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Deep Time Still Life

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June 30, 2022
July 3, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

During this workshop participants will select stones from the Salmon River Estuary and use those stones as the subject matter for their own realist still life paintings. Because we are focusing on such subtle subjects we will take our time, first making fine pencil drawings and then painting in oils using tiny brushes. We will learn how to understand and overcome optical illusions when seeing, mixing, and applying paint. Narrowing our subject to stones will allow us to create elegant studies that convey form, weight and texture. Sarah will demonstrate drawing or painting each morning for the group and guide each participant through their still life one on one.

About the Instructor(s)

Sarah Bird studied oil painting at the Grand Central Atelier in New York, a technique-based art school which seeks to revive the nineteenth century European art education tradition. The curriculum focuses on creating the illusion of form through perfectly compressed value and color. Now Sarah uses these skills to create still life paintings which celebrate the textures of natural objects. She was a recipient of the Idaho Council on the Arts fellowship in 2017.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Bag to collect rocks (and rocks of your own choosing from anywhere if you like)

• Drawing board

• Drawing pencils around 2b or HB hardness

• Kneaded eraser

• Pencil sharpener

• Jar with lid (to hold mineral spirits provided by instructor)

• Your preferred brushes of various shapes and sizes (small is best)

• Palette knife

• Palette (handheld is preferable)

• Additional panels or canvases if you think you will do multiple paintings

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Drawing paper

• Tape

• Razors

• Sandpaper

• Paper towel

• Brushes (1 per student)

• Cardboard boxes

• Gamsol

• Oleogel medium

• Mahl stick (1 per student)

• Archival linen panel for each student

• Supplemental paints and rocks

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