Simple Still Life


Out of stock

Workshop = £160
Materials = £20

Out of stock


Simple Still Life
2 Day Workshop
29th – 30th July 2023
Saturday and Sunday
9.30am – 4.30pm
Workshop = £160
Materials = £20


In this workshop you will learn methods and techniques to make your artworks look more realistic and three-dimensional. Louis will teach you to understand the difference between hue, colour, value and tone which will improve your paintings and will create the illusion of depth. As you will be painting on a pre-printed canvas, you will have more time to spend on working with oil paint.

Throughout the workshop, students will have a chance to improve observational skills, as well as creating more expressive paintings.


The workshop will begin with a talk about colour theory. Then, Louis will demonstrate how to match tonal values, blend the colours and create paintings with depth.

Along with class lessons, instruction and critique will be given on an individual basis.


The Workshop

Organising the palette
The palette is organised by arranging it with the warmer colours on the left hand side and the cooler colours on the right of the palette. Each colour is  broken down into 3 values by adding white for the middle and light tones which helps to mix the colours with more accuracy.

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Grisaille underpainting
We will be working on top of a black and white underpainting pre-printed onto canvas. Don’t worry if your a beginner the drawing is already done. We will learn how to draw on future courses.

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Colour mixing and blending
After the introduction we will look at colour mixing and blending, looking at how the colour theory principles work in practice.

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Tuition and Materials

Simple Still Life Workshop – £180 including materials

Materials included:
Palette knife
Medium holder
Prepared Canvas
Kitchen roll
Paints (cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, violet, phthalo blue, phthalo green, burnt umber and white).

OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE BRUSHES. If you need affordable quality brushes then click the link below.


Sizes 0,1,2,4,6,8,10,12 are a good starting range.

Beginners and experienced people are welcome. Understanding is key and nobody gets left behind. Each student will be helped until they grasp the principles of the lesson. Louis will be demonstrating each step in front of the group and on students work if needed.

Louis Smith studied Classical Art in Florence and has exhibited his work in the BP Portrait Award and Royal Society of Portrait Painters.