I'm excited to offer a weekly painting class this summer during July and August. It will be a low-key, friendly group of people who are ready to try some new things -- and also willing to chuckle at the challenges that can present! 

I hear from a lot of people that they struggle to find time to paint, to figure out what to paint, to complete paintings... This class is an effort to give you the space and time to grow your skills and your confidence as a painter.  

Dates: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 16 and 23 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. (Please note that there is no class on 8/9)

Approach: Classes will be gently structured, organized around exercises that encourage you to expand your practice and which will also help you build confidence in your ideas and skills. For instance, we will:

  • Experiment with different approaches to starting your paintings (charcoal, underpainting, toned grounds)
  • Work towards finding your own style: play with composition, mark-making, color-feel
  • Learn to "fix" and to finish paintings
  • Move beyond replicating a photo or still-life by learning to respond to what’s happening in the painting
  • Play with color and color theory by mixing colors, using complimentary colors, seeing values, using saturated vs. neutral colors, trying warm vs. cool colors...

For whom? This class will be a good fit for acrylic and oil painters who already have some experience painting but are struggling to feel like they have a regular practice, or are feeling a little directionless, or are looking to connect and work with other local painters.  

If you have not worked in these media before but have solid experience in others (say, watercolor or pastel), you are welcome to join us. The new medium you tried in this class would only feel awkward for a little while, and a lot of what we would be thinking about or working on would be applicable to your primary medium, so would still be useful.

Materials:  You may use your own materials, or use mine (please bring $5 per day on a day that you decide to mostly use my materials).

I will always bring supplies, so if you want to try out a new color, medium or brush, you can play with mine before investing in your own. If you do not already have materials to bring, I suggest you come to a class or two and simply use mine, then I can help you figure out what materials to acquire. It is easy to spend a lot of money quickly on supplies, so it's great if you can try things out and then choose colors, brands and supplies you'll really like and use!

Please bring an easel if you have one (table or floor, whichever you prefer).

If you are using your own materials, I suggest that you work off of canvas pads or pieces of canvas, and not stretched canvases (I have some boards we can put behind your canvas so that you work off of a stable surface.) We will mostly be doing exercises and quick paintings, not masterpieces, and I have found that using simple sheets of canvas reduces the pressure for perfection and increases the pleasure of experimentation!  

Where: We will meet at the White Meeting House, 8 North Main Street in Waterbury Village (aka the Congregational Church). Park in the lot next to the church and come in through the side door.  We will mostly be working in the dining room, which is down the ramp to the right of the entryway.

Cost: The cost is $100 for the six weeks (I imagine some of you will have to miss a week or two because of travel plans and am trying to keep the price still workable!). 

About me: I am a local painter. I live in Duxbury, and work out of my studio in Waterbury Village. I am mostly self-taught, which means that I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to move from where I am skill-wise, to where I want to be skill-wise; this experience helps me support students in their own learning and progress. You can find out more about me by poking around this website.

Please email or call me with any questions you may have: torreycsmith@yahoo.com or 802-244-8581 (evenings) or 802-598-4008 (weekdays).

Sign up by filling out this form. I look forward to having you in class!

Comments from recent students:

"The pace was perfect."

"Each lesson seemed self-contained yet they formed nice building blocks."

"The focused/customized tips and suggestions were very helpful."

"Torrey does a great job explaining the concepts and process, it was not at all intimidating. She also creates a very accepting and safe atmosphere for learning. Everyone was treated equally and respectfully regardless of skill level or age."