Still Life Painting

December 09, 2023



This workshop focuses on a form of still life painting called ‘Vanitas’. This was a still life painting style popular in the 17th Century and includes symbolism through the use of skulls, extinguished candles, musical instruments, books, flowers and fruit. In this workshop you will explore the hidden meaning within vanitas paintings and create your own vanitas painting using one of your personal possessions plus objects in the art room. You will also learn about three-dimensional drawing techniques, composition and how to use burnt umber to create depth, shadows and drama. This workshop is a great way to learn some art history while developing new techniques in painting. Suitable for all levels.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

  • Nine Acrylic paint tubes 118ml (Warm blue, cool blue, warm red, cool red, warm yellow, cool yellow, black, white, burnt umber

  • Palette for mixing paint  (plastic lids are fine)

  • Two inexpensive flat topped long brushes (1cm + 1.5cm) 

  • A mix of different types of brushes, include some fine round brushes (about 5 brushes)  

  • Prepared stretched canvas about 10 x 12 inches  

  • One personal possession with sentimental meaning or just an ornament that you like from home eg. a candle and base, vase, shell, necklace, clock, flowers, musical instrument etc. 

December 09, 2023
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7