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Interpreting Still Life

with Karen Simmons

An exploration of still life oil painting through the lens of both modern, contemporary and historical work.

In this class we will explore the endless potential of inanimates as inspiration.

Still life allows the artist to look carefully, intensively even, and take the time to find the beauty, poetry and meaning in common objects. 

Historically, artists have used still life compositions as a vehicle for symbolism and meaning, as a demonstration of skill, or as a spring point for an exploration of color, composition and paint, sometimes all of the above. In this contemporary studio, we will look at all these traditions,  learn from them, and reinterpret into our own expression.  

At each class, we will start by looking at examples of still lives by other artists, both modern and traditional, and then work on our individual interpretations. There will be pre-set still lives to work from, based on the examples we have just looked at, or you can structure your own.

This is a class open to all levels, and goals. It is about what we choose to see and show, and how we can share that through the flexible medium of oil paint. Still life lends itself to both the beginner, as well as experienced painters. The class is limited to 10 people and there will be plenty of time for individualized conversations and assistance. We will have a supportive discussion/critique at the end of class, with the open possibility of guest crits.

Fridays, January 17 - March 6
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$220 mbr, $285 non-mbr
Class limit: 10

For more information about our classes and to register for a class, you may also telephone us at 860.868.2878 or email us at

Tuition must be paid in full one week prior to the first class. Students are guaranteed a place in class only after full payment is received.

Materials are extra for some classes and workshops.

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Whether you wish to explore a new discipline, become more adept with a particular medium, or take an already substantial creative trajectory to the next level, the Washington Art Association & Gallery offers high-quality, personalized instruction that will reward your efforts. We welcome all ages and levels of experience.

Students of WAA classes receive a 10% discount on art supplies at the Washington Supply Company. 860.868.7395