Still Life Open Studio
Still Life Open Studio
Still Life Open Studio
Still Life Open Studio
Still Life Open Studio
Still Life Open Studio

Still Life Open Studio


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Course Fee: $35
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

TIME: 2:00PM - 4:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. 

Still life paintings are a favorite with artists of all levels because still life objects have a serene solidity, changing only as the light hits them. Unlike a more complex subject like a landscape, a still life allows the artist to focus on simple shapes, composition, value, and color variations without a lot of overwhelming extra information to be edited out.

Accomplished artists of any subject and medium will choose a still life when they crave some simplicity while practicing painting, or while drawing variations of color, light and shadow. Beginning artists can quickly improve their skills focusing on a still life before moving on to other subjects. This is an open studio with instructor feedback if requested. It is a wonderful way to try the still life, or to get out of your studio, meet other artists and get some feedback if wanted. 

The instructor will set up two still lifes with strong lighting: one simple, one more complex (and will adjust as requested). Individual, customized simple still lifes can also be set up.  All levels are encouraged. You are welcome to bring a medium you are just starting with, because your instructor is proficient in all media mentioned in the Supply Information.

Another Still Life Open Studio workshop will also take place on July 15. The same still lifes will be set up for both workshops in case you would like to have both sessions to complete a painting; additional new still lifes will be added for those who are doing quicker studies but want a second session. You are welcome to sign up for either individual session or both! 


  • Suggested media are drawing pencils, Prismacolor colored pencils, charcoal, conte crayons, gouache, oils (no mineral spirits or turpentine allowed though), soft pastels, pigment-rich acrylics (like Amsterdam, Liquitex or Golden), watercolor, or Procreate on an iPad.  
    If painting, you can paint in grayscale or color. If you are painting in color, it is suggested you bring a warm and cool of each primary plus white and some neutrals like burnt umber. Your instructor is proficient in all of those media and can help you if you are trying a new medium.
  • Watercolor paper for gouache, watercolor, or acrylic. Gessoed canvas or panels for oils or thicker acrylics. Sanded paper for pastels. White or toned paper for pencils or charcoal.
  • Appropriate brushes or palette knifes for your medium.
  • Your favorite palette or mixing tray although the studio has some as well.
  • Optional: a table-top easel.
    The studio has standing easels and drawing boards. 

After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

Anne Pfeiffer has a graduate degree in painting and decades of experience as a high school art teacher, community college art instructor, and adult and teen workshop instructor. She currently lives in Port Angeles and paints landscapes and still lifes, often plein air, and participates in regional and national exhibitions and events.

See more: courses with Anne
Artist website: Anne Pfeiffer@annepfeifferartist and @annepfeiffer

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Students who withdraw from a course at least seven days prior to its first meeting will receive a 90% refund (less any materials fee).

Students withdrawing fewer than seven days from the first day of class are not eligible for a refund except in the case of illness or injury, in which case they are eligible to receive a 40% refund (less any materials fee).

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