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Still Life Plus any Personal Painting Projects

April 4 - May 16


Tuesdays 10:30am – 1:30pm  |  6 Weekly Classes
[No Class April 18th]

Personal Painting Projects other than Still Life also Welcomed (for continuing or more experienced students)

Still life provides a great tool to hone skills (drawing, composition, seeing the big shapes, assessing values, color mixing, paint handling) that apply to painting any subject. Students of all levels welcome.

Beginners will learn the fundamentals including seeing the big shapes, assessing and controlling values, laying in lights/darks (grisaille), color mixing, materials and form.  More advanced students will apply skills to increasingly challenging subject matter (metals, textures, water, flowers), and push their use of color, values, edges, paint texture, compositions, style, brushstrokes, and mood. Emphasis will be on teaching you how to be in charge of your paintings … vs. studiously copying reality.

Continuing or more experienced students interested in working in other representational (vs. abstract) genres: maritime, landscape, portrait, animal art, etc. are also welcome to this class — but they will need to supply their own copyright free source material — photos or field studies. New students should work from life — painting the still life set up in class.

Please communicate personal project ideas to Jill via email at: jill@jillbanks.com at least one week prior to the beginning of class.

About the Instructor
They include a First Place in Falls Church Plein Air Competition 2019, First Place in the 2018 Telluride Plein Air Quick Draw (and #1 Top Seller 2018 and 2020), Best of Show in the September 2016 BoldBrush Painting Competition (out of 1440 entries), Best in Show at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s  (CLWAC) Members Exhibition in NYC, three Best of Show awards at the Art League, an Honorable Mention of Artistic Excellence at Salon International, a Certificate of Merit in Oils at the Salmagundi Club’s Non-Member Exhibition, three memorial awards at the CLWAC Annual Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club, three-time finalist in the Artists’ Magazine’s Annual Art Competition, First Place in Paint Herndon! and two Best of Shows at artReston. She was twice awarded Strauss Fellowship grants by the Arts council of Fairfax County. Her work was featured on the cover of élan Magazine in August 2020, December 2019, January 2015, April 2011 and May 2006.  Jill was featured as an Artist to Watch in Southwest Art Magazine’s July 2017 issue. Her paintings have also appeared in American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Washington Post, Virginia Living, Spaces Magazine and VivaTysons. Tied for all those awards are the joy of seeing students thrive and new owners start (or continue) the journey of enjoying living with her art everyday. Jill is a Signature Member of Women Artists of the West, American Women Artists and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teacher in the DC area – Jill made the list!

Southwest Art
 Magazine, July 2017, “Artists To Watch” Editors’ Choice. Read the article here.


April 4
May 16


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756 Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066 United States
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