Spring Continuing Ed Portrait Painting and Figure Painting Classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC

Classes begin February 1st and 2nd

Class painting by Noor Chadha

Realistic Figure and Portrait Painting from Life

Friday 12:00PM – 6:00PM Feb 01 – May 03

Call 212-592-2050 or click here to register or for more info.

Class Painting by Tanya Stolstein

Classical Portrait Painting from Life

Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM Feb 02 – May 04

Call 212-592-2050 or click here to register or to get more info.

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching two continuing education classes at the School of Visual Arts this coming semester. On Friday afternoons, from noon to 6 pm, it’s Realistic Portrait and Figure Painting and on Saturday it’s Realistic Portrait Painting from 10am to 4pm. 

Living and working as a professional artist in New York for more than 40 years has given me the unique opportunity to analyze some of the greatest masterpieces of Western Art. This has afforded me unfettered access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection, as well as auction previews at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. I’ve examined and analyzed hundreds of of original works by legendary artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Van Dyke, Ingres, Bouguereau and Paxton and have come to a deep understanding of what I believe to be the underlying mindset they all share. This forms the backbone of how I approach not only my painting but my teaching as well. 

Great painting is about manifesting intent. Having a deep understanding of visual phenomena. It’s definitely not about copying what’s in front of you, imitating brushwork, rendering something to death or finding that “magic” medium. A great painting has the potential to convey something more real than reality. 

My teaching is based on a simple premise: to own it, you need to understand exactly the way it works. I teach the underlying principles of what makes a great painting great. What differentiates my teaching from others is that I don’t teach rules, but the consequences of choices. 

My students don’t follow a dogmatic cookie cutter script where all the student’s work bears an uncanny resemblance to the teacher’s. I believe that making art is about discovering who you are. Once you understand the underlying mindset and techniques I teach you’ll have the freedom to express the real you. 

All aspects of my techniques and methodologies will be fully demonstrated in class. When not demoing I spend the remainder of class working with and critiquing my students one on one. You don’t need to be a full-time student to make great progress. My students often remark they learned more in the first day of class than they had in many years of so-called study.

In addition to the class sessions, we’ll take a Sunday field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I will break down the great masterworks and evaluate each work in accordance to the principles I teach. My intent is to transform the way you approach and look at painting.

See you in class!  


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