Still Life and Flower Painting Course: 27-28 March 2021 10am - 4pm

Artist Suzanne Kemplay graduated in Painting and Drawing from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She works from her studio in Edinburgh, and has exhibited at a number of Scottish Galleries. Suzanne is predominantly known for her still life work and photorealist flower paintings. 


This weekend course is designed to encourage, and give confidence to, beginners, while also helping those who want to develop their painting skills further or are new to working with acrylic paints.


Still Life/Flowers: creating a finished still life composition


The course takes place over two consecutive days giving you the chance to really develop your work with Suzanne's assistance to guide you through the process.


The class will begin with considering the art of composition. Our inspiration as a starting point may be: the way that light falls and touches an object; the drama created by shadows; or a colour combination that excites us. Suzanne will show examples from some of the masters alongside more contemporary artists and discuss the elements that make up the paintings.


You will then work together to arrange your still life before going onto creating thumbnail sketches to work out your individual compositions. You will then draw your still life onto your canvas, and create tonal washes to fill the canvas.


Suzanne will share drawing techniques to show you how shapes and flowers can be quickly developed and how to judge size and create tone.  She will get you to do some quick colour studies.


On Day 2, you will start to build up your paint while considering shape and form, colour and tone. Over the period of the two day workshop, Suzanne will provide you with hands-on help and guidance to enable you to complete a still life composition on canvas.


This workshop will also benefit people with some experience of painting who want to refresh their skills, or learn more about creating a still life and developing their style.


What to bring


Please bring brushes, a palette knife and a paint palette (plastic) with you. Please note that we will be working with acrylic paints. If you don't have your own, we can supply these initially and recommend what to buy for future classes. All other materials are provided. Refreshments are also included.

Still Life and Flower Painting Course: 27-28 March 2021 10am - 4pm

  • The Arienas Collective experiences are run from a supportive and welcoming home environment in the Edinburgh New Town. Spaces are limited to allow our artists and designer-makers to offer hands-on help and support. All equipment is provided and all the materials you will need (unless stated otherwise). Just turn up, leave any day-to-day worries behind, and immerse yourself in creating something unique.


    Refreshment breaks are an important part of The Arienas Collective experiences. They are a time to socialise, make new friends and chat to the artists and designer-makers. We are fortunate to have a fantastic range of independent shops and producers nearby and are proud to feature locally sourced food and drinks.


    The price includes welcome refreshments, and on our full day workshops we include a buffet style lunch. And of course you take home all the unique products you create.


    All our experiences are also available to book as a private group, and most can be brought to you too. Please email us for more information

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