the BASICS :
Appropriate for all levels Beginner - Advanced
I have supplies if you need them or bring your own
$40. per class pay as you go (here or in class) cash, card, check, Venmo, Zelle
2 classes every week come when it's convenient.
Mondays 1pm - 4pm and Wednesdays 9am - noon (come either/both)
Please message or call me if you have any questions at all 505-400-3355
Feel free to stop by during class time and observe and ask questions!
as you PROGRESS :
It's so rewarding to watch your progress over time. Your eyes will get more sensitive to color, light and shadow, you'll start to notice perspective and composition everywhere.
Here are the 7 fundamental principles I want my students learn.
COMPOSITION (the foundation your painting is built on)
VALUE (The darkness and lightness of things. If it's not right, the painting lacks depth, dimension. Squint to see value more clearly)
COLOR (color theory, color temperature as well as color harmony. Much easier than you've always thought, I promise)
PERSPECTIVE (3 different kinds - Linear, Atmospheric & Color perspectives)
TEXTURE (edges, brush strokes, color variance and mark making. Do you mix one flat color for your sky? Crisp hard edges along everything in your painting? Let me explain why it's working against you.)
RHYTHM (balance, variance, repetition, the seemingly tiny little things that can literally kill your painting)
NARRATIVE (story, message, even your brush strokes and color choices tell a story. It's called the technical narrative)
I have been taking art classes with Jenny for more than a year now and I can honestly say she is one of the best teachers around. Not only is she very competent to teach painting, she is able to break complicated topics like values and color down into simple concepts that novice students like myself can easily comprehend.
She is very generous with her time and her knowledge, always willing to help her students realize their fullest potential. Before taking classes with Jenny, I literally painted like a kindergarten child. After taking a few classes, I now get compliments on my work and even offers to buy some pieces.
Wow I never expected that in my lifetime of dabbling with paints. Jenny will help anyone discover the true artist in you. If you have any doubts, please try out her class and you will see what I mean. You won't be sorry and frankly amazed that your inner artist has found a voice and place to comfortably come out.
Kind words from a student...
I started out as an ad agency art director and that still informs my art. I love illustration and graphic design. I studied those things at school but concentrated on figure drawing and art history at college (Eastern Michigan University in the 80s and Portfolio Center, ATL in the 90s).
At that time painting was still very “abstract expressionist”, if anyone was painting at all. Warhol had declared painting dead and museums were showing cinderblock and neon installations. It was a difficult time to be a painter of realistic looking things. I told my teachers, "I want to learn to paint like the Masters". They told me, “Galleries don’t sell work like that, furniture stores do.”
In the the late 90s and early 2000s I was living in NYC and realism started popping up all over, it was making a resurgence. I was soon painting again, began freelancing at my job and by 2004 I was painting full time. I've never looked back, my personality is much more suited to long days/weeks standing quietly in front of a painting vs the crazy corporate world.
For 20 some years I've worked day by day in the studio and felt my confidence growing at the easel. That confidence led to relaxing my strokes and letting go of the "control" that was so important to me early on. It's been such a long process getting here but it feels like I'm finally fluent in some kind of language that's mine. So now I get up in the morning thinking about what to say with it and how best to say it.
I’ve been working full time as an artist since 2004 and teaching since 2013. I remember how eager I was to learn and how hard it was to get the information in a clear way. It was very frustrating and I never want my students to feel that way. If you are interested in learning, I teach two classes a week in oil painting techniques at the classroom space in our studio building and I'm working on online courses.
I live and work in Sarasota, FL where Thursdays - Saturdays (10-3) you'll find me in my public studio at Creative Liberties in downtown Sarasota. We are an open, working artists studio/gallery so stop by if you're in town. Check the schedule on our website/social media we often have events.
Please contact me with any questions.
Thank you for your interest and your patronage, Jenny
I'm considering teaching some online Zoom workshops and also offering a recorded version in my store for people who couldn't make it to the live sessions.
If you're interested please let me know. And please let me know whether you'd prefer the live Zoom event or whether you might like the recorded one better.
In the live event you'd be able to ask questions in chat form and get a critique during the process. Obviously you wouldn't have that in the recorded workshop but you'd have the advantage of being able to watch it on your own time. With Zoom you'd have to show up at scheduled times.
More about this... soon.
Monday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 9am - noon
Stop by if you'd like to check out class in session and see what we're all about, no need to call first.
We're at 927 Apricot Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34237