teaching

My teaching objective is to create a positive educational experience all around, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. My method of teaching involves sharing my own artistic process fully and openly. My aim is to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but I also focus on mindset and thought process—all of which are important aspects of creating art.    

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Saturday, May 11
Art Center at Ambler

Keeping it Simple: Mindset and Methods for Oil Painting    

Simplicity is the glory of expression, said Walt Whitman. But it’s never simple to keep things simple- especially when you are talking about painting, which involves complexity of thought along with a firm grasp of technique and materials.

In this 1-day workshop, we will discuss how to keep materials simple. We will also explore the importance of an open and joyful mindset and ways to start a painting and stay true to your initial impulse as you work. The focus will be on direct painting with oils or acrylics. Special emphasis will be placed on simplifying colors, values and composition and on prioritizing and subordinating the elements in a painting. We will work from direct observation of the still life, working quickly but deliberately. All levels welcome. Bring your questions!

Saturdays in June
Woodmere Art Museum

oil painting of pink geranium in antique bottle

Ethereal Forms: Methods and Mindset for Painting Flowers

Flowers continue to be a favorite subject for painters, and many believe that seeing the beauty in a flower can awaken the spirit. How do you translate these fleeting, ethereal forms into paint?  

In each session of this workshop, we will start with a new bucket of flowers from which students will make their own individual arrangements. We will paint  directly from life, working quickly but deliberately. At the end of each class, students can take their arrangement home to continue working (or just to enjoy). We will explore the mindset for starting a painting and staying true to your initial impulse as you work, and specific methods for sustaining focus and “beginner’s mind” as a painting progresses. The focus will be on direct painting with oils or acrylics. We will work from direct observation of the still life, working quickly but deliberately. Bring a favorite vase or container to each class as the starting point for your still life.