Workshops & Demos

The Naturalist image

Still Life Intensive:The Naturalist, art, science and curiosity

with Karen Simmons

Still life allows the artist to look carefully, intensively, and take the time to find the beauty, poetry, and meaning in common objects. Historically, it was also a vehicle for expressing societal values and concerns. Inspired by and in concert with the Bye, Bye Birdie exhibit at WAA, this still life workshop will focus on the natural world, and on the tradition of studying and painting it for documentation, expression, and preservation. The all day format will allow us to spend time studying compositions, light, value and color through quick sketches, and then still have the time to work a thoughtful “alla prima” still life.We will look at historical and contemporary examples, and work from pre-set still life setups. We can also work together to structure a “custom” still life.

Saturday May 9
10 am - 4 pm

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