Private Lessons

Still-Life Course

Painting from life is a great way to learn all the basic rules of drawing, color mixing, and painting. By the end of the 6-day course, you will know how to draw in proportion accurately, how to mix realistic colors, and how to paint while protecting your color and value. The lessons in this course are all about learning good painting habits and unlearning bad ones.

On the first day you will be provided with a shadowbox and given a large assortment of items and fabrics. I will explain lighting techniques and the technical aspects of how still-life setups will translate to paint while you experiment with different setups. For the remainder of class, you will draw your still life, prepare your palette, and apply paint to your canvas while I offer guidance and instruction as needed. All painting will be done from life.

Nothing I teach in this course requires any experience or natural ability at all, so don’t feel intimidated — I can teach anyone to paint! These still lifes were painted by students in previous classes:

The total cost of the course is $3,000 (USD), which includes all the art supplies you will be using, and a guarantee that you will be the only student in my studio for the duration of the course. Please send an email to if you have any questions or to request schedule availability and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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