Painting Flowers/Still Life
May 13 – 15
Skill level: all levels
Flowers are one of the most difficult things to paint in art. But as hard as it is, it is also an exciting challenge and pays off in many ways. Human cultures around the world consider flowers synonymous with pure beauty. In painting history there are many wonderful examples of artists trying to capture this beauty (especially in west European art): Manet, Fantin-Latour, Crivelli, Van Gogh, etc.
For the purpose of education, painting florals means much more than painting a still life because flowers are not “dead nature;” they are alive with light and movement, and it can even be said they have personalities. Capturing the countless varieties of shapes, colors, tones and vibrations of the flower is an exciting task for students at any level.
Leonid Gervits belongs to the European/Russian realist tradition of painting and drawing. In 1966, he graduated from the Odessa Art College; and in 1973, he received an MFA from Repin Academy, where he later worked as a professor for sixteen years. Mr. Gervits moved to the United States in 1991, working as an instructor at the New York Academy from 1992 to 2000. He has been an instructor at the Art Students League since 1997. An artist of the realist tradition and of serious academic training, Mr. Gervits is able to work in a broad spectrum of genres.