Active Still Life

March 12, 2019 - March 14, 2019

3 Days

Tues, Wed, Thurs 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Taught by Elizabeth Congdon

Still life paintings can be full of movement when we use line to infuse our compositions with gesture, and study the fall of light. We will paint a still life of flowers, fruit, and fabric as we explore the motion that organic growth creates and utilize folded fabric to move the eye throughout our canvas.

Supplies provided:
Paper towels, Dawn dishwashing liquid for brush cleaning, flowers, fruit and fabric.

Supplies to bring:
16×20 canvas, or something close to that size.
Important: A better quality canvas will be easier to paint on.
Do this at least a day before class to allow for drying time.
Toning your class eliminates the stark white of the canvas. Create a light mixture of very small amount of paint with turpentine/mineral spirits/Gamsol, Wash this evenly over your canvas with a big brush or cloth and let it dry over night. Burnt umber is a good neutral tone, no darker than a brown paper bag.
Option 2: use acrylic paint, but you will want to use plenty of white paint, instead of diluting the paint with water, because too much water may damage the canvas.
Cadmium Yellow Pale/Light,
Cadmium Yellow Medium,
Cadmium Yellow Deep or Orange,
Alizarin Crimson,
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Umber
Permelba White (mixing white) or Winton Titanium White
Optional: any paint you have.
For “Finish That Painting,” transparent colors are good if you want to glaze, like Indian yellow, pthalo blue, permanent rose.

1 narrow drawing brush for sketching in composition
1- 2 thumb width brushes for large areas
3 – 5 finger width brushes
(NOTE: Filbert, “cat-tongue” shaped bristle brushes are great, but flats and rounds, and synthetic sable are nice for finish work.)

Palette knife – diamond shape, 2 to 3 inches long

PALETTE and BOX to store palette in:
– wood palettes let you mix colors on an earthy field.
– a pad of palette paper is great for quick clean up.
Clip on JAR with lid for keeping medium at the ready on your palette.
(Linseed from the hardware stop is a cheap and easy medium to thin the paints with.)

Linseed oil from the hardware store is fine. If you use a wood palette, then you will need this for clean up.
Stand Oil and linseed oil mix is great!
Galkyd – great to mix into oil medium to help it dry.
No Turpentine/mineral spirits, odorless or otherwise, Please 🙂 – Gamsol is ok

Paper towel,
Non breakable container to hold brushes (big tin can. Etc)
Small jar to mix medium in.

Location and Parking:
Newport Art Museum School classes are held in the Coleman Center, located at 26 Liberty Street.
Please park in our museum parking lots.

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