Workshop with



Christopher E. Groves


modernizing the classical still life



Oct 7, 2024 - Dec 16, 2024

Every other Monday

9 - 11am


Location: Virtual/Zoom




Tuition: $695

(50% deposit required to register)


Modernizing the Traditional Still Life is a reinterpretation of artists elements and principles typically used in classical art technique and theory. We will introduce methods from a variety of previous artist movements in order to modernize our current "classical" ideas and still life painting application process. Understanding specific common philosophy or goals within movements such as Impressionism, Tonalism, and Abstraction; in-combination with Traditional-Realism, will allow the painter to explore and translate their art into a more personal and contemporary manner initially based off academic ideas. 


Renovating and Updating light and shadow, and composition design. Various techniques of drawing along with preliminary sketches, value, and color studies, and fundamentals of color mixing in order to prepare for the final painting will also be reviewed. Updating the Classical approach of monochromatic underpainting, direct observation and brush and tool application of color, followed by glazing techniques, will also be discussed and shown. 


Class will consist of lectures, slide analysis, and individual critiques, while the student paints his or her own still life. 


Students should obtain their own still-life reference photos, beginning on the second zoom session. 


We will discuss still life reference possibilities in the first zoom session. 






Christopher E. Groves - OPA, ASMA



Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

CA Atelier Colorado - Classical Academy (2001 - 2004)

Lead Landscape Instructor CA Atelier Colorado (2004 - 2008)

Colorado University, BF Environmental Design/Architecture


Professional Affiliations: 

OPA - Oil Painters of America - Signature Membership

AIS - American Impressionist Society

ASMA - American Society of Marine Artists - Signature Membership


Honors and Awards: 

  • AMA International Juried Exhibition 2021, Global Exhibit 
  • ASMA 18th National Juried Exhibition, 2020-2022, 5 USA Museum Tours
  • OPA Eastern Juried Exhibition 2020, Charleston, SC
  • AMA National Juried Exhibition 2018, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • OPA National Juried Exhibition 2018, Steamboat Art Museum, Colorado  



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