Classical Art Atelier

Still Life Painting

3-Day Oil Painting Workshop with Brian Smyth

In this three-day introduction to still life painting with Brian Smyth, artist and tutor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, you will learn the methods and techniques for painting realistic, luminous still life paintings in oils, painted directly from the live set-up. It will also introduce you to the academic painting practices in oils, and demonstrate some of the principles and techniques currently being taught at the realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere.

The Still Life Painting Workshop will be held at C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education Campus, CORK, on Friday, 02, Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 October 2018. Limited Places! Please BOOK EARLY to ensure a place on this workshop!


You will be taught the principles and techniques behind drawing, colour theory and how to believably paint the impression of form and texture - all vital components behind great realistic still-life paintings. The ideas and principles behind good composition will be discussed and the practicalities of how best arrange a set-up for a satisfying still life painting will be demonstrated.

Students will receive individual critiques and practical advice at all stages of the process.

Materials List
  • Basic materials included*
  • Detailed handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Refreshments provided

*Students will be required to bring certain materials.

Day One

The first day will be spent working on smaller single object studies in oils. You will learn how to create volumes, improve your understanding of proportion and construction, and set up your palette correctly.

Days Two & Three

The subsequent days will be spent working on a two-day still-life painting from an arrangement of various objects, where students will get to practice the different stages of the painting process from the drawing stage, underpainting stage, through to the finished painting.

Notes & Handouts

Students will receive various handouts that explain the correct methods of using oil paint. These hand-outs will lay out the various grounds, materials and mediums used in oil painting and also describe the various layers used in classic underpainting-overpainting techniques, that will be covered in this workshop.

Workshop Details

The Still Life Painting Workshop will be held in Cork City in November 2018.
See the dates and details for this workshop below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Days Times Dates Cost
1 C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education,
No. 46 Grand Parade, CORK
3 Days Friday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 02 - 04 November 2018 € 300

Important Notes

  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time if the minimum number of students required is not reached. In such cases, your fee will be fully refunded.
  • It is recommended that you take out insurance to cover travel and accommodation costs in the event that this workshop is cancelled.

About Brian Smyth

Oil Painting Instructor

Brian Smyth is an award-winning graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design. He has had several succesful solo exhibitions in Dublin and London and has participated in and curated many group exhibitions. He has completed many private commissions, including a 14-painting Stations of the Cross commission for a church restoration project in his native Co. Cork.

Brian has his works in many private and public collections and continues to develop his technique, to exhibit his paintings and to work on portrait commissions.

Brian began his studies in The Angel Academy, in Florence, in 2012, and has worked there as an instructor since 2013. Visit to see his work.

Materials List

Oil Painting Workshop

Stretched and unstretched canvas will be provided by the academy. However, it is imperative that you bring a portfolio case large enough to fit a canvas 50x40cm or some other means of taking your wet canvases home with you. Your work will not be stored by the academy.

All materials and equipment are available at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount upon enrolling for this workshop, or at Jackson's Art Supplies UK

Oil Colours
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Liquin
  • Fast Drying Linseed Oil
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Turpentine
  • 4 x Bristle Filbert (size 6)
  • 2 x Soft Synthetic Filbert (size 8)
  • 1 x Soft Filbert (size 12)
  • 1 x Soft Round (size 1)
  • 1 x Soft Fan Brush (size 6 or 8)
  • Wooden Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • Palette Cups
  • Glass Jar
  • Paper Towels
  • Portfolio Case
Still Life Painting Workshop

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