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Painting a Still Life in Acrylics (1-day workshop)

  • Yardley Arts, The Old School Hall The Square Northampton, England, NN7 1EU United Kingdom (map)

In this one-day workshop with Lindsay Chessum, you will learn basic principles of drawing out still life objects, colour matching, and giving form to objects through the use of tone. This is a step-by-step introduction to using acrylics and drawing out a still life. By the end of the day you will have produced an A3 size painting on a canvas board.

A great Christmas present idea – the perfect personal gift for a budding artist! All materials supplied.

What to bring

Objects for Still Life – many artists, such as Matisse, Hockney and Kahlo, used items of particular meaning in their paintings. So, do bring a selection of objects to create a personal still life.

This could be organic matter such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants, a nostalgic item such an ornament, crockery, scarf, bowl or toy – anything you like that could fit within the composition. Of course, there will be plenty of items to choose from at Yardley Arts, so don’t panic!

An apron or an old shirt/old clothes is a good idea. Plus, your mobile phone to help with the composition and to record the light at the beginning of the day. And a packed lunch for the break.

Date and time

Saturday 2 February 2019, from 10am to 4pm.


£45 per person. Spaces limited to 12 people. This course is aimed at adults but is suitable for those aged 12+. Beginners and improvers welcome.


Booking is via the tutor: please email or telephone 07539 034111. Places are limited to 12, so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

About the tutor

Lindsay obtained a BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design at Bedford College, and a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Painting at Loughborough University. She has worked as a freelance artist educator since, enjoying teaching art to all age ranges. In Primary, she has run after school art workshops and clubs, in Secondary, she has taught art at GCSE Level as well as working as Artist in Residence. Her specialist teaching qualification is Higher Education (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PGCert Level 7), and she holds an enhanced DBS.

Within her own art practice, mediums used are acrylic on canvas and mixed media. She describes herself as a female artist inspired to represent experiences and feelings, through art, including ageing, loss and love. Like us, she believes that creativity and being creative is essential to mental, physical and spiritual health.

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