Textures and Textiles in Oil | Workshop

Learn how to paint convincing representations of a range of different materials in oil

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LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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This workshop taught over two days by Ben Laughton Smith will teach you to paint convincing representations of a range of different materials in oil. Capturing surface textures is a vital competent of still life painting and the clothed portrait. Students will consider techniques for painting a wide range of surfaces such as shell, lace, porcelain, crystal, copper, satin, fur, chrome and so on. During the course you will have the opportunity to paint several studies of different materials, considering strategies and methods to convey their varying appearances.


Aims of this Course

  • How to understand the visual characteristics of different materialsBreaking down painting procedure for complex subjects into logical stepsBrushwork and handlingAssembling an appropriate palette of colour and mixing accurate colour valuesThe importance of edge control and variety in capturing textures

The Facilities

Each class is limited to 8 students working from two models.  The workshop room is located within the main school of LARA London. Each set up is lit with individual professional photographic lighting which provides a steady, unchanging environment from which to observe all elements of still life painting.


A full materials list will be provided on booking. Most materials can be purchased in the LARA shop onsite.

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