Private Art Classesone-on-one instruction and workshops


Floral painting by Elizabeth R. Whelan

Take your art to a new level!

Elizabeth R. Whelan offers private art instruction for adults. Beginners to advanced and professional artists welcome. Ages 15-150! Classes take place in her studio on Chappaquiddick, or at your location on Martha's Vineyard.

Whether you are in town for a week, for the summer, or live on Martha's Vineyard year-round, Elizabeth will share with you techniques and tips that will increase your abilities and add to your enjoyment of making art!

Instruction is primarily in various methods of drawing and techniques of oil painting. Class format includes an up-front evaluation of some samples of your work, a 3-hour INTENSIVE one-on-one in-person class with all materials provided, and 3 follow-up assignments for you to do at home, with helpful feedback communicated via email.

For the beginning and intermediate artist, Drawing Intensive 1 and Drawing Intensive 2 will get you up to speed with a solid base in drawing technique and approach. Not only is drawing the key to excellent painting, it is fun and very portable! Take these classes to advance quickly with your sketching and drawing:

Drawing Intensive 1
($ 240 studio / $ 320 your location - all materials provided)
  • Learn methods for effective drawing warm-ups
  • Establish interesting compositions
  • Analyze your subject matter for a decisive drawing approach
  • Learn surprisingly simple starting points for successful drawing
  • Learn a variety of drawing techniques to render form and texture
  • Useful perspective basics
  • Giving your drawing depth
Drawing Intensive 2
($ 240 studio / $ 320 your location - all materials provided)
  • How to approach complex subject matter
  • Introduction to landscape composition – choosing what to draw
  • Introduction to drawing fabric and rendering forms in movement
  • Getting perspective right
  • Beyond graphite: charcoal, colored pencils, and Conté crayon

For an introduction to oil painting, these classes will get you on the right path with solid technical knowledge, inside know-how, and time-proven techniques. Elizabeth recommends that you take the Drawing classes first if you are new to art (or a little rusty!):

Oil Painting Intensive 1 - Introduction to Alla Prima ‘Direct’ Painting
($ 290 studio / $ 360 your location - all materials provided including paint, brushes, canvas)
  • Introduction to professional materials and color selection
  • Color mixing for still life and landscape painting
  • Learn surprisingly simple starting points for successful paintings
  • Alla prima (direct) painting methods for impressionistic landscape and still life painting
Oil Painting Intensive 2 – Intermediate Alla Prima ‘Direct’ Painting
($ 290 studio / $ 360 your location - all materials provided including paint, brushes, canvas)
  • Advance your control of color and brushstroke in your paintings
  • Learn to render textures and atmosphere with direct painting
  • Using backgrounds and edges to good effect
  • Methods for achieving depth in your alla prima paintings

For the advanced and professional artist, Elizabeth can provide impetus to move forward, fine-tune your approach and techniques, and reinvigorate your work and working methods with a Customized Intensive Class. You decide what you need help with and we’ll go from there!

For more information, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 508-560-0083.

Class times are flexible, and mornings are recommended. All materials are provided.

The fine print:

Class fees are payable via credit card and PayPal - Elizabeth will send you an online invoice. The fee is due before the class is scheduled.

In the unlikely event that a class must be cancelled by Elizabeth, the student will be notified immediately and can either choose to reschedule or receive a full refund.

  • If the student chooses to cancel their confirmed registration, or cannot or does not attend the class, the following refunds will apply:
  • The student may invite another person to substitute their place in the class (for the time at which they are registered) at no charge;
  • If notice is received less than 24 hours from the scheduled class time, no refund will be offered;
  • If notice is received 24 hours or more from the scheduled class time, a 50% refund will be offered.
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