Online 5 week workshop with Michael Weller

If you are inspired by Cezanne, his colour, his composition, line and shape, join Michael Weller, online for a 5-week workshop.

With this apple I shall astonish Paris


Students are encouraged to try oil paint, but are welcome to use gouache, soft pastels, Bic Pens, children’s paintsticks, big colour marker pens, whatever they like.

The Tate has a major Cezanne exhibition at the same time as this course.

  • Tutor, Michael Weller
  • 10, 17, 24, November, 1, 8 December
  • 10.00 – 12.00 each morning, and return at 16.00 for a crit
  • £200/5 days
  • Online, via zoom and whatsapp group
  • zoom link and a reminder of the materials list will be sent to you the week before the course starts
  • You will have access to recordings of the demonstrations until end of 2022
  • This course is suitable for all. Some experience of drawing would be helpful but all levels are welcome. Help will be given.

What to expect on this course

You will be painting and drawing at home, from your own still lifes, based on Cezanne’s subjects. You will be ordering what you see into simple forms and flat colour.

Each week Michael will demonstrate how he approaches his still life.

  • week 1, a copy of a Cezanne still life painting
  • week 2/3, various small still lifes
  • week 4/5, a larger still life – a table with jug and fruit in a tilted plate


Remember – students are encouraged to try oil paint but are welcome to use gouache, soft pastels, Bic Pens, children’s paintsticks, big colour marker pens, whatever they like.

Below is a list of materials for painting with oils.

Oil paint

  • titanium white (warm white is nicer but more expensive),
  • cadmium yellow light (or lemon yellow – but be careful, some lemon yellows tend to green),
  • alizarin crimson (rose madder is nicer, but dearer)
  • cobalt blue.

60ml tubes or bigger, and at least twice as much white. Michael uses Jacksons Artists Colours; affordable and good quality.


  • Low-odour oil-paint solvent. A small jar for the oil solvent. Zest-It or Sansador are fine.
  • Brushes. Good to have some bigger brushes. Michael likes long filbert brushes, household brushes and sometimes hands and fingers.
  • For a painting surface, Michael suggests cardboard or mountboard, or even paper. He likes to use breakfast-cereal boxes. Cut it to the size you want. Two coats of white acryllic primer on each side.
    But if you have a surface that you like to work on, stick with that.
  • Palette or mixing surface. Paper tearaway palette is great. Wooden palette fine.
  • Kitchen paper or rags.
  • A plastic bag for rubbish.
  • Plastic disposable gloves are great.
  • Apron is good. Don’t be like Michael and not wear an apron.
  • Some hand gel to wash your paint- covered hands.
  • Easel – for your board or canvas.
  • Clips or masking tape
  • Newspaper for blotting and testing paint.

This is a fairly extensive list. As you will probably be working at home you will no doubt have many of the items at hand.

If you have any questions please contact us

Michael Weller