Still Life: Classical Chiaroscuro

Are you Ready for the Art of Capturing Light and Shadow Still Life’s like the Masters?

Mastering Light and Shadow

Do you long to get that richness and glowing light in your paintings? Are you tired of your paintings not feeling lit up, falling flat, and ending up too tight? If you answered, YES then this is the series for you! Never again do I want you to be disappointed with a lack luster painting. I’ve spent years mastering this chiaroscuro lighting technique and I’m ready to walk you through it one step at a time.

This series covers beginner and advanced concepts for mastering painting chiaroscuro still life- alla prima style! All the fundamentals you need are here. From form to value, perspective to color mixing. You’ll discover what makes the chiaroscuro concept stand apart from other painting styles. I’m giving you four of my best award winning fail-proof compositions for still life so you can reach that next level of mastery today in your own work. And better yet, I explain WHY these compositions work in detail!

What You’ll Get:

  • 4 Extensive Video Lessons
  • Reference Images for Every Lesson
  • A Complete List of Materials
  • Over 6 Hours of Content!
Lesson 1

Elegant Shadows: Pears, Pewter, and Obsidian Vase

1 hour, 43 minutes

You’ll walk away from this lesson understanding how to:

  • Create that dramatic light, mood and mystery in a very simple composition
  • Discover how much detail to put in and where so your painting looks finished, but not tight and overworked
  • Keep the viewers eye staying in the painting through the use of light and choice and placement of your still life objects
Lesson 2

Copper, Oranges, and a Blue and White Vase

1 hour, 35 minutes

In this lesson you will learn to:

  • Unlock the secret to making copper shine and glimmer with light!
  • Uncover how to make a small painting look BIG and maintain your proportions with so many objects without drawing everything in tight detail
  • Master the interplay between floral textures and metallic luster, creating depth and contrast
Lesson 3

Lemons, Porcelain, and Brass

1 hour, 45 minutes

Things that are covered in this lesson:

  • Understand how to fill a painting with atmospheric light with this lesson
  • See how to make rich shadows and backgrounds without it looking dingy or muddy
  • See how to make your non-white objects look lit up without going chalky
  • Master how much medium to use and where so you can paint this masterpiece wet on wet in one sitting without a huge slippery mess!
Lesson 4

Metals, Glass, and Onions

1 hour, 32 minutes

Here you will learn to:

  • Demystify how to direct the viewers eye through a painting with this award winning table top composition.
  • Master the glimmer and shine of brass and the transparency of glass.
  • Explore how to make a lot of empty space look more engaging without adding more things!

Bonus Lesson

34 minutes

Kelli talks about some of the greatest struggles and confusions for artists including:

  • What medium and materials to use and why
  • Overworking and Underworking
  • Drying Time
  • Tips to maintaining proportions
  • Layering and Blending
  • Patience


Are there reference images?

Yes! Each lesson provides you with reference photos of the set up, the painting, and color palette.

How many video lessons do I get?

There are 4 extensive lessons with over 6 hours of content in total!

Do I get access to all videos at once?

Yes! This way you can choose which lesson you’d like to start with and access any of them at your convenience.

How long will I have access to the videos?

Members of the Art Life School retain access for as long as they have an active subscription – no need to purchase this masterclass separately – it’s included!

Lifetime Access is available to purchase below – you’ll retain access to these lessons even if you don’t have an Art Life School membership.

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Regular Price: $500