Simplifying the Floral Still Life



Simplifying the floral still life: from studies to finish

Flowers are a complex subject that can feel intimidating to paint. In this workshop, you’ll learn a repeatable alla prima process to break flowers down into simple shapes, colors, and values. We’ll focus on how light and shadow together convey the form of a flower. We’ll use a limited palette to mix the colors needed to efficiently capture the essence of the flower. We’ll paint many color studies that will lead to a finished piece. By the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with more confidence in approaching the floral still life on your own.

Instruction will be in oil paint, but open acrylic paints can be used as well (the slow-drying kind). All levels are welcome, though some experience painting will be beneficial. Class size is limited to 12 students.


Sarah Calandro is an alla prima oil painter who paints luminous, abstracted impressions of what she sees. She paints with a limited palette and a large brush while focusing on economy and looseness of brushstrokes. In her work, she strives to capture the essence of light, space, and color in as few marks as possible. While she paints a variety of subjects, it doesn’t so much matter to her what she’s painting, but rather, how she’s painting it. 

Sarah is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and now resides in Austin, TX with her husband, daughter, and yellow lab. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Master’s Degree in Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She’s been drawing since she was a teenager and began oil painting in 2016. Now, she paints out of her home studio and teaches oil painting classes at the Atelier Dojo art school.