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Course Prices

Inside UK / NI


Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£295.00 in 4 instalments at £73.75 each

Still Life Online Art Course

Tutored by Alan Dedman BA, RAS, PGCE

The Still Life Course is a Certificate Course

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for all students.

Still Life is the art of drawing and painting inanimate objects, fruit, flowers, food and every day things. The term still life comes from the Dutch 'stilleven' and dates back to the 1600's, to a time when still life was associated with material decay and the futility of worldly life. Today, though without symbolism of times gone by, Still Life remains a major and important branch of the arts. Our course (C15), new in 2007 provides a very good entry into the subject. This written course takes a practical paintings approach to the subject and it rooted in the traditions of western figurative art. By figurative we mean 'representational' work we can recognise. Students will be encouraged to look at things with a fresh eye, to relish colour and to build confidence by developing and putting into practice good technique.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Isla Long

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork (detail) by Nicola Drake
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Oils
  • Acrylic
  • Gouache
  • Pastels (soft/hard)
  • Graphite pencil
  • Charcoa
  • Composition
  • Shapes
  • Tonal awareness
  • Use of neutrals
  • 3D and perspective
  • Creativity and media
  • Realism
  • Cubism
  • Use of oils and acrylics, drawing

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Below are a few images from the course.