The craft of painting involves not only inspiration, but also technique. Capturing what your imagination—and analytical understanding of the world around you—requires a level of proficiency that, like any valued skill, takes time and guidance to master.

Give Someone The Opportunity To Create
from 100.00

Is there someone in your life who you’d like to see take a chance with their creative side? Or tap into something they once loved but had to put aside because “real life” intruded? Or are preparing to present their artistic work to the wider world and could use a mentor?

Every Thursday, I’m opening up my studio from 6 to 9 p.m. to students who wish to develop their oil painting skills, work with me side by side, and enjoy themselves for a few hours. Students are expected to bring their own supplies and have a basic knowledge of oil painting. The minimum age to participate is 14 and there is a maximum of five students per session. Certificates are good for one year from date of purchase.

We’ll build a learning experience based on camaraderie and a shared purpose. I’ll lead and teach—but there is always the possibility of learning from other members of the group as we experience a coming together of like-minded souls.

You can buy a certificate for one class or a pack of 4 or 8 at a discount.

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Introduction to Photo Realism (3- and 5-day workshops)
from 375.00

Photo Realism is defined as the attempt to paint an image so the final results looks like a photo as opposed to Hyperrealism which is to paint so you can't tell the difference. It may sound intimidating but in reality it's not so bad. Painting from a photo takes patience and practice and my goal is to teach you my techniques so you can take the experience back to your studio with confidence. In these workshops, we’ll focus on painting a portrait in oil using both traditional and modern techniques.

I provide hands-on instruction, incorporating a wealth of tips and tricks, including:
• Briefly covering Adobe Photoshop and how to print a color reference.
• Drawing on a toned canvas—by either tracing or projection—and inking-in the lines.
• A review of color and mixing skin tones.
• A block-in of the first thin layer of color.
• Painting the portrait with subsequent thicker layers.
• Finalizing subtle details.

There are 5 workshops scheduled this year:
• They will be held in my studio in Milan, NY (near Rhinebeck).
• Times are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch).
• Each class is limited to four students.
• Tuition is nonrefundable 14 days prior to beginning.
• Basic knowledge of oil painting is preferred.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 845-233-0082.

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Private Lessons

One-on-one lessons with me are a way for you—with the guidance of a professional artist—to develop your technique. This is true whether you are a beginner or an already experienced painter. We can build rapport and tailor an approach that meets your needs and desires.

Lessons can be at my studio or in your home. Please give me a call me at 845-233-0082. We can begin discussing your goals as a painter and make arrangements for working together. Private lessons are a minimum of 4 hours and travelling to you is free of charge if you are located within 30 minutes from my studio.

Supply List (Jerry's Artorama)

16x20 Deluxe Professional Oil Primed Linen Stretched Canvas Centurion (OP DLX) or equivalent grade

Winsor & Newton Artists Oil Colors: 
Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw umber, Titanium white, Ultramarine blue, and Ivory Black.

3 Winsor & Newton Monarch filbert brushes sizes 2-3-4
Winsor & Newton series 7 sable brush size 2

Palette knife
Glass or wood palette (no palette paper please)
2 small glass containers
Roll of blue shop towels
Linseed Oil

Place to stay

Closest: The Inn at Pine Plains
In Rhinebeck: Beekman Arms
In Red Hook: The Red Hook Inn

Closest Airports

Stewart International Airport
Albany International Airport