I am so fortunate to be able to teach what I love to such a wonderful group of adult students. They teach me, they inspire me, the make me laugh and they paint wonderful paintings. My cellar studio is a great place to have classes, cozy, cool in summer, warm in winter. We share lots of stories, successes and heartaches. They brighten and enrich my life. And I sincerely hope I add something to theirs.
My classes all start with the fundamentals - no talent required. Beginning Art. We start here - how to hold a pencil, what kind of eraser to buy, special tools to learn to "see" subject matter like an artist, and drawing basics in preparation to paint. This truly is a Beginner art class and, if you would like to take class with me, it's better if you don't know anything when you start art lessons so there are no bad habits to unlearn - No Talent Required. I do have more experienced students who have agreed to go through the Beginning Art course. In every case, the students have benefited greatly. I have found, in my over 30 years of teaching, Beginning Art seems to fill in lots of gaps in the education of students who have been drawing and painting for a while.
Class size is small so there's lot's of individual help with whatever project is in progress. The environment is relaxed and friendly. Students, after they have completed Beginning Art, are free to choose whichever medium (drawing, pastel, oil or acrylic) they would like to work in. It's best in our small space to work from individual photos taken by the students themselves. Paintings need to be about the artist - what they love, what they are interested in.
In any one class there may be someone painting a still life of grandma's bits and bobs, or a cathedral interior, a cow, a kitten, an abstract, a portrait, shells, a landscape, a dog. I am always intrigued by the students' choices of subject matter on their easels. It is very exciting for me to be involved with solving the problem of how to interpret each subject matter onto an artist's canvas.
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My current list of art students taking classes at my studio. Check out their artwork. They are all totally awesome! Every gallery is a work of art in itself. My students work hard and are very determined. Every art student took my Beginning Art course either here at my studio or at Assabet After Dark.
Class times, tuition, information about supplies. Betty Edwards' book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is required. She has made it possible for anyone to learn how to draw. The painting class is modeled after what I learned from my beloved teacher, Helen Van Wyk. Supplies are discussed at the first art class.
This section lists some of the supplies we use in my classes both drawing and painting.