Edmond Praybe - Still Life as Experimentation (Online); Tuesdays, September 28-October 26, 2021

Date: Tuesdays, September 28- October 26, 2021
Time:  10:00AM-1:00PM Pacific Time, 1:00-4:00PM Eastern Time, 6:00-9:00PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oils

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During this 5 week online class students will learn to use the still life genre for explorations in abstract relationships. We will use still life’s accessibility and adaptability as opportunities to gain insights into formal issues of color, composition, shape, space and form. Students will paint mostly from observation, while learning to see the motif as a series of abstract connections translated into the language of paint. We will discuss how to manipulate and take control of our still lifes to create an effective source or jumping off point for our painting concerns.  

Students will work either directly from life in their homes or studio spaces or paint from the instructor’s still life arrangements. High-res images of the still lifes will be provided.

Students are encouraged to paint along and ask questions during demonstrations. 

Frequent live demonstrations, topic overviews, slide lectures and Q & A sessions will cover formal and technical ideas as well as historical and contemporary examples of relevant paintings. Some basic familiarity with oil painting will be useful.

Weekly Class Outline:

  • Week 1: Composition/Design/Structure
  • Week 2: Space and Form
  • Week 3: Color
  • Week 4: Pattern and Shape
  • Week 5: Mark-Making/Paint Handling


Edmond Praybe is a painter concerned with the convergence of perception and abstraction. His work pairs intense direct observation of the motif with abstractions of structure, rhythm, shape and color. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art and MFA from the New York Studio School. Edmond’s work has been shown widely at juried and invitational exhibitions. He has been the recipient of the Hohenberg Travel Grant, two Mercedes Matter Awards  and was a National Parks Artist-In-Residence at Catoctin Mountain Park. Edmond teaches studio classes and lectures regularly in-person and online. He is a member of Zeuxis: an association of still life painters and is currently represented by Y Art in Baltimore, First Street Gallery in New York City and Peterson Contemporary in Bend, OR.

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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.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 30 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.