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Impressionist Floral Painting workshop

Art Workshops in Wirral

Impressionist Floral Painting (SB002)

This workshop was last run on 28th August 2014. Please contact me to request a repeat running of this workshop. The workshop was initially run as a full-day workshop, but may be condensed to a half-day. However, the longer the day, the more we achieve! More information on my workshops...

Step-by-step interpretation of Renoir painting
Step-by-step tuition guiding students through the interpretation of a Renoir painting
Step-by-step interpretation of Manet painting
Step-by-step tuition guiding students through the interpretation of a Manet painting

The popularity of floral still life with Impressionist painters demonstrates the importance in which the genre was held by those artists. I believe it holds great value to us as practicing artists in the opportunity it provides for us to experiment, and to expand and improve upon our skills. Floral subjects facilitate the study of composition and light, the modelling of form, the use of bravura brushwork and the intense analysis of colour. Studying from life helps the artist to train the eye to include in his or her artwork that which is important and to exclude extraneous detail. I find the production of such studies of immense benefit and satisfaction.


10:00 - 10:30

A brief introduction to Impressionist floral still life painting. We will look at work by several artists and discuss how the approach of each artist may have varied.

10:30 - 11:30

Each student will be given a reproduction of an Impressionist still life painting and asked to reproduce aspects of it. You will not be expected to complete this work. It will be used as a means to demonstrate working technique which you will then take into the afternoon's session.

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 13:00

Continuation of work on 'old master' reproduction.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:15

Students will take what they have learned from the morning session into the production of their own Impressionist-influenced work. We will provide a floral display for students to study.

15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:00

Conclusion of students’ studies from life.

Please note that timings are approximate - I will make every effort to ensure that students are fully conversant with appropriate principles before moving on to subsequent stages - there is no rush and you will be under no pressure or expectations. Students may work in whichever medium - traditional oils, water-mixable oils, acrylics, watercolour etc. - you would prefer. By the end of the workshop you should have a finished Impressionist-influenced still life, and be familiar with basic elements of composition, Impressionist application of paint and use of colour. Hot and cold drinks with nibbles will be provided, as will a cold lunch.

Floral painting from life
Painting a floral study from life during the Impressionist floral painting workshop