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Still Life Plus any Personal Painting Projects

April 6 - May 18


Tuesdays 10:30am – 1:30pm EST  |  6 Weekly ONLINE Sessions
plus bonus learning and added teacher consultation  [No class on April 20th]

There is an EARLIER START for the first class April 7 —
9:30-11:00am demo by Jill, then be ready for student painting until 1:30pm.

Personal Painting Projects other than Still Life also Welcomed (for Continuing or More Experienced Students)

This class is being taught online only via Zoom. Small class size. Personal attention.  Jill will walk you through how to do this … but you will be painting during live classes.  A laptop or ipad and strong WIFI connection are needed. I taught this class in 2020 and student growth was amazing. Thanks to technology, I will be watching you paint and be able to pull up your works in progress and sketches to show you how your work can be improved.  It is all hands-on, live sessions with student access to additional recorded tips via video and notes.

Still life provides a great tool to hone skills (drawing, composition, seeing the big shapes, assessing values, color mixing, paint handling) that apply to painting any subject. Students of all levels welcome. Since this is an online class – you will be working from home setting up your own painting subject.  Please send me a photo of your still life setup or interior taken from your painting position.  I will use that as reference when discussing your sketch and progress.

Although not taught in the classroom, it will feel like you are in one … and you will receive one-on-one instruction at your easel.  You will be setting up an ipad or laptop so I can see your canvas and also turn around to watch during the instruction portions of the class. That sounds more complicated than it is … and the benefits are enormous! Plus we get to laugh and learn together throughout class time.

Beginners will learn the fundamentals including seeing the big shapes, assessing and controlling values, laying in lights/darks (grisaille), color mixing, materials and form.

More advanced students will apply skills to increasingly challenging subject matter (metals, textures, water, flowers), and push their use of color, values, edges, paint texture, compositions, style, brushstrokes, and mood. Emphasis will be on teaching you how to be in charge of your paintings … vs. studiously copying reality.

Continuing or more experienced students interested in working in other representational (vs. abstract) genres: maritime, landscape, portrait, animal art, etc. are also welcome to this class — but they will need to supply their own copyright free source material — photos or field studies. New students should work from life — painting the still lifes set up in class..

Please communicate personal project ideas to Jill via email at: jill@jillbanks.com at least one week prior to the beginning of class

About the Instructor
They include a First Place in Falls Church Plein Air Competition 2019, First Place in the 2018 Telluride Plein Air Quick Draw (and #1 Top Seller 2018 and 2020), Best of Show in the September 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition (out of 1440 entries), Best in Show at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s  (CLWAC) Members Exhibition in NYC, three Best of Show awards at the Art League, an Honorable Mention of Artistic Excellence at Salon International, a Certificate of Merit in Oils at the Salmagundi Club’s Non-Member Exhibition, three memorial awards at the CLWAC Annual Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club, three-time finalist in the Artists’ Magazine’s Annual Art Competition, First Place in Paint Herndon! and two Best of Shows at artReston. She was twice awarded Strauss Fellowship grants by the Arts council of Fairfax County. Her work was featured on the cover of élan Magazine in August 2020, December 2019, January 2015, April 2011 and May 2006.  Jill was featured as an Artist to Watch in Southwest Art Magazine’s July 2017 issue. Her paintings have also appeared in American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Washington Post, Virginia Living, Spaces Magazine and VivaTysons. Tied for all those awards are the joy of seeing students thrive and new owners start (or continue) the journey of enjoying living with her art everyday. Jill is a Signature Member of Women Artists of the West, American Women Artists and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teacher in the DC area – Jill made the list!

Southwest Art
 Magazine, July 2017, “Artists To Watch” Editors’ Choice. Read the article here.


April 6
May 18


Online via Zoom
VA 22066 United States


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