Painting objects – looking at light

Leading up to Thursday’s live session I asked the group, in preparation, to look at the way light falls on ordinary objects. At the beginning of the session we looked at some contemporary still life or object paintings. Most of the paintings I could find seemed to be of ceramic items or table ware – good subjects for looking at how light falls and changes across a surface.

Before we started painting we spent some time deliberately looking at our chosen objects. I asked the students to find 5 things, 5 patterns of light that they hadn’t noticed on first sight, just to wake up the habit of close observation.

It’s easy to see that they looked really carefully, there is some fantastic light and shade, and most have included shadows where their object is sitting too – bonus marks! A very enjoyable session.

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