A pencil drawing of fruit is in the background, to the foreground there is an apple with a pencil resting on top of it

About The Art of Still Life (VA105 Spring)

Develop your creative skills through a range of drawing, painting, collage and printing techniques. This is a practical course using still life subject matter, in its widest sense, in both contemporary and traditional ways.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a structured course in the art of still life that will guide you step by step in using a range of art materials, such as graphite pencils/sticks, charcoal pencils, pastel, pen and ink, coloured/water soluble pencils, paint, and collage. You will gain skills in mark marking, perspective and scale, shadow, tone, textures and colour.

You will bring together all of the skills and techniques you have learnt to bring different still life compositions to life and work with a variety of intriguing subject matter. These will include simple objects, geometric shapes, household objects, metal, glass, stone, ceramic, plants, flowers, fabric and fruit.

Each week the tutor will set a specific project. She will demonstrate techniques which will be supported with examples of artists’ work. Students will then undertake practical exercises to learn and apply the technique themselves with individual guidance and support from the tutor.

On completing the course, you can expect to have a portfolio of drawings which demonstrate your understanding of working with art materials, drawing and technical skills.

This is a relaxed, calming course which allows you to explore techniques and skills which will give you the confidence to develop your work even further.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who have no prior drawing experience, and improvers who are looking to refine their skills.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

Basic art materials will be provided but you may wish to bring your own resources as the course develops.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Lisa Broughton

Dates and times

  • January – March 2025