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Still Life Oil Painting

Still Life Oil Painting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alice White


Designed for those who wish to improve on existing painting skills and welcoming newcomers to the practice, this course will develop your ability to describe texture, tone, form and colour using the medium of oil paint.

You will be encouraged to produce a series of vibrant paintings which strike a balance between spontaneity and fine detail, experimenting with various compositions, lighting conditions and perspectives.

Focusing on traditional still life elements such as flowers, fruit and fabric, our subject matter will broaden to incorporate more familiar items which have become icons of contemporary modern life.

Topics covered
•    How to apply colour, texture and layers to still life oil painting
•    Practical work is supported by reference to the work of experienced painters, which can be used as a source of inspiration

The course is suitable for students of all levels, including those with some previous experience. Numbers are kept to a maximum of 16 (sometimes fewer), which gives time for the tutor to go round and give one-to-one advice according to individual needs.

By examining a variety of still life set-ups and themes, we aim to advance your knowledge of materials, techniques and processes in order to strengthen your future painting practice.

Who should take this course?
•    Students with some previous experience who want to learn new techniques to push their practice further
•    Undergraduate students wishing to improve their painting skills
•    Those who want to strengthen their skills and portfolio in order to apply for study at art colleges
•    Beginners are welcome

Entry requirements

Related courses
Students doing this course and wanting to enhance their oil painting skill further may be interested in also taking our other oil painting courses focusing on different subjects.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Alice White is a professional oil painter based in London. She has many years of experience teaching painting at Central Saint Martins. Courses that she teaches include Beginners Painting, Painting the Nude, Still Life and Contemporary Oil Painting.


Please bring to the first session:

  • A wide range of artists' oil paints: Titanium White, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red, Windsor Violet, Cadmium Yellow & Lemon Yellow, and Raw Umber
  • One large stretched primed canvas 24 x 30 inches (approximately) and/or canvas board.
  • 3 small primed canvases and/or canvas board
  • One A3 Canvas Paper Pad suitable for Oils
  • Palette ( wooden or plastic),
  • Purified linseed oil, or poppyseed oil
  • Brushes ( at least one size 12 flat, some round and one small round size 3)
  • Oil rag/ kitchen cloth
  • Odourless mineral spirit: Sansodor, Shellsol T or Zest-IT.
  • For Health and Safety reasons students are not allowed to bring any solvents to the studio. We will provide low-odour mineral spirits.

    Any kind of spray products, turpentine or white spirits are banned from the building and the internal courtyard.

    Available dates

    If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.