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Artwork by Susan Cardozo

Course Prices

Inside UK


Outside UK


Instalments UK & International

£300.00 in 3 instalments at £100.00 each

International students will not be supplied with a paper copy

Still Life Online Art Course

Tutored by Alan Dedman BA, RAS, PGCE

The Still Life Course is a Certificate Course

The London Art College's Still Life Course delves into the captivating and significant realm of still life art through a diverse array of artistic mediums. This course incorporates oils, pastels, pencils, and acrylics, with personalized guidance from your tutor. You'll receive valuable feedback on your coursework, offering assistance and insights to enhance your artistic skills and refine your artwork

Still life painting is a genre of visual art in which inanimate objects, typically everyday items such as fruit, flowers, glassware, or various objects, are arranged and depicted in a composition. The term "still life" comes from the Dutch word "stilleven," which means "quiet life." In these paintings, the artist's primary focus is on capturing the arrangement of objects, their shapes, colors, textures, and the interplay of light and shadow. Still life paintings often showcase a sense of tranquility and contemplation.

Our course provides an excellent entry into the subject. This written course, with tutor support, 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. Still life painting has been a popular genre in Western art for centuries, with artists like Caravaggio, Jan van Huysum, and Paul C├ęzanne making significant contributions to the field. It remains a rich and diverse form of artistic expression, allowing artists to explore the nuances of color, form, and texture while offering viewers a chance to appreciate the beauty in the ordinary.

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.

The course is generally planned to take around 1 year to complete, though the college provides a two-year window for students to finish their studies. This course is well-suited for students who have prior experience in drawing and painting.

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 area 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 your comprehensive guide into each of their subject matters. We understand that students appreciate clarification about various aspects of their work from a course tutor, whom provide reassurance that techniques are put into practice effectively. 

Each courses has its 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. Students are encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

Coursework can be submitted online, as digital photographs, in your individual art room account and the tutor will upload their critique for you to download and retain forever.

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 your award of a certificate.

On successful completion of this course you will have studied new skills and gained knowledge for your own enjoyment and development.

Student Artwork (detail) by Nicola Drake
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Oils
  • Acrylic
  • Gouache
  • Pastels, Soft or Hard
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Charcoal
  • 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.