Muse Art Studio

Muse Art Studio

1 employee
23 years in business

About this pro

I have been making art and painting my entire life.

I graduated from art school with a dual major in painting and photography, then received my masters in creative arts therapies working in hospital settings with the mental health and addictions populations.

I’ve taught art across the lifespan at my studio north of Boston for many years.  I’ve exhibited and have won many awards from the Marblehead Festival of Art over the years for painting, photography, collage and mixed media. I have exhibited my art since high school and undergraduate school and for the past few decades in Boston and on the North Shore.

Presently I have a solo art exhibit at the Virginia Carten Gallery in Marblehead.  An article in the Marblehead Reporter can be found on today’s (3/7) Facebook and on my FB page under Holly Aloha Jaynes.  My website is

I love working with students of any age, from beginners to long time painters. If you’re interested in lessons with me and you live local (Salem MA), please contact me.  Let’s paint!

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Marblehead, MA 01945
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First first we talk about where the student is in their process such are they a beginner, experienced or having a creative block.  We’ll discuss subject matter, style, still life vs imagination, etc.  If the  student is a beginner a still life will be set up to learn about light, color, shape and form, unless otherwise discussed.

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

I was a dual major at Mass Art in Boston in painting and photography.  I’ve been painting and exhibit my art for many years. I’ve won awards and have volunteered working with children making art as well as taught private lessons to adults at my studio.

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

Most artists don’t want to rush through a half hour session so my sessions can be one hour, one and a half veto two hours.  Occasionally I will hold a painting workshop on a Saturday for the day. The prices rang. Sfrom $50., 70, 90 to $200 for a Saturday workshop with maximum of three students.

How did you get started teaching?

I receive students by word of mouth from professionals I  know in the mental health profession to people that knew someone who recommended me.

What types of students have you worked with?

Adults,seniors, and children.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A woman with mental health challenges took painting lessons from me for a couple of years. She loved animals and painted many dogs. Her style is called “outside the box”.  I arranged a solo art exhibit for her at a local church gallery and it was well attended.  Her care takers, parents and community were proud of her but most of all it made her happy and raised her confidence.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Choose an artist who has a passion for painting: looking at other people’s art, going to museums and openings and someone who loves what they paint.  Ask questions about their style and if they are able to support someone with different ideas of painting, for example the student I had who painted”outside the box”. Perhaps a student wants to paint abstract. Hooray!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Somewhat like the above. The student should think about the time and commitment they choose for painting, the supplies needed, the subjects they’re interested in, unless they are open to discover this, are they comfortable with one on one teaching or up to three other students max.? Is the student a beginner and therefore new to painting? Has the student painted for a long time but benefits from direction and constructive criticism?  Does the student prefer oil paints or acrylics? Would the student be interested in painting out of doors in good weather?