This series of classes is designed to rediscover still life in a new and inspiring way. In this class we will dig through art history in search of an answer “Why would anybody want to paint still life?” Could it be relevant subject matter even now? We will make incredible discoveries about color harmony, tone and aesthetics through copying, setting up and painting still life from live objects. In the process, I hope we will gain an amazing art allay, that will teach so much, not only about painting, but about ourselves. We will start two paintings that will keep you busy for weeks to come…
Part one. History
This is a lecture class where we will discuss purpose and history of still life through different art movements. There will be lots of new still life paintings to discover any analyze. We will discuss Cezanne’s still lifes paintings and how they became precursors for 20th century modern art.
Supplies list: Notebook, pen.
Choose one still life from the provided list to copy in the following class.
Paint a color study from a chosen still life. 8×10
Part two. Master copy
This is a painting class where we will discuss in detail how to approach copying from a masterpiece. Step by step process, including a color study, drawing, color harmony lay-in, working on details, prioritizing details. There will be a demonstration, and Q&A section about copying.
Regular oil painting color palette.
Suggested size 20×24, size may vary depending on a painting.
Part three. Set up
In this class we will discuss the art of setting up a still life. We will try to recreate historical masterpieces, also we will discuss the academic still life style of set up. In the remainder of time we will discuss master copy from the previous class.
All possible draperies of different color and texture and still life items that might be useful in the still life that you have around your house. Still life copy from previous class.
Homework: set up your own still life for the following class, paint a color study.
Part four. Still life painting from life
In this class I will discuss in detail, step by step procedure of painting still life from live objects. There will be a lecture with demonstration and Q&A section regarding your own still life painting.
Ready to painted still life set from life objects. (not a photograph)
your regular color palette, brushes etc.
preferably a color study ready for discussion.
Suggested canvas size 20×24
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. A short tutorial will be given prior to the live class starting.
Unable to attend a sessions? No worries, ALL students will have access to watch the recorded session for 7-days. Recording available 1 day after live session.
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
Leon Okun was born on February 6, 1980 in a small town in Siberia, Russia. In 1993 Leon’s family immigrated to San Diego. His interest in figurative art developed while taking art classes at Mesa Community College, where he was given complete freedom of exploration. This freedom led him to a profound interest in figurative drawing and propelled Leon to pursue the kind of program that would satisfy his passion for fine art.
Leon’s educational art journey began at Watts Atelier (a small private art school with an emphasis on the traditional fine art), where he studied for two and a half years. There he met Ron Lemen, an art instructor at Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts. To this day, Leon gives Ron Lemen credit for inspiring him to believe in himself and to set the highest possible standards for personal artwork.
In 2003 Leon returned to Russia to explore Russian art schools and museums. Painters like I. E. Repin, V. Serov, and V. Surikov captured his interest and helped him develop the best possible vision any artist can have: To become a serious painter.
It was then, in 2003, that Leon decided to apply to the Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Repin Academy of Arts is a two hundred and fifty seven year old historic institution. It has been the birthplace of the most famous Russian painters. It was clear to Leon that if he wanted for himself the best art education in the world, than it would have to be the Repin Academy of Arts.
After two years of intense preparation Leon got accepted to the Academy, where he studied for six years and received both a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art and a Masters Degrees in Fine Arts.
In 2011 Leon returned to San Diego and immersed himself into teaching, sharing with his students the wonderful education he had received at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
Successful in his own right as a Artist and as a Teacher, Leon now inspires his students to search our their dreams and to strive to achieve their own personal best.
Leon is a member of the California Art Club, the American Portrait Society, the American Impressionist society, and the Plain Air Painters of San Diego.
Leon has participated in and won numerous art competitions in San Diego and throughout Southern California. His style of painting is based on the traditional European classical art, and color pallet that so many Russian painters are famous for.
Most recently Leon had several successful exhibitions that drew a great deal of interest in the art community.
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule. If a workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable, non-transferable and no makeups are available.
A 7-day recording is provided the day after the online live class. No recording extensions are permitted.
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