Simply Looking – Still Life Painting with Sarah Spackman



Thursday 25th June, 2020

10.00am – 5.00pm  (course fee £120 including a homemade lunch)

About the course

Still-life has been used by many artists as a vehicle for the exploration of colour,form and line. This course will develop your skills by focusing on looking, looking, and looking again!  Sarah will set up a still-life in the studio and students will be encouraged to make a painting based on observation. We will experiment with colour mixing using a limited palette, and practise using colour to explore form and space.

This course is designed for those wishing to develop their oil painting skills.  Students of all abilities are very welcome, including beginners.

Materials and Equipment

Students will need a sketchbook and drawing materials, e.g.: pencils/charcoal

A board or canvas primed for oil painting approx 30x40cm

A large palette for mixing paint

Brushes- long flat or filbert, sizes 2,4, and 6

Odourless solvent

Plenty of rags for wiping brushes

Portable easel if you have one


Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium red, Ultramarine.

If you want to bring extra paints, please bring Lemon yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Blue.

Sarah Spackman RBA is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. She lives and works in Oxford where she has a studio in the Edith Road Workshops.  Personal statement – “I am often inspired by the specific beauty of an organic form be it a nasturtium picked from the allotment or a particularly handsome fig at the market. My way of expressing my response to these objects is through drawing and painting.

The considered setting up of a still life is a crucial part of the process. I focus on the objects themselves, how they relate to each other and the space in which they sit. When painting I pursue the development of the these relationship through constant looking, contemplating, redrawing and colour adjusting”.

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