Sunday, March 23, 2014

Painting Classes 2017

Painting from Photos

Many times the only reference we have is from a photograph.  Paintings should be inspired by the photo and not used to simply replicate every detail of it.

This class will focus on constructing ideas, making editing choices, color shifts, edge control...all the way toward the goal of completing one painting more dynamic than the photo.  
We will address not only the act of creating the painting, but also the thought process involved in making a better painting, from concept to completion.

Thursday’s  June 1 to July 6.  10:30am - 2pm.  Cost:  $350.    1 spot open
Friday’s   June 2 to July 7.  10:30am - 2pm.   Cost:  $350.     4 spaces open

Classes will be held in Laguna Beach at the Laguna Canyon Studios- 3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach -Studio F.

If you are interested in signing up,  Please email me at 

Space is very limited, sign ups on a first come basis. 

**If you need to cancel a class, your deposit will be refunded, provided you notify me 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the class. After this date refunds will only be granted if there is a waiting list. Deposits may apply toward another class in the future. 

Independent Study

 This class meets one morning a week for a 6-week session.  Exercises are given each week to stretch and push the experienced artist to a higher level of painting.  This class will emphasize composition, as well the style of painting specific to each artist’s pursuit. There is a critique each week from the weeks exercise.
This class is limited to 6. 

Class resumes June 2017.  Day and time:  June 1-July 6  Thursday 9-10am cost $170.

If interested in attending this class, please email me to set up a meet time so I can review your current work.    Email me at

Strengthening your Paintings: Tonal Fundamentals

 Description:   In painting, the terms “tone” and “value” refer to the lightness or darkness of a color. Most painters would agree value is more important than color, in painting.   In this class, we will work in monochrome with simple to complex images. We will also work on relating and pushing the values to create a more exciting composition.  This class will also focus on drawing and composition for a more dynamic finish.  3-week class
Cost $180. Class limit 8

Thursday's   July 27 - August 10.  
Friday's.       July  28 -  August 11.      

Please email me if you are interested in taking this program

Dynamic use of Color:

Description:   How do we make our paintings more interesting?  Knowing what particular color to choose can make our painting more appealing and are key to what we refer to as “harmony” in a painting.   Any given color has the components of “hue” “value” and “chroma”.   All three components must be considered for producing a successful painting.  The combination of certain colors can also enhance and create a more pleasing and interesting painting.  We will be working on exercises to emphasize an improved use of color.  3-week class. Cost $180. Class limit 8

Thursday.   August 31- Sept 14.   
Friday.       September 1 -Sept 15.    

Please email me if you are interested in taking this program