In week one, Cornelia will teach you the fundamentals of still-life composition. Cornelia will walk you through the brainstorming and still-life set-up process she undertakes.
In week two, you will delve into the foundational concepts and essential materials for still-life painting. Cornelia will guide you through the importance of observational tools and how they aid in capturing the essence of your subject. She will introduce you to tools such as L-shaped cardboards, black mirrors, and plumb lines, among others.
In week three, Cornelia will guide you through a focused composition study in a still-life setting. You’ll delve into color theory, understanding color relationships and their roles in enhancing your artwork. Cornelia will demonstrate effective premixing of a palette and techniques for blocking in and refining
In week four, you will delve deeper into the art of still-life composition. Cornelia will guide you through the process of tweaking compositional elements to craft a more impactful image. Building on the insights from the previous study, you’ll focus on refining colors and mood to elevate your artwork.
In week five, Cornelia will guide you through the foundational steps of creating a full-size painting. You will begin by establishing an imprimatura on your canvas, setting the tone for the entire artwork. Cornelia will introduce you to the essential tools for charcoal drawing and demonstrate their effective use.
In week six, Cornelia will guide you through the intricate process of refining the block-in drawing of your still-life. Emphasizing the significance of proportion and accuracy, Cornelia will demonstrate techniques to ensure each element of the composition is correctly represented. You’ll delve deep into constructing major shadow shapes, capturing the essence and depth of the objects without the use of paint.
In week seven, Cornelia will teach you the foundational steps to embark on the underpainting phase of your still-life artwork. You will delve into an in-depth exploration of colors, understanding their nuances and mastering the techniques to mix them accurately.
In week eight, Cornelia will guide you through the meticulous process of refining various areas of your still-life painting. She will introduce a strategic approach to working around wet painting surfaces, emphasizing the importance of planning and adopting a zone-based technique.
In week nine, Cornelia will guide you through the intricate process of developing the green bottle, a pivotal foreground element in your still-life composition. Throughout this painting session, Cornelia places a strong emphasis on mastering edge quality, ensuring that each transition is both smooth and defined.
In week 10, you will delve deeper into the intricacies of still-life painting with Cornelia. She will introduce techniques to model the forms of the bucket in your composition. You’ll learn to establish its light and shadow regions, ensuring a three-dimensional appearance.
In week 11, instructor Cornelia Hernes will guide you through the meticulous process of refining the ellipse of the bucket and the fabric draping from it in your still-life painting. You will learn the importance of precision and attention to detail as you work on developing the intricacies of the object.