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Still Life Oil Painting in the Classical Realist Tradition

oranges-cropStill Life Oil Painting in the Classical Realist Tradition
with Suzanne Hughes Sullivan
Sip & See Demo on Friday, August 8 from 5-7pm- All are welcome! No charge, light refreshments served.

2 day Workshop Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10 from 9am-4pm


Suzanne is a master artist from Atlanta, GA that will be visiting the Jersey Shore this August! To read more about Suzanne and her work please visit

Description: This workshop is geared towards all levels, but a background in drawing is helpful. The focus will be on the importance of composition and lighting to create compelling still life paintings. There are certain formulas that were developed by the old masters, and those traditions are being carried on today by artists working in the classical realist tradition. Through demonstrations, instruction and one on one guidance, students will learn how to break down the painting process using classic techniques. These steps include setting up a harmonic and dynamic still life composition and creating a linear drawing, oil transfer of the drawing to the canvas, a raw umber wash in or grisaille, the ebauche underpainting followed by subsequent layers or passages of paint. Suzanne provides an interesting array of still life objects for student use during the workshop, and participants are welcome to incorporated objects from home into their still life painting.

Supply List:
Non perishable still life objects that interest you, and that correspond to your level of
ability to draw and paint.
8”x10” or 9”x12” linen canvas or gessoed wood panel.
Oil painting brushes in assorted sizes from 0-6, rounds and filberts. If you do not have a
preferred brush type, I recommend the Silver Bristlon brand
Palette- paper or wood, whatever you are comfortable with.
Palette knife for mixing paint
Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits or turpentine
Jar for rinsing brushes
Rags or paper towels
Smock or apron
Oil medium of your choice. Liquin is my favorite, but bring what you are comfortable
working with.
Recommended paint colors: I will leave the brand of paint to your discretion, but you
will get better results with higher quality paint.
Windsor & Newton Alkyd White (fast drying)
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Medium
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Siena
Burnt Umber
Raw Umber
Ultramarine Blue
Ivory or Mars Black
Students are welcome to bring pigments of their own choice


BelmarArts Members $270/NonMembers $300

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  11. Annual Membership can be added at checkout to save on all workshop fees!
  12. Class meets Saturday, 8/9 & Sunday, 8/10 from 9am-4pm
  13. Fees for Still Life Oil Painting Workshop-see website for supplies

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