Catherine Bobkoski – Still Life, the Touchstone of Painting (Online); Fridays, September 13-October 4, 2024

Date: Fridays, September 13-October 4, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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Édouard Manet called still life “the touchstone of painting.” For centuries, the traditional genre of still life painting has presented an excellent path for the artist to learn critical skills and techniques. By painting fruit, flowers, and common objects, you can develop stronger painting skills, learn to compose values and shapes effectively, and improve your color mixing and paint application, all while working from life.

In this class, we will focus on establishing a solid foundation in painting still life in oil, beginning with an overview of materials and basic procedure. This class will focus especially on using value and temperature to show form.  We will also focus specifically on a variety of challenging materials and subjects, including metal, glass, and flowers.

This is a great class for any beginner or intermediate painter, for students who would like to solidify their understanding of the fundamentals.


Catherine Bobkoski is a still life and figurative artist whose work celebrates the quiet beauty of ordinary things. Her expressive, yet delicate paintings of flowers and still life scenes are exhibited nationally, including at the Oil Painters of America 2021 National Juried Exhibition. Catherine also enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of painting with others. She is a sought after painting instructor with over 10 years of experience and teaches at many art schools throughout Southern California. Students describe Catherine’s teaching style as generous, thorough and joyful. She especially enjoys teaching painting and drawing basics to students in a clear, concise way that is easy to understand. Catherine began studying drawing and painting at The Watts Atelier in Encinitas, California and later at Grand Central Academy and New York University in New York City. She has also studied with many inspiring artists along the way, including Daniel Keys, Dustin Van Wechel, and Vadim Zang.

About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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