Floral Still Life Acrylic Painting Course for Beginners

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£47.00 GBP / $63.37 USD /  53.10 EURO / $77.50 CAD / $79.54 AUS 

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Inspiration struck walking around your garden.

Inspiration ended when you stood in front of the mass of leaves and flowers strewn across your kitchen table trying to pass themselves off as a still-life.

Now in a vase, those fantastic colours and greens just don’t feel as natural or as effortless as you’d hoped.

And when you put paint to canvas, the whole thing looks unrealistic and a little dated.

Is it the leaves? Are the greens too much? Why don’t the petals appear translucent?

How do you create a realistic, floral still life?

Trying to transfer that feeling of simplicity and light into a studio still life can become very frustrating.

Greens that appeared bright outside, suddenly become more muted inside and if you try to paint them as brightly as you observed in the garden, they can appear fake.

Flower heads that appeared really white and flat outside, now need added contrast to make them seem three-dimensional on the canvas.

And a very busy composition in nature, needs to be simplified to make the flowers the star of the painting in your studio.

Modern Simplicity, Classical Form

I’ve developed a new painting course to show you how the arrangement of colours, composition and tonal value range result in a more contemporary painting that will still allow you to see good form.

We’ll be taking classical painting techniques to build up an indirect painting in acrylics.

Once you’ve discovered the importance of accurate drawing, layout and establishing good tonal values – you’ll move on to using colour strings.

This method will develop your knowledge of pigments and allow you to create the perfect balance between warm and cool. It then means when you’re standing at the easel you can feel confident with your colours throughout every stage of the painting.

You’ll also learn how to mix and balance naturalistic greens to create a subtle acrylic palette that will give contrast and a sense of sunlight hitting the leaves and the challenge of painting realistic whites within petals.

What does the ‘Floral Still Life Acrylic Painting Course’ cover

We study:

  • 1 x Still Life subject from start to finish, based in the studio working from a reference image.
  • The course is split into 8-downloadable videos, with each lesson made up of separate chapters that follow on sequentially.
  • I’ll walk you through step-by-step instructional videos so that you can follow along at your own pace.
  • Rather than showing you quick painterly flourishes, I have made each stage a detailed yet easy-to-follow process.

In just a few hours you can create your own floral masterpiece!

A Classical Approach

  • How form is the key to creating realistic florals and how a tonal study of a Lily illustrates the ‘background effect’

Materials & Set Up

  • Visual introduction to all our materials, paints, mediums, palettes and canvas and how to use and apply archival grounds to your paintings

Drawing Out

  • Clean lines, drawing realistic ellipses and ‘seeing’ the tones using a paper stump

Tonal Underpainting

  • Developing brush techniqes, blocking-in the pattern of darks and pushing your tonal range

Painting the Background

  • Controlling tonal steps using a ‘value strip’, mixing perfect greys (using only two colours) and using my favourite acrylic medium to blend edges.

Introducing Colour

  • How to use a colour wheel (and a simple palette) to mix the perfect greens and using a stay-wet palette to create your own ‘colour strings’

Painting the Flower Heads

  • Tuning our eye to observe the subtle shifts within petals, painting flower heads using 3 base mixes and balancing warm ochres and cool greys

Impasto & Glazing

  • Using a palette knife to add flair and texture with a subtle glazing for a final glow to your painting.

I’ve taken care to film everything from my perspective so you can see exactly what I’m doing as we go through the entire painting process in real-time giving over 3 hours of video instruction, alongside full-colour photographs and drawing guides.

This course has been developed with a beginner in mind, carefully going through the steps at a pace that introduces new colours and techniques slowly.

Each section links to the one before and at each stage, you can see your work progressing – and this can be the key to your painting success.

How is the Course Structured & Delivered?

  • 8 Downloadable Step-by-Step Video Lessons – over 3 hours + of detailed video instruction that once downloaded – you have anytime, anywhere access.
  • A ‘Getting Started & Materials List PDF‘ – which includes your materials list.
  • JPEG reference images used throughout the course, including the photo reference I demo with, a copy of my pencil sketch for the line drawing.
  • 10 separate JPEG images to guide you through each stage
  • NEW – Video timecode index to instantly jump back to any section of the lessons you’d like to revisit.

