EventsStill Life: Oil Painting Exploration

Still Life: Oil Painting Exploration

March 26 – April 30, 2024 | 1:30–4 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art
Registration Required

Willem Kalf (Dutch, 1619 – 1693), Still Life with Fruit in a Wanli Bowl, 1664, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.




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Join our studio class for an enriching exploration of still life and oil painting techniques!

In this studio workshop, we will delve into the world of oil painting by exploring different approaches to technique, ideas about depicting objects, and composition. Drawing inspiration from Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and artworks from the High’s collection, we will explore different artistic approaches to still life to spark creativity. Led by instructor Daniel Mantilla, we will learn about oil paint, brushes, painting supports, and color mixing to make our own still life paintings. Then we’ll wrap up the class by sharing our artwork in a relaxed group discussion. Get ready to enjoy a creative journey into the fascinating world of oil painting!

About Your Instructor

Daniel Mantilla, Associate Education Specialist at the High Museum of Art, is a Colombian-born artist with over a decade of experience teaching young people, families, and adults. In his paintings, drawing-collages, and cutouts, Mantilla explores ideas of transition and instability. Mantilla previously lived in New York City, where he recorded instructional videos for public television. His art has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. He has studied paintings in museum collections in Spain, conducted research on cadmium-free acrylic paint, and holds an MFA from Hunter College.

Daniel Mantilla headshot

This class will meet on March 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. On the first day of class, please make your way to the Admissions and Information desk to have your ticket scanned before heading to the check-in cart, located in front of Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue, Green, Red. Education staff will greet you and guide you to the Greene Family Education Center, located in the Lower Level of the Stent Family Wing.

About Studio Classes

Multisession Studio Classes explore mediums and materials in depth and enable you to build technical skills through scaffolded, sequential instruction. Professional teaching artists will guide engagement as you expand your creativity and gain a greater appreciation for artistic processes. Studio Classes are intermediate level; they are designed for adults with some experience. All materials are provided.

For more information, please email or call 404-733-5034.