draw and paint a still-life is one of the most tried and true methods of teaching students how to accurately observe objects in order to be able to draw and paint from real life, not only from pictures.

The process of still-life drawing teaches the student how to see and recreate objects the way an artist would in an actual, finalized art work, taking into consideration color, composition, perspective, line, shape, form, and contrast. Successful still-life studies will greatly enhance a student’s basic drawing and painting skills and will make the drawing and painting of more difficult subject matter a lot easier by enabling the brain to break down objects into more basic structures and how to switch between 3D and 2D subjects (from real, 3 dimensionally observed objects to recreating them to appear 3 dimensionally on a 2 dimensional surface).

A very important skill that is also learned when drawing and painting still lives is how to accurately create the proportion of objects in themselves and between different types of objects. Asking questions like: how far away is an object from another? How large does an object appear compared to another? or How much of an object can I observe in front of or behind another object? such questions lead the student to a better understanding of how to create art that is both convincing and interesting.

A common mistake people make when drawing or painting is that they make their work look very flat and very boring because they do not understand how color, line, perspective and other components work together to form an interesting composition or how to use contrast to actually create “mood” in a drawing or painting. However beautiful a drawing or painting may be, they are only as successful and intriguing to the viewer as their creator is able to reflect visual interest and emotive use of all the different components to form a unified whole. This skill is greatly enhanced by practicing still life art making. (104 words)

Accurate observation of real life objects is a fundamentally critical skill to learn for any artist. It is one of those secret skills that separates the truly great artists from the everyday doodlers. The more this skill is developed, the better the artist becomes at putting their thoughts down on paper and creating subjects in their work that are even far more complex than still life art making. There are artists, however, who become so specialized in creating still lives that it becomes the main focus of their work.

In studying the work of Old Masters like Paul Cezanne, alongside more contemporary renderings like those of Antonio Rodriguez Maldonado, a student’s visual literacy is greatly enhanced and the skillful ability to observe and then render great detail and color variations within a single subject, understanding how light reflects and influences objects is greatly sharpened.

Years can be spent studying still lives and the lessons an artist would learn and the expansion of an artist’s skill set would still be endless. Students are encouraged to always draw and paint from real life as much as possible because there is no better way to build any art skill than having to represent your perspective on a subject from drawing or painting real life.

Fees and Registration

Module Fee: $ 140
Supply Fee: $ 30 (all supplies provided)
Total : $ 170

Fee payable upon registration.


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Please note that  Modules are not offered concurrently, but offered on a sequential basis.
Consequently, registration will not be available unless there is an upcoming class. Refer to our Timetable for details of class and modules dates.

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