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Courses in traditional Drawing and Painting

Held in the vibrant environment of a working artist's studio.

Regular studio classes running throughout the year

Concentrated workshops in outdoor painting, artist materials and figure work on a rotating schedule

Our ongoing Painting/Drawing classes held on Fridays- 1,000/semester/12weeks

We have a nude model in the studio every Tuesday evening, 6:00-8:00.  Drop me an email if you are interested in coming.  $30/session

Sergio Roffo Demonstration

July 29th 2017, from 10:00 til 12:00 or so, at the studio in Waltham

Very pleased to announce the next in our series of guest events… Sergio Roffo on July 29th at the studio in Waltham.  Born in Italy but trained in Boston, Sergio had a Boston-School training under Robert Cormier and Robert Douglas Hunter.  Roffo has won many national awards for his paintings, is an elected Fellow of the the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), and an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists.  In his own words:

“My mission is trying to convey to the viewer the spirituality and sacredness of my work, indicating the harmony of nature through color and light. As artists, our creative goals will never be accomplished. We will always be students of nature, because nature does it so beautifully. We live each day passionately, as others only dream of!”

Personally, I very much enjoyed meeting Sergio and painting with him during our winter trip to Vermont.  Aside from speaking about our similarly Italian-American hybridized lives, seeing Sergio paint richly colored landscapes to high finish on the easel in limited time was beyond impressive.  Come meet and see this very fine artist at work

This event is free and open to the public, but as space is limited RSVP required at [email protected]




Marc Dalessio Plein Air Course

Stonington, Deer Isle, Maine July 10-14th 2017

Join us for a week of Landscape Painting in one of the most beautiful summertime locations in New England, Deer Isle.  For those who haven’t been, Deer Isle is a stunning area, one peninsula over from Acadia, but certainly less frequented by tourists.

Summer 2015 was Dalessio’s first painting trip to Maine, and we quickly decided during that trip that we should run our next course there.  It offers everything from rolling hills to rocky shorelines, working harbors and sandy beaches.

This will be our first ‘destination’ painting course, in which we pick a picturesque area to meet and paint in each day.  This intensive course will run each day from 9:00 to 4:00 each day with an hour’s break for lunch.  The class will be limited to just 12 students, and the cost for this course will be $800.   Lodging, meals, and travel are not included.  For information on registering send an email to [email protected]

Class Full, Waitlist Full


Ben Fenske: Painting the Landscape in Light and Color

August 9-11th 2017 $375

Back by popular demand, Ben will be teaching his comprehensive approach to Landscape Painting again this summer.  This class will be suitable for returning students or first-timers to painting outside. Fenske’s method will cover Impressionist handling and application, composition selection and linear and atmospheric perspective.
Ben will give demos from nature and also demonstrate invented effects and compositions to illustrate concepts, like in the photo above.  Don’t miss your chance to delve into color outdoors with one of the best colorists working today.
Waitlist Only

Ben Fenske: Constructing the Portrait

August 12-14th 2017 $450 model fees included

We will work from the live model at length, and students will be welcome to work on paper or paint and canvas, as Ben guides the class. Fenske continues to refine his technique for simplifying complex structures, in this course we will cover a system for recognizing anatomical and structural points on the live model.

Students can expect to come away with not only portraits, but notes and studies that will improve their own portraits for years to come.  

Waitlist Only




Saturday August 26th 2017 from 10-12:00 (or thereabouts)
Painting the Interior:  A Demonstration by Joe Altwer

Altwer is taking time from his busy schedule teaching and traveling to share a bit of what he does with us in the studio. Please join us at the studio in Waltham on a Saturday morning to see Joe deal with varieties of textures, subjects, perspective and shifting light.

Altwer is an excellent colorist who (though from California) rarely comes to the states.  Joe will also have a few of his paintings on view.

This demo is free and open to the public, though RSVP is required at [email protected]


The Portrait in an Aesthetic Environment with Teresa Oaxaca

January 26-29th, 2018 from 9:00-4:00 at the studio in Waltham
$595, model fees included

Teresa Oaxaca’s guest courses in the studio have been jam-packed with information and anecdotes, and her own strategies for dealing with pictorial issues.  Click here to read about Teresa’s last class on Alla Prima portraiture,and her previous class on Charcoal Drawing here.

For Teresa’s next course in the studio we wanted to offer something more involved- to study not just the portrait but how to arrange and select compositional elements, to arrive at a personal design, over a sustained long pose.

This will give students a variety of opportunities across the pose- to study the portrait and draped figure in depth, or to arrange, pick and choose still life elements to set off the painting.

Students will be able to work in paint and/or charcoal, and work either on a small or larger scale.


Registration Open


Past Workshops:

Snow Painting with Leo Mancini-Hresko, Concord, MA, February 11+12 2017

Materials w Leo Mancini-Hresko at FAA US, Jersey City NJ, Nov. 19+20 2016

Portrait Sketching w Leo Mancini-Hresko at North River Art Association October 29+30 2016

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Ben Fenske Landscape Painting Workshop August 13-15 2016


Portrait Painting with Adrian Gottlieb, July 23-27th 2016

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The Alla Prima Portrait with Teresa Oaxaca-June 24-27th 2016


Constructing the Figure with Ben Fenske- March 14-18th 2016


Snow Painting Workshop with Leo Mancini-Hresko- January 30-31st 2016


Sculpting the Portrait with Robert Bodem- December 14-18 2015


Autumn Landscape Painting with Stapleton Kearns, November 14-16th 2015

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Painting Materials for the Working Artist, October 3-4th 2015


Charcoal Portrait Sketching with Teresa Oaxaca, September 24th-27 2015


Landscape Painting with Marc Dalessio, August 28-30 2015


Constructing the Portrait with Ben Fenske, August 27-31 2015

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