Registrations for workshops requires a yearly membership which covers administration costs. You will receive email updates on our latest offerings. General membership is $30. Student and senior memberships are $25. Family memberships are $60. Registrations can be accomplished online with payment button under each class or you can mail in a check with the registration form here (PDF Registration Form). Deposit/Cancellation Policy at bottom.

16 June

Instagram to Take Control of Your Career

with  Dina Brodsky

June 16, One evening Online workshop:  7pm



Over the last few years, Instagram has become an incredibly powerful visual platform for the art world. Artists in particular can use it to take control of almost every aspect of their career in a way that was impossible before.

This intensive workshop will cover you everything you need to know about instagram as an artist. It will teach you how to use to present and sell your work, form relationships with collectors, gallerists and critics, and create communities of artists you trust and admire. It will cover the following:

a thorough explanation of current Instagram algorithm, and how to use it to your advantage as an artist

  • how to build an engaged community around your art

  • setting up your account in a way that is both professional and authentic

  • how to present your work the right way for this particular platform

  • algorithmic vs chronological and how to correctly use them to grow your audience

  • how to find the correct hashtags for your work

  • what to avoid (both content and behavior that slows down the growth of your audience) influencer marketing and the strategy for using it


1.5 hour lecture, the Q and A is anywhere between 20 minutes and 1.5 hours - I stay online as long as anyone has any questions.

Max: 10 participants

Fee : $125. with membership
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20 June

The Tonalist Landscape in Oils

with  Dennis Sheehan

June 20-23, 2020; 4-Day Workshop, 9:30am - 4:30pm



Dennis will impart the process of his poetic landscapes which favor Nature’s transitional moments — the breathtaking effects of dusk, dawn, and the stillness before storms. He will demonstrate how he builds his compositions by tonal contrast and translates value relationships into color relationships. In this way, nothing is arbitrary: paintings should exude a sense of organic correctness. 

The goal is to have the painting emanate light, rather than be just a surface that records the reflections of light. The light areas are focal points of the effort, but the strength of a composition comes from understanding the shadows. This process gives darks pre-eminence: Dennis starts with darks and in a subtractive process, removes pigment to reveal subtle gradations of light, as well as his extensive use of glazes to bring a glowing dimensionality to his surfaces. Study with this master as he shares his understanding of the Old Masters. 

Fee : $475. with membership
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Painting by Dennis Sheehan<br>

25 July

Portrait Sketch in Oils

with  Kathryn Engberg

July 25-27, 2020; 3-Day Workshop  9:30am - 4:30pm




In this 3 day workshop artists will work from a different model each day to create a fully rendered, life-like portrait sketch in oils. Each class will begin with a one hour demo and discussion. Lectures will include how to capture a likeness using tools such as comparative measure, tilts, shapes, and plumb lines; creating a sense of volume through a carefully organized value structure; and how to mix flesh tones using a limited color palette. Individual critiques will be catered to each artist to help them reach their personal goals. All skill levels welcome. Artists with limited painting experience are welcome and encouraged to draw. 

Fee : $345. with membership
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22 August

Sight-Size Intensive

with  Julie Beck

August 22-23: 2-Day Workshop, 9:30am - 3pm



This intensive sight-size drawing workshop will provide guidance for beginners to students with Bargue/Cast drawings in process. It is these drawing skills that lead to painting accuracy.  Julie teaches and is an assistant director at the Academy for Realist Art in Boston. We are honored to have this Master artist join us. Sign ups for this workshop includes the lecture/demo on Friday night by Julie. Her ability to teach is priceless. 



Fee : $185. with membership
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27 August

Figure Drawing

with  Tyler Berry

Aug. 27-30; 4-Day Workshop  9:30 am-4:30 pm


Over the four days, students will strengthen their drawing skills and anatomical knowledge through drawing the figure from life. The class will begin with a series of short poses leading to one long pose for the four-day workshop. The instructor will guide the participants through the drawing process with demonstrations and individual critiques. The process begins with the block-in stage, which aims to capture the dynamic gesture through accurate proportion, shape design and structural anatomy. After the block-in, students will move into modeling form through an understanding of the light source. Comparative measurement, structural anatomy, materials, light and form will be discussed. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to join. Model fee included.

Fee : $345. with membership
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4 Sept.

Plein Air: Bringing the Outside In

with  Paul Batch

Sept. 4-6; 3-Day Workshop  9:30 am-4:30 pm


In this workshop, you will be given the power to move mountains and trees -- on your canvas. We will paint plein air one day producing multiple grisailles and color studies in oils. On the second and third day, we will compose a new oil painting each day, applying what we learned outside and allowing ourselves the freedom of self expression in the studio.

Each morning will begin with a demonstration, followed by independent painting time with Paul providing personal help at the easel, and ending with a group critique. A strong emphasis will be placed on composition and drawing. All levels of students are welcome. The intent of this workshop is not to walk away with a nice picture of your afternoon but, to discover the value of painting outside and the power of creation in the studio.


Fee : $295 with membership
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11 Sept

Oil Painting Textures and Special Effects

with  Julie Beck

Sept. 11, One-Day Demo     9:30am - 3:30pm




Fee : $80. with membership
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22 Sept.

Still Life Workshop in Oils

with  Carlo Russo

Sept. 22-25; 4-Day Workshop  9:30 am-4:30 pm


This 4 day workshop will focus on still life painting fundamentals. The students will first make a fairly simple line drawing of their set up, and when finished will transfer the drawing onto a pre-primed panel. Over the course of the next several days the painting will be developed in a multi-step process which will give the objects a strong sense of form, color and depth. The instructor will offer daily demonstrations to help reinforce the technique and will offer plenty of individual help and critique to the students.


Fee : $455. with membership
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Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class or workshop. We are not responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes/workshops missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control.  If a workshop is cancelled by us, you will receive a refund.

All requested refunds (within 2 weeks of the start of the class or workshop) from online payments will be returned via check. A 5% refund fee will be subtracted from the amount paid through online payments. 

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