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Learn to Paint

Dive head-first into the world of art with our courses and workshops. Following the atelier approach of learning through observation and practice, our students are encouraged to choose their own subjects, compose their own artworks, take risks, and make mistakes. Your teacher, a professional artist, will be on hand at every step for advice and encouragement.

Join a Workshop

Our 6-week workshops develop students' visual sensibility through art theory, history, and techniques. Two introductory courses lay the foundations, and further study can be pursued in any order. Our goal is to share the beauty of the creative process, teach skills through practice, and build your confidence as an artist.

$350/workshop on an 'a la carte' basis (6-week commitment)    OR   $225/month for a 2-course bundle (3-month commitment)

Price includes all materials, but students are welcome to bring personal supplies such as brushes and oil colors. Experienced students may skip prerequisites upon approval. 

Intro to Drawing

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: none

This 6-week workshop introduces the fundamental concepts of drawing in graphite and charcoal. Students learn how to see through the eyes of an artist, and how to render their impressions onto paper. Each week explores a new topic, and students choose their own subject matter to practice it. You will not be taught ‘what to draw’, but ‘how to draw’, with guidance and encouragement at each step.

Intro to Oil Painting

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing

This 6-week workshop introduces classical oil painting through the design and rendering of a single artwork. Students learn about materials, prepare their own painting surfaces, and compose their own painting. Techniques and technical considerations are explained at each step of the process, and students regularly receive personalized guidance along the way.

Warm & Cool Oil Painting

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting

This 6-week workshop explores the subtle use of warm and cool colors to generate interest and feeling in an artwork, using a classical sculpture (plaster cast) as the subject matter. Students experiment with different color arrangements and observe how color can be manipulated even in seemingly colorless objects.

Self-Portraits in Oil

PART 1: GRISAILLE

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting

A grisaille is a method of underpainting used by the Old Masters, in which a painting is completed in grayscale. This allows the artist to focus on the shape and form of their subject before getting distracted by color. This 6-week workshop walks students through the process of painting their own grisaille portrait.

Self-Portraits in Oil

PART 2: GLAZING

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting, Self-Portraits in Oil Part 1

After completing a grisaille underpainting, the Old Masters used a technique called glazing to add color to their artworks. This 6-week workshop explains the glazing process and its pitfalls, turning students’ greyscale self-portraits into full-color artworks.

Figure Painting

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting

After learning about human proportion, we pose a model in flowing drapery and get to work painting them. Instruction covers practical considerations when working from life, old-master tricks, and techniques for adding color and energy to your artwork.

Landscapes in Oil

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting

This 6-week workshop guides students through the art concepts and painting techniques used in landscape painting. We discuss and practice perspective, foreshortening, lighting, and color – and how to harmonize them all to create a beautiful painting.

Cityscapes in Oil

Class meets weekly for 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Painting

Creating the illusion of depth on a canvas is an essential skill in the artist’s toolkit. This 6-week workshop teaches students how to use perspective and foreshortening to convincingly paint a city or architectural scene of their choice.

Abstract Painting

Class meets weekly for 2 hours

Abstract painting takes all the lessons and concepts of classical art and removes the complications of representing an actual subject. Students learn the different ways in which viewers respond to the elements of an artwork, and how to design works that speak to your target audience.

Pay with
Charter School Funds

Yes, we accept funds! We're currently approved vendors with Mission Vista Academy and Springs Charter Schools, and are open to registering with other area schools. All classes and group sessions are appropriate for grades 6-12, are secular in nature, and comply with school policies.

Continue your Art Practice

Keep your eye active with our ongoing group meetups and practice sessions. Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome!

Price includes all materials, but students are welcome to bring personal supplies.

Drawing Group

Class meets weekly for 1 hour
$140/month

A regular meetup to keep our drawing hands warm, this group presents students with a weekly challenge to explore on the pages of their sketchbooks. Topics such as natural patterns, moving shapes, gesture, and more will be covered.

Figure Drawing Studio

Group meets monthly for 2 hours
$75/session

A monthly open studio session with a live model, students can join on an at-will basis to develop their figure drawing sensibility through regular practice. We will experiment with various lighting, drapery, and clothing textures to keep the subject fresh and interesting.

Open Studio

Group meets monthly for 2 hours
$50/session

A monthly open studio session where students bring their own projects to work on independently in creative company. Materials are on hand to share, and an instructor is present for on-demand advice and feedback.

I appreciated Robyn so much as a teacher. She was dedicated and organized. She taught us the basics of classical oil painting and was very encouraging and friendly, investing time in her students.

– Mieke, former student

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We'd love to learn and practice art with you! Have a look at our current course offerings, complete registration online in minutes, or get in touch with us for more information or special requests.