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Course Description

Experience the peacefully real and mysteriously glorious pursuit of painting floral still lifes. Through slide-presentation and studio demonstrations, artist Heather McLeod will discuss how flowers have been depicted throughout history, their special language of symbolism, and how you can develop the visual story that you would like to tell. You will learn classic oil painting techniques for capturing a variety of textures, from soft billowy petals to strong structured stems and leaves, and how to effectively juxtapose the other elements of the painting, like the vase, surface, and background to create mood and atmosphere. Focus will also be placed on the narrative power of color, light, and composition. No matter what your personal style is, you will learn valuable skills not only for painting a cohesive painting, but a compelling one as well. Some knowledge of oil paint and drawing necessary.

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, dawn soap, and Gamsol for clean up.

Oil paint (Recommended colors but feel free to add or substitute):
Titanium white
Cadmium yellow
Cadmium yellow deep
Yellow Ochre
Any Earth Red (Ex: Flesh Ochre or Venetian Red)
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Ultramarine Blue

  • Linseed Oil
  • Variety of brushes
  • Canvas or panels: one smaller one for studies and one larger around 16”x20”
Still Life with Flowers

Heather V McLeod

Heather V McLeod is an artist exploring identity and the psychology by which we perceive others. Interested primarily in portraiture and representative work, Heather creates pieces with the intent of capturing the character of the figure portrayed. She plays with the use of symbolism and concealment to enhance the narrative and evoke a quiet yet humorous side to portraiture. Born and raised in the greater New York area, Heather received her MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2021 and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Perugia, Italy where she lived and worked for a year. She is a recent recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and The Leslie T. and Francis Posey Scholarship. She has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has been the recipient of a number of art related awards, including most recently AXA Art Prize Finalist.
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