Still Life Painting with Oils, Watercolor, and Colored Pencils – The Art Students League

Still Life Painting with Oils, Watercolor, and Colored Pencils

Lisa Dinhofer

Lisa Dinhofer, Tortoise Skeleton, 2011, color pencil, 30 x 22½ inches

Class Description

The essential and universal appeal of a still life painting derives from the artist’s ability to marry the sensuous beauty of the natural world with the intricate strength of man-made objects. Every inch of the picture plane is the artist’s choice. Through careful observation with an emphasis on representation, this class will concentrate on the elements of good picture-making: composition, accuracy in drawing, color plus a basic understanding of form, volume, and line. The class is open to beginning students and the more experienced who want to hone their skills. This is the place to explore different painting medias, oil, watercolor, and even color pencils.

About the Instructor

Lisa Dinhofer—painter, draftswoman, and printmaker—earned her BA with honors from Brandeis University and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown extensively, both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo shows were at the Century Association (NYC, 2015) and Denise Bibro Fine Art (NYC, 2012). Her paintings, drawings, and prints are widely collected and publicly represented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, City College (CUNY), IBM, and other venues. In 2003, she completed a 90-foot glass mosaic mural, Losing My Marbles, which was commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit program and is located at the Times Square subway station. Dinhofer’s comprehensive study of colored pencils, Mastering Colored Pencils, was published by Monacelli Press in 2017 and is now available for purchase. For more information, please visit

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