16 Stoddart Street

Newcastle upon Tyne


Daily 10am - 5pm

Still Life Drawing & Art History

Still Life Drawing & Art History



Date: 6 week course - every Wednesday from 17 August up to and including 21 September

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm 

Location: The Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle

Hosted by: Artist Mick Smith and Art Historian Aly Smith

Age: Suitable for ages 18+



Join artist Mick Smith and Art Historian Aly Smith, for a 6 week course that develops observational and drawing skills through the study of still life. Suitable for all levels, we will learn basic drawing techniques whilst looking at and discussing the life and artistic style of a different artist each week.

The artists we will be looking at:
Henri Matisse/
Giorgio Morandi/
Lee Kransner/
Vincent van Gogh/
Vija Celmins/

In these sessions you will be using pencil, charcoal and pastel to create still life drawings to take home.

Skill Level - Designed for all levels of drawing experience.
Recommendation: to wear an apron or old clothes.

Image Credit:  Veja Celmins, Lamp #1,1964, oil on canvas


Mick and Aly Smith

Mick and Aly Smith are North-East based artists working in the Biscuit Box Studios. They have over 15 years experience of delivering art workshops across a variety of disciplines for all ages and levels. Mick specialises in landscapes (often influenced by 17th century
Dutch Artists) and industrial still life and sculpture. He has recently been involved in
‘The Cabinet of Souls’ project where he produced large paintings to acknowledge the
industrial heritage of the North. This can be seen on https://youtu.be/gJ5pqSy9ic0.

Further information

A discount voucher for use in The Factory Kitchen café will be provided for all workshop participants.

All participants will receive an emailed booking confirmation and a reminder email close to the event - please check junk folders.

Payment is required upon booking. Cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop date are eligible for a full refund. 

Within two weeks of the workshop date places can be transferred into another name nominated by the attendee, or transferred to a future date. 

Participants are encouraged to arrive around 10-15 minutes ahead of their workshop.

There is parking on site and we have 2 free overflow car parks on Bermondsey Street and opposite at The Holy Biscuit.