Classes and Workshops

Advanced Approaches to Oil Painting *FULL

September 21- December 14, 2017, THURSDAYS 6-9PM
(2-3 students)
Students will jump right into their personal projects and guided how to strategically develop a painting from the idea stage, to the development stage to a successful oil painting. There will be a focus on making informed choices about oil painting materials and tools. Various contemporary approaches to using life, photographic and digital references will be explored throughout the class in discussions and demonstrations. Students will combine painting and verbal vocabularies to gain more confidence in their painting practice.
*Drawing and painting experience required. Enrollment contingent on review of portfolio

Alla Prima Portrait Painting Weekend Workshop *

November 11-12, 2017, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 9-4PM
(2-3 students)
Work with a live model on alla prima portrait painting (direct painting) in this weekend crash course. Through step-by-step instruction and demonstration, students will learn to navigate big drawing decisions regarding composition and proportion, and learn to clarify what they are seeing into simple shapes and forms. Our second day will focus on creating form with the paint through the maintenance of value structure and attention to shifts in hue, temperature and chroma.
*Drawing and painting experience required. Contact instructor for more details

High School Portfolio Development

Portfolio development is recommended for high school juniors and seniors looking to build strong portfolios for college applications. Cindy has 6 years experience working as a NASAD accredited art college Admissions Officer, reviewing portfolios for acceptance. She attended hundreds of National and Regional Portfolio Days, and visited high schools from the Midwest-East counseling students about art school and reviewing application portfolios. With this unique experience, Cindy will demystify the art college application process, and advise students on their portfolios as needed for a strong application.

Portfolio Consultation

$75 per consult
A portfolio consultation consists of constructive critique and coaching students toward a set goal

Portfolio Coaching

$300 per semester
Coaching consists of setting goals, constructive critique, assignment suggestions and reviews

Portfolio Coaching and Letter of Recommendation

$400 per semester *high school seniors only
Coaching consists of setting goals, constructive critique, assignment suggestions and reviews. This is designed for seniors in high school looking for art college acceptance

Private Instruction

Private Instruction

Instruction specifically tailored to meet the goals of the student
Please contact for more information and a quote

Visiting Artist

Visiting Artist

Cindy is available to visit local schools as a visiting artist. Please contact for more information

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