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Still Life Workshop

Studio Incamminati
Philadelphia, PA.
(215) 592-7910
July 29 - August 2

This workshop explores the building stages of a painting from start to finish. The constant subject and light source, make still life deal for this type of study.

The first day, students set up individual still-life arrangements and execute painting thumbnails to determine the composition. Day two, students begin their final painting which they have four days to develop. For 90 minutes at the start of each class, the instructor works on a demo painting. For the rest of the class, he teaches at the students’ easels. The first painting stage consists of the initial grisaille where drawing and proportion are strictly observed. Subsequent stages move into the full color block-in where abstract value and color relationships are established and adjusted.

The larger-to-smaller shape principle is observed as students move through this process. In addition, class discussions center on the concept of light on form, establishing value and color parameters, edge development, paint handling, focal points, and determining when a work is considered complete. Students leave with a completed painting, enhanced skills and a deeper understanding of essential concepts. Beginner, intermediate and advanced painters are welcome. Some basic experience is beneficial.