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 Canada, Maui and Italy. 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.”

  Online Art Mentoring Program

  Location: worldwide!

  Dates: Ongoing

The Art Mentoring Program is designed to help artists achieve both their technical goals as well as their artistic career goals through video and audio lessons as well as handouts, group critiques and monthly conference calls. For more information and to register online click HERE. 

 Contemporary Portrait Painting in NYC

  Location: New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street

  Dates: Friday, May 10th from 6-9pm; Saturday May 11th from 10am to 5pm; and Sunday, May 12th from 11am to 5pm, $395

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.  The course will center on the experience of painting from a live model and there will be a single, sustained pose throughout the workshop. Students 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. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, anatomical proportion, structure of the face and features, as well as value, edges and modeling with color temperature. 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. Register online today here.


Alla Prima Portrait and Figure Painting Workshop in Brooklyn


444 E 17th Street, Brooklyn, NY (one block from the Q train)

   Dates: Sunday, Jan. 13th from 10am to 4pm, $175 (includes model fees)

Students will work from a live model to create a well-structured painting with convincing. You will have the choice of either focusing on the portrait or on the entire figure. Participants will create one painting throughout the day, incorporating a variety of techniques such as comparative measuring, big form modeling, and alla prima methods that are all important aspects of developing a successful painting. 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.

Reserve your space today by emailing

  John Singer Sargent’s Painting Techniques

  Online Streaming Video


John Singer Sargent’s painterly, colorful style has been inspiring portrait painters for decades. In this video, artist Kristy Gordon breaks down Sargent’s signature style, using reference photos and detailed demonstrations to teach techniques you can incorporate into your own portrait art. From painterly brushstrokes to realistic flesh and clothing, the lessons you learn from this video workshop will deepen your knowledge of Sargent’s mastery and help you take your portraits to the next level.

Register online HERE. 

  Portrait Painting: Rembrandt’s Techniques

  Online Streaming Video


Rembrandt’s mastery of form, light, and shadow in his timeless portraits is an inspiration to artists to this day. In this video, artist Kristy Gordon breaks down Rembrandt’s signature style, using reference photos and detailed demonstrations to teach techniques you can incorporate into your own portrait art. You’ll use a limited palette and explore techniques like glazing, scumbling, sfumato, and impasto. Come along with Kristy as she continues the tradition of improving by copying the masters, and you’ll learn classic approaches that will help you elevate your portrait painting to the next level!

Register online HERE. 


  Portrait Painting Course

  Online Streaming Video


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 begins 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 HERE. 



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