Studio C Gallery

Studio C Gallery

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1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

I am an adjunct professor of art for Saddleback College. I teach intermediate and figurative, portraiture painting and drawing. I have taught Intermediate and Advanced Painting in Oil, Pastel, Acrylic and Gouache.

Additionally.. I offer painting and drawing classes out of my studio. I specialize in figurative and portrait painting. My studio is located within the historic Santa Fe Art Colony, in DTLA.  There are 58 artists that live and work in this unique art community. You are apt to see tenant artists working while you are here. Or at the very least be infuenced by the creative energy abound. 

My studio can accommodate 8 - 12 students. Classes run from a weekend workshop to long term, up to 10 weeks. We provide easels and drawing benches. Art supplies are not included. We serve refreshments. We have off street parking in our lot. 

What you will learn: How to draw and paint from a live model. How to prepare a support. ( canvas, linen, metal or wood panel ) How to mix flesh tones ( traditional & modern ) palettes. Mediums covered: Oil, Pastel, Acrylic and Water-media  

Prefer students with some experience drawing from a model. You do not have to be proficient. We'll get to that!

The curriculum is geared to traditional atelier standards, which is not taught often in colleges or universities.. even art schools. What you will get is a lot! Skills that will take you to the next level. Also best practices in how to work from the ground up... literally. That means how to properly prime a canvas, drawing, creating a good composition, painting supply knowledge, mediums, palettes, application and more.

What you will achieve: 2 to 3 paintings executed (within the long term classes) with a good understanding of painting the figure / portrait from life. 


Graduate of:

Kansas City Art Institute  Painting & Printmaking emphasis 

UCLA, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts and the Klein Academy

Studied with:  Juliette Aristides, Stephen Early, Rob Liberace, Steve Huston, Bill Perkins, Cindy Jackson, Aaron Westerfield, Tom Garner and Richard Morris

I think that what I receive from teaching far outweighs what I give to students. Most importantly.. seeing a student excell in their work is tremendously gratifying. Painting and drawing is complex. Contrary to perception, it takes time to understand what you are doing as an artist. If I can help a student learn to work thru all that complexity to where it reflects in their work.. I am overjoyed. There is nothing better than that.  I am doing my job.

The second most important accomplishment is that I have become a better artist, myself.  My work flourishes from this exchange. Developing a curriculum for a class, takes some doing... research and practice.   The more I know, the more I apply that knowledge to my work and the stronger my work has become.  It's an ongoing experience.  This is valuable to me.

 Art (painting and drawing ) has influenced my entire life. What I can bring to the table, other than years of experience, is inspiration and enthusiasm. I have that in abundance! 

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  • Theresa Abbott

    Peggy Nichols is a wonderful teacher. She goes out of her way to help everyone. She really works hard to get the material to sink into your work. I have grown, as an artist, with her instruction. Her teaching, as well as her on personal painting, is outstanding!

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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Covered in another area.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

10 Week Figure Painting/DrawingClass = $375. per student  4 hour class with model /  One day per week.

Ongoing private classes $150. @ month per student / 3 hour class with or without model  Beginning/Intermediate Painting

3 Day Workshop = $180. per student  4 hour class with or without model  

What types of students have you worked with?

College age students and adults.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Studio C is also Studio C Gallery. We produce 3 exhibitions per year. One of the exhibitions (each year) will be a benefit fund raiser for a good cause. The last couple of years, in September, we organized an exhibition to raise awareness on wild horse rescue non-profit organizations. ( Wild Horse Sanctuary and Return to Freedom  )  We had 45 participating equine artists from all over the US and abroad.  We also had a special guest. Athos, a stunning black Friesian who did his part in entertaining our guests. When we were planning the exhibition, it was important to emphasize the relationship between horse and human. We could not have done it so completely ( besides the art ) without Athos. I dont think any gallery in Los Angeles has ever had a horse at an opening reception. Ha!  It was a memorable night! At Studio C, our aim is to educate and inspire with our exhibtions. 

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