I strive to teach a way to efficiently begin and complete a painting, focused on a purposeful approach to moving through blocking in an underpainting and understanding how to ‘keep it fresh” and finish without overworking it. We try to work loose and fairly quickly, so the process of painting is enjoyable.


We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. The hope is to mimic, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. Of course it will not be exactly the same, but in this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, our hope is to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building, just in a different format.


The technology to make this happen is actually surprisingly simple (imagine a group FaceTime or Skype meeting). You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.


Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.


Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.


TUESDAYS, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM






Palette (disposable paper palette is fine)

Odorless mineral spirits in solvent tank or small tight lid jar

Small metal palette knife


Paint (I like Windsor Newton’s Winton brand)

ultramarine blue

cadmium yellow light (or pale hue)

permanent alizarin crimson

titanium white


Brushes - #2, #4, #6 (flats) I recommend Robert Simmons “Signet” brand

Canvas panels (buy the bundle of 5 to save $). For class we will be working in small format, 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 (Please not larger than 12 x 16)


If you already have paint and this equipment or similar, perfect. Most important is that you have the 4 paint colors, especially Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

We will discuss materials more extensively during our first class.


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