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Oregon Coast Old Master Still Life

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Oregon Coast Old Master Still Life
Sarah Bird
Date and Time:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$165 plus $30 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
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February 27, 2018
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March 13, 2018

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Workshop Overview

In this workshop participants will set up their own still life of natural objects - an arrangement of shells and plants collected on the shore and in the woods around Sitka - and learn how to paint confidently in the manner of Dutch still life painting. We will use very close observation and slow, detailed painting techniques, but also learn how to design with organic forms and stay flexible in one's process as plants change, dry, droop, etc - creating a painting that feels like a living world. We will cover how to mix and apply colors that are subtle enough to convey natural textures. Because you will learn how to work one area of the painting at a time until completion, paintings that are unfinished may be completed at home.

About the Instructor(s)

Sarah Bird studied traditional oil painting techniques at the Grand Central Atelier in New York, and is trained in an academic style of drawing and painting from life. She paints still life (mostly involving botanicals) and landscape in her studio in Hailey, Idaho. She is a recipient of the Idaho Council on the Arts fellowship for 2017, and is on the board of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Oil Paints: Please purchase paints in professional or artist grade, as opposed to student grade. Good brands include but are not limited to, Windsor and Newton, M. Graham, Gamblin.

• Ivory Black

• Raw Umber

• Burnt Umber

• Burnt Sienna or Indian Red

• Yellow Ochre

• Ultramarine Blue

• Cerulean

• Cadmium Red Light

• Cadmium Orange

• Candmium Yellow

• Indian Yellow

• Naples Yellow

• Titanium White

• Flake White Hue or Flake White Replacement (not Flake White)

• Brushes: an assortment, but mostly very small rounds (sizes 4, 2, 0)

• A small to medium sized wooden palette (if brand new rub with linseed oil a few times to make sure it won't absorb the oil out of your paints).

• Metal Palette Knife

• A small jar or container with a lid to contain solvents.

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• An archival oil primed linen panel for each student.

• A dowel to be used as a mahl stick for each student.

• Paper Towel

• Oil Medium and Odorless Mineral Spirits

• A cardboard box to arrange still life subjects inside (to create a dark background).

• Various containers for water to preserve the plants.

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