Still Life Oil Painting Workshop with Andrea J. Smith

In News December 14, 2017

Maximising a limited palette

Internationally acclaimed artist, Andrea J. Smith has her own art schools in New York and Rome and is a past winner of the A.M. Bale award. 

This workshop focusses primarily on the joys of colour, and is designed to help students through the process of making the most of a limited palette.  Each student will bring along their own subject matter and have their own individual still life set up. This allows us to address the fundamentals of composition through an arrangement of simple, clean shapes, whilst paying particular attention to complementary colour schemes. 

We will address the painting process focussing on turning the form through attention to value, edges, chroma and paint application. There will be a formal demonstration of how to arrange your palette (and why a limited colour palette is recommended). Colour theory also includes an explanation of the importance of chroma, as well as opaque versus transparent pigments. 

Whilst these principles will be addressed through a still life painting, it is a process that can be applied to all genres of painting – portraiture, landscape and figurative work.

Students can look forward to completing a charming fully rendered painting of approximately 25 x 35 cm. This workshop will take place in the Victorian Artists Society’s upper galleries over two weekends. There will be a 1 hour lunch break, catering is not provided, please bring your own lunch.

10am – 3.30pm Saturday & Sunday February 3/4 and 10/11, 2018


Book online at  or by phone (03) 9662 1484

The Victorian Artists Society

430 Albert Street

East Melbourne 3002

Ph: 9662 1484

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