Class Description:

This course is intended for those students who have taken introductory courses in the past and would like to further develop their studio skills.

Students will learn how to transition from drawing into an oil painting. Through a series of projects, we will work from prints of master works (supplied by teacher) and explore how to apply principles of drawing, light and color mixing. Each class begins with a demonstration or lecture followed by one-on-one instruction. Through email, the instructor will supply all prints of master works, lecture notes and give additional feedback (once per week). Optional homework and outside reading will be assigned so students may work independently to reinforce the concepts from class.

Spring 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 - Drawing: Line, Proportion and Shape

  3. Week 2 - Light and Shade

  4. Week 3 - Black and White Painting Day 1 of 2: Thumbnail and Value Scale

  5. Week 4 - Black and White Painting Day 2 of 2: Making the Painting

  6. Week 5 - Introduction to Color

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

Meet Your Instructor

Dennis Cheaney


Dennis W. Cheaney is a NY based artist, writer, and teacher. Dennis received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (1998), where he was an Andy Warhol Foundation Scholar studying under the renowned artist Edward Schmidt. Additionally, he studied with Jacob Collins, Michael Grimaldi, and Ted Seth Jacobs. From 2003-2009 he was director of his own art school, New England Realist Art Center, in Boston, MA. Dennis has given intensive workshops at the Copley Society of Boston (coso), Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA), Long Island Academy of Fine Arts (LIAFA), and the New York Academy of Art (NYAA). He also received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001.

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