Still Life in Oils

Still Life in Oils

A 5 day workshop working on a still life

Work together in a group

Daily video tuition and daily constructive support

14 - 19 October 2019

Join the Workshop!    £15

You will get a 5 day workshop + 1 week of access
Members: Free to join and forever access to the workshop videos in the Workshop Archive (+much more).

A 5 day online painting workshop to get your painting skills into gear!

Hosted within The Art Cafe, in a private side room (studio), let’s get together for 5 days and paint a still life!

Every morning I will share a short video (around 15mins) in the group, showing the progress of a still life painting in oils. I'll share how I get started and the next steps I take. Every day I’ll show you the progress from the day before and the plans for the day ahead.

Follow Along

You can follow along every day and take the same steps in your own painting!

Together, as a group, and step by step, we’ll develop our painting at roughly the same rate.

Share your progress in the group with photos and stories. Support and encourage each other.


A private small workshop to focus on your oil painting skills!

Mondriaan, Apples, ginger pot and plate on a ledge,1901. Sothebys

Subject Matter

The subject matter of the still life is still to be decided. I will aim for a general approach with traditional props, like fruit, bowl, cup, fabric, etc. You are very welcome to set up your own still life. 

Join in!

The success of this workshop depends on you as well as me! Join in and share your progress, questions, and frustrations and as a group we’ll have productive fun! 


I'll be painting in oils and it is all about oils, but you are very welcome to join in using any other medium.

All you need is your usual oil painting materials - feel to ask if need more info.

Reference Photo

The idea is to set up your own still life, but we won’t be going in to how to do this. You can also use one of the reference photos provided.

Have fun

It’s not about existing skills, it’s about the joy of learning together! So ‘how good’ you are is totally not important. 

 Caravaggio (Basket of Fruit, oils, 1599

How does a Workshop differ from a course?

A course has a curriculum and pre-made lessons. A workshop does not have a curriculum and is mostly about doing something together, at the same time, under the (hopefully) helpful guidance of me and your fellow students. Workshops are held in ‘studios’ in The Art Cafe. More info here.

Is it live?

The videos are pre-recorded so you don’t have to be online every morning to watch them. You can watch the lessons at any time during the workshop.

Time Limit

Enrolment will close on 15 October. The group will stay open for ONE week after the end of the workshop, after which it will be removed. If you are a few days behind in the workshop that is fine, but make note you only have a week afterwards to catch up.  

See you in the workshop!

PS: Art School Members will be able to access the videos in the Workshop Archive

Testimonials from various workshops


Loved This Workshop! I Liked That It Was Short And Very Focused And I Could See Results Quickly. Your Daily Videos Were Just The Right Length To Give Good Guidance And Not Overly Long. Your Comments On Our Posts During The Week Were Helpful And Very Encouraging. They Offered Specific Suggestions For Improvement Which I Appreciated.


Absolutely loved it. I enjoy working with others and this felt like we were doing it together as a group as much as one can "virtually." But most of all I enjoy learning from someone who obviously has a great deal of knowledge and is a gentle, kind soul.


Sophie, thanks for a wonderful job conducting the workshop. I liked the format and technique for portraits, it fit my level of skill and provided very good results. It gave me confidence to continue with portrait painting I may not have otherwise pursued.


Thanks Sophie for the workshop. I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. ...and thanks to everyone; it was nice doing this together and learning from you. I hope to do this had been a helpful motivator.


Sophie, I could not have been happier with this workshop - Enjoyed the format with all these talented painters. This was such a great workshop. Loved feeling part of the group and also to have such wonderful tutoring for such an amazing price. I haven’t yet finished but have a bit more confidence to go forward. Thank you Sophie. Xx


really enjoyed the workshop. great clear teaching. also enjoyed seeing how everybody's work progressed & reading feedback & encouragement from others. thank you Sophie.