You were born
Let me teach you to paint.
My dear Creative Spirit, Dreamer, Seeker of Joy & Light,
In the beginning you were born an Artist, but if you are like most people, you have wandered away from joy-filled, gratifying creativity. You still remember inspired time spent creating, right?
Allow me to help guide you back to the Artist you are with my easy to learn, step-by-step painting process. After a lifetime of painting and more than a decade of teaching thousands of students, the process has proven itself time and time again, and it will work for you.
Not only will you learn to work in stages and logically build your masterpiece from a blank canvas, but you will also experience once again the joy of creating and adding color and beauty back into your world, and most importantly you, the Artist, will reclaim your Creative Spirit.
Weekly, in-person painting classes are taught at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church located at 5286 Main Street, in historic, downtown Spring Hill, Tennessee. Monthly classes are taught at The Art Center of Westhaven in Franklin, Tennessee, and at the Shops of James Hill in Columbia, Tennessee.
Acrylics Classes are taught on Thursdays from 10am to Noon in the Creative Spirits painting class. Students bring their own supplies, and a list will be provided at registration. Class fee is $110 per 3-week session plus Open Studio. To register, call or text 615-668-8263.
Watercolor Classes are offered periodically. For now students may choose to register for the Thursday Creative Spirits painting class and paint in watercolor while others choose to paint in acrylics. Students bring their own supplies, and a list will be provided at registration. Class fee is $110 per 3-week session plus Open Studio. To register, call or text 615-668-8263
Open Studios are offered on the fourth Thursday of each month from 10am to noon. Students bring their own supplies and may paint with oils, acrylics, watercolors or gouache. Instructor floats from student to student to provide assistance, suggestions, and feedback. Think of it as a private lesson, only in a group setting with a much lower group class fee. Open Studio is $50 for each session and includes a pre-sketched canvas or watercolor paper with the photo you provide a week in advance. To register, call or text 615-668-8263. Drop-ins are welcomed. Students registered in Creative Spirits painting class may attend that month's Open Studio at no additional charge.
Paint-Along in Watercolor
Each month a 2-hour Paint-Along Watercolor class is offered at both the Shops at James Hill in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Art Center of Westhaven in Franklin, Tennesse. All studio supplies are included in the workshop fee of $50, including pre-stretched, pre-sketched 5 x7 watercolor paper. Your final painting will be suitable for framing. Click here to send name and email to be alerted when new calendar of classes is published. To register, call or text 615-668-8263.
In this fun and informative beginners' class, students learn the #1 most important building block of creating all 2-dimensional art...drawing basic shapes and turning them into 3-dimensional forms using light and dark values. Students bring their own supplies to this 5-week course consisting of 2-hour classes each week. Drawing 101 fee is $200. To schedule a class in your area, you'll need to commitments from 8-12 students and a location to accommodate the class. Click here to send name and email to be alerted when new calendar of classes is published. To schedule a class in your area, call 615-668-8263.
On-Line Video Classes
A complete video library of demonstrations and lessons is available through Patreon for only $25 per month at the Creative Spirits level. Other tiers and benefits are also available.
Private lessons may be scheduled. Student must bring painting supplies and reference photo. Mediums include oils, acrylics, watercolor and graphite pencils. Student may also bring a friend for additional charge of $35 to cover studio fee. Private lessons are $150 for 2 hours. To register, call or text 615-668-8263.
Occasionally workshops are scheduled to cover specific topics, including:
House or Wedding Venue Portraits,
Bridal Bouquet Portraits,
Winter Birds in oils,
Tonalist vs Colorist Approach,
Adding Autumn Luminosity in Watercolor, and
In Workshops, all supplies are included and the workshop typically lasts 4-6 hours. Workshop fee is $150, plus a lunch fee if that option is available. Click here to send name and email to be alerted when new calendar of classes is published.
Illustrated Travel Journaling
Occasionally Adventure Awaits! Illustrated Travel Journaling workshops are scheduled at fun and historic locations around middle Tennessee, including:
Belle Meade Mansion,
The Polk Home,
In Adventure Awaits! Illustrated Travel Journaling workshops, students bring their own watercolor travel journals. Students are welcome to bring all of their supplies, but basic watercolor kits, pencils, brushes, and washer cups are available for students to use. Workshop fee is $75 + admission fee to historic site. Students may bring a lunch or many times a café is available on the historic property. We typically meet at the property at 10am and tour, lunch at noon, and paint until 3pm. Click here to send name and email to be alerted when new calendar of classes is published.