“Tell the Story: Books, Birds and the Still Life” w/ Michelle Waldele-Dick

DATE/TIME:  January 23 - 25, 2015  Friday 6:30 - 9pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am – 5:30pm

COST: $295


When we look at the books on a person’s shelf we get a glimpse into their life story.  On my shelf you’ll find lots of art books, gardening, travel, classical literature books, a good summer beach read and more.  In a still life, books become a part of the narrative, visual cues of the story line.  In this workshop we’ll look at how to set up compelling narrative still life including books and something living, like a beautiful little house wren or fluttering moth to add “life” to our composition.   Then work through the steps of building a realistic painting in oil or acrylic.

Friday Evening:
Setting up our still life
Michelle’s demo of the compositional sketch and block in on canvas
Students work on their sketch for transferring to canvas on Saturday


Transfer sketch to canvas
Acrylic Under painting block in
Michelle’s demo how to create convincing 3D forms on a 2D surface using the color tiling technique.
Paint, Paint, Paint!!!  Michelle will spend time with each student throughout the remainder of the day giving individualized assistance.
Michelle’s demo on the final layer and glazing techniques.
We’ll spend the remainder of the day finishing up our paintings.
Michelle will alternate between spending time with individual students and working on the demo painting so students can take a break and see the process.

Summer Roses - Stage 2

Summer Roses - Stage 2

Summer Roses - Stage 3

Summer Roses - Stage 3


Most supplies are available at Art Spot for 10% off.  Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  
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  • Tracing paper, size of canvas
  • transfer paper
  • mechanical pencil HB lead
  • large eraser
  • 11”x14” or 12”x16” gessoed canvas
  • palette 
  • Table or standing easel
  • Tupperware to store left over paint -  sandwich size with a piece of tinfoil to cover bottom of container.
  • palette knife
  • cold pressed linseed oil (oil painters only)
  • old t-shirt rags
  • paper towels
  • odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol)


  • Soft Synthetic  - flats  2, 4, 8 - filberts  2, 4, 6 - rounds  0, 1, 2

(choose your medium- Oils or Acrylics)

  • titanium white
  • lemon yellow
  • cadmium yellow medium
  • raw sienna
  • permanent Indian yellow
  • cadmium red
  • quinacridone magenta or permanent alizarin crimson
  • ultramarine blue
  • colbalt blue
  • phthalo blue
  • raw umber
  • blue black or ivory black

Acrylics everyone must have (Oil painters too):

  • cad yellow medium
  • cad red medium
  • ultramarine blue
  • yellow ochre
  • raw umber