Michael Weller - Nothing Is More Abstract than Reality: Painting the Still Life after Morandi (Online); Wednesdays, November 9-December 14, 2022

Date: Wednesdays, November 9-December 14, 2022 (no class November 23)
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00PM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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To quote Giorgio Morandi, “Nothing is more abstract than reality.” Perhaps what Morandi meant is that reality is greater than our dreams.

Join NEAC member MW for this 5-week exploration of painting the still life after Morandi. Each week, Weller will paint a still life based on one of the subjects Morandi painted in his pared-down, tonalist way. Rather than slavishly copying him, we will be inspired by Morandi’s approaches for arranging the big shapes and the lights and darks in a painting. In the end everyone’s paintings will be clearer and simpler, and very much their own. All painting mediums welcome; Michael will work in oils. Some drawing experience helpful.

Week 1 – Interpreting a Morandi still life. Looking at his shapes and colours.
Week 2 – Household objects seen at eye level.
Week 3 – Household objects seen from above.
Week 4 – Paper flowers in a vase
Week 5 – Self-portrait figure in a mirror

Michael Weller studied librarianship in Manchester and realised early on he didn’t want to be a librarian. Life-drawing cheered him up. Later he did a degree in Fine Art and studied portrait-painting at Lavender Hill Studios and drawing and painting with the New English Art Club. In 2015 he won the Le Clerc Fowle Medal for a group of outstanding paintings at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ annual exhibition, and the Winsor & Newton Award for a painting at the New English Art Club annual exhibition. Weller was elected to the New English Art Club in 2022.  michaelweller.co.uk

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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 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.