Studio Classes

Artwork created by students from my youth classes.

I’ve had the privilege over the past 3 years of teaching painting and drawing to students ranging from ages 8 to 60, out of my Loudoun Co. VA studio.

My classes begin with instruction in drawing from life utilizing graphite and charcoal and then progress along with the individual’s growth into pastels and color theory. After the student has achieved a good foundation in drawing, he or she begins painting in watercolor, then ultimately in acrylics. Youths 16+ years of age and adults have the option of learning oils in a private class setting.

Classes are on-going and consist of 1.5 hours of weekly instruction. Tuition for group youth classes is $68 per month. Private classes for all ages are $50 an hour.

I currently have several youth classes with some spots available on the following days and times:

Tuesdays Youth, ages 8+
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Wednesdays Youth, ages 8+
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Thursdays Youth, ages 8+
6:30 -8:00 PM

If you are interested in any of the above classes please email me at Thank you!

Great Painting Comes in Little Packages

Artist, Emily M. Acrylic on panel.

Sometimes the work of my students makes me so proud I fuss over it as if I were their actual mother. This painting definitely falls into that category. Painted by the amazing, newly minted 10 year old Emily (as in she was still 9 only a couple of weeks ago). All from direct observation. Way to go Emily!!!

More Awesome Student Work

20130725-115654.jpg Remember my paint splattered table cloth from my previous blog post? Here is an awesome example of my 9 year old student Kira’s (yes I said 9) still life painting utilizing that same table cloth and painted from life in acrylic. She took a little liberty with the table cloth pattern but hey, that’s called artistic license! I love all the paint dabs/graffiti marks that she included on the tablecloth, an idea highly suggested by me (cough) in the manner of one of my favorite painters, Duane Keiser. The marks alone remind me of an abstract painting. Love it Kira! Great job!