Tabletop Drawing and Painting

Class Includes Lifetime Access, Instructor Feedback, Online Community, 90 Minutes of Video & More!

6 Lessons – $68 $85

Contemporary still life drawing and painting, Diane Culhane will lead you through a series of imaginative approaches to a traditional subject matter. Start with drawing during a dining experience and finish with acrylic painting; line will be deeply explored and color of prismacolor pencils too on to various surfaces.

TEACHER: Diane Culhane

Class Description

Hi, my name is Diane Culhane.

“Table Top” is a term I have created to explore the traditional “Still Lifes” within our contemporary lives. Joining the definition of still life: a visual fine art term, representational painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruits, flowers, etc.”Table Top”  will echo the same type of inanimate objects.

Inside of this class, the foundation will be set based on fabulous old master’s still life paintings, such as cubist painter Paul Cezanne, Pierre Bonnard, and Matisse.

Students, you will transform your experience with the tradition of still life, practiced by many throughout the ages, into something uniquely all your own, changed by imaginative approaches via various innovative approaches in this class.

Starting with drawing, during a dining experience, ending up with acrylic painting. Line will be deeply explored and color of prismacolor pencils too on to various surfaces.

See. Experience. Draw. Color. Paint.







Lesson 1: Gathering Together/Dining
Start the class by drawing your dining experience. Will talk about line quality, perspective, editing, and more.

Lesson 2: Table Top/Basket, Bowl, Fruit
Playing with and understanding color choices; composition; Prismacolors on black substrate

Lesson 3: Table Tops/Glass Bottles
Will move to transparent bottles of various shapes, sizes, colors; Prismacolors on vellum

Lesson 4: Glazing
Glaze with acrylic paints and gel mediums on watercolor paper

Lessons 5 & 6: Table Top Acrylic Paintings
Layering from bottom to top with acrylics paints and light molding paste; wood and/or canvas.

• basket, bowl, tablecloth, fruit, bottles

• black tag board or black construction paper

• Prismacolor colored pencils: set of 12 or 24 (Diane recommends “Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils”)

• pencils — soft 2B-6B

• ball point pen, vellum paper

• gessoed watercolor paper – 6″x6″

• gel medium, gloss

• 2 canvases – small sizes 8″x 8″ (or wood panels)

• Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel

• Golden Light Molding Paste

• fluid acrylic paints, such as Golden, Liquitex, or Daniel Smith (red, yellow, blue, white)

• sketchbook, pens – Diane loves to use Micron archival ink sizes 03, 05, 08.

• two flat brushes; one medium and one small

• a fan brush and a liner brush

Diane Culhane

Diane Culhane is a professional artist and art educator who lives in West Seattle in a 1910 home, and works out of her studio in Ballard, Building C.

She received her BFA from the University of Utah and Master’s Degree from Seattle University. Diane has taught for The Bellevue School District, Seattle Pacific University, Kirkland Arts Center, Bellevue Arts Museum and currently directs and owns Kelsey Creek Fine Art Camp, ‘Go Go with Van Gogh,’ for children in the summer.

When Diane is not in the studio painting you can find her on her bicycle or hiking. Learn more about her at

Diane’s first book, If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint, was just released by Quarry Books.

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“Thank you Diane for this wonderful class, for all you have taught us and for making our home and lives more beautiful! ” — Susie T.
“TOTALLY Wonderful Class!! Thank You Diane!!” — Joan P.