Still Life painting weekend course

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.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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


Lynn Powell at The Arienas Collective

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2 Dublin Meuse

Suitable for

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


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

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