• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Interdisciplinary

How can one tell a story through objects? This painting course will explore formal representational techniques with various media. Using the still life as a format, students will explore the creation of narrative with objects, their visual placement and representational potential. The class will be exposed to how still life has been used throughout the history of art and can be developed conceptually.

Tuition $335 | Materials fee $20 | Total $355

What you will learn

  • observational painting
  • narrative strategies in painting
  • creating individual still life set-ups
  • critique and analysis of visual compositions

Materials to Bring

Paint: Acrylic and/or Oil if solvent free or water based

Note: Blocking in acrylic is recommended to keep drying times down

* this will mostly likely be a limited but complementary palette and set of materials to what you already have.  If you can only get some please get the first one of two of each colour category.



  • Cadmium Red (hue or medium hue)
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Cadmium red (light hue).  (optional)


  • Cadmium Yellow (hue or medium hue)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow (light hue, sometimes called Lemon Yellow)


  • Ultramarine
  • Currilean
  • Cobalt.   (optional)

Neutrals:  -a rich black can be mixed easily with this palette

  • White (titanium)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna. (optional)


Palette: approx. 12x18 inches, smooth surface with wax paper covering OR a palette pad OR white enamel surface


Palette Knife or knives: metal with a straight edge, to be discussed


Brushes: a variety of acrylic/oil brushes including brights, flats and Filberts of various sizes (~6-12), one at least 2” wide


Supports: we will discuss painting supports and you will use your choice of 3-4 supports during the course.  Approx.18x24”-24x36” or similar.  These are to be prepared before classes

  • Canvas, bought pre-stretched or built
  • Stonehenge paper or multi-Media paper (>90lbs.) to be gessoed, OR Canvas Paper
  • Canvas board



  • Gesso (optional) for priming paper and board supports if you are preparing your own surfaces, otherwise buy pre-gessoed supports
  • Larger sketchbook or pad for drawing.
  • Pencils, pens and drawing materials for drawing and/or notes
  • Water containers (your old mason jars or food containers usually work great)
  • rags (old cut up cotton socks or t-shirts work well)
  • Misc: masking tape, glue, ruler scissors, exacto knife, staples etc.