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e-Video Class - Introduction to Still-Life Forms - Value Study - Acrylic

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e-Video Class - Introduction to Still-Life Forms - Value Study - Acrylic




e-Video Tutorial Painting Class

Discover the fundamentals of still-life painting

to help you create technically correct FORM.

Media: Acrylic 

  • Self paced - students work along at their own pace.
  • Unlimited video lesson access - your time doesn't run out.

 Still life painting can be a wonderful topic to paint. However it can be a technical challenge for most painters, especially those just starting out. We all understand these frustrations and want to share with you an easy approach to this subject. 

Being able to approach a still life composition with greater artistic confidence opens up a multitude of opportunities for creating professional looking art.


*Upon purchase of this class you will receive an automatically generated emailed Order Confirmation that contains a link to the PDF file with painting instructions and the links and passcode for accessing the Video Lessons.







Learning Outcome:
  • Learn to proof a design for shape accuracy.
  • Learn to create a value sketch or value drawing prior to painting. 
  • Learn to apply both an umber and gray scale under-painting.
  • Learn to develop a three dimensional composition with correct value placement for dimensional form.
  • Learn how to trouble shoot the design elements prior to painting with proofing exercises and by rendering a graphite pencil shading.
  • This class also teaches the student how to render a grouping of objects, establish value relationships and create depth and dimension within a still life painting.
  • Discover the effects of value placement for creating surface textures such as metal, pottery, shiny and dull surfaces.
  • Learn to work with a light source. 



If You're still in doubt!


This class is all about seeing values and being able to render 3D form of an object. And that is all about understanding and placing values in the right place. 


Learning to 'see' in values rather than color is a learning process  the eye must be trained to see. 


  1. We begin learning about value with value scales...seeing one value next to the other, being able to tell the difference between one and the other.
  2. Then we move to seeing the values relative to a form: sphere, cone, cylinder, cube...
  3. Then we need to see them placed together in the everyday objects we live with.  There are all around us...pens, boxes, cups, fruit...etc...


This still life lesson represents these forms...cubes (canvas) , sphere (brass bowl), cylinders (brush handles), cone (cup). Keep reminding yourself this block is all about light/value/form. Painting the still life in umber removes color from the equation, so the eye only concentrates on creating form (dimension).


The placement of values was taught when you created the basic forms...now we transfer that knowledge to placement of value on an actual object with the same form.

A cylinder is a cylinder, is a cylinder regardless of the light source or size. The values are placed exactly the same way... only relative to the direction of the light source. Once we know where the light is coming from we know where to place the lightest values and then of course the darkest values will be opposite to that.


The first question to ask yourself is...where is the light coming from? Left, right, high, low, above, or behind. For this still life the light is coming from the upper left side (in front) so we know where to place the lightest values of the form. Then go from there.


Now the question: why do we cover it all up? Well the Old Flemish Masters used to use the umber layer to create the basic form of objects and harmony between all their colors.

Paint being expensive this was also an economical way to paint. Leave the expensive color layers for last when you didn't have to use very much to complete the painting.


The grey layer was then applied over the umber layer in a certain manner.  The opaque grays were placed over the highlight areas. Then as the paint was applied over the darker umber areas it was applied in a transparent manner... allowing the umber to show through very slightly. 



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  • 5
    Amazing Learning opportunity!

    Posted by Susan - Australia on 26th Oct 2012

    This was a fantastic class. Neadeen is an excellent teacher.

  • 5
    Light Bulb moments!

    Posted by England on 6th Aug 2012

    Wow I didn't think I would ever be able to understand form...this class helped me 'see' how to relate one object to another! This is eye opening. Thank you!

  • 5
    Great course

    Posted by Fay Swan on 2nd Jul 2012

    I love these course each one is cleverly designed to teach you one specific thing about painting and are part of a whole. A very detailed course that I am currently working through.

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