You Can Learn to Paint!
Imagine yourself with the skills and confidence to create a painting on your own.
To know how to start, and what to do at every step.
I know you can do it, because I've done it myself, and I've taught many others to do the same.
My oil painting for the True Beginner Online Class may be just what you need.
Weekly Zoom Painting Classes
Fall 2023 Wednesday Afternoon Class - Style Plus Skill - A Winning Combination
Which characteristics of your paintings come from style and which from skill? We'll take a deep dive into this question in this weekly class, developing our own unique styles, and likely some enhanced skills.
There are lots of characteristics of a painting that are about style: subject matter, medium, color scheme, key, level of abstraction and detail, type of paint application (for oil and acrylic, think brush versus knife), etc.
There is also a list of characteristics that are about skill: composition, drawing, values, mixing clean color, linear and aerial perspective, mark making with a brush or knife, etc.
In this class we'll analyze our own work and that of others with this in mind. With the help of exercises, we'll develop (or tweak) our own unique styles and also improve any skills that will enhance that style.
Focus: Develop our own styles based on what we love to create, enhancing any needed skills
When: Wednesday afternoons: Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
Time: 12:00-3:00 EST - Be ready to paint. Setup and cleanup times are before and after the class.
Mediums: oil, acrylic, gouache
Where: Zoom - A computer or tablet and internet connection are required. You will need to be able to show your work and your face to the group.
Class Size Limit: 6 students
Plein Air Painting Workshops
Plein Air Painting in Maine - Summer 2024
Have you been wondering what it's like to paint outside? Discover a love for plein air painting with me on the beautiful coast of Maine. The plein air tradition, popularized by the impressionists in France, is a wonderful way to embrace nature and enjoy your creative side out of doors. We'll review basic fundamentals - value, composition, and color; learn how to paint within Mother Nature's time constraints; and pick up tricks of the trade for painting out of doors. This workshop is ideal for those who have not painted outside previously.
My goal in teaching is one-on-one instruction that you can take home and use on your own work. Mediums include oils and acrylics.
This workshop is not yet scheduled. Sign up for my email list at the bottom of this page and I'll let you know the details.
Upcoming workshops will be announced first to those on my email list and then posted here. You may sign up for my list at the bottom of this page.
I love to travel and can teach a workshop (plein air or studio painting) for your group. Please let me know if you'd like more information on the Contact page in the menu.
Student Comments From Bobbi's Workshops
"Bobbi is very patient and criticizes constructively."
"Her demonstrations are effective and she explains concepts in a variety of ways so that everyone understands them."
"Bobbi boils things down into simple exercises which allow me to learn first hand what I've read about in books that passed me by."
"Bobbi is very organized in how she presents things, which is helpful with so many elements to consider when approaching a painting. This helps create order out of chaos."
"The course of instruction was well thought out and we could build on what we learned the day before."
If you need to cancel, refunds for workshops held in the US are available up to 45 days prior to the workshop start date minus a $50 administration fee. There are no refunds for destination workshops.
Classes and Workshops for Your Art Group
I would love to teach your group! Any of the past workshops and classes can be tailored to your needs or I can create a custom workshop or class for you. Contact me via email or the contact page to discuss options.
Outdoor private lesson packages for instruction in Wareham, MA and Yarmouth, ME are available for minimum 2 hour sessions. Contact me via email or the contact page for more information.
Oil and Acrylic Painting for the True Beginner
Composition, Value, and Color
Techniques in Oil Painting
All Live via Zoom - September 2020 - April 2022
Fall and Winter Painting Classes - Harvard, MA - 2017 - 2019
Confident Drawing for Artists - Harvard, MA - 2017
Plein Air Painting at Tidewater Farm - U Maine - 2015 and 2016
Developing Your Own Style with Color - Artist Corner and Gallery - 2016
Landscape Painting - Artascope - 2015
Developing Your Own Style with Color - Artascope - 2014
Daily Painting - River Arts - 2014
Plein Air Painting in Old Florida - Tarpon Springs, FL, January 2020
Plein Air Painting on Monhegan Island - June 2019
Plein Air Painting in Provence - June 2018
Two Day Workshops
Oil and Acrylic Painting for the True Beginner (via Zoom) - June, 2020
Plein Air Painting in Maine - Yarmouth, ME - 2017, 2018, 2019
One Day Workshops
Painting the Maine Coast - Artascope - 2016
Techniques for Painting Pet Portraits - Artascope - 2016
Your First Acrylic Painting - Artascope - 2016
Painting on a Time Budget - Artascope - 2016
Painting on Your iPad with ArtRage - Artascope - 2015
Plein Air Painting in Castine - Castine Arts Association - 2015
Explore Color in Abstract and Representational Painting - Artascope - 2015
Creating Your Daily Painting Practice - 2011 - 2015
Half Day Workshops
Introduction to Oil and Acrylic Painting - Artists Corner and Gallery - 2016
Paint Night - Introduction to Acrylic Painting - Yarmouth Frame and Gallery - 2014
Please contact me for more details on the above classes and workshops.