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I am an absolute beginner (never picked up a brush)...I have some experience in high school (years/decades ago)...I used to paint, but I don’t have the space/time/materials...Are these classes right for me?

Most classes are good for any level (even absolute beginners). For those with previous experience, it is always good to practice the basics and you will accomplish even more, faster! All materials are provided for Basic Drawing, Acrylic Painting, and Oil Painting. Open Studios is the only course in which you must have some previous experience with the material you are using/bringing.


Do I need natural, inborn talent? My stick figures are pathetic...and please don’t ask me to draw a straight line!

If you have an interest in art, I highly recommend you try a class. If you are drawing stick figures, then you are already showing ability! Some of my most proud students had very little confidence at the beginning, but they were willing to take a risk. They showed up, tried, asked questions, and learned a tremendous amount, building skills and confidence along the way.


What do you cover in each course?

Class descriptions are found at the following link:, but overall:

  • Basic Drawing breaks down how you see, practicing drawing from observation, and explains general drawing and design terms and techniques. I help you understand and express your natural way of working and point of inspiration.

  • Acrylic Painting and Oil Painting covers the many methods of working with the materials, the unique quality of the materials, brushstroke techniques, and color mixing using still life objects and landscape scenery.

  • Open Studios allows you guidance on how to achieve desired results from a creative project in a supportive, small group setting.


Sounds like a lot of information. Will it be fun?

Yes! I strive to create a balance of information and enjoyment by focussing on each student’s level of understanding and interest.


What is your teaching style?

Many people describe my teaching style as caring, supportive, understanding, patient, sometimes quirky, and fun. I give you loads of information, but only when you are ready to take that next step. I encourage everyone to be positive and genuine as possible while giving advice to help each person improve along the way.


Do you paint on my painting/draw on my drawing?

No. There are many ways of guiding a student and I believe in showing corrections off to the side, on another drawing/painting surface, or on your palette.


Will you be painting with the students?

Only for the purpose of demonstration. This is your art making time, not mine.


Is there homework?

No, but practicing during the week is very helpful to reinforce and review if time allows. 

What will I get out of the class?

For each person it will vary. My goal is that you learn new skills, how to see better, how to look at art (your own and others’) with a more informed eye, how to be more patient with yourself and others, a deeper trust in H”m’s guidance, and a better understanding of yourself and the world around you. For some it will be a relaxing treat and others an exciting challenge.


How many students per class?

A maximum of 6 students


How long are the classes? Does this include set up and clean up or should I come early to set up?

Classes are 1 ½ hours including set up and clean up time. Please arrive on time to allow for maximum working time. Open Studios is 2 hrs.


Are supplies included? Do I need to purchase anything special?

All supplies are included! If you would like to practice at home, Bonnie can suggest what supplies to purchase and where. Having a small, daily markmaking book and a few pencils at home is a good way to keep the juices flowing between classes.


Can I take the art materials home with me?

No. All art materials must remain in the classroom. If you need to finish a painting at home, Bonnie can give you a squeeze of colors on a paper palette to take home.

Do you use easels or tables?

We use easels and drawing boards, but tables are provided for those who prefer tables


Can I sit or stand?

It is preferable to stand to keep energy flowing, and stand back from the work, but you may sit and take breaks, or sit throughout if need be. Try to decide at the beginning of class whether you will sit or stand, especially if working on a still life.


Is the art studio handicap accessible?

No, I'm sorry, it is not handicap accessible. Students must be able to navigate one or two levels of stairs.


What should I wear to class? Will we be getting dirty?

I advise my students to wear casual clothes that they do not mind getting dirty or bring an apron or smock. Gloves are provided for those who want to stay extra clean.


Is babysitting available?

Yes, on a very limited basis. Cost is $8 per child. This must be arranged beforehand.


When is the deadline to sign up for your classes?

Fall 2017 class deadline is Sunday, October 15th.


Will you be running other classes in the future? Teen classes? Evening classes? Sundays?

Classes will run seasonally, and will change throughout the year. Classes are for women and post seminary students only at this point. I hope to open up evening classes for women/teens in Spring or Summer 2018, BE"H. Sundays are currently not available, as it is reserved for family time.


What is the difference between acrylic and oil paint?

Acrylic is water based, less toxic, and dries relatively quickly. Oil paints have a rich, lustrous, buttery quality, mix with linseed oil, clean with low VOC turpentine, and dry very slowly. Both are fantastic mediums, but those with a sensitivity to smell should stick with acrylic paint. Oil painting classes are taught using minimal turpentine, covered when not in use, but there is a slight odor from the evaporation on the canvas and any rags or paper towel used.


Can I let my painting dry in the studio or do I have to take it home after class?

Either one is fine. Some students want to show their family while others need to run to another errand or meeting after class. Drying areas are provided. Once the painting has dried, you are requested to take home the work the following class.


How many finished drawings/paintings will I make?

The focus of all of the classes is on process, not product, but one can expect to complete 2-3 completed works in 8 weeks.


What happens if I miss a class?

Due to limited space, there are no make ups, but Bonnie can email handouts and answer any questions you may have before the next class.


They all sound good, which one is right for me?

If you are still unsure which class suits you the most or have more questions, call Bonnie at 973-246-7142.

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