Fundamentals of Still Life Painting with Mateus Costa

Fundamentals of Still Life Painting (beginners and more advanced) $120.00

Class consists of 8 Wednesdays starting February 6th, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

This still life class will focus on the approach of setting up a still life and how to use a shadow box to create an atmosphere. Students will explore the concept of how light travels through the objects and creating a focal point. Composition elements are also reviewed. The class will also focus on the use of color and value relationships to create a 3 dimensional feel on the objects being created. Finally, we will focus on the benefits of a limited palette.

This class is suited for both beginners and more advanced students, since the different topics that are discussed in the class can be applied by the students at their own level.

Costs: $120,-, materials not included (you can find a list of essentials below).

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Mateus Costa

Mateus studied in Rome, Italy in 1978 and got his BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1980. He won many different awards, first of which was the Gimbels Award for Excellence in Portraiture in Watercolor back in 1975 in High School, to the Artist's choice Award, 'Best in' show and Legislative award in the Berlin Plein Air Festival in 2017.

Born in Portugal, Mateus has long been a member of the Philadelphia (artist) community. He exhibited at the Woodmere art museum, Main Line Art Center, Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Roxborough Manayunk Art Center, among many others. In November 2018 he exhibited at MRAC with a series of portraits of which several were sold.

In his paintings, Mateus Costa uses objects that we find in our everyday lives, and does not intend to show the viewer obscure references. Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Caravaggio, Cezanne, Manet, Velasquez and many others famous masters have strongly influenced his paintings and are referenced and bring complexity and greater interest to his work.

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Fundamentals of Still Life Painting with Mateus Costa
120.00

Materials are not included; essentials are a paint box or pochade box (studio easels can be provided), odorless spirits of turpentine such as turpenoid or gamsol. Basic color requirement: cad yellow pale, cad red light, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, titanium white. Flat and filbert hog hair brushes 1, 3 , 4, 6 or your favorite sizes. Recommend are masonite boards of around 12 x 16 , 14 x 18  or 16 x 20. They may be primed with gesso or have a glued canvas base.  Pre made stretched canvas purchased at any michaels, or art supply store are ok.

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