Constructing a Painting: Still Life (two-day immersive workshop)

Immerse yourself in the art of oil painting in this intensive workshop that will explore the art of the still life. Working from direct observation, you’ll begin by studying compositional structures and strategies for starting off and building up a painting. You’ll also explore the importance of paint application, and learn how the relationship between active fields and quiet fields of strokes will influence the composition. Additionally, the class will investigate 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 in subordination 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 Casadei 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 it works for you, Giovanni suggests that you bring your own colors.