Still life in focus

Practical evening course

Courses and Classes

● Fully booked

  • 5 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 12 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 19 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 26 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), Apples and Oranges (detail), 1895-1900.

Oil on canvas. 74 x 93cm. Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images.

This four-week evening class is an exciting opportunity to explore in depth the essential elements of drawing and painting still life. Working from a variety of still-life compositions, and using a range of materials, this course introduces different themes relevant to successful still life painting under the guidance of practicing artist Adele Wagstaff.

Still life painting as an independent genre has roots in the art of the ancient world, from mosaics and wall paintings to frescoes. Today it has evolved to include an exciting variety of styles, applications and approaches, which are central to the work of many leading contemporary artists.

Given the interests in the arts of antiquity during the Italian Renaissance, there was a revival in still life and its application in both fresco and later painting. By the 16th century still life had become a distinct genre and professional specialisation for artists across northern and southern Europe and flourished to an unprecedented scale in Dutch and Flemish art from the 17th Century. The 18th century saw a continued refinement of the still life as a genre and technique providing remarkably life-like representations before the invention of photography. Although still life fell from favour in the European academies “hierarchy of genres” in the early 19th Century, still life as a focus for artists again saw a resurgence in the late 19th Century with the rise of impressionism and post-impressionism.

Still life has been successfully adopted, interpreted and re-interpreted by contemporary artists and provides a fascinating insight into life - whether in the relationship between objects, their placement, lighting or colour as well as their symbolic and metaphoric meaning.

In this series of expert led workshops, participants are introduced to the remarkable genre and techniques of the still life. The workshops provide an opportunity to learn both from the works of past masters and expert led, hands-on tuition to explore both classical and more recent methods, tools and techniques for the creation of evocative still life artworks.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 5 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 12 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 19 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm
  • 26 July 2017, 6.15 — 9.15pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials and a drinks reception at the end of the final session.