Requirements for the Course

  • A broadband internet connection – the files sizes for the video lessons are quite large (3GB in total) so can take a while to initially download (depending on your internet speed.) Once downloaded, they are yours to keep forever, watch without buffering or take to the garden and watch away from an internet connection!
  • Enough free space on your Computer or iPad – the video files are quite large (3GB in total) You can download the files to a separate USB stick.
  • A Colour Printer – to print out the reference images or access to a Print Shop
  • Photo Printer Paper – I use Epson Archival Matte or Epson Photo Glossy
  • 30 mins – 2 hr per session, You’ll need to be able to dedicate between 30 minutes to 2 hrs for each section, for example, the blocking in might take 10 minutes, but the painting of the leaves may take a couple of hours

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent Van Gogh, Artist

About me

I’m Will Kemp, an award-winning painter from the UK. I’ve run my own gallery, studied classical painting in Florence, Italy and I teach classical painting techniques using acrylics and oils. Throughout the articles and lessons on the site, I want to help students gain confidence in what they can achieve with their own paintings, even if you don’t think you have any natural painting skill.

“Hi Will,

Thank you for a very helpful video course.  I learned so much, from how to do a tonal underpainting, to how to mix accurate colour strings, to how to add impasto touches to a painting.  These are all lessons that I can apply to future paintings, and I’m looking forward to trying them out with my own still life compositions.  This course is very clearly explained step-by-step, so it’s suitable for beginners.  But I also think that it’s suitable for more experienced painters, as so many skills are covered in the course.

 I recommend this course for anyone wanting to create realistic and yet painterly pictures.”

  Jan R, Floral Still Life Course

“Hi Will, I just completed the Floral Still Life painting from your online course.  I enjoyed it immensely.  I had not worked with only 5 colors before and now I feel confident about mixing greens and a lot of other colors.”

– Gail, Floral Still Life Course

“Thank you, Will! I’ve downloaded the videos … now off the grab a brew and start painting! I have to let you know that you are simply the best teacher when it comes to your art classes. I can’t find another source of online instruction that gives as much clear, step by step information as you do. Plus you have SO MANY FREE videos! Thank you thank you thank you! This aspiring artist is so grateful for your generosity. I am sure I’m in over my head with this new class but I’m gonna just go for it.”

Kristin, Venice Light & The Landscape Course

“Hi Will
I have followed your free online tutorials for a couple of years and have had some success. My husband decided to buy me this floral course and I have just finished the painting and I have to say it was such a lovely experience to go through the whole process with instruction along the way. I am very pleased with the results and I’m inspired to take on new challenges. I would say that this course helps to free up one’s style to paint more loosely which I have struggled to get away from and often my style can look a bit cartoon like. I’m currently trying my hand at oils and some portraiture and hope to be able to start another course soon.”

Janet, Floral Still Life Course

The benefit to having a high-level understanding of painting principles means you can look at still lifes, landscapes, portraits through the same ‘artist’s eyes’ and break down seemingly complicated scenes into action steps for your own painting practice.

The Will Kemp Art School beginners painting YouTube channel has over 120,000 subscribers (yay silver play button) with over 10 million views and absolute beginner painters have created some fantastic still lifes from their first ever acrylic paintings (see the cherry painting success page here)

This course builds on these principles, but goes into more details and shows how to approach a more complicated composition.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a time limit for the course? How many times can I watch it?

The course is a series of downloadable video lessons. Once they are downloaded they are yours to keep forever. There is no time-limit, you can watch them as many times as you like. If you change computer in the future just drop me an email and I’ll send you through some fresh links.

Q1: What if the course is too advanced for me? I’m only a beginner, will I be able to follow the steps?

All of the stages are very simple.

From a flat colour ‘coloured ground’ (think painting a wall) to a simple pencil line drawing, to the first painting stage using one colour straight from the tube.

This course is all about progress.

