Private Art Classesone-on-one instruction and workshops


Private Art Classes and Workshops

Floral painting by Elizabeth R. Whelan

Take your art to a new level!

Elizabeth R. Whelan offers private art instruction for adults. Beginners to advanced and professional artists welcome. Ages 15-150! Classes take place in her studio on Chappaquiddick, or at your location on Martha's Vineyard.

Whether you are in town for a week, for the summer, or live on Martha's Vineyard year-round, Elizabeth will share with you techniques and tips that will increase your abilities and add to your enjoyment of making art!

Instruction is primarily in various methods of drawing and techniques of oil painting.

Elizabeth can provide individual private classes on the subject of your choice. $75/hr at her studio or on Chappaquiddick, $85/hr on the main island of Martha's Vineyard. Class length is typically 2 hours for drawing, 3 for painting. Choose any number of classes, even just one, scheduled at your convenience. This is perfect for learning a new technique or brushing up skills quickly.

And for the the busy artist, Elizabeth offers ART INTENSIVES - see below for the different topics. Class format includes an up-front skills assessment, a 3-hour INTENSIVE one-on-one in-person class with all materials provided for you to keep, and 3 follow-up assignments for you to do at home, with helpful feedback communicated via email.

Note: For the skills assessment you can show some of your artwork, do a sketch on an envelope, or tell Elizabeth about the type of art you would like to do or have done! Anything that can help her design a useful class for you will be greatly appreciated.


For the beginning and intermediate artist, Drawing Intensive 1 and Drawing Intensive 2 will get you up to speed with a solid base in drawing technique and approach. Not only is drawing the key to excellent painting, it is fun and very portable! Take these classes to advance quickly with your sketching and drawing:

Drawing Intensive 1
($ 240 studio / $ 320 your location - all materials provided)
  • Learn methods for effective drawing warm-ups
  • Establish interesting compositions
  • Analyze your subject matter for a decisive drawing approach
  • Learn surprisingly simple starting points for successful drawing
  • Learn a variety of drawing techniques to render form and texture
  • Useful perspective basics
  • Giving your drawing depth
Drawing Intensive 2
($ 240 studio / $ 320 your location - all materials provided)
  • Work with charcoal and Conté crayon on colored papers
  • Learn how to approach complex still life subject matter
  • Get pointers on proportion and perspective
  • Work on concepts for landscape composition – choosing what to draw
  • Learn how to render forms in motion as part of landscape sketching
  • Learn methods for drawing draped fabric

Drawing Intensive 3 - Botanical Drawing with Colored Pencils (intermediate skill level recommended)
($ 240 studio / $ 320 your location - all materials provided)
  • Get familiar with the properties of colored pencils and accessories
  • Analyze plant material for drawing approaches
  • Work on layering and textural techniques as you draw
  • Learn key points for successful drawings in colored pencil
  • Explore different styles of botanical drawing

For an introduction to oil painting, these classes will get you on the right path with solid technical knowledge, inside know-how, and time-proven techniques. Elizabeth recommends that you take the Drawing classes first if you are new to art (or a little rusty!):

Oil Painting Intensive 1 - Introduction to Alla Prima ‘Direct’ Painting
($ 295 studio / $ 360 your location - all materials provided including paint, brushes)
  • Introduction to professional materials and color selection
  • Color mixing for still life and landscape painting
  • Learn surprisingly simple starting points for successful paintings
  • Alla prima (direct) painting methods for impressionistic landscape and still life painting
Oil Painting Intensive 2 – Intermediate Alla Prima ‘Direct’ Painting
($ 295 studio / $ 360 your location - all materials provided including paint, brushes)
  • Advance your control of color and brushstroke in your paintings
  • Learn to render textures and atmosphere with direct painting
  • Using backgrounds and edges to good effect
  • Methods for achieving depth in your alla prima paintings

For the advanced and professional artist, Elizabeth can provide impetus to move forward, fine-tune your approach and techniques, and reinvigorate your work and working methods with a Customized Intensive Class. You decide what you need help with and we’ll go from there!

For more information, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 508-560-0083.

Class times are flexible, and mornings are recommended.

The fine print:

Class fees are payable via credit card and PayPal - Elizabeth will send you an online invoice. The fee is due before the class is scheduled.

Things you might need to know about Elizabeth Whelan's studio:
  • She works from an attached studio at her home on Chappaquiddick in Edgartown -- this is not a commercial location.
  • There are a number of steps and stairs to the house and studio.
  • Odorless mineral spirits will be used for oil painting, and for the drawing classes spray fixative may be used.
  • And there is a medium-haired cat in the house, who will be away from the studio during your class.
In the unlikely event that a class must be cancelled by Elizabeth, the student will be notified immediately and can either choose to reschedule or receive a full refund.

If the student chooses to cancel their confirmed registration, or cannot or does not attend the class, the following refunds will apply:
  • The student may invite another person to substitute their place in the class (for the time at which they are registered) at no charge;
  • If notice is received less than 24 hours from the scheduled class time, no refund will be offered;
  • If notice is received 24 hours or more from the scheduled class time, a 50% refund will be offered.
Thank you - please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!