Monday, December 27, 2021

Adult art classes 2022

 These are the adult art classes I am offering at the Loveland Museum in the first half of 2022:

Snowman in the Aspens (media: watercolor)

Wednesday, January 12, 1-4 pm

Create a cute snowman in an aspen forest using masking techniques and transparent watercolor.

Van Gogh Swirling Trees (media: acrylic impasto)


Tuesday, January 18, 1-4 pm

Use thick acrylics and a palette knife to create an impasto painting, as you mimic Van Gogh.

Draw What You See (media: pencil)

Monday, January 24, 1-4 pm

Learn to activate the creative right side of your brain with a variety of different drawing techniques

 Fresh Flowers (media: watercolor)

Wednesday, February 9, 1-4 pm

Mimic the style of artist Charles Reid as you create little floral paintings in watercolor.

O’Keeffe Flowers (media: pastels)


Wednesday, March 23, 1-4 pm

Using pastels and full sheets of Canson paper, create big, vibrant, larger-than-life floral paintings, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Mountain Scape (media: oils)

Wednesday, March 30, 1-4 pm

Learn about atmospheric perspective (creating depth) as you paint the Rocky Mountains with solvent-free oils.

Composition and Value (media: pencil/marker)

Wednesday, April 6, 1-4 pm

Improve your drawing skills by learning about different types of composition and the importance of value by working with black and white. Reference photos provided, but you can also bring your own

 Draw Proportion (media: pencil)

Wednesday, April 13, 1-4 pm

Expand your drawing skills by learning some techniques to create realistic drawings of old barns. Reference photos provided, but you can also bring your own.

Swirling Iris (media: acrylic impasto)

 Monday, May 9, 1-4 pm

Swirling thick acrylic paint with palette knives on canvas will bring to life gorgeous Van Gogh-like flowers.

I also am teaching a couple of on going classes there:

Monday and Tuesday, March 7 and 8, 1-4 pm

Paint Alla Prima (finish the painting while it's wet) in the style of Monet. Use a copy of a Monet painting as guidance, or for a challenge paint your own landscape in his style. Oil painting experience required. Instructed by Mary Giacomini


Painting Water with Watercolors

Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, 1-4 pm

In this two-part class, learn how to paint water with watercolors. On the first day, focus on painting streams of running water. On day two paint ocean waves. Watercolor painting experience required. 


Watercolor Roses

Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29, 1-4 pm

Using a grid, learn to accurately draw and paint a rose with transparent watercolors and a purple underpainting. Watercolor painting experience required.  


 I currently am only teaching one adult/advanced oil class out of my home studio.  If you are interested on getting on my waiting list and/or being a 'sub' please contact me.








Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Trees and Flowers show at the R Gallery in Boulder

 "Up North" is a 16" x 8" original oil painting currently showing at the R Gallery in Boulder, Colorado.  This scene was inspired by a lake in NW Ontario near Wabakimi Provincial Park.  I was inspired by the movement in Van Gogh's paintings and the lavender colors of Monet's. The scene is a smoky sunrise with lots of pallet knife and impasto.



#Lavender #peacefulplaces #northwoods #solitude


Sunday, September 5, 2021

The good news is I have lots of fun adult classes offered at the Loveland Museum Gallery this season.  Register for them here:

These are all 3 hour classes with all supplies included.

Autumn’s Bounty
Tuesday, September 7, 1-4 pm

As we mimic the style of Charles Reid, paint a loose Autumn still life with watercolor. Instructed by Mary Giacomini

Oils for Beginners
Monday, September 13, 1-4 pm

Try out this medium in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as you learn basic techniques. Instructed by Mary Giacomini

Painting Trees
Tuesday, October 19, 1-4 pm

Learn a variety of methods for painting trees in watercolor. References are provided, but you are welcome to bring some along. Instructed by Mary Giacomini

Beautiful Birds
Tuesday, October 26, 1-4 pm

Create small bird paintings by using pastels on sanded paper. Instructed by Mary Giacomini

Fresh Color
Wednesday, November 10, 1-4 pm

Using a watercolor and masking fluid technique developed by the instructor, create a watercolor landscape with fresh areas of pure color. Bring along a simple reference, or use one provided. Instructed by Mary Giacomini 

Impasto Sunflowers
Tuesday, November 16, 1-4 pm

Using palette knives and lots of acrylic paint, create Van Gogh-styled sunflowers. Instructed by Mary Giacomini 

Tuscan Cyprus
Tuesday, November 30, 1-4 pm

In this easy oil painting class, learn how to paint the rolling hills and Cyprus trees of Tuscany with palette knives and swirling strokes of color. Instructed by Mary Giacomini

Snowy Aspens
Tuesday, December 7, 1-4 pm

Paint an easy wintry scene with watercolors. Instructed by Mary Giacomini

I am also offering these Progressive Classes.  These classes give you more time to work on your project as they are two sessions long and a discount because you will bring your own materials.  Intended for those with a little experience with the medium.
to register

Progressive Oils: Painting Like Schmid

Wednesdays, September 8 and 15, 1-4 pm

Learn more about the style of the late artist, Richard Schmid, as we look at monochromatic underpainting, realistic center of interest, and loose, thick strokes of paint. Bring your own references or use ones provided. Some previous experience required. Instructed by Mary Giacomini


Progressive Oils: Aerial Perspective

Wednesdays, October 20 & 27, 1-4 pm

Learn to paint atmosphere to get the depth you want in your oil paintings.  Bring a reference landscape photo. Some previous experience required.

Instructed by Mary Giacomini