Studio Classes

Classes are held at the studio on a weekly basis. Each session runs for between 3 and 6 weeks covering topics such as Color Theory (Munsell, Itten, Albers), Composition guidelines (this is a biggie ….),  Working in a Series, Color Tune-up and Line Quality, About art history from Sorolla, Sargent, Bacon to Lucien Freud and beyond, Still Life which tells a story, Abstraction and Expressionism in the 1940s and 50s, The Modern Nude and the Contemporary Nude, Buildings and Linear Perspective, Contemporary Trends – what’s happening, like …. now (and much more). The last week of the monthly session will be a group discussion and a useful critique.

So, what happens every Tuesday that classes are happening? Typically, there will be a short presentation and a practical demo as well as a suggested exercise to reinforce the current topic.  You can then try the exercise or work from your printed or electronic reference (preferably your own photo).   The class is friendly and supportive with just the right mixture of learning and play to encourage you to move forward in your creative journey. Feel very safe to ask questions, always. Creating paintings is all about enjoying the process. These classes teach you confidence in the process so you can get to those paintings you really want to paint. They are technical, informative and, did I mention, they’re totally absorbing and fun!

September 3 through 24: Tuesday classes will improve your drawing skills and techniques with Pastel with quick exercises in charcoal to start each lesson, then onto an introduction to composition, edges and editing what’s in front of you to provide to keep your viewer intrigued. And yes, edges are a part of the beginning stage of composition.

October through November: This session is a conversation about compositional constructs and how artists through the different historical movements have used them in their own work. We’ll be looking at copying a masterwork (traditional or contemporary) and then applying that same principal to an image you have captured or from a still life or model set up (ie: landscape, figurative, non-figurative, or still life).

December 3 through 17: Quick 10 minute notan studies, even quicker value study of final design, color study to finished piece. Create 6 x 6 paintings in a series of a landscape photo you took whilst on vacation. See if you can put into your painting all the emotion, the smells, the feeling of joy you experienced when actually on your vacation. Stating your objective or realizing the intent of your painting, before you start. These will make excellent gifts for friends and family.


  • Tuesday mornings – 9.30 till 12.00 noon
  • Tuesday evenings – 6.30 pm till 9.00 pm 

Classes are fun and semi-private (max of 6). Beginners always welcome. Experienced painters always challenged. Currently $35 per week, charged monthly. One make up session per month.

Open Studio is available on Friday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30 pm.  Call 781 786 1687 early to book an easel.  Work on your own projects, discussions at the easel.  Group critique last week of the monthly session.

To enroll please email me at: (waitlists applies for Tuesday morning)