Painting the Classical Still Life in Oil with Nancy Cohen


Painting the Classical Still Life in Oil
with Nancy Cohen

Mondays, 3 or 6 classes
9:30am – 12:30pm

Skill Level: All Levels


Offered for:
Winter Session 1 (Jan 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 & 20) — Please note no class on January 16 for MLK day.
Winter Session 2 (Feb 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3)


Are you an admirer of Chardin, Caravaggio, or Cezanne? Then this class could be for you! The Still Life is the most serene and contemplative of painting genres, and is also one of the best ways to learn the basic fundamentals of oil painting. Students will be learning to use the materials and will be working toward mastering the aesthetics of composition, value, shape, and color. The goal will be to create paintings which radiate light, depth, and mystery.

Nancy will be doing step-by-step demonstrations and will explain a straightforward process students can apply to create their own beautiful still life paintings in the classical realist tradition. Students will participate in setting up their own still life “scenes”, using objects provided (or bring your own favorites) and then will paint them while receiving guidance and one-on-one instruction.

All experience levels are welcome.

(Examples of work by instructor Nancy Cohen. Click images below to enlarge.)
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Download the material list below:
Materials List. Painting the Classical Still Life in Oils with Nancy Cohen


Cost for 6 classes:
Member $145
Non-Member $175

Cost for 3 classes:
Member $85
Non-Member $100

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To register by phone, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727.822.7872

PARKING DISCLAIMER: Please note that the Morean Arts Center is located in a rapidly developing portion of downtown St Petersburg, FL. Parking in our two designated lots is limited and cannot be guaranteed. You may have to park your car up to several blocks away in a 2-or-3 hour parking spot. Our instructors are aware of the possibility that you may have to excuse yourself from class to move your car once your parking time has expired. The Morean Arts Center is not responsible for parking tickets nor will refunds be issued on the basis of having to park your car outside of our designated lots.

About The Instructor:

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Nancy Cohen is an artist determinedly out of sync with the times. While the rest of the world is plastered to their screens, her oil paintings of landscapes and still-lifes evike the quiet richness of past centuries. Whether it’s simple objects on a shelf or the road through a field, Nancy’s paintings are about serenity, abundance, fragility, and the pure beauty of light.

Nancy paints only from life–never a photograph–for it is realness, dimensionality, and imperfection that inspire her. She eschews romanticism–she is not trying to “pretty up” anything. She wants to show the beauty of the real–for it is the evidence of use and age in objects, people, and nature that create beauty.

Nancy spends her time painting in a studio that might have belonged to an artist in the 15th century–all murky darkness except for a single source of north light pouring in through the skylights. This silver light transforms the mundane objects in front of her into luminous shimmering vessels of fragile beauty. Nancy’s challenge is to capture the beauty before her on canvas so that others can see what she sees.

Nancy’s paintings align perfectly with her life philosophy. In painting, if you want bright light, you must have dark shadows. The darker the shadows, the brighter the light. In life, if you want real joy, you must experience real pain. The deeper your pain has been, the more profound in your joy when you find it.

Nancy studied at the Art Students League of New York with Gregg Kreutz. She has participated in the Laumeister Fine Arts show at the Bennington Arts Center in Vermont, has been represented by the Gayle Fedigan Gallery and the Mark Gruber Gallery in upstate New York, and has won awards at the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Arts Students League of New York. She lives in New Paltz, New York.