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ONLINE CLASS - How to Paint Metal Surfaces for Still Life with Instructor Susan Abdella, MDA

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ONLINE CLASS - How to Paint Metal Surfaces for Still Life with Instructor Susan Abdella, MDA



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How to Paint Metal Objects

Learn the Secrets to Painting Pewter, Brass, Copper & Silver


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  • Unlimited access to teacher support and feedback for the duration of the class.
  • Step by step video demonstrations of the painting techniques and development of the composition.
  • Step by step written notes to follow along with the videos. (easy to download and print)
  • Step by step photographs.
  • *Acrylic Self paced for self study - Students have unlimited access to class materials... no time limit restrictions.

Susan's Approach is Simple

Learning Outcome



The Study of Metals, Part 1 - This introduction to painting different metal surfaces will become an important skill for all still life painters.

 The instructor will teach the student how to approach and describe the surface textures of metals through the changes in value, hue and blending techniques. Metals are often seen and used in still life studies, and the course materials will address one element from each metal group. Several metals will be explained and discussed while being painted on small study canvasses. Students will work on painting exercises that will culminate in six small paintings that include all metal surfaces. Attention will be spent on reflections, shines, patina and palette for each of the metal groups. 

Lesson 1 - Painting Pewter

In this Still Life Metal Study opens with the study of pewter.  Form and dimension is created through the use of value.  Lights and darks, highlights, shadows, shines, reflections, and tints, all help to create a three dimensional illusion from a two dimensional drawing.





Lesson 2 - Painting Copper - Old and New

In this study you will explore the metal copper. Susan has chosen two different subjects, keeping the compositions simple so you can focus on just painting the metal surface in two ways. Copper is a popular metal, its appeal is both because of its highly reflective surface, its warm color and the wonderful 'patina' it develops with age. You will explore both of these unique looks so you can include this type of metal in your future still life studies. 




Class Presentation

Once enrolled in the class, students gain access to the online classroom on our website. Here you will find all the class materials such as the supply list, class videos, lessons and other support materials. As you watch the videos, the teacher helps you prepare for the class, discusses the supplies and begins the creative process. Students follow along with the videos and use the printed text lessons as an extra support for the class. At anytime you can ask for help via email or by uploading a photograph of your painting into the class forums. Your teacher is always ready to offer suggestions and give feedback to help you create a successful painting that you will be happy with.

Paint Media: Artist Acrylics

*Acrylic Self paced for self study - Students have unlimited access to class materials... no time limit restrictions.


Lesson 4 - Painting Brass


Lesson 5 - Painting Silver

Contrasts: One of the most important concepts to take note of when painting Silver is contrast. Silver can be a highly reflective surface. Anywhere that light hits the surface it bounces back. The surface is also like a mirror...reflecting any and all things surrounding the item. Look closely at the two examples shown above...take note of the reflections within the container. The container on the right reflects the Flash from the camera that took the photograph. It also reflects the window and part of a sofa in the room. When painting a surface such as this one, we must pay close attention to the different values (lights and darks) that we see. Learn to study the shapes within the objects. Each shape represents either a reflection, high light, or shadow. As you gain more experience with painting a highly reflective surface, painting the shapes of what you see is the ultimate goal.

Hard and soft edges: Another concept that we pay close attention to is the type of edge between the value shifts on the objects. Observe how light sits next to dark, shines seem well developed. As we paint the sample for this lesson, I simplified my approach as this is an introductory class to painting silver.





 *Acrylic Self paced for self study - Students have unlimited access to class materials... no time limit restrictions.


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  • 4
    great Tutorial for still life

    Posted by RD PAI on 6th Oct 2014

    It's excellent, good basics, step by step and build up to a master piece
    I wish it had covered Gold and steel.. that's why I have 4 stars.. otherwise it's 5 star

  • 5
    Excellent Course.

    Posted by J from Florida. on 2nd Jan 2011

    This class made me want to paint stilllife. I learned so much witht the video lessons and assignments. The results were outstanding. I struggled at times, but Susan was right there to help me.

  • 5
    If you want to paint Metal to look real this class is tops!

    Posted by doris woodruff on 8th Dec 2010

    I Loved painting metals and actually my husband saw one of the assignments and as a photography buff thought it was a photo when I finished...he couldnt figure out how I could make it so hyper-real!

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