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Welcome to My Art Studio

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Private Studio Art Classes

Summer Schedule

I offer painting lessons to small groups in my private studio located near San Marco. Here, you will learn the basics of abstract and representational techniques using acrylic, watercolor and oil. You will also learn how to achieve ultimate color combinations through the use of light, glazing, lost edge, impasto and temperature. We will paint indoor as well as in the garden. I limit my classes to 5 students to ensure a personal touch. I offer 40 years of experience as a teacher, and a professional artist. I have hand-crafted an intentional learning environment unlike any other, and I invite you to join me in creating in it. 

 Monday Morning  10am - 1pm  "Focus on Watercolor Painting "

Monday 2pm - 5pm  "All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing

Tuesday Morning- Fleet Landing Classes

Tuesday Afternoons-  2pm- 5pm  "All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing

Wednesday Morning- 10am - 1pm Focus on Acrylics"Painting,

Wednesday  2pm - 5pm "All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing

Thursday Mornings- 10am - 1pm Focus on Acrylic Painting,

Thursday  2pm - 5pm "All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing

Friday Mornings- 10am - 1pm Focus on Acrylics or Oils- Open to All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing upon request

Friday Afternoons- 2pm - 5pm "All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing

Saturday Mornings Kids Class -9 am to 12 noon

Saturday Afternoon-1pm to 4pm "All Ages and mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, drawing

Sunday Afternoons   2pm -4pm KIDS CLASS ONLY "All mediums" -watercolor, acrylics, oils, Basic and Figure drawing, illustration guidance, clay

Call (904) 309-0151 to arrange for private lessons, or discuss dates that may be a better fit for your schedule

Investment: If you are new to painting or a particular medium, I recommend taking a minimum of 4 classes, and offer a discounted rate of $200 for the 4-class series. You may also drop in for any class I offer for $60 per class.    *Must be 7 or older to attend a kids class. Please bring a sketch book. Some supplies included.   Adult classes: a supply list will be provided for the oil painting and acrylic classes.     I hope you will join me in the magic of self expression through art.            Gordon 

  • PAPER:  (BEST): ARCHES Watercolor paper in Arches block form. (10”x14” or bigger)OR : Single sheets that can be modified in size and taped to a rigid base such as Masonite. Other brands like Fabriano and others are good-   NOTE: NOT Strathmore pads- No!)

  • Paint - Windsor & Newton PRO GRADE  or Holbein paints (do not buy Cotmans -NO!) : Colors - Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson (or Opera rose optional), Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Raw Sienna, Indigo
  •  Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palettes BEST for light travel and large color selection, or for studio palette heres a link (/)
  • Brushes - #12 and #16 SNAP Princeton (BEST)  brush link (
  • Low tack masking tape 1”
  •  Masking fluid -Windsor Newton is best, and a rubber cement eraser link (
  • #2 pencil 1 KNEADED eraser
  • Semi-coarse med grain Kosher salt in a small shaker
  • Flat 3” X 5” kitchen sponge WIDE BASE Water Cup such as tupperware for cleaning brushes and water source
  • Paper towels
  • A silverware old fashioned butter knife for scraping technique is best
  • whales tale palette knife small made of metal
  • Goldens brand is the BEST! or Liquitex ( Please NO Poor Quality paint like Basic and No Galleria!)Colors - Large tube of Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Chromium Green

  • Golden's Glaze medium, and also get Extender medium (can also be called Retarder)
  • Brushes - bright white small 4,6,8 filbert and 4,6,8, square flat tips
  • charcoal pack, 1 KNEADED eraser 2 WIDE BASE whales tale palette knife small made of metal- buy at Reddi Arts day of class
  • Flat 3” X 5” kitchen sponges
  • whales tale palette knife small made of metal
  • You need 12 inch x 16" recommended Masterson brand “Sta-Wet" resealable palette- here are handy links to to find them  , a Sta-Wet sponge inserts ( and disposable "Premier Palette" 30 sheets,
  • This is the link for Michaels Sta-Wet palette and sponge and paper combination,
  • Set of Bright white nylons or china bristle brushes - Flats #12, #4, #2, and Filbert #4,& #2
  • Small metal palette knife V shape “ whale tail” style
  • small bottle of  refined linseed oil, Odorless mineral spirits Turpenoid or similar product &Brush Cleaning bottle COIL style for paint thinner
  • Paper palette tablet  12x16
  • Brands:Winsor Newton, Gamblin, or Daler Rowney, COLORS:    titanium white large tube, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, ultramarine, burnt sienna, burnt umber,  cadmium red, Alizarin Crimson, cadmium yellow, raw sienna
  • Small stretched canvases (10” X 14” or  16”x20”your choice


A SKetchbook loose or hardbound, is all you need to start!  Drawing is the basis of all art! If they pass my standards of drawing (I have loads of markers for color)  then if they want to paint in acrylis or oils we can move them up to painting.  If they want to explore clay I have that, but it is best to buy air dry clay at Michaels

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