Steve Puttrich is a unique combination of award winning artist in oil and watercolor, and an inspiring and successful teacher. He understands how people learn and what is needed to inspire confidence and build skills in artistry. In Steve’s workshops, you'll learn at your own pace in building skills and mastery. Classes are structured to include demonstrations of a composition in a step-by-step format, time to paint and generous feedback to build on your own artistic process. It is Steve’s intent that by the end of the sessions you will have built a confidence in your ability as an artist and have a sense of direction for growing your understanding and skills for capturing and connecting to your scene.
I love teaching students to not just look for the good subjects to paint, but to look for the good in your subjects to paint. Your art's story is important, not because it is yours, but because, if you paint it right, the chances are good others will recognize, that in many ways, it is their story too.
Steve is a great artist and very willing to share his techniques, tips, and secrets! He truly wants all of his students to produce the absolute best work they can. Steve encourages everyone to bring their own unique perspective to the creative process and to make a painting that is truly their own. He has a way of bringing out the best in every student. I really enjoy taking classes from Steve and highly recommend him. Great teacher!
Steve is so deeply passionate about his craft, which in and of itself is invigorating and motivational. I've know him for more than fifteen years and learned much from him about a broad range of topics in that time. But I've been blessed with the opportunity to sit with brush in hand for formal lessons on several occasions in the past couple years. I'm a career-long digital creative and comfortable with hand illustration and other analog media, but paint was something I'd not done in decades before joining Steve for a class at the Palette & Chisel – Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. Perhaps most importantly, Steve made me feel completely at ease and genuinely helped me find a passion for painting I didn't realize I had. In all sincerity, this would have remained dormant for another several decades if not for that first lesson (i.e., tipping point) with Steve. I highly recommend his lessons for my fellow beginners and Steve's fellow masters alike.
He gives excellent instruction and encouragement for all levels.
Steve taught at a very good pace. He challenged all of the students to complete one or more paintings during each class; even the first class. Steve is a very talented artist and he provides wonderful demonstrations during each class that emphases a different painting technique. I learned a lot and look forward to participating in another of Steve's classes.
Watercolor Painting Lessons