Studio West

Florentine Fine Art tradition on Brooklyn’s waterfront

Studio West is built on the traditional method practiced by nineteenth century masters, and revived in the twentieth century by Daniel Graves, Michael John Angel, and Charles Cecil. Housed on Brooklyn’s Greenpoint waterfront, Studio West is committed to upholding the techniques studied in Florence Italy. Each course is centered on the human form and designed to provide every student with a clear and informed foundation, which can be applied to all future projects and workshops.

Studio West is a natural light studio which is ideal for seeing color and value, as well as training the eye to the subtle movements of the model and adapting to light shifts as the day progresses. All courses will be taught with live models (nude for figure painting and drawing.)

It is the goal of Studio West to provide all students with the tools necessary to propel their artwork forward and continue to uphold the traditional method that has been used to create some of the world’s greatest masterpieces.


Painting the Human Form:

Students will learn the traditional process of constructing a figure painting. The class will be introduced to the sight-size method and start painting in line, and eventually mass in value to create an immediate sense of light.

Throughout the course, students will develop their painting into a color representation of the human form using a full color palette. Students will also learn technical concepts on painting regarding the “fat over lean” concept, the best materials to use to create and protect your work, and understanding color mixing.

Students will work from a live model every day for 6 hours, and will receive frequent individual critiques.

Dates: Completed
Time: 9am- 12pm
Length: 3 days
Location: 67 West Street, Suite 702, Brooklyn NY 11222
Cost: $600.00


Capturing Life- Academic Portrait Painting

In this course students will be introduced into painting the portrait. It will explain how to organize your palette, and how to use its colors to create harmony and unity of light. Students will start by massing in the head with value, and create a color study to assist in the completion of the painting.

The course is designed to strengthen accuracy, sense of light, and ability to create atmosphere. Students will learn technical skills that can be used in this, and all future projects. Such as, how to use a plumb line, the use of a mirror to aid in seeing, and the concept of “fat over lean.” All Levels Welcome

Students will work from a live model every day for 6 hours, and will receive frequent individual critiques. Beginner – Intermediate

Dates: Completed
Time: 9am-12pm
Length: 3 days
Location: 67 West Street, Suite 702, Brooklyn NY 11222
Cost: $600.00


19th Century Figure Drawing Techniques

This course is designed to strengthen the student’s accuracy in developing the human form.

Students will be introduced to the academic method of drawing, using sight-size, a method which was used by realist painters of the 19th century. This allows viewing the subject and drawing to be done simultaneously, resulting in heightened accuracy and ability to spot errors more immediately. All levels Welcome

Students will draw from a live model and receive frequent individual critiques throughout the day.

Dates: Completed
Time: 9am- 12pm
Lenth: 3 days
Location: 67 West Street, Suite 702, Brooklyn NY 11222
Cost: $500.00




Studio West’s Guest Teachers

Kristy Gordon – Contemporary Portrait Painting

Kristy Gordon exhibits her work internationally and has earned numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2010, 2013, 2015), and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014). This three-day portrait painting workshop is a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn the process of painting the portrait using a full palette. All Levels

April 28, 29, 30 9AM – 3PM Daily


Patricia Watwood – The Figure in Full Color

Contemporary artist painting worlds of mythology, and human life. Through her strong technical skill, Watwood explores the human experience and how to uncover a strong emotional connection. Learn her classical approach to painting the figure with a modern palette. Intermediate

10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm every day


Stephanie Deshpande – Floral Painting

Best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings, Deshpande combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She segues this love from figure to florals in her workshop. You will learn how to capture the beauty of a floral arrangement in one sitting. Beginner- Intermediate

Sunday, February 26th 10am-5pm


Teresa Oaxaca – The Portrait in Charcoal

American born artist based currently in Washington D.C., Teresa’s works can be seen in collections and galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally. She paints light through simple observation, and often reveals the beauty in the unconventional. With this workshop, students will learn to work with charcoal, white chalk and brushes to create a quick likeness. Beginner – Intermediate


Dominique Medici – Speed Portraits with a Limited Palette

Medici believes there is a sparkle and shimmer in life. It is with this vision that she captures a unique expression in her work. In this workshop you will discover the most efficient way to develop your work in short sittings Beginner-Intermediate

April 10am-1pm/ 2pm-5pm every day


Max Ginsburg

“My objective is to paint about the people of New York, realistically and with compassion” In this workshop, students will learn how to paint the human form with Max’s specific approach to color and technique. Beginner- Intermediate 

April 3rd – 7th

  • Painting List

    -Paints- Ivory Black
    English Red
    Alizarin Crimson
    Cobalt blue
    Viridian green
    Yellow ochre
    Cremnitz White-Brushes- Flats and/or filberts. Range from size 4-10. Approximately 10 total-Palette- Wood palette or grey palette paper-Linseed oil or Rublev oliogel
    -Turpentine or brush cleaner
    -Medium cups
    -Canvas or canvas panel. Lightly toned using black and English red to create a warm
    -Paper Towels
    -Palette knife

  • Drawing List

    -Charcoal- Nitram B HB H or willow and vine charcoal
    -Sand paper block (for sharpening charcoal)
    -Kneaded eraser
    -Drawing paper- Fabriano Roma. Either Michelangelo or Rafaello (White)
    -Artist tape
    -Plumb line

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