Constructing a Painting: Still Life

Working from direct observation, you’ll begin by studying compositional structures and strategies for starting off and building up a painting. Spending three sessions on each painting you’ll have ample time to dive into the fundamentals of painting. You’ll explore the importance of paint application, specifically focusing on glazing, velatura and scumble techniques and investigate the relationship between active fields and quiet fields of strokes and their influence on composition. Additionally, the class will examine the balance of values and colors and how this relationship is important to self-expression.

What you will learn:

  • Composition as self-expression

  • Understanding the relationship between colors and values in order to create light and space on a two-dimensional panel

  • Developing the picture insubordination of the focal point

  • Developing a strategy of the process of painting in connection with our self-expression

  • Drawing with paint masses

Required supplies:

  • Three different panels sizes toned with grey gesso. The size of the panels should be close to: 10″ x 10″, 10″ x 14″ and 16″ x 20″*.

  • Terpenoid*

  • Medium: Liquin Original*

  • Paper towels

  • Pizza box (to transport wet paintings)

  • Brushes*

  • Oil paints. Giovanni suggests Winton/Windsor & Newton colors (40 ml tube): Cadmium Yellow Light, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, French Ultramarine, Titanium White (150 ml), Ivory Black, Permanent Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Indian Red, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber. If you already have a color palette that you are familiar with and works for you, Giovanni suggests that you bring your own colors.

  • Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.