Studio Lighting, Furniture, and Casts

Information about how we set up our studio with lighting, easels, and shadow boxes for still lifes and casts.

Learn about Sadie's videos and online painting and drawing art lessons on our VIDEOS page


Plaster casts of historic sculptures are only suitable for study if they are high quality and have a flat white finish. Beware of low-quality copies and be sure you are buying high quality direct casts of originals. These are the only two vendors we recommend:

Caproni Collection, Massachusetts, USA
Felice Calcii, Italy

Studio Lighting

Easels and Still Life Stands

For shadow boxes for still lifes and casts we use IKEA media shelves:

Tall Besta Frame in Black/Brown

IKEA Article Number: 902.459.46

Short Besta Frame in Black/Brown

IKEA Article Number: 402.459.44

Shelves for both (sold separately)
IKEA Article Number:  402.955.28

Lights for Still Life and Cast Setups

We use photographer's backdrop drape and matte black cinefoil to control the light

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