Floral still life Painting


During this course students will discover how to elevate everyday objects into a work of art. Optimizing the elements of light, colour and design arrangement (composition) students will learn the process of representing a still life object. From colour mixing, different palettes to completing a life-like still-life this course teaches students towards the principles, process and techniques of classical oil painting.

Upcoming commencement date: 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th May ’23

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays (see dates below)

Times: Tue 7-9PM and Thur 6:30PM-9:30PM

Total Duration: 10 hours

Entry Level: All levels welcome

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MQF level 5 Award in Fine Art: Drawing and Painting (Classical Realism) program.

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Course Description

Course Overview

This instructive programme introduces not only the techniques of realist still life painting but the Classical Masters’ timeless approach towards life-like Realism where you will learn the principles, process and methods needed for expertise in realistic expression in classical oil painting.

All lessons are structured and based on the Atelier methods- in the academic tradition of L’Académie des beaux-arts and modern schools of realism.

Who is this course best suited for?

The Classical Realism course is designed for both motivated beginner and advanced students, with little to no prior knowledge, who seek to advance their skills in representational art with specific focus in oil painting and drawing.

It is for those who would like discover the science of representational art in light, optics, colour and geometry – inspired by Renaissance artists and obtain both theoretical knowledge and practical skill in the academic art of 20th century Classical Realism.

One-on-one artistic critique is provided all throughout the course from a professional Realism artist.

What will you Learn after this course?

 Discover 20th-century classical way of painting style and philosophy, initiated by the Renaissance approach towards composition beauty, harmony and completeness .

✓ Learn the use of Limited and Grisaille oil palettes while obtaining knowledge about colour theory;

 Manipulate proportions through juxtaposition, line quality and how they can be best applied for realistic illusion;

✓ Intuitively learn how to Observe Objectively from nature-based Primary subjects (not from 2-D photo representations) for Realistic rendering in Drawing and Painting;

 Specialize in classical drawing and painting and gain advanced knowledge for life-like representation as per the Classical Masters ;

Meet the Tutor

Kelsey May Connor - Tutor Profile | AK Malta

Kelsey  | B.A. (Hons) Fine Arts

Kelsey, is a professional fine artist from Senglea. She has been studying art form a very young age under many master artists.

Throughout her academic studies she has devoted most of her time delving in the studies of Classical and Surrealism Art at the Malta Institute of Fine Arts.

Despite her young age, Kelsey has been involved in many artistic projects both commercially and for private clients. She has been most recently renowned for her quick narration sketches on Kelma Kuljum on TVM and for the design of the Enemalta anniversary monument in Marsa.

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Students will be provided with a Theory Booklet. Easels are also provided.

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What our students have to say

Nice environment, smiling people, valuable teaching. Lovely!!

Roberto PrestigiacomoClassical Realism student | 28/03/2019

Great classes. Just what i needed to progress.

Eric GerardiClassical Realism student

For those art lovers out there, Art Classes provides the right environment where you can indulge in learning about real art. If you’re hooked on classical and fine art, this is the place to be.

Paul FarrugiaAfter attending the Classical Realism Introductory course and the Life Portrait Painting specialization course

Great tutors, would recommend to anyone that wants to develop their drawing and painting skills or just spend some time doing what they enjoy.

Alison RogersAfter attending the Classical Realism and Big Scale Anatomy courses

Its a very interesting seminar, and the way it was explained the Golden Ratio it looks very simple and very important.

Charles ZammitAfter attending the Golden Ratio course with Stefan Priehyba

Amazing seminar and workshop on the Golden Ratio with Stefan Priehyba. Well done to the team for your professionalism. It was highly enlightening and i thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.

Sonia BorgAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thank you AKartistry for the professional organisation. The topic was inspiring and truly interesting, we had a pleasant time.

Gabriella MalliaAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Very Well Done. Top is the best word i can find. Something special.

Aaron LuAfter attending the Golden Proportions

It was an amazing workshop! looking forward to the next 🙂

Sephora BaldacchinoAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thank you 😊 Great opportunity. Loved every moment. 💚Ready for more😊😊 hope to work with you all very soon. Xxx

Stephanie CalascioneAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thanks a lot, I'm very grateful for attending your workshps Štefan Priehyba Camilleri, was a great experience and very interesting. You really have a good way of explaining and delivering such knowledge. And also a big thanks to Kelsey and Andrei of Art Classes Malta too for making it happen. 🙂

Raisa BusuttilAfter attending the Golden Proportions course

Wish the sessions aren't over. These intense 7 days in self-portraiture with Karl Froman were worth every penny and more!! Thanks Karl. I've learnt so much. Looking forward to the next 🙂

Elisabeth BrincatAfter attending the Classical Realism specialization course in Self Portrait Painting

Art Classes Malta is a very good and professional school in Malta. I loved the courses of Painting and Classical Realism. The tutors were amazing and the level and depth of these courses is unparalleled locally. I have enrolled for another course in Interior Design.. looking forward for this new experience as well!

Eman BusuttilAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Classical Realism course

I am truly enjoying coming to the course , I adore your work ! 😍Thank you for the experience you share with us!. Many thanks 😘

Gina Laura SalibaAfter attending the Watercolour beginner's course

My daughter really loves attending her lessons with ms Kelsey. I also attended 2 adult courses one with Kelsey and with Stefan.Great tutors I am very happy and thankful for offering us with such great courses!

Carmen AgiusAfter attending the Beginner Art programme

Loved every second going to these lessons. Its hard to find such intelligent and skilled teachers here in Malta! Please keep organizing more courses for us adults.

Raymond BorgAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Big Scale Anatomy course


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