Painting Basics TRACK: Week 3


Set up a still life using only white objects and create a painting from that still life.

Recommended media

Any paint media: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics. We recommend using the same paint media for the entire track.


Step by step instructions & examples

Artists for inspiration

Giorgio Morandi, Lois Dodd

Setting up & Drawing a Still Life

Drawing a still life in color is a great exercise for learning fundamentals in drawing. Techniques shown in this video include how to set up a still life, the basics of color theory, and a drawing technique using Caran d’Ache Neocolor I crayons. You’ll get insight into how to select objects for a still life, using back drop cloths, strategies for creating dynamic compositions, and more. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Elements of Art: Value

This video explains VALUE, one of the Elements of Art. Topics include using value as a means of creating dramatic lighting and contrast, how to create subtlety with value, and fostering an illusion of a broad range of greys. Examples from both art history and contemporary art are shown to illustrate how value works. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe and Cat Huang.


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