Sure, your colours might be a little different, the drawing may go a little out, and the underpainting may be a bit too thin. But these are all very small changes, the principles are still being developed and learnt, so even if you’re going ‘wrong’ you’ll still be developing as a painter.

Q2: What if I can’t find the time? How many hours will the painting take?

The video course is self-paced.

I’ve structured the lessons into easy-digestible ‘painting chunks’ so you can paint each section at a time to fit into your lifestyle.

If you have to break for a few days before you can get back to the easel, no problem. Once downloaded the course is yours to keep forever so there isn’t a time limit.

NEW – There is also a PDF with time indications on the different course sections so you can quickly find where you left off.

Q3: What if my drawing is a little rusty?

No worries, I provide a simple line drawing for you to work from to get the main composition drawn out, to get you at the easel and painting fast! No advanced drawing skills needed.

Painting is a skill that can be learnt, you don’t need to be born with a natural talent.

Q4: Can I stream the videos?

No, the courses are available as a download, there isn’t a streamable option.


I’ve found that when you have a whole list of lessons in easy access it can be very tempting to ‘jump to the best bits’. The final flourishes, the exciting glazes, rather than going through the process. I want you to develop an understanding of principles that can help your paintings long into the future, not a few quick tips.

Q5: Can I follow the course in Oils/Water-Mixable Oils

You can follow most of the methods as they are derived from classical oil painting techniques. However, the speed of drying and painting-over is much slower with oils than with acrylics. So there would be longer to wait, in-between sections for areas to dry, but the colour mixing principles and brush techniques would stay the same.

Q6: When does the class start?

Right away!

Q7: What skills should I have already coming into this class?

A love of tea and biscuits, coffee and cake for those well-earned breaks away from the canvas.

Cut by the Artist

I filmed, edited, and coloured the course myself (with a little help from Vanessa!) rather than working with a production company.

Artists have different needs than editors so I wanted to cut the course like an artist, showing you exactly what I wanted to see when I was learning. I show all the real-time brushstrokes for the still life so you don’t miss a step.

There are 3 main camera views I cover:

1. An over-the-shoulder view of the work – so you can see how I build up the painting as if you were standing behind me in the studio.

2. A closeup of the brush contacting the canvas – with extreme close-ups, so you can see the grain of the canvas and the bristles in the brush.

3. Stable shot of the palette for when I pick up paint – see exactly how I mix colours. There is nothing worse than when the brush disappears from view, only to reappear with some fantastic new colour. Where did that colour come from?! How did it get mixed?

The palette view is very important, and not just at the beginning of the video.

I want to show you every single mix I make, so I film with the palette directly next to the painting, then you can see shots of the palette throughout the course and gain a sense of my approach to colour mixing.

Colour Corrected Footage

Filmed under constant colour balanced conditions, so the paint colours are as accurate as can be.

I’ve invested in specialist colour correction software to give you the most accurate view of the paint colours and mixes I use. (Computer monitor screens and print-outs can vary)

Real-time filming – No long jumps in progress

I don’t like long jumps in progress when the paintbrush goes off camera, the shot changes and suddenly the picture has seemed to drastically improve. To learn the most, you need to see each stage of the painting, so on all my courses, I include all the stages so you can clearly see the progress of a work.

What will you achieve by the end of the course?

Imagine yourself in your kitchen a couple of weeks from now and hanging on the wall behind you is a crisp, contemporary still life painting you’ve painted. You’ll be able to impress guests with your new found knowledge of ‘Imprimatura’s’ and have artfully arranged flowers all around you just waiting to be captured on canvas.

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Technical Download Questions

So how does it work?

After clicking the ‘Buy Now’ you will see a PayPal Checkout Page

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Once you’ve paid, after a few seconds you’ll be redirected to a download page containing all the video links and Information (see image example below)


You will also be emailed your download link as a backup.
If you ever update your computer or can’t track down the downloads just drop me an email and I’ll send through fresh links.

How big are the video files?

To download the course you ideally need a broadband connection as the video files are quite large (Total 5GB) – you do not receive a DVD.

You then have to Download and Save the video tutorials onto your home computer.

