Over the years I've taught beginner and intermediate classes in oil, and beginning classes in pastel, watercolor and drawing. I teach children, teens and adults. I myself began taking classes at the age of 12 and believe that if a student is excited about learning that their age should not be a determining factor. Group classes are generally taught with a minimum of 4 students, either in full day sessions or in two or three hour sessions over several weeks. I teach step by step, working from a demonstration painting and over the course of the lesson the student learns how to create their very own version of the painting, while also learning the fundamental techniques of brushwork, color mixing, composition, and design. Students get the gratification of having a finished piece to take home at the end of the class as well as basic concepts to help them create work on their own. I strongly encourage individual interpretation and expression in my teaching and am very happy to let students have as much structure or as much freedom as they would like. Painting is fun, it's not rocket science and I want all my students to have a fun filled experience. I enjoy teaching in a relaxed environment, socializing while working is encouraged and there is often music and snacks for everyone.
Currently I do not have any group classes scheduled, however if you have an organization, club, student group, or upcoming event and might enjoy the fun and challenge of a painting class, feel free to contact me and we can arrange something.
Group class rates are: $60 per class for five or less students and $50 for six or more. Students will need to furnish their own supplies. Supply list available upon request. In the event that a student does not have adequate supplies, a materials fee can be paid. That fee will vary depending on the lesson, but will usually be between $10 and $15.
My studio is not large enough to accomodate more than three or four students comfortably. If you are interested in a group class currently whoever is planning the event would need to provide a hosting site. To keep class fees low, it is the responsibility of the group that wants to host the class to provide the location. But rest assured I'm not picky.
I do offer private lessons. These can consist of one to three students, and I'm more than happy to teach out of my studio. Private rates are $20 an hour, and lessons usually last about 3 hours. These can be step by step or free form for the more advanced student. These classes are tailored to the individual interests and needs of the particular student and allow for my undivided attention as an instructor. Students are welcome to bring their own supplies or supplies can be provided at no additional fee. In some cases I am willing to come to a student's home or studio to teach if they prefer. Travel costs may apply in those instances.
Of course details and all fees will be worked out ahead of time to make sure they are amiable for everyone.
If you are a junior high or high school student and would like more instruction than your high school is providing, or if you are serious about art and would like to take individual lessons, or if your school does not teach oil painting and you would like to learn, please let me know. I am willing to offer a discount in such instances. Also I encourage you to keep reading below.
Online Teaching and Mentorship
I am not currently offering any formal art classes over the internet. However, if you are a junior high or high school student who is serious about their art and wants a little extra help, I am very happy to offer critiques, advice, and encouragement. In the face of shrinking or eliminated arts programs in our secondary school systems and in a culture that is increasingly fast paced and technology obsessed it is important to nurture and celebrate the creation of art by our youth. To that end I have an open door policy, free of charge, for all students. I am willing to offer any of the following:
- technical questions about painting, pastel, or drawing
- art critiques
- coaching and encouragement for problems related to art
- course outlines for students interested in a more structured education
- general advice in regards to your art
- college portfolio reviews
Students are more than welcome to forward digital images or snail mail photos for review and communicate via email or regular mail. Please no calls.