Sarah Sedwick
Painting the Dynamic Still Life


February 21-23, 2020 
9:30am - 4:30pm

McRae Art Studios
1000 Arlington Street, Orlando, FL 32805


We are excited to bring Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick to Orlando to offer her first Florida workshop. 

You won't want to miss out on this fun three-day opportunity to practice painting looser and more confidently.  Sarah will take you through a step-by-step approach to alla prima oil painting, from black-and-white studies to brilliant color.  You will build a beautiful composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and learn tips for bringing inspiration to your home studio practice.

You’ll also delve into the fundamentals of good design, creating black and white oil studies to plan compositions that work. Sarah's approach emphasizes the benefits of working from the general to the specific big value shapes first, small details later.

Using a split-primary palette as your color foundation two reds, two yellows, and two blues you’ll do quick, fun exercises to focus on loosening up your brushwork before creating a finished piece.

Sarah will demonstrate and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome.  This class is for you, even if you are new to oils.  Sarah makes it simple and fun.  And she is often able to bring many fantastic paint and medium samples from both M. Graham and Gamblin for everyone!

Early Bird Pricing
$525 on or before September 20, 2019
$595 after September 20, 2019

To ensure that she can provide each student with individualized attention, Sarah has a strict limit on the number of students per class.  Please don't delay, because this workshop is sure to sell out. (Age 15 and above)


Registration is nonrefundable. Each participant is expected to bring the materials on the supply list for use during the class.  

Lunch, snacks, and beverages are included.  Lunch will be provided by Hayley Botticello, a talented local chef.  Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

About Sarah Sedwick

A prolific painter of still life and portraits, Sarah has been teaching workshops on alla prima painting around the country since 2013, and also offers an online art mentorship program.

Based in Eugene, Oregon since 2007, Sarah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2001, she earned a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Her oil paintings explore the simple beauty of everyday objects, and are most often inspired by color combinations and perceptual effects. All are painted from life.

Her teaching philosophy is simple: the more you paint, the more you improve so find ways to make painting as enjoyable as possible! Let go of perfectionism, and watch the results unfold.  For more information about Sarah or to see more of her work, check out her website or follow her on Instagram.
instagram:  @sedwickstudio

 Required Supplies

Please bring the following supplies and materials to the workshop.  Contact us if you have questions about local art stores.

  • Oil colors, any artist grade brand.  Sarah uses M Graham oil colors.  You will need the following colors:
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Cadmium Red (or substitute Pyrrole or Naphthol Red)
    • Hansa Yellow (or substitute Azo Yellow, Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light)
    • Cadmium Yellow 
    • Ultramarine Blue (or Cobalt Blue)
    • Cerulean Blue (or Phthalocyanine Blue)
    • Titanium White
    • Optional colors:
      • Dioxazine Purple
      • Ivory Black
      • Yellow Ochre
  • Palette a 12x16 (or larger) disposable paper palette pad (white, not
  • Palette knife – not a teeny one; you want to be able to scoop up a pile of
    paint with it
  • Rags or paper towels 
  • Odorless Solvent: Gamsol or Turpenoid
  • 2 glass jars with tight-fitting lids, for solvent (Note: jars should be approximately 12- to 16- ounce size for ease of brush washing)
  • Viewfinder – ViewCatcher or similar style (we will have a few "loaners" available if you don't have one of these handy tools)
  • Brushes  Sarah uses Taklon (synthetic, white bristles) and hog bristle brushes, but use what you’re comfortable with. A good starter kit is:
    • #2 round
    • #4 flat
    • #4 or #6 filbert
  • Canvas or other painting surfaces:
    • Two 12" x 16” canvas boards, a pad of canvas paper, or Arches oil paper
    • Two canvases, minimum size 8" x 8” (or any size you’d like to work on for about 3 hours)
  • Smock or apron

McRae Art Studios

McRae Art Studios is a collective of independent artists founded in 1987 to provide local fine artists with affordable space to work and mingle and to attract community attention to the area’s outstanding talent. Now part of a growing Arts District in Orlando, they occupy a reclaimed auto body/painting facility with gallery/studio space for 23 artists and ample room for workshops and special events. 

McRae maintains the highest level of artistic accomplishment by bringing artists into the collective by a jury process. It has been home to many nationally recognized artists. Twice a year, McRae hosts open houses that attract thousands of visitors and collectors. For more information:

Travel and Accommodations

If you are flying into Orlando, you can choose the Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) (the local base for Allegiant flights).  

The area around McRae studios is mixed use and the closest-by motels may not be your most comfortable options.  Many out-of-town students who have taken workshops in the past have had good luck with AirB&B accommodations in College Park, Thornton Park or Winter Park, which are all charming and a short drive from McRae Art Studios.  Alternatively, look for reputable hotels in the Orlando Central Business District or Winter Park.

For More Information

If you have questions, contact Brian or Debbie Miller at

About Your Hosts

Brian and Debbie Miller, your local hosts for this event, are Orlando-based painters who are committed not only to their own artistic practice, but also to helping others develop their creative gifts.  They are instructors at The Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL, offer workshops in fine art and expressive arts, and teach online classes.  Find out more at or follow them on Instagram at @debbierosemiller and @brianmillerart.