Still Life Painting with Michael DeVore
The painting of still life has a long tradition of taking humble, everyday objects and transforming them into timeless representations of beauty. During this course students will discover how to achieve this transformation through the use of composition, light, and color. Students will learn how to arrange a still life, mix colors, depict different materials, and how to apply paint in a variety of ways to create the illusion of reality. Classroom discussions will cover the history of still life painting, ideas on aesthetics, and how art can have an effect on our everyday lives.
The Summer Sessions at The Florence Academy of Art / Sweden are designed for students with a strong desire to develop their artistic skills. The courses are led by professional artists with years of experience in teaching classical methods, are intended for those with a passion for creating realistic art.
Most of the instruction is on an individual basis and our instructors adapt the exercises to your level of experience, which means that the courses are suitable for both beginners and professional artists. In addition to the individual feedback, group lessons will be held. The instructors will also give lectures and lead museum visits. The skills you acquire during your course can be applied directly to your continued artistic endeavours.
Whichever course you prefer, you will take advantage of the expertise of all of the instructors. Demonstrations and lectures including students from all courses are an inspiring way to get new perspectives on the knowledge that your selected course will provide. It is also a great opportunity to gain insight into other disciplines.
Maximum number of participants: 15 per week.
Daily instruction in English.
All materials necessary to complete the course.
6 hours per day with the model (with the exception of landscape painting and Ecorché sculpture).
Museum entrance ticket.
Assistance with housing and accomodations: The Florence Academy of Art will provide a list of available housing in the vicinity to accepted students. Students are responsible for booking their own housing. The cost of housing is not included in the tuition fee.
Assistance with shipping work completed during the course. An additional fee will be charged for this optional service.
The administrative staff is available before the course, as well as during the course, to assist students and answer questions.
Michael DeVore (b.1982) is an artist trained in the classical realist tradition. Michael grew up in Oklahoma City, OK where his step-grandmother Marion DeVore, who had helped found the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, recognized when he was very young that he had a great talent
for drawing. With the encouragement and support of his family he won various competitions and awards in his home state before going on to major in art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. After graduating in 2005 Michael felt he was still lacking good skills in drawing and painting. Determined to learn the ways and techniques of the old masters he went to Italy to attend The Florence Academy of Art. During his studies in Italy, Michael was honored to have one of his figure drawings added to the private collection of The Academy’s student works.
Michael was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in the October 2012 issue of Southwest Art Magazine and was selected in 2014 for the magazine’s Artistic Excellence Award. He has exhibited with Oil Painters of America, The International Guild of Realism, Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, The National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, and The Artists Guild.
To see more of Michael’s work, visit www.michaeldevore.net
Götaforsliden 17, 431 34 Mölndal, Sweden
Minimum enrollment requirement for all studio workshops is 5. Students will be notified if this number is not reached 60 days before the first day of class. At that time, they will be given the choice of either enrolling in another workshop, availability permitting, or having their payment refunded. Students may continue to apply to workshops even after the deadline and through the first day of the course.
The Florence Academy of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors of any course at the last minute or during the session. Once you apply and are accepted, you will receive an acceptance packet via email with information on housing, materials and payment of the non-refundable deposit due immediately to hold your place. The balance must be received on June 1. No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.
The Florence Academy of Art endeavors to provide an educational environment conducive to encouraging the artistic talents of each student. This requires that all students respect the policies of the Academy, its instructors, and the other students in the program. By enrolling in the Academy, students agree to subscribe to these policies as contained in the Student Handbook available on this website.
The Florence Academy of Art is a United States non-profit 501 c (3) educational entity, and admits students of any race, age, color and national or ethnic origin.