Studio Classes

Classes are held at the studio on a weekly basis. Each session runs between 3 and 6 weeks covering topics such as Color Theory (Munsell, Itten, Albers), Composition guidelines (there are a few of these),  Working in a Series, Color Tune-up and Line Quality, About Sorolla, Sargent, Bacon and Lucien Freud, 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 is a short presentation, 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 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!

November through December:  Small works.  Working on smaller paintings in preparation for a student show and sale for the holidays.  Putting together all you have learned and creating saleable paintings.  We will cover framing options, advertising, things to consider when promoting a show as well as hanging a show.  Bonus:  holiday party too!

January through February:   Refreshing skills – drawing skills and mark making techniques with Pastel combined with an introduction to seascapes:  waves, beach wildlife (human and animal), foreshore grasses and beach house architecture.  This topic is wide ranging, choose one or two and come prepared with images from your favourite beach.  There will be an opportunity to visit Surfside or Kemah to plein air paint.

March: This session is a conversation about Figures in the picture plan.  (Romantic, impressionistic, or photoreal).   This month we discuss capturing gesture, aerial perspective, shapes and values.  It’s also time to think about your intention?

April: Parks and Gardens concentrating on design: quick 10 minute notan studies, even quicker value study of final design, color study to finished piece. Create a 9 x 16 painting 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!

May 8 through 29: Dune grasses and little estuaries running out to the sea. Underpainting techniques and experimenting with mark making. We take this class outdoors (Brazosport Wildlife Refuge) for color studies and photos then back to the studio to complete a larger painting.


  • Tuesday mornings – 9.30 till 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday evenings – 7.00 pm till 9.30 pm 

Classes are fun and semi-private (max of 6). Beginners always welcome. Experienced painters always challenged.

Ever popular Open Studio time 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.

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