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Would You Like to Loosen Up Your Brushwork, and Simplify Color Mixing?  Ready to Explore What Makes a Still Life Painting Dynamic?


Join Sarah Sedwick in DYNAMIC STILL LIFE!  This fun and focused class covers the basics of composition design and value structure, and is all about lively, painterly brushwork.  Learn the alla prima technique, and pack your paintings with confident, harmonious color, while simplifying your palette using a split-primary set of colors.  You'll also get a new perspective on the still life, and great tips for bringing inspiration to your own studio practice!



Students will be introduced to the following concepts:

  • Develop an understanding of painting with oils - for beginners to experienced artists!
  • Learn to use various tools and surfaces to expand your painting practice
  • Build a split-primary palette that can be used to paint any subject
  • Understand how to arrange and light a still life
  • Mix colors specifically for your still life
  • Recognize what makes a composition "good" with some simple "do's" and "dont's"
  • Loosen up your brushwork and explore hard, soft, and lost edges
  • Understand that color has value, and learn how a preliminary value study can create more successful paintings.
  • Create an underpainting or imprimatura
  • Apply the 3-step all prima painting method


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Before we get started on any drawing/painting exercises, I will share some important terminology with you on light, shadow and edge via video and printed PDF.  Next we will move into The Three "V's".  There are so many possibilities within the genre of still life that what to paint can sometimes be an overwhelming decision. We’ll break down my three main considerations for choosing and arranging still life objects.  Also included in this lesson is a royalty free picture pack to practice with!


Let's move into our main lessons!  First, we will create some thumbnail sketches.  It's a great way to plan your composition, and make a few important decisions before moving on to your canvas.  I will also share some simple “do’s and don’ts” of composition.  Next we will use pencil and sharpie marker - or the sketching medium of your choice - to create three small composition plans in different formats.

After that, we will complete a value study.  This is one of my favorite ways to plan a painting.  We have already worked out our design, and now we can focus on seeing color as value.  I’ll discuss the benefits of painting in black and white, and how to use this tool to take the decisions you made in the thumbnail one step further!


Let’s lay out our split-primary palette. This palette is still “limited” by many artists’ standards, and is a great way to simplify color mixing, and keep your mixtures fresh and harmonious.  If you’ve got a way of organizing the pigments on your palette that works for you, feel free to stick with that.

“Alla Prima” is an Italian phrase meaning “All at once.” The French call it “Premier Coup,” and in English we call it “Wet-On-Wet,” or “Direct” painting. It generally means that a small painting is begun and finished in one sitting, and it’s a really fun and freeing way to paint. I’ve broken my own all prima process down into three simple steps and you will learn all about this process in class!


Our final lesson is one of my favorite workshop exercises! Twisted 20’s takes the pressure off of still life setup, and helps us loosen up and let go of preciousness by making the timer our friend. It’s a great way to warm up for a long day in the studio, get back in the groove when we’ve been away for a while - or just don’t know what to paint!

Choose two or three simple objects (you want more than one object so the still life appears different once it’s been twisted) and a colored background.  We will begin by mixing colors specific to our still life.   In between each round of 20 minute paintings, we will do a “palette mix-down,” refining and tweaking our mixtures so that our colors get better and better as we proceed from one painting to the next. We will also twist or rotate the still life for a new view.



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A prolific painter of still life and portraits, Sarah has been teaching workshops on alla prima painting around the country since 2013, and also offers an online art mentorship program.


Based in Eugene, Oregon since 2007, Sarah was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 2001, she earned a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her oil paintings explore the simple beauty of everyday objects, and are most often inspired by color combinations and perceptual effects. All are painted from life.


Her teaching philosophy is simple: the more you paint, the more yoU improve - so find ways to make painting as enjoyable as possible! Let go of perfectionism, and watch the results unfold.



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  Teacher will be active during the first four weeks from the opening of class.  After that course will become a self-study.  Students sign up for classes all year long, and you can see past and present work and comments.


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

Canvases or other painting surfaces:

  • A pad of canvas paper, or Arches oil paper
  • Two canvases, any size you’d like to create a finished painting on. One square, one rectangle (8x10 or 9x12 or larger).  I will be working on a Raymar SC23 smooth cotton canvas panel. Use the code SEDWICK15 at raymarart.com for 15% off your entire first order, if you’d like to try this great surface too!
  • Sketchbook, paper, or drawing pad.



  • I use Princeton Summit Series 6100 white Taklon (synthetic, white bristles, green handles), but I encourage you to use what you’re comfortable with. A good starter kit is a #2 round and a #4 flat and a #4 or #6 filbert.




Palette knife

Other Supplies:

  • Brush Holder - use code SARAH for discount
  • Pencil and black Sharpie marker
  • Two glass jars with tight-fitting lid, or any container, for Gamsol - one for clean one for dirty
  • Rags or paper towels (I like disposable blue shop towels, available at hardware stores)
  • Viewfinder: The Viewcatcher by The Color Wheel *optional*
  • Easel and side table
  • Clip light or desk lamp
  • Lightbulbs: I’ll be using 75 watt LED’s 3000K.
  • A few simple still life objects. I also have a picture pack to help you with ideas
  • A few sheets of colored paper for backgrounds

A standing easel, or tabletop easel if you like to sit down to paint. I recommend the Leder Easel for lightweight portability. (See my demo video in the supplies video in class)


GOOD TO HAVE: Plastic clamps 3-5” in size. Masking tape.


Along with all of these supplies, I also have my favorite easel that I wanted to share about! What I love about the LederEasel is that I can travel with it, and it is so compact! I have created a short video to share more about this easel with you, and a link to purchase if you are interested!


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**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


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