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Course Description

“Creating art or a painting might be thought of as intimidating for some, but the student will find by learning simple concepts, anyone can learn & have fun doing it.” ~ Anthony Padula

Join artist Anthony Padula for an in depth study of classic 19th century still life oil paintings techniques. Taking inspiration from John Singer Sargent and his teacher, living master David Leffel, Anthony will share his process for painting a floral still life which is not only beautiful but impactful. Students will learn how to harmoniously arrange objects and translate them into an active composition with a loose painterly approach that begins with blocking in shapes and developing dimension and atmosphere with warm and cool pigments. Each day will start with a demonstration during which Anthony welcomes questions and discussion. From where to put the first marks, to color and contrast, and the art of wiping, you will learn his classic methods to create a striking yet soft realism. The remainder of each class will be spent painting as Anthony works with you individually to explore the timeless brilliance of these master techniques. If there is interest, Anthony will demo and discuss painting landscapes on the third day, to show you how to approach the outdoor world with all you have learned in the studio. ALL LEVELS WELCOME.

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.


The AAN Studio is equipped with glass top sliding carts that make perfect glass palettes. However, you will want to bring a large plastic bin or tray with palette paper and a lid. Because the studio is used for evening classes and storage room is at a minimum, students are asked to transport their supplies to and from the studio each day. We also supply vegetable oil, brush cleaner, and dawn soap for clean up.

Suggested materials:

Long Filbert: # 2, # 4, and #6
Ivory Fan: # 2, # 4, and #6
Michael Klein: short handle pointed rounds: # 4, #6, #8
Brand: Old Holland, Winsor Newton, Gamblin, Michael Harding
Yellow Ochre
Venetian Red
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Pale (for florals)
Chrome Yellow (for seascapes)
Cadmium Red Light
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue Deep
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Ivory Black
Flake White (or Cremintz White – from Michael Harding)
Alizarin Crimson
Magenta (Old Holland)
Sap Green Extra or Veridian (Old Holland)
Kings Blue (for seascapes)

Paintings Surface
Aluminum Composite Panels

An alternative is below
Innerglow Panels (1-877-430-3639,
Fredrix Pro Series Belgian Linen Canvas
Canvas Size: 12x16, 14x18, or 16x20
Medium: Gamsol; Oleogel (Rublev)

Palette Knife
Paper Towels
Garbage bag

PLEASE NOTE AAN’s Greener Practices:

  • Oils: Stand, Linseed, Vegetable, Walnut
  • Solvents: Galkyd or Gamsol
  • Clean up with vegetable oil and soap :
    (palettes, tables, brushes, and easels)
  • ALL Rags and Towels with Paint, Ink, and Solvents are disposed in red cans.


  • Turpentine, Paint Thinner, or Mineral Spirits, including odorless products
  • Fumey and Toxic Glues
  • Liquin, Varnish, Dryers, Fixatives or Aerosols
Classic Still Life Techniques for Contemporary Painters 18+

Anthony Padula

Anthony Padula born in 1972 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where he lives and works today. Although Padula earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and later received an MBA from Bentley College, he away from his formal education to become a painter. His Abstract Realist style paintings and drawings are inspired by his years of studying under living master David Leffel. Currently is the proprietor of his own gallery on Washington Street in old-town Marblehead. He has been jury-selected multiple times for exhibition at The Guild of Boston Artists, and has won several awards for his classic-yet-distinct composition and technique. Anthony still considers himself a lifetime student of art with a healthy obsession “to make a beautiful painting.”
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