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Mastering Still Life Painting in Oils or Acrylics

Popular teacher Richard Robinson takes you from the basics onwards
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Join popular New Zealand artist Richard Robinson for his Complete Still Life Painting Course. Paint along step by step, starting with the basics of seeing and painting a single pear and gradually building your skills and confidence as you progress through 4 levels of painting challenges to finally master the professional techniques and concepts used by artists for great still life painting.

Enjoy Richard's easy teaching style and in depth demonstrations like thousands of his students have, all over the world. If you love impressionistic, richly coloured painting or want to learn to love it, this course is for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner and intermediate painters love this course because it starts with basic skills and moves to more advanced techniques and concepts one step at a time.
  • Advanced painters can use this course to discover the impressionistic techniques of Richard Robinson.
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What Will I Learn?
Progress from the basics and enjoy painting still life with confidence!
Learn an easy palette setup for still life painting.
Learn how to setup a still life and light it beautifully.
Learn how to see and paint shadow and light families.
Learn how to overcome the tricks your eyes play on you!
Learn how to paint realistic form using light and shade.
Learn how to match any colour.
Learn how to use lost and found edges for beautiful effects.
Learn artists techniques for drawing accurately.
Learn how to block in the big shapes first, to get on the right track.
Learn how to create realistic three dimensional form.
Learn what's good about painting on a toned canvas.
Learn how to make a painting GLOW with vibrant colour!
Learn the importance of grey colours.
Learn how to see and paint white objects (they're not actually white!)
Learn how to start a painting with masses instead of lines. This is great!
Learn the subtle 'make and break' technique for beautiful highlights.
Learn all of this and much more in this top rated course with popular New Zealand artist and teacher Richard Robinson.
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  • To want to paint!
  • A basic set of oils or acrylics, brushes and some canvas or board to paint on.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:30:50
The Pear
7 Lectures 27:30

Welcome to the course!

Learn what's so great about still life painting.

Preview 00:43

Learn how to setup a simple still life and light it to best effect.

Preview 00:50

Learn the fundamental skill of dividing the visual world into light and shade families.

Learn the 8 elements of these families.

Preview 01:22

Simplify your subject into value planes - making it much easier to paint.

  • Learn how to draw this easily.
  • Learn to establish light and shadow families.
  • Learn to set the limits of your values.
  • Learn to compare values accurately using a colour isolator.
  • Learn about halftones.
  • Learn about hard and soft edges.
Preview 09:32

It's time to take the next step into... Colour!

  • Learn how to match any colour.
  • Learn the artists 'defocusing' technique to simplify your painting.
  • Learn about setting the colour range in your painting.
  • Learn about reflected light.
  • Learn where to use soft and hard edges.
  • Learn how to make a glowing light area.
Seeing Colour Differences

Now it's time to hone your skills with 4 small paintings taking only 10 minutes each.

  • Learn more about lively brushwork.
  • Explore colour combinations.
  • Let that brush FLY!
The 10 Minute Challenge!
The White Jug
5 Lectures 19:31

Learn how to arrange and light a more complex still life.

You'll learn to consider variety and abstract shapes in your design. Important!

Setting Up

Painting in Acrylics

  • Try painting on a toned canvas.
  • Learn how to make acrylics dry slower to make painting easier.
  • Learn techniques to draw more accurately.
  • Start by blocking in the big shapes.
Painting, Part 1

Learn how to paint realistic grapes.

Painting, Part 2: Grapes

Learn how to creating convincing three dimensional form.

Paint those finishing touches.

Painting, Part 3: Finishing Touches
4 Lectures 23:34

Learn professional tips for conceiving and designing dynamic still life compositions.


  • See my colour palette and brushes.
  • Mix a neutral grey.
  • Use a printed greyscale to judge values against.

Setting Up

We'll paint in oils and you'll learn about:

  • Painting on a toned canvas
  • Setting the colour limits
  • Blocking in the big shapes
  • Tips for faster painting
  • Capturing vibrant colour.
  • Painting translucency.
  • Dealing with reflected colour.
  • Seeing and painting white objects.
  • Creating a large area of glowing light.
Painting : Part 1

In Part 2 learn about:

  • Adding crisp details and finishing touches.
  • The importance of greyed colours in producing the effect of vibrant colour by contrast.
Painting : Part 2
Glass and Steel
6 Lectures 20:15
Welcome to the next level!

Learn about:

  • The still life setup.
  • The lighting configuration.
  • My colour palette.
  • My minimal brushes.
Setting Up

We'll be painting with oils and you'll learn about:

  • Starting painting with masses instead of lines - this is a fun and fluid way to paint!
  • Using the fuzzy-one-eye to simplify your vision.
Painting : Part 1

  • Setting the colour limits.
  • Start with the most vibrant colour.
  • Blocking in big shapes in an abstract fashion.
  • Lost and found edges for variety and depth.
  • Painting glass (mainly what's behind it).
  • Painting a mirrored surface (mainly what's in front of it).
  • Creating a painting that glows with colour

Painting : Part 2

  • Practice the 'make and break' technique for highlights.
  • Finishing touches.
Painting : Part 3

Final thoughts and and encouraging word.

Well done for coming so far!

About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
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122 Students
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Artist and Teacher

I've been drawing and painting all my life. I trained as a graphic designer, majoring in illustration and worked in that industry for several years, painting in my spare time all the while.

In 2001 I took the leap to full time painting and since then have held many successful one man and group exhibitions all around the world and I'm represented by galleries in New Zealand and Hawaii.

Meanwhile I began teaching painting in my spare time to young and old alike, in night classes and eventually in painting workshops all around the world.

At the same time I began creating video painting lessons and these became more and more popular and now I have over 20 painting dvds to my name, a client list of over 50,000 students and several million youtube viewers. So, that worked well!

I continue to endeavour to improve my paintings and my outdoor lessons and video lessons and live a pretty ideal existence with my family beside the beach in the small village of Ruakaka in Northland, New Zealand. I feel very blessed and am happy to be able to share my learning and passion for painting with so many people around the world.

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