Still Life with Mathew Lynn / Term Class

Still Life with Mathew Lynn / Term Class

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Suitable for all levels

Let award winning artist Mathew Lynn be your guide in this nine-week course exploring Still Life (and objects in space). This will be an opportunity for you to examine and strengthen your existing traditional still life practice, or you might like to take this opportunity to experiment and explore how objects important to you inhabit special spaces. Mathew will also refer to great still life artists and works both from the past and contemporary art, to help bring a wider sense of continuity and possibility in this genre we share.

Mathew can help you with anything from traditional drawing and rendering, learning how to ‘see’, and academic tonalism, through to exploring how to completely rebuild your practice through experimentation, and perceiving your stimulus in less representational ways.

Mathew likes to work one-on-one fairly quickly within each session, setting specific individual exercises and goals where necessary, tuning into and encouraging your personal vision and the way you see the world. He also likes to work with people of all skill levels, and will make you feel comfortable while providing specific challenges for you.

This is a course to consolidate your existing skills, or exploration, and you can use any medium or approach. Mathew may recommend initial studies and processes which you can then incorporate into your main works.

Image: Henri Matisse, Still Life with Lemon

Materials List

This is a guide for you to choose your materials. If you haven’t painted before (or not very much), start by choosing a particular medium and work your way through each detailed list.

The colours below are good for basic rendering of most things, and you can augment with your own favourites. Oil painters need more brushes, because it’s important to keep your mixed colours separate on each brush.

Mathew also likes his students to always have a sketchbook/paper and pencils (or range of drawing materials) handy for quick studies on the go, and for helping when a painting gets stuck.

Reference materials: these could be objects (for a traditional still life set up), photographs, drawings or works in progress.

Oil Painting

You must use an odourless system for mediums and solvents!
Colours (good for rendering most things): 
Titanium White, Ivory Black, Yellow Ochre, Indian Red (red ochre), Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light (or equiv), Cadmium Red (or equiv), Alizarin Crimson (or equiv)
Also, these additions can be useful (or any other colours you like):
Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Magenta, Cadmium Orange (or equiv) etc.
Art Spectrum is a good basic artist quality range.
Brushes – cheap Hog Bristle round brushes (it is important to have predominantly round brushes, some flats are good to have too)
#12 x 2, #10 x 2, #8 x 2, #6 x 4, #4 x 4, #2 x 2, #1 x 2
Bring any other brushes you like to use!
Medium – quick drying odourless medium and solvent. My personal favourite is Galkyd medium and Gamsol solvent. You can use Linseed Oil but the drying is much slower.

  • Palette, could be disposable – make sure your palette has plenty of mixing space.
  • Dipper for medium and solvent
  • Rags, paper towels, cotton buds
  • Spare containers 
  • Palette knife
  • Anything else you like to make marks with or push paint around
  • A canvas or canvas board (or a few of them), oil painting paper
  • It is always a good idea to wear disposable Nitrile gloves when painting and handling oil paint and mediums.
  • Use odourless artist quality solvent for clean-up
  • I recommend taking your brushes home wrapped in glad wrap to clean and wash. Clean brushes with solvent and then wash with soap AFTER EVERY SESSION. Try not to come to class with hard brushes! Quick drying mediums are very hard on brushes.


Colours - same as oil colours, Matisse (Flow or Structure) are good artist quality options.

Brushes - same hog bristle range as above for basic painting, but you’ll only need one of each size. It’s important to also have some finer synthetic brushes in golden sable (or equiv) in a range of sizes.

Bring any acrylic style brushes you like!

Medium – can be a basic Acrylic Painting Medium, Gel Medium, Impasto Medium etc. I personally like to use just water, like gouache.

  • Acrylic palette/s with a flat surface (around A3 in size)
  • Spare containers and a water container 
  • Rags, sponges, paper towels, cotton buds, or anything else you like to use
  • A canvas or canvas board (or a few of them), you can also use heavy water medium paper

Watercolours & Gouache

  • Gouache may have some different names but refer to the oil/acrylic colour for reference. I find Gouache wonderful for studies. 
    Watercolour colours follow a different system and can be quite specific, favouring particular transparent pigments, but you can use any that you have and Mathew can give you advice on this.
  • Or simply use a basic watercolour or gouache set
  • Appropriate palettes for colours and mixing
  • Water container and extra containers for mixing
  • Rags, paper towels, cotton buds
  • Synthetic watercolour brushes in a range of sizes: fine, medium and a large, also a mop type brush. Other water media brushes such as a wide flat brush
  • Watercolour paper or watercolour pad

Terms and conditions

Please choose carefully as fees are non-refundable. Refunds of course fees will only be given if the course is cancelled or a place is not available in the course. Payment of course fees implies that you have read and agree to the WAC Terms & Conditions which are available online.