This can take up to 20 minutes for each file depending on your internet speed.

(Please Note: If you want to watch the videos using an iPad, you need a free app called ‘Documents’ this will allow you to download and save the files – you can read more about Downloading to an iPad here)

Do you have a DVD version of the course available?

No, the course is only available as a digital download.

Do I need a special program to watch the videos on my computer?

No, the video files are MP4‘s and 95% of computers/laptops will have a media player on them.

If you have earlier software that doesn’t have a media player, you can download one for free.

Apple Quicktime

or VLC media player (also free) VLC Media Player http://www.videolan.org/

To view the PDF files, you can use Preview on a Mac or download Adobe Reader (free to download)

How do I download the videos to my Computer/iPad?

Download Page example

On a P.C

Hover the mouse over the orange ‘Click here’ link and ‘right-click’ your mouse. There will be an option that says ‘Save Link as’

Click this option and a box should come up saying where do you want to say the files (eg, desktop, whatever your files names are called) decide where to save them and then the file should start to download, it might take 10 minutes before it downloads fully (depending on internet speed.)

On a Mac

Click the ‘click here’ link.
It will give you the option to ‘Open with’ or ‘Save file’
You want to click ‘Save as’ and the file will download into your downloads.

Can I download the videos to my iPad?

Firstly, I would download the files onto a desktop or laptop if you have one, just so you have a copy of the files.

Then you have a couple of options, either to transfer via iTunes or to purchase an app on the iPad.

Use a separate app

If you have an iPad you can use a free app called ‘Documents’ to be able to download the video files onto your iPad.

Please note: Without the app, you won’t be able to download and save the videos directly to your iPad. here is a more in-depth tutorial on how to download the lessons to an iPad.

Transferring files via iTunes

If you have a Mac you can:
1. Download the files to your desktop (or find the ones you’ve already saved)
2. Plug in iPad to Mac
3. Open iTunes
4. Drag MP4′s (video files of the course) on the Mac into TV shows or Movies
5. To Play on iPad open the Videos App then look under TV shows or Movies
6. The MP4 video files from the course should play fine.
If you’re on a PC you can download iTunes here and go through the same process.

Can I download onto my Tablet?

Not directly – to download the videos to your tablet you need to download them to your main computer first and that transfer to your tablet via USB. Here are the instructions from one of my students:

“Here is what I did to get the files to my Android tablet from a PC.

1. From your link I downloaded the files to my Download folder on my PC. From there I moved them to my Video folder. (which is part of the Libraries folder on Windows 7)
2.I connected my tablet via USB cable to my PC
3.Using Windows Explorer, I copied the files from the PC Video folder, to a folder on my Acer Aconia tablet called Videos.
4. To view the course on my tablet. I click on the App called Multi- media and use the Acer media video app.’

Windows explorer is a graphical file manager in the Windows operating system that displays the contents of Libraries, folders and files. I do not know if this would affect the routine or not, but my tablet is 2 years old and for newer tablets there might be an easier routine.”

Can I download the video files and put them to my own DVD or USB flash drive to watch on a DVD player/TV?

Yes, you can download the files to a DVD or USB flash drive.

Downloading to a USB Flash Drive

USB-SAN-DISK-3.0You can download the files directly to a USB flash drive that will give you portability and extra storage.

Downloading to a DVD

Not all DVD players will playback MP4 files.

There are a couple of options:

1. DVD playback on another computer:

If you burn the MP4 files onto a DVD and then play the DVD on another computer or laptop it should play without a problem if you have an up to date media player that supports MP4.

(If you need an up to date media Player you can download one here: VLC media player (also free) VLC Media Player http://www.videolan.org/)

2. DVD playback on a DVD player with a file Converter

It depends on if your DVD player supports MP4 video files.

Many DVD players will say MP4 on the front tray, for example, ‘DVD/Audio CD/DivX/MP4/MP3/’

Some older DVD player do not support MP4 because MP4 is a format with different decodes.

If you have an older DVD player you will have to convert the files using free software.

The MP4 to DVD converter from www.freemake.com is a good choice.