Still Life painting weekend course



Still Life/Flowers: creating a finished still life composition This weekend course is run by local artist Suzanne Kemplay. Suzanne graduated in Painting and Drawing from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She works from her studio in Edinburgh, and has exhibited at a number of Scottish Galleries. Suzanne is predominantly known for her still life work and photorealist flower paintings.    The course is designed to encourage, and give confidence to, beginners, while also helping those who want to develop their painting skills further or are new to working with acrylic paints.   It takes place over two consecutive days giving you the chance to really develop your work with Suzanne's assistance to guide you through the process.   The class will begin with considering the art of composition. Our inspiration as a starting point may be: the way that light falls and touches an object; the drama created by shadows; or a colour combination that excites us. Suzanne will show examples from some of the masters alongside more contemporary artists and discuss the elements that make up the paintings.   You will then work together to arrange your still life before going onto creating thumbnail sketches to work out your individual compositions. You will then draw your still life onto your canvas, and create tonal washes to fill the canvas.   Suzanne will share drawing techniques to show you how shapes and flowers can be quickly developed and how to judge size and create tone.  She will get you to do some quick colour studies.   On Day 2, you will start to build up your paint while considering shape and form, colour and tone. Over the period of the two day workshop, Suzanne will provide you with hands-on help and guidance to enable you to complete a still life composition on canvas.   This workshop will also benefit people with some experience of painting who want to refresh their skills, or learn more about creating a still life and developing their style.

What's included in the price?

We provide all materials, and can recommend materials to buy for future reference.


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available



The Arienas Collective

with Craft Courses since 2017

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The Arienas Collective supports local artists and makers to earn a living by sharing their creative skills and passions with others through delivering workshops. The workshops are run from our mews home in the beautiful Georgian New Town of central Edinburgh. We believe in the wellbeing benefits of engaging in creative activity, and our class sizes are kept small so that you get the support you need to make the most of your time with us. We teach you creative skills you can continue at home.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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