A Note on My Teaching Philosophy

I have been teaching art for over a decade. Most of my classes are designed by me and are geared to embrace a range of experience levels.
Being an artist takes WORK. But it is never too late to start. I believe one should start in a way that will be less intimidating. Don’t spend thousands on supplies and then be afraid to “waste them” on “bad paintings”. The hardest part of making art is not to learn the tools or techniques. The hardest part is breaking old habits and being fearless in trying new approaches.

As a teacher, my goal is to help the individual on their unique journey while providing general goals and lessons for everyone in the class to learn from and respond to. I hope you will consider taking a class with me at some point. I offer classes in painting (acrylic), abstraction, pastel, mixed media, landscape, drawing, and more. Click on the classes link above to see what’s coming! Feel free to contact me with any questions . I hope to make art with you soon.

Best Regards


Redfin Blog

I recently contributed a quote to Redfin’s latest blog post:


Opt for strong color combinations for the best effect

As an abstract landscape painter, I believe that simple but strong color combinations (such as complementary colors like orange and blue) create the best effect. – Beki Borman

You can see the full article here.

Upcoming Classes at Area Art Centers!

Held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts 3270 Mitchell Park Drive, Brookfield

Introduction to Chalk Pastels
Tuesdays, January 18-February 8 , 6-8pm

In this class, we will cover tools, techniques, and methods for creating expressive and vibrant pastel drawings. This class is perfect for beginners. 

COST: $80 
Includes four sessions. Supplies not included  Register online

Realism to Abstraction
Tuesdays, April 5-26, 6– 8pm

Beginning with realism, students will work from the same image and repeat painting this image 3-4 times. Each time we will further deconstruct the image and make it more abstract. 

COST: $80 
Includes four sessions. Supplies not included Register online

Held at the Cedarburg Cultural Center W62 N546 Washington Avenue Cedarburg

The Art of Abstraction
Saturday, February 12, 9 am-3 pm (30 min break)

Learn how to see and paint abstractly in acrylics. This class will provide an overview of abstraction with an emphasis in composition and expression to help students make visually interesting works. Acrylic painting techniques and tricks will help students find new and creative ways to apply paint while playing with textures and shapes. Class discussions will explore questions such as, “how do you know when it’s done?” Historical examples will offer context and talking points. Open to all levels of experience. A supply list is available below.

$85 CCC Members / $102 Non-Members Supplies not included Register online

Classes starting in January

classes are located at my studio 521 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha

Painting Without a Brush
Tuesdays, January 18 – February 8, 10:15a-12:15p

Develop your style of acrylic painting in a whole new way! This class is a great opportunity for discovering the different uses of acrylic paint. Experienced painters will have a chance to develop new techniques and beginners will have a chance to get their feet wet. In this class students will learn several brushless techniques of painting to achieve unique effects. Traditional and non traditional tools will be demonstrated.

Cost: $70 ($65 if you register before December 30th!) Supplies not included


Happy Little Trees
Thursdays, January 20 – February 10, 10:15a-12:15p

Take your landscape painting skills to the next level. Trees are an inherent part of landscape painting. They come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Working from photograph, students will focus on painting trees in acrylics. Mark making, texture, and color mixing will all help us to explore some of the many ways to paint trees.

Cost: $70 ($65 if you register before December 30th!) Supplies not included



To register, please contact me via email (bekiborman@gmail.com) and let me know which classes you are interested in. Payments can be made via Venmo, Paypal, or check. Payment is due at time of registration. The classes will require a minimum of 3 students to run. The class maximum is 8 students. If class is canceled your money will be refunded.
*masks may be required based on current CDC recommendations

‘Tis the Season to buy local art!

Upcoming Holiday Sales!

MIAD Holiday Sale

Preview Night
Dec. 2, 6 – 9 p.m.
$10 admission, purchase tickets at the door.

Free Admission
Dec. 3, 5 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

273 E. Erie St. Milwaukee

COVID-19 Protocols: All individuals at MIAD are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

ABOUT THE MIAD HOLIDAY SALE

A holiday tradition held every year during the first weekend of December, the MIAD Holiday Sale is your opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art and design works created by MIAD students and alumni at affordable prices.

Meet the emerging and established artists and designers who are behind the amazing creations. Gifts range from sculptures, paintings and photographs to jewelry, stickers, greeting cards and more.

70% of sale proceeds support the participating student artists and designers, and 30% benefits MIAD student scholarships.

2021 Waukesha Holiday Art Crawl

December 4, 4-9pm Downtown Waukesha

Come walk through over 20 studios and galleries to see the original artworks in various mediums including decorative and functional art, 2-d paintings, jewelry, pottery, clothing, custom wood work, glassware, photography, casted concrete furnishings, and more. Additionally, there will be live music, gifts, special make it take it art projects, food and drinks, and more.

Come visit me in my Studio at the Springs Gallery/Studios 521 Wisconsin Ave.!

*I will be donating 10% of my proceeds to waukeshafoundation.org/parade

Upcoming Classes!


classes are located at my studio 521 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha

Acrylic Mediums and Methods

Tuesdays, November 16 – December 7, 10:15a-12:15p

A perfect class for beginners or intermediate painters! This class will cover the basics of acrylic paint. If you are confused about the vast array of mediums on the market, I will break down the basics. Working from photo, students will be able to sample materials and try different applications.

Cost: $75 Some supplies included




The Art of Landscape CompositionThursdays, November 18 – December 16 (no class 11/25), 10:15a-12:15pEvery good drawing or painting begins with a good composition. In this class we will delve into the concepts of what makes a good composition. With a focus on landscape painting, students will work from photograph to deepen their understanding of how to interpret the components of a picture to create the desired effect. Examples, demos, and class discussion will provide students with feedback and direction.

Cost: $65 Supplies not included


To register, please contact me via email (bekiborman@gmail.com) and let me know which classes you are interested in. Payments can be made via Venmo, Paypal, or check. Payment is due at time of registration. The classes will require a minimum of 3 students to run. The class maximum is 8 students. If class is canceled your money will be refunded.
*masks may be required based on current CDC recommendations


Upcoming Fall Classes!


That One Dang Painting!
at my studio 521 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
Tuesdays, October 19 – November 9, 10:15a-12:15p

We all have one. (Myself included.) That one painting we just can’t finish no matter how hard we try. In this class we will focus on group discussion, critique, and a little art theory to help answer the age old question… “is it done?” Media is open, though space and ventilation is best for acrylics, watercolors, or collage/mixed media. Discussion will be paired with work time to help you finally finish the one (or 5) dang paintings.

Cost: $65 Supplies not included

Painting Skies
at my studio 521 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
Thursdays, October 21– November 11, 10:15a-12:15p

There is nothing more inspiring than the vastness of sky. Sunsets, clouds, nights and days. We will cover much of the varieties of sky from photo. Technique, mark making, and technical skill will be stressed in this acrylics based class.

Cost: $65 Supplies not included

To register, please contact me via email (bekiborman@gmail.com) and let me know which classes you are interested in. Payments can be made via Venmo, Paypal, or check. Payment is due at time of registration. The classes will require a minimum of 3 students to run. The class maximum is 8 students. If class is canceled your money will be refunded.

*masks may be required based on current CDC recommendations