Paint like Post Impressionists – Still Life in Oils, with Marcin Szuba (3x weeks)

Art Course £60.00

Date: 24 June 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Online (Zoom)

Course Description: Learn oil painting techniques to paint a still life in a post impressionist style!

This introductory 3x session course is suitable for anyone looking to take their first steps in still life or oil painting.

Marcin will demonstrate how to make meaningful sketches for paintings. We will focus on developing observation skills, colour mixing, composition, form, tonal values and colour relationships. This course will be taught mostly on one to basis and a lot of help to overcome any obstacles will be given.

The teaching will include looking and analysing the structure of the work of such modern masters as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Moïse Kisling.

*This course is suitable for absolute beginners and up


Thursdays (3x sessions)

June 24th, July 1st & 8th

6:00 – 8:00pm GMT





1st session An introduction to oil painting and still life and post impressionist approaches to still life. A demonstration of sketching in oil of the still life used as studies to inform value and colour in your painting. Sketching task.

2nd session  Oil painting using a larger scale canvas or board – focus on composition, drawing, blocking in colour, colour relationships

3rd session – We will continue the task started on the previous session.



A Word From Your Tutor, Marcin Szuba


Philosophy & Teaching

I believe that artists should follow their talent and a teacher points the way along this path by setting visual problems for students to solve. Over the years I’ve met many students and all of them saw, responded and interpreted the world in a new and unique way. Being able to help them develop as artists and achieve their goals is what I find the most fascinating in my work as a tutor.


“In my paintings I focus on painting imaginary landscapes using oil paints. I am inspired by the natural world and I am interested in colour relationships and how beauty brings us closer to the secrets of life. I have exhibited in the UK and abroad. In 2020 I received the Judges Prize at The Harley Open Exhibition”





Background & Experience

I earned MA in Fine Art, Painting from Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland where I studied anatomy of human body, techniques of the old masters and technology of painting. Over the years I have spent long hours drawing the human form and still life. I paint landscape in plain air, still life and people, mainly in oils. I paint alla prima, inspired mainly by post impressionists. I also learned by looking at paintings in The Hermitage, Prado, Ufizzi and Alte Pinakothek among others.


If you would like to see my work visit my website or follow me on instagram @marcin.szuba







The sessions will be hosted through Zoom.

Please download the Zoom app. If you haven’t zoomed before don’t worry, it’s not complicated. A little blue camera symbol will pop up on your phone, pad and laptop.

You’ll find the Zoom link for the sessions on the booking ticket AND I will send you the link via email that will take you directly to the sessions (no password required) on the day of the workshop.

Marcin will start the session 10mins before the official start of the workshop. This will give us an opportunity to iron out any technical difficulties if there are any and have a chat




* A still life of your choice set up on the table next to your easel or canvas/board. Alternatively a photograph of the still life printed out. This could be a photo of the still life sent by the tutor.

  • Oil Paints
  • Metal palette knives of different sizes and shapes (optional)
  • Turpentine
  • Linseed Oil
  • Cloth rags (to wipe palette knives or canvas)
  • Gloves
  • Brushes
  • Canvas or board
  • Gesso or white acrylic
  • Cardboard
  • Charcoal (optional)


Oil Paint Colours

The colours listed (below) are staples and can be mixed to create almost any colour you could want.

Colours that are nice to choose yourself based on personal preference tend to be secondary colours and yellows; greens, pinks, violets, oranges, yellows.

Earthy Tones; Umber and Sienna (these two are a must) but there are different tones of each that you choose from.

Why Work with a Limited Colour Palette?

Working with a consistent and limited colour palette allows you to get to know, over time, how each pigment behaves and mixes with others. The great thing is that once you get to know how these colours mix you can translate it to any other art medium!


(* )These are personal favourites of extra colours but you can choose your own based on taste


  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • * Naples Yellow (softer and more subtle than the cads yellow family)
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue or Prussian blue (these are both deep)
  • Cerulean (good for skies)
  • * Sap Green
  • * Viridian (this is an intense green)
  • * Pthalo green (dark)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • * Paynes grey


Adults only workshop 18+ yrs

Tickets are non refundable



Any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with Flora Ménager:



For questions about payment contact Flora:

For questions about the course contact Marcin Szuba:

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