Class Description:

This class will focus on painting flowers and other botanicals in their natural environment using “direct” painting techniques.

Over the course of six weeks, Elody Gyekis will discuss color theory, how to create depth and space in a landscape, how to compositionally balance finer detail versus working loosely, and how to work on top of colored grounds and under-paintings. Students will learn to mix colors carefully and applying the paint with expressive, impasto brushstrokes. For inspiration, we will look at the history and development of direct painting in art history, Impressionistic paintings, and various talented contemporary artists. Students may work in oil or acrylic paint.

Spring Session I Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next session of this class are as follows:

Week 1:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 2:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 3:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 4:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 5:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 6:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Week 1 - Introduction: Class Overview & Preparing Your Surfaces

  3. Week 2 - Color Theory, Color Mixing & “Gesture” Painting

  4. Week 3 - Monochromatic Under-Painting in Oil and Acrylic

  5. Week 4 - Direct Painting on Top of an Under-Painting: Foreground

  6. Week 5 - Creating Depth in a Landscape: Atmospheric Perspective

  • $270.00
  • Online
  • 6 Weeks
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Elody Gyekis


Elody Gyekis is a painter, animator, and sculptor who uses visual storytelling to reinvent traditional gender roles. Elody earned her MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of Art in 2019 and her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State University in 2009. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group shows in Pennsylvania and New York, and also across the USA, Central America, and Europe. She completed artist residencies in Sibiu, Romania in 2014, and Giverny, France in 2018. Elody has taught painting workshops in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Honduras, and Costa Rica. In addition to her fine art, she has been a community arts organizer of murals and other public art projects in Pennsylvania and beyond. Elody splits her time between living in Pennsylvania, Central America, and Brooklyn.

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Join us to discover traditional skills and contemporary practice