Learning how to paint is a process. Working from observation is the best possible way to improve your skills, strengthen your senses and gain a greater understanding of painting's fundamental concepts: light, shadow, form and color. In a traditional manner, we will learn simple and fun approaches to capturing the complexities of our subjects. In this class, we will focus on character, gesture, and proportion, while learning how to observe and respond to what we see. This intimate setting is the perfect environment for group and individualized instruction.

oil painting

(5-6 students max)

Ongoing Evening
and Day Classes

4 sessions -
8 sessions -

Each session is 3 hours.
Call for class times and availability.
Times are subject to change without notice.

oil painting

4 sessions -
8 sessions -

Each session is 2 hours.
For information on available times, call (617) 451-3641.
Classes are scheduled weekly. Advanced cancellation is required.
Time availability is subject to change without notice.

Students will paint from still life arrangements, until ready to paint the figure. Instruction and exercises place an emphasis on building a painting from the beginning stages towards the final product. All levels of experience are welcome in this supportive environment. With frequent demonstrations we will highlight important techniques, such as uses of drawing, color theory, paint mixing, and brush handling. Through individual instruction and an on-site art library, we will analyze and understand our work while utilizing the Old Masters as a guide to the challenges that arise in class.

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David Penna Studios
535 Albany Street • Suite 200 • Boston, MA 02118

* To allow for complex schedules, classes have open enrollment. Classes run consecutively, except for holidays. Payment is due in full at the beginning of the first class. Make checks payable to: David Penna

† Class instruction is best suited for the oil painting medium, but other mediums are welcome. All classes will work from still life arrangements until the need and availability for a figure model arises. Costs do not reflect the use of a figure model.