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Introduction to Still-life Painting II

In this 15-week course, immerse yourself in the intricate world of still-life painting with a focus on observational techniques and composition. Guided by the expert hand of Cornelia Hernes, you'll delve deep into the art of capturing still-life in its most vivid form. Starting with the basics of composition setup and brainstorming, Cornelia will introduce you to the nuances of color theory, the importance of lighting, and the role of texture in bringing objects to life. You'll explore the significance of each element in a composition, learning to give each its due importance. The course will also cover advanced techniques like imprimatura, sight-size drawing methods, and the art of capturing transparency in objects like glass bottles. Cornelia's hands-on approach ensures that by the end of the course, you'll not only have a deep understanding of still-life painting but also the skills to create pieces that resonate with realism and depth. This course is a continuation of Tina Orsolic's "Introduction to Still-Life Painting I," which can be found here. While it's not mandatory to complete Course I, doing so will provide you with a stronger foundational understanding of this companion course.

15 Lessons 67h 40m 30s of videos

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 12, Cornelia will guide you through the intricate process of painting the soap dish in her still-life composition. You will learn the technique of using transfer paper to accurately redraw and reinforce the shapes and contours of your artwork. As Cornelia delves into the details of the soap dish, she emphasizes the importance of always referring back to the larger elements previously painted.

Common Questions

Is this course beginner-friendly?

Yes! This is a great introduction to still-life painting.

Are there any assignments in this course?

This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Cornelia Hernes. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

Most New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.