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Painting the Story in the Still Life

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Painting the Story in the Still Life
Scott Conary
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$390 plus $30 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
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February 27, 2018
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Workshop Overview

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It's told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made.

We’ll work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint and why we make art.

About the Instructor(s)

Scott has been a working painter for more than 20 years, with work in collections across the country. His approach to teaching is to give the students the tools to express their ideas. Fundamentally, drawing and painting is an intuitive and expressive act. Technique and craft should be honed, but the artist must remain open and willing to play. And so must those who teach them.

Materials List: Students Bring



A palette including the following colors (or your preferred substitute) plus any additional colors you enjoy:

 •  White (Titanium or Titanium/Zinc White)

 •  Black (Ivory Black preferred)

 •  Yellow Ochre or Gold Ochre

 •  Burnt Sienna

 •  Burnt Umber

 •  Ultramarine Blue

 •  Quinacridone Magenta

 •  Cadmium Red, Naphthol Red, Pyrrole Red or Scarlet Lake

 •  Cadmium Yellow or Hansa Yellow

A few optional colors:

 •  Phthalo Blue

 •  Sap Green

 •  Cadmium Orange or Permanent Orange


•  Brushes:   A set of at least three or four brushes, hog or synthetic, ranging from 3/16” to at least 1” in width. Brights or Flats preferred but not necessary

•  Painting knife (equivalent to Dick Blick #44, #46, or #6, Loew Cornell #12)


Those thing you actually put the paint on (canvas, board, etc).

•  Prepped masonite panels (e.g. Ampersand Gessoboard). At least four in a variety of sizes. Smaller is better. From 5” x 7” up to 11” x 14” or so.

•  Any other supports you like.


•  Drawing Pencil

•  Eraser

•  Vine Charcoal

•  Sketch pad

•  Rags or Paper Towels (blue shop towels work well)

•  Palette (disposable or wooden)

•  Two containers with lids for solvent. (glass or metal)

•  One small container for medium


•  Nitrile gloves (keeps hands clean)

•  Additional painting supports (canvas, wood panels, oil painting paper)

•  Easel (if you have one available - these will be small paintings)

Note:  Sitka can also loan/supply easles

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

•  Painting Medium

•  Paint thinner/Brush Cleaner

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