Monday, January 04, 2016


Classical Glazing in Oil and a

Contemporary Approach to Still Life

Sarah Siltala 

 April 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2016

~Sign up now, space is limited~

I have been invited to teach in Virginia this April and I hope you can join me!  I'm really looking forward to it.  It will be hosted by Debra Keirce Studios.
$485 Tuition

Location: Ashburn, Virginia



Five day intensive indirect painting workshop, curriculum targeted to improve your realist painting skills and gain confidence.

First day- discussion on technique and materials.  composition and drawing.  

Second day- imprimatura underpainting.  

Third day- local color. 

Fourth day- glazing, scumbling and velaturas.  Discussion on appropriate layering   technique for realistic effects.  

Fifth day- additional layering, complete final details.

Indirect painting makes it possible to create realistic paintings by separating all the different elements into manageable steps.  Drawing and composition make up the first step, capturing correct value in the underpainting is next, and layering color is the final step, where all the detailed work that came before is used as the framework for the final painting.  Learning about color, and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, also aids the artist in achieving realistic affects and a depth that cannot be attained in direct painting.  In my workshop and teaching I share the modern materials and 21st century approach I use to create paintings using the time tested indirect method that has been in practice for centuries and followed by the greatest artists in history.

For information about the workshop please contact:  

Debra Keirce 


oil painting workshop