LIVE ONLINE Creating Masterful Still Lives in Watercolor

Levels: All levels

Offered: Fridays, November 19 - December 17 (no class on Friday, November 27), 2-3:30 pm

Instructor: Robert Dvorak


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The great thing about the still life is that they don’t move. (unless there is an earthquake) So we have plenty of time to paint. Cezanne was a master of the still life. In this workshop you will learn:
  • How to organize a great still life.
  • What subjects make great material for an interesting still life.
  • How to include metaphor in a still life.
  • How to compose a great still life painting.
  • The best lighting.
  • How to paint a glass container, flowers, vegetables, fruit, and other subjects.
In the workshop you will paint a number of still life exercises from one object to arrangements of objects. You will do two still life paintings in each session as you follow along with the instructor

Comprehensive Materials List:


Brushes–Watercolor brushes–recommend a small round and a large round (a number 10 or 12, or a Chinese calligraphy brush) and a large flat 3/4” or 1” or a Hake brush.
An HB No. 2 yellow pencil or a 2B pencil sharpened.
Watercolor palette filled with watercolor paint. Ready to paint with the colors you like to use. Or a watercolor pan set with 10 colors. Watercolors—Robert will use: Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose, Vermilion, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Aureolin, Viridian Green or Hookers Green, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue or Phthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna. You do not have to use the same colors unless you want to. Have your palette ready to go.
Rag–absorbent cotton to control the amount of water on your brush. Don’t use a tissue for this.
Tissues for lightening colors or removing paint from the paper. Water container for painting—wide top full to the top with water.
Watercolor paper—sheets of 7.5” x 11” from one sheet 22” x 30” 140 lb cold press paper torn into eight sheets, 7.5” x 11”. A backing board for your watercolor paper with one or two binder clips. Or you may use a watercolor block if you prefer, 9” x 12” or 8” x 10”.
Working clothes–watercolor stains clothes.
A kneaded eraser.
Suggestions—not required: Brushes–other brushes you might have such as different sizes of Hake brushes or Chinese brushes.
Still life subjects for each session:
You don’t have to have these things. You can use my still life set up if you don’t have your own.  These are some of the objects that I expect to have for each session.
Session 1: Strawberries, a banana and 2 apples or a red pepper.
Session 2: A Flower in a clear glass goblet with water.
Session 3: A radish. I would really like it if you have one of your own.
Session 4: A lettuce leaf. I usually like to paint a red lettuce leaf.
Other objects we might use: A shoe with laces. A transparent salt shaker. Or a pepper mill.

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