Still Life in Oils | Andrew Bonneau Bienarté

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Still Life in Oils | Andrew Bonneau

Still Life in Oils | Andrew Bonneau

“Andrew Bonneau is a patient and supportive art instructor and very generous with his artistic knowledge. Attending his drawing and painting workshop filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge and opened up my capabilities. I gained valuable tools and resources and a renewed drive and direction. Given the opportunity, I would definitely attend more of Andrew’s workshops.” - Cindy C

Create your own Still Life in Oils, with nationally-renowned realist painter and Archibald and Doug Moran Prize finalist, Andrew Bonneau.

In this 3 day workshop, Andrew will guide you through the fundamental principles of still life painting, including composition, light effects, colour relationships and capturing different textures through oil paint.

What will I learn?

You will be guided through the process of creating your own still life, including:
• setting up a carefully considered arrangement of objects and light source
• making a drawing of the set-up
• transferring the drawing to canvas or panel
• painting a transparent underpainting and then work on the final painting in opaque and transparent colour.

Along the way, there will be discussions about colour theory and paint quality, as well as plenty of opportunity for personal feedback on your work.

Who is this course suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for students with some knowledge and skills in drawing and oils.

Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

What do I need to bring?

One primed linen or cotton canvas or board approx. 9" x 12" or 12" x 14" (approx 23x30cm or 30x36cm)
Andrew recommends putting one or two layers of very light grey or brown oil paint on the support so the painting surface isn't too absorbent when you go to paint. You can use white mixed with a very small amount of burnt or raw umber. This will need several days to dry before the workshop. You could even add liquin to help dry quicker.

White - lead, flake or Titanium; Yellow ochre; Cadmium yellow Light or Mid; Raw Sienna; Cadmium red light or scarlet; Alizarin Crimson; Terra rosa; Venetian red or Indian Red; Burnt Sienna; Ultramarine Blue; Phthalo Blue; Ivory Black; Burnt Umber; Raw Umber
Alternatively, we are offering the option of hiring the oil paints (listed above), for the 3 day workshop for $100.

A variety of sizes (small to medium); Several small brushes (E.g. size 0, 1, 2, 3 etc.); Synthetic or sable are recommended as well as one large hog hair brush.

HB Pencil, Kneaded eraser
Paper - 1 sheet, about 18" x 24" (46x61 cm), cartridge, not too rough or smooth
Blade and sandpaper for sharpening pencils
Palette knife
Palette (wooden is recommended, sealed with oil or varnish)
Objects - bring a few objects of your choice. Think of variety of shape, size, colour, tone and texture. Remember that it's only a 3 day workshop so nothing too complicated.

You will be supplied with:

• individual lightbox set-up for still life
• standing easels, tables and chairs
• tea, coffee and biscuits (you might like to bring your own cup)
• a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• connection to the Bienarte art community

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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Course testimonials:

  • It was a privilege and a delight to attend Andrew's workshop. Invaluable guidance genourously provided in a supportive environment. Mind-blowing! C.Wynn Gold Coast
  • Andrew was incredibly informative, knowledgeable and most importantly, patient! My biggest take-home was ‘make your darks darker’ - and I will keep repeating this as my new mantra. Thank you Andrew and Bienarté for a fantastic weekend! Karen D from West End