Sarah Spackman – Colour and Composition in Still Life Painting (Online); Mondays, November 4-25, 2024

Date: Mondays, November 4-25, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time/5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil

Still life compositions have been used as a vehicle for the exploration of new painting methods and ideas. Everything from Impressionism to early modern Abstraction has utilised still life as subject matter. This workshop will help to develop your understanding of colour and composition. Using simple still life set ups and working with oil paint, we will explore the way colours can interact across the surface. We will look at variations in composition and what that does to the visual impact of the painting. Keeping it simple means just that, we will concentrate on organising colour and spatial relationships, using simple set ups as in the example above. You will do a lot of drawing and colour mixing, it will be fun and I hope will enable you to develop your own work in the future what ever subject you choose to paint.

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Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist particularly well known for her still life oil paintings. She works from a studio in Oxford that was once a punt building workshop. Strength of drawing and the delicate and subtle use of colour are two of the main qualities recognised in her work. Her practise focuses on the principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting and that colour should be used to enhance the organisation and definition of observed space and form. Sarah works in a considered way, with close observation. Her paintings are quiet in their presence but nonetheless powerful and engaging to the viewer. These are paintings that take a close look at things around us, take the object out of the ordinary and make the viewer look again.

Sarah trained at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and graduated from Camberwell School of art in 1981. She was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2019, and a member of the Small Paintings Group in 2021. Sarah’s work is in many private collections world wide as well as the collection of the Allied Irish Bank. Her work has also been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Competition , the NEAC, the ROI, the RBA and the Discerning Eye Exhibitions. Sarah exhibits regularly with several galleries throughout the UK.

What people are saying about Sarah: 

“Sarah is a generous instructor who works hard to give her students as much help along their art journey as she can. I learnt so much from her and am so appreciative of her commitment to her students and the guidance she gave me.” – J.R. NSW, Australia

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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