October Afternoon

Painting Outdoors

Experience the exhilaration of painting outdoors! Painting from life offers you the great benefit of observing the nuances of nature. In this class we will focus on acrylic paints and we will work outdoors, weather permitting. You will be able to observe directly the way colors change with the position of the sun. The basics of acrylic painting will be covered along with some useful tips about working from life and painting landscape.  Beginners are welcome!

  • Thursdays, July 17-Aug 10, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Alverno, 3400 S. 43rd Street Milwaukee, WI 53234
  • $82
  •  Register by phone 414.382.6000 or online.
Chromascape162 Blues of Forest

Colorist Landscape

Take the colorist approach to landscape painting, using contrasts of color rather than value to describe objects. Use a bright palette to create acrylic paintings that express your unique creative voice.

  • Friday & Saturday, July 11-12, 9am-4pm
  • Peninsula School of Art, 3900 County Rd. F, Fish Creek, WI 54212
  • Class ID # PDi416
  • $225 Member/ $250 Non-Member Register by phone 920-868-3455 or online.

Mini Paintings

These are a few of the many mini paintings I have been working on over the past few months.  I love the quick changes of color I can make on a smallscale.  Usually I keep a stack of small panels next to my easel.  When I have leftover paint on my palette from another painting I am working on, I apply some of it to one of my small panels.  As these colors build up I start making more thoughtful decisions about which panels need which colors.  It is not long before an idea of final touches emerges.  Many of the mini paintings become color models for larger works.  However I do not think of them as merely studies.  I enjoy them as small works for themselves.

plein air

Painting En Plein Air

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” used to describe the act of painting outdoors. This workshop will introduce you to materials and techniques, choosing a location and light effects encountered when painting “en plein air.” Students will learn about values and well as warm and cool tones in the artist’s palette, or color scheme. Favorite artist Beki Borman leads demos and works with students individually during in-class painting time.

  • Saturday, June 7, 10am-3pm
  • Cedarburg Cultural Center
  • W62 N546 Washington Avenue
  • Cedarburg, WI 53012
  • $41 Member/ $51 Non-Member Register by phone 262.375.3676 or online.
Chromascape156 The Valley

Painting by Process

Learn the process of developing a painting methodically step by step. The class will begin with preliminary brainstorming and sketching. Next, we will develop a working study while discussing color and application. Finally, students will move onto the final piece beginning with an underpainting and ultimately will complete a single well-designed painting. The tools learned along the way can be applied to all future artistic endeavors. 

  • Wednesdays, June 4-18, 6-8pm
  • Cedarburg Cultural Center
  • W62 N546 Washington Avenue
  • Cedarburg, WI 53012
  • $47 Member/ $59 Non-Member Register by phone 262.375.3676 or online.

Painting from Photo

Turn a favorite photograph into a personalized painting (including the frame). Beki Borman, local artist, will show you how. You will work in acrylics (easy and dries quickly) on an 11”X14” canvas panel from a photograph of your choosing.(Bring a bunch of pictures, not too complicated for beginners; any level of difficulty for those who have some previous experience with drawing and painting.) This is a GREAT opportunity to try your hand at painting (no expense in buying lots of materials). Beginners welcome as well as students who have experience in painting and acrylics.

  • Wednesdays May 21 & 28, 6:30-9pm
  • Bay View Community Center,1320 E. Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207
  • Cost: $24.99 (supplies included)
  • Register by phone 414.482.1000





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Intro to Landscape Painting

This class will focus on painting landscapes in acrylic. Working from photographs, students will develop a single painting. We will be focusing on how to achieve things in a landscape like depth, atmosphere, and feeling. We will discuss techniques and compositions that help create a successful image. The basics of acrylic will be covered, along with the steps to begin and execute a single artwork. This is a perfect place for beginners to dive in.

  • Mondays, May 12-June 9, 6-8pm
  • Milwaukee Recreation, Milwaukee School of Languages 8400 W Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI 53222
  • Register by phone 414.475.8811
  • Cost $30.50 Residents/$45.75 Non-Residents





Chromascape164 Alone in the Park

Pastel Landscapes

Join me for a day in the country, learning how to make a landscape come alive in this pastel drawing class. You will learn how to layer and blend pastel colors to achieve gradation, depth and atmosphere. Color discussions and demos will help you layer color to achieve desired results. You’ll start with a few exercises to develop concepts, and then move on to completed drawings.

  • Saturday, April 19, 9am-4pm
  • Cedar Valley 5349 County Road D West Bend, WI 53090
  • $65 (includes lunch) Register by phone 262.629.9202 or online


I am going to admit, recently I do not draw as much as I should.  My paintings focus on color and texture, something that drawing doesn’t give me much room to explore.  Yet the value in changing media occasionally is priceless.  I teach drawing regularly and teaching gives me an opportunity to revisit drawing.  Drawing often focuses on value, line, or mark.  This is a charcoal drawing I did as a demo for a recent class.  I had fun using the weight and direction of the mark to describe different materials and depths.  It is important to remember that art making is about the journey, not the destination.  The lessons learned from any and every drawing will ultimately effect the next artwork.