Creating Dynamic Still Life Paintings in Oils with Adam Clague

Springtime Offerings
Only an Orange
Avocado & Lime
Kettle & Carnations


September 2, 3 & 4, 2021


9 am to 10 am: Lecture with Slides

10 am to 12 pm: Painting Demo

12 pm to 1 pm: Lunch Break

1 pm to 4 pm: Group Painting

Skill Level:

All levels

Workshop Fee:

$450 (4 spots available)

Number of Participants:

10 to 12


The Mann Center

507 N. Steele St.

Sanford, NC 27330


Plan to bring your own lunch, snacks and beverages.

About this Workshop

Still life painting can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Perhaps your past attempts to paint fruit have looked flat and formless. Maybe the colors in your flowers have appeared “chalky” or “muddy.” Perhaps you’ve struggled to arrange a good still life in the first place! If these difficulties sound familiar, you are not alone. Adam will show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop.

You’ll learn how to…
  • Identify the colors in your subject with the 3 Questions for Correct Color
  • Capture even the most subtle colors with Adam’s 6 Guidelines for Mixing Color
  • Make fruit and other objects look 3-D and not flat
  • Create forms that look properly rounded with “warms” and “cools”
  • Draw your viewer’s eye from across the room with the 5 Principles for Powerful Paintings
  • Avoid “chalky” or “muddy” color
  • Arrange dynamic still life setups with confidence

Adam will begin each morning by sharing vital principles for still life painting. Then, he’ll demonstrate those concepts in action as he paints from life.  Adam will verbalize his thoughts and show you his process. Each afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to paint from a life and Adam will offer one-on-one assistance and critiques. Please join Adam for a wonderful time of fun and learning!

About Adam Clague

Adam Clague, Instructor

Whether Adam Clague is painting a person, place or object, he seeks to faithfully capture the beauty of God’s creation and to communicate that beauty with his viewers.

Adam is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, the American Impressionist Society, and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. Adam’s work has received many awards, including Portraiture Award of Excellence at the 2018 OPA Salon Show, Best of Show at the 2016 American Impressionist Society National, and 2nd Honor Award at the 2014 PSoA International. His paintings have been displayed in such venues as the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Adam enjoys sharing what he has learned as a full-time artist through workshops and through his online video course at

Adam received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pensacola Christian College, where he studied under Brian Jekel. It was at college that Adam met his wife and fellow painter, Andrea Orr Clague. The couple now lives near Kansas City, Missouri with their 3-year-old son, Gideon.

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