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Course Description

Join artist Anthony Padula for an in-depth study of classic techniques for oil painting. A student of living
master, David Leffel, Anthony will start each day with a demonstration, sharing his process for capturing
light and movement in a still-life - including his methods to arrange objects for impact and beauty. He’ll
demonstrate a loose, painterly approach to “block-in” shapes for size and placement, and how to model
form using shadow vs light. Students will learn where and how to place the first marks of their own work,
using color, value, and edges to help create dimension and interest. Questions and discussion are
welcome throughout as Anthony will then show his methods for creating a striking-yet-soft realistic
painting of the subject matter and atmosphere that surrounds it.
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
a simple seascape or 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.

For questions or assistance please contact Elizabeth Buccino, Director of Education

Cancellation Policy

AAN depends upon student tuition to continue to offer classes and workshops. Due to our commitment to small class sizes and the hands-on nature of art education, we are greatly impacted by cancellations. Nevertheless, we do understand that plans change. If you need to cancel your reservation for a class or workshop, please note our cancellation/refund policy here and let us know as soon as possible.


Printable Materials List

The following is for suggestion only.

I typically use filberts, fan brushes and pointed rounds.
I purchase my brushes here:
• Long Filbert: # 2, # 4, and #6
• Ivory Fan: # 2, # 4, and #6
• Michael Klein: short handle pointed rounds: # 4, #6, #8

I typically use Old Holland, Windsor Newton, Michael Harding, and/or Williamsburg. I would suggest not getting “student grade” paints.
Colors (bold ones are more critical)
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) and/or Titanium White

• Alizarin Crimson
• Magenta (Old Holland)
• Sap Green Extra or Veridian (Old Holland)
• Kings Blue (for seascapes)

Paintings Surface
Canvas or Linen panels/boards/stretcher bars; make sure they are “primed” – they are typically marked “acrylic primed” – which is suitable for oil painting; if you can add a layer of gesso (primer) on your canvas, that would be ideal, but not necessary.
Canvas Size: 12x16, 14x18, or 16x20 (2-3)
Medium: Gamsol & Oleogel (Rublev) – or Galgyd gel (Gamblin)
Miscellaneous (Palette Knife, Paper Towels, Palette)

Mastering Still Life Painting in Oils, 18+

Anthony Padula

Anthony Padula was 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 veered 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, Padula is the proprietor of his own gallery on Washington Street in old-town Marblehead, MA. He has been jury-selected multiple times for exhibitions at The Guild of Boston Artists, and has won several awards for his classic-yet-distinct compositions and technique. Anthony considers himself a lifetime student of art, with a healthy obsession “to make a beautiful painting.”
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