Fall Continuing Education Classes in New York City

Realistic Portrait and Figure Painting at the School of Visual Arts

Once again the fall semester is upon us. I teach two classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York City each fall and spring. A large number of my students keep coming back. It’s a diabolical plot to entice them to return semester after semester, by making sure they experience incredible progress in their artistic development. Then they’ll continue to register again and again and again. (Sinister laugh!)

All kidding aside, my teaching is effective because I don’t merely teach tricks, techniques and/or dispense rules. My goal is to transform the way my students think about painting, through a contextual approach.

A number of my students teach at the school. One such faculty member is Lori Hollander, who teaches jewelry making. She is a recent addition who has really flourished utilizing my methodology and thought processes. She started the above portrait–which she emailed to me yesterday–this past spring semester. At the end of the semester Lori took some reference photos of our model, Dustin, because she wanted to take her portrait to a higher level of refinement. I was so excited when I saw the completed painting. I’m posting a detail to give you get a sense of the intensity she achieved. It’s just brimming with life. I’m so proud of the great progress that Lori has made.

Realistic Portrait & Figure Painting runs 12 Fridays from 12:00 PM ’til 6:00 PM. Click here to register or get more info.

Realistic Portrait & Figure Painting runs 12 Saturdays from 10:00 AM ’til 4:00 PM. Click here to register or get more info.

For those interested, the classes start next Friday and Saturday, September 21st & 22nd 2012.

Until next time…


  1. If I lived close, you could count me in as a student! I know how proud you must be of your students! I’ve studied all your posts, and have mixed your portrait colors. Am using them every chance I get! Thanks for sharing…xxoo, Vicki

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