Still Life Painting Classes
Still Life Painting Classes
Instructor: Linda Schroeter
Next class begins September 14, 2017
Every Thursday, 10am - 4pm
Plus independent studio time
Painting the StIll Life In this class we focus first on how to observe light on form and how to turn that form in paint. Learning techniques for drawing first and then painting fundamentals, these are strong building blocks, using comparative and sight size measure, and painting techniques to create still life paintings. Inspired by art from the DutchFlemish tradition that flourished from the 15th century, you will learn essential tools for building a still life set-up, understanding of composition, values studies and color comps are all helpful tools in learning about value, hue and chroma and color theory.
Working in-directly meaning we paint in layers beginning with a grisaille (under-painting) and work to build our painting with the understanding of 'fat over lean' and using time-honored mediums we will learn to mix in class. Techniques of glazing, scumbling and brush handling are all learned to help you create realistic and beautifully refined paintings.
Each student will work in his/her own art station including easel, still life stand, and shelving for storage. Work in a comfortable setting with beautiful skylights illuminating your easel and objects and learn how to work by natural light.
Lesson information handouts are provided.
Learn studio safety
Enjoy working in an organized professional studio environment which offers both beautiful natural light as well as individually tailored light stations available who wish to create the right ambiance for your painting set-up.
You can pick up extra tips and tricks, meet other artists and relax in a friendly atmosphere.
Please don't feel intimidated as all levels are welcomed and no prior painting or drawing experience is required
All teachers at the RRA work to each individual student's need.
Full Semester Sessions Begin September 14 2017 and go through to May 31, 2018. We break for a week at Thanksgiving and 3 weeks on December 21 to January 18 for the seasons holiday. Also we discuss a spring break for a week between the group as well. Students who miss a Thursday instruction can still come in on other days by arrangement to work with supervision on their paintings. The RRA is a working studio meaning we are open most of the time for students to come and work as long as an instructor is there working too. The more you practice your craft the more improvement you will see so we do encourage this but its your choice and not expected.
Download Materials List
Student’s responsible for providing their own drawing materials, palettes, oil paints, mediums and brushes. A material list, directions and general information will also be emailed to you upon sign up. Please bring everything with you on first day and if you are unsure come anyway and we are happy to discuss materials.
$2,000 For your station rental ongoing for September thru May months Fall/Winter/Spring 2017-2018 Schedule.
Please feel free to email Linda at email@example.com to request further information or call my cell 707 484 3533
Please if you have a vacation during the semester or an emergency, talk with your instructor about how we can help you re-organize your studio time. Once a class has begun there is no refunds. We have held your station from the moment of your payment but we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. If the class has filled we do take wait lists and pro-rate the students coming in later, or unexpected circumstances for students that have to leave if we have replacements for their station.
We maintain a warm, friendly atmosphere and offer encouragement when artist frustrations set in. The group works together to find solutions and to help each other achieve their goals. The RRA reserves the right to ask a student to leave if he/she becomes disruptive to the other students of teachers. No-refund will be given in this situation so please don't come if you do not get along with others. Our priority lies with our students to help them achieve success and to enjoy their experience, now lets do some painting!
"To achieve success in painting it is necessary to thoroughly understand the craft, to be absolute master of the material, to draw correctly and with facility. It is well worth advocating the study of still life painting for the serious student, to prove its value in the search for beauty in arrangement, color, light, atmosphere and values. The simplest and most thorough way of acquiring all the knowledge of the craft of painting and drawing, the studying of inanimate objects, still life painting, the surest road to absolute mastery over all technical difficulties."
Emil Carlsen, Instructor at the National Academy of Design "On Still-Life Painting" from Palette & Bench (pg. 6-8) Oct. 1908
What students are saying...
" My introduction to the art world was inspired by Linda Schroeter. I first met her at my children's elementary school where she was volunteering endless hours of her time to enhance the art classes and start a program so the children from kindergarten through Eighth grade could experience real art methods and history. I then became interested in learning to paint and have taken classes from Linda and the Russian River Atelier. Linda is a brilliant artist with amazing skill and artistic insight, her work has a very passionate undertone and meaning. That being said I think her greatest gift is her ability to teach, there are millions of artists in this world but few great art teachers. Linda's knowledge, gentle demeanor and patience has given me the confidence to learn to paint." Danya Richter-Nicastro
"Linda is a highly trained and very knowledgeable artist, has wonderful personality and huge impact on students. I study with Linda only for a few months and already can see a big improvement in my painting techniques. She has created a wonderful and friendly atmosphere in her studio which is very important to all of us. I love coming to the studio." Luba Stolper