I’m teaching several classes all around the world this year. There will be workshops in  New York where I currently reside, as well as in Maui, Italy and across Canada. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for information about upcoming workshops, please email To watch a full-length demo painting from one of my workshops click here.

Student comments from past classes:

“Thank you for lifting me out of my slump. You have given me new inspiration and renewed creativity.”

“I learned more in three days than I learned in three years of taking painting courses elsewhere. The painting I did at your workshop was my best one yet, and I’ve already started on a new one using the techniques and principles I’ve learned with you.”

“Not only is Kristy a great artist but unlike so many good artists, she is a generous and talented teacher. She can explain what needs to be done to make a painting “work” and gives technical explanations and demonstrations that are really useful.”

“Kristy’s painting workshops are very enjoyable and highly educational, whether you’ve painted for years or are just beginning. Not only is she a great artist, she is a great teacher who notices and explains things really well.”

 Cree-14x11 The Contemporary Portrait in NYC

  Location: The New York Academy of Art

  Dates: Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:30pm, September 13th -December 6th, 2017

Students will work from a live model to create well-structured portrait and figure paintings with convincing colors and features. Participants will create two paintings throughout the semester, incorporating a variety of techniques such as comparative measuring, big form modeling, and glazing methods that are all important aspects of developing a successful portrait. Students will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones and render textures like cloth and hair.

Register Online today HERE.

 Surrender-16x20-(on-linen)Contemporary Figure Painting

 Location: 92Y School of the Arts, NYC

 Dates: Thursdays, September 28th – December 21st, 2017

Session 1: 9:15 – 11:45 AM, Session 2: 12:15 – 2:45 PM

Learn to create unique and personal paintings while working from a live model. This class engages students in a studio practice that explores the technical and theoretical creation of works of art. There will be a mixed focus on portraiture and nude figure painting throughout the semester. The course will progress from observation and analysis of painting the live model, to the integration of imagination and personal expression into your work. Students will be encouraged to utilize composition, color, cropping and context to develop their own visual language in their work. Classes will include demonstrations, discussions and individual instruction at the easel. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, comparative measuring, proportion and structure, as well as appropriation and the use of photography as reference material. Open to all levels. Register online HERE.

cranes flightContemporary Figure Painting in Florence, Italy

Location: Art Escape Italy, Atelier San Lorenzo, Via Panicale 9, Firenze

Dates: July 3 – 14 (ten days with a weekend break)

Learn a foundation of traditional techniques that can be used to develop your own personal style. This ten-day figure painting workshop is a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn the process of painting the figure in oils using a full palette. The course will center on the experience of painting from a live model and there will be two sustained poses throughout the workshop. Participants will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones. Each day will include a painting demonstration, discussion and individual instruction at the easel. The beginner will learn fundamental principles such as how to mix colors and render form modeling. The more advanced student will discover how to take their work to the next level and achieve the finish that they desire. These tips can be applied to all of their future work and improve any painting of any subject. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, comparative measuring, proportion and structure of the face and body, as well as glazing, value, edges, composition, light, and modeling with color temperature. Register online today HERE.

 finished-sarah-16x20  Portrait Painting Online Course

    Location: The Artists Network University

     Dates: Runs Dec. 19th – Jan. 22 $99.99

We all have a natural affinity to the human face, making the portrait a powerful and dynamic subject. In this class I’ll teach you strategies you can rely on to create portraits that resonate with life. Before we start painting the portrait, I’ll show you some essential skills you’ll need to get started, including: staging & lighting the model, understanding light & shadow, measuring techniques, and more. The portrait demonstration then beings with a toned ground on which we create a monochromatic underpainting. Next, I’ll show you my color palette and strategies for mixing skin tones as we block in an overall color for the light side and shadow side. This is followed by the modeling of big forms and darkening at the edges. To finish we’ll discuss the how to construct the features properly, and describe the different planes of the face. We’ll add the highlights and fine-tune the edges to complete a portrait that you will be proud of! Register Online today HERE.


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