Education – Painting Reflective Silver and Glass

An ONLINE watercolour demonstration with Shelley Prior, CSPWC

Capture the gleam of glass and the glimmer of polished silver

January 14, 2023, 1 pm Eastern Time

$20 CSPWC Members, $25 non-members

How to capture the glimmer of glass or silver?

Painting reflective surfaces may seem challenging. Until Shelley Prior shows you how! Join Shelley as she walks you through the planning and building stages to create highly realistic metal and clear glass objects.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Arrange and photograph your subject for maximum visual effect
  • Plan and preserve your whites from the start with accurate masking methods
  • Create soft reflective shadows and graded washes
  • Create a translucent glow
  • Make dark rich colours

Even if you are not a realistic painter, these tools can help you narrow your focus and observe the key details of glimmering surfaces, skills which will easily translate to impressionistic paintings. Shelley will show you how using the play between contrasting values will give the luminous effect you’re looking for.

Sign up now to reserve a spot to watch Shelley’s demonstration.  You can ask questions during the demo using the “Chat” feature on Zoom.  The recording of the demonstration will be available until February 26, 2023.

Please note this demonstration starts at 1:00 pm Eastern time and will run for approximately 2 hours.  If you live in another time zone, please adjust your time accordingly. 

Let this demonstration help you approach shiny, gleaming subjects with the skills you need to paint them. This can be used on everything from still lifes to urban landscapes (think cars and reflections on windows)

(Note to members and associates: please proceed to the second page of the checkout to enter your promo code. Didn’t get a promo code? Email for help.)

watercolour painting of glass bottles in sunshine
Here is a sample of the way Shelley paints gleaming glass and beautiful shadows

Equipment needed for the workshop:

Download Shelley’s full materials list ahead of the demonstration by clicking here.

You will need a robust internet connection to watch this demonstration. Also, it will help to download Zoom on your device (free version of Zoom is fine). Please update your Zoom to the latest version. If you have not downloaded Zoom you can still watch the demonstration in your browser: simply click the link that will be emailed to you in advance of the event.

watercolour painting of a silver sugar bowl and a red apple, both upon a red and white striped tablecloth
Gleaming silver, reflecting its surroundings by Shelley Prior

About Shelley Prior, CSPWC

Shelley Prior is a full-time, award winning watercolourist hailing from Burlington, Ontario. Whether portrait, floral, landscape or still life, her paintings tend to be highly realistic.

Shelley has been teaching for 30+ years both in-person and online, typically within the greater Toronto area. She has also produced educational videos with Streamline Artists. She is an elected member of CSPWC and has won numerous awards for her work, both locally and
internationally. She has been published in several art magazines. You can find her on facebook and instagram using the handle @shelleypriorfineart

Photo of Shelley Prior, Canadian watercolour artist

See more samples of Shelley’s stunning watercolours: