This studio course introduces the methodologies of still life painting with a focus on light and color theory. Our primary work consists of practicing old master techniques with attention to light and color effects and how we view objects in space – we will explore the mysterious techniques of Seurat’s light filled pointillism, space and time through Picasso and Braque’s cubism and the unorthodox practices by the “father of modern painting”, Cézanne.
Each week, students will learn different methodological approaches to analyze the subject of still life. The use of color theory, form vs. value, using a warm and cool palette, high and low chroma compositions, reflective surfaces, and deciphering mutes, shades, and tints, will be applied to the assignments. At the end of the course, students will have attained a better understanding of using light and color to create the illusion of reality.
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 10-days. Recording available 1 day after live session.
Albers, Josef. Interaction of Color, 2007
Artistides, Juliette. Classical Painting Atelier: a contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice, 2008
Gury, Al. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting, 2008
Friel, Michael. Still Life Painting Atelier: An Introduction to Oil Painting, 2010
2, 11×14” canvases, or canvas panels
Bristol pad (atleast size 11×14”)
any size notebook for thumbnail sketches and notes
Oil paints: Windsor&Newton artist level oil (level 2 or 3) paints;
terrarosa OR venetian red
yellow ochre OR burnt sienna
cadmium yellow light
flake white OR alkydwhite
*PLEASE do not buy the “student level”, they are full of filler, it is worth the few extra dollars to buy the artist level paints.
Brushes: Windsor&Newton (or whatever brand you prefer)
flat brushes sizes 4,8
filbert brushes sizes 4 and 8
round brushes size 0 or 1 (for fine details)
Medium: Gamblin Neo-megilp OR Alkyd Walnut Oil and Gamsol, odorless mineral spirits for cleaning brushes.
Other supplies: disposable paper pad palette OR your own palette you like to use; metal container with cover for medium; oil paint soap (pink soap for cleaning brushes)
Renée has lived between the United States and Paris, France studying fine art and art history. She graduated from the American University of Paris with a BA in Art History, and has her MFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She now resides in NYC and teaches courses at the Art Students League and Chelsea Classical School of Art.
Renée explores ubiquitous themes through the eyes of a millennial such as identity, feminism, death, equality and addiction, making her work not a quotidian narrative but rather a relevant and relatable story. As a professional female artist and curator, Renée feels the need to express the American (and seemingly global) zeitgeist and the expanding diaspora of the world. Grounded in realism and figurative narratives, her works are highly conceptual; thoughtful imagery and symbolism with subtle messages often described as “surreal” and “fantasy”. In June 2016 she was awarded a grant by The Ringholz Foundation to fund her latest painting project and invited to the Bakehouse Art Complex Residency Program during Miami Art Basel. She was also a 2018 Stobart Foundation Grant recipient.
Renée has exhibited throughout the United States and France, including Paris, London, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others. She was invited to join the Copley Society of Boston and the Salmagundi Club of NYC. Most recently, Kent Twitchell, awarded her the “Patron Award” at the Brand Art Center’s 43rd annual juried exhibition in Los Angeles, CA. He commented that her work shows “devotion to the picture plane; she is not trying to jump on anyone’s bandwagon” and “sincerity”, making her work valuable and unique in the art world.
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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