Exploring Essential Tools and Concepts in Still Life Painting

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    In this lesson, you will delve into the foundational concepts and essential materials for still life painting. Instructor Cornelia Hernes 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. Cornelia will also discuss key concepts like proportion, gesture, movement, and rhythm, ensuring you have a comprehensive understanding. By the end of this lesson, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to approach still life painting with confidence and precision.

    This lesson belongs to the course, 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.

    Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

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