The Fundamentals: Painting the Still-Life


  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • Tuesdays: 18:00 - 20:00

  • Total Hours: 8

  • Cost: €140

  • Language: English and Italian

  • Instructor: Prof. Timothy Joseph Allen


Painting a still-life just might be the best ‘point of entry’ for anyone wanting to transition from drawing to oil painting.

This course provides students with:

  • Understanding of the basic process of indirect oil painting
  • Familiarity with various pigments, drying times and mediums
  • Understanding of various types of supports and brushes
  • Exploring various painting techniques that include glazes and scumbles
  • Using a minimum palette as a means to begin translating the natural world into a painted picture

Note: even if your experience with drawing is limited, you are still welcome to join.

— Timothy Joseph Allen



I insist my students use Michael Harding paints.  I’ve used his colors for over two decades and his are easily one of the best paints on the market.  In order to make it easy for students to try out these paints without requiring a significant investment, I offer all of the paint you will need for an additional fee of €30.


Each student should buy their own canvas to paint on.  I recommend a size that is at least 40 x 50 cm.  If you can afford it, choose linen over cotton.

Medium: Oil and Solvent

I will provide you with linseed oil, Tintorsetto (odorless solvent) and a medium holder at no additional charge.

Brushes and Brush Holder

It is best to have an assortment of brushes: flats, rounds and filberts, with some made of hog bristle, an others, synthetic.  Once you have had some experience, it is worth adding some sable brushes to your collection.

To ensure proper care of your brushes, I strongly recommend a brush holder.


Each student should invest in their own wooden palette.  Round or rectangle is fine, just make sure it isn’t too small.


Please bring with a worn t-shirt to cut up for use as a rag.

For further details, please download the Materials list.

Terms and Conditions

A deposit of €80 is due at the time of registration.  €60 is due on the day of the first lesson.

There is no reimbursement for absences, nor make-up lessons.


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Still-Life Subjects

Still-life subjects include:

  • Shells
  • Ostrich eggs
  • Various Fabrics
  • Ceramics
  • Glass containers

Meet Your Instructor:
Timothy Joseph Allen

Founder and President of the Association of Social Promotion A.P.S. PADASOR (acronym for the Painting And Drawing Art Studio Of Rome), Timothy Joseph Allen is an American professional painter who has been living and working in Rome, Italy for over twenty years. He began his career in 1992, earning a BA in Studio Art at DePauw University and an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. He has also been teaching at The American University of Rome since 2006.

His medium is oil on canvas and his style and subject matter are principally inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque. Of special importance to his process is painting from life: “I enjoy painting most when the presence of the subject and the limit of time combine to bring a sense of urgency to my analysis, intuition and performance.”

In recent years his work has been pre-selected and/or selected in several international competitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Mod Portrait competition at the MEAM museum in Barcelona, the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition in Barcelona, the World Wide Kitsch online painting competition, and the BP National Gallery Portrait Competition in London.

To understand best what Tim can teach you, please have a look at his paintings and drawings.

If you would like to take private lessons with Tim, please follow this link.