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Quick and Fresh Still Life in Oils | Andrea Huelin

Course overview

Produce paintings that seem fresh and effortless in still life oil painting workshop with Andrea Huelin. Andrea will guide you through a step-by-step process to make your still life painting sparkle. If your idea of still life painting is a dark, somber painting of a pewter jug and some grapes, this workshop will give you a new way to approach still life, as well as some techniques on observation that can be applied to other painting styles too. On the day 1, Andrea will provide a photograph to work from with students focussing on colour mixing and the importance of tone in still life painting. On the day 2, students will set up their own still life arrangement from objects brought in from home and apply the principles from day one to create a second painting.

image Apples and Lemons by Andrea Huelin

What to expect

Students will learn about:

Composition and subject selection
The alla prima oil painting method using mostly big brushes
Learn about colour mixing, use of mediums and solvent, how to set up a still life.
Students will complete a painting (or close to completed painting) each day, using techniques and ideas to apply to their own painting styles as they wish.

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for those new to oil painting or those with prior experience.


Oil paint colours in 40ml tubes or similar. Bring the following colours: Titanium white, Lemon yellow, Cadmium yellow medium (or similar hue warm yellow), Yellow ochre, Cad red medium (or similar warm red), Alizarin Crimson, Red Ochre (sometimes called ‘light red’), Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Raw Umber, Paynes Grey. Optional colours: Naples yellow, burnt sienna, burnt umber, viridian green, pthalo blue, dioxazine purple

Brushes: Flat size 12, Filbert size 4, Flat size 3/4" (taklon)

Oil painting medium: Archival brand odourless lean medium (at least 100ml). For your and other students comfort, ‘Archival’ brand is the recommendation as this is the only ‘odourless’ brand of medium available.
ODOURLESS solvent for clean up and diluting paints and mediums 500ml. Solvent MUST BE ODOURLESS

2 × 1/8 inch ‘Ampersand’ gessoboards 9x12inches. Ampersand Gessoboards are superior quality pre-gessoed wood panels, these are available from Sydney Art Store and Parker’s Art Supplies.

Soft cotton rags – at least 2 per day
Clear or white perspex or glass, about A3 size to use as a palette
Masking tape, at least 1 inch wide
Cheap box of tissues
2 jam sized glass jars with lids

Day 2 only:
Two cardboard boxes for your still life arrangement, about size of a carton for 12 bottles of wine
Piece of white fabric big enough to create a backdrop for inside the box
4 smallish items from home to use as subjects for still life (try to choose things that are different tones, eg. one light coloured, one middle and one dark). Ideas include: fruit, cups and jars, utensils, containers, flasks, flowers. Look for items that have a bit of shine or a nice form – it doesn’t really matter if they ‘go’ together or not. They need to fit inside your box, so not too big.

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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$350 Limited inc GST
Quick and Fresh Still Life in Oils | Andrea Huelin

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Enrol in 3 or more 2018 Summer Art School for Adults and receive a 10% discount
Price excludes materials |Some prior experience assumed

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