The studio emphasizes two things: creating a new way of seeing, and practicing accuracy in what you see. We move through exercises that develop creativity and work through the fundamental technical components of making a drawing or a painting. Each class builds upon the tools we've developed from the last so students come away with a comprehensive understanding of art making, rather than a step-by-step formula. We work together to not only increase technical proficiency and achieve specific goals, but to develop the confidence to make art anywhere the mood strikes, whether it be painting at your kitchen table or sketching in a coffee shop or from a hotel balcony.
I certainly recommend lessons with Kelsey. She easily explained each step it took to complete a representational painting, which seemed really daunting at first, and that it was a delight to be able to come and work at an artist's studio.
Terrific instructor! She is so patient, so kind, always timely, and a delight to be around. She plays great music to boot! Me and my girlfriend are enjoying our classes tremendously and look forward to them every week. Highly recommended!
We are two true beginners taking lessons together. In just 5 lessons, we have amazed ourselves at how much skill we have already acquired. Acquired because Kelsey is a master teacher who understands how to divide complicated processes into manageable chunks. She has maintained the ability to take the perspective of one who does not understand -- so sorely lacking in many others we tried to study with. We plan to continue studying with her for the foreseeable future because the sessions are so relaxing while being challenging, we exercise a different part of our brains, we achieve things we never even imagined possible.
I signed up with Kelsey for 10 private lessons to learn how to work with oil paints. I'm in my early 50's and this is something I had wanted to do for years. If there is a level before "Beginner" that would have been where I was starting from. We met at her loft in Greenpoint for 2 hour sessions. First, her friendly personality, patience and calm energy were the perfect foundation for a comfortable learning experience. We started with the basics and progressed at a level that was tailored for my abilities. I never felt self-conscious, judged or rushed. Very important things when you're learning the tools of creative expression. I would highly recommend Kelsey to anyone looking to explore the world of oil painting, whether they think they have any talent or not. She's the best.
Each 1 on 1 program starts with an hour introduction session where we chat about what you'd like to get out of class, your background, and my instructing approach. We do a few exercises to see where you're at. This is a great time to show me work you've made before or share ideas of the kind of work you'd like to make. These online classes are best for those who need flexibility and lessons that meet them just as easily at the apartment coffee table, a hotel desk, or a porch upstate. Create from anywhere.
I've had about six years experience as a freelance private painting and drawing instructor based in New York, in addition to being a guest lecturer at Pratt Institute, LaGuardia Community College, UCLA, and McGill University. I view instructing as a tandem function in my painting practice- I believe engaging with and transmitting knowledge to students helps you stay flexible and lucid in your own work. Additionally, I believe one of the measures of artistic success is the involvement in a sustained artistic community and specifically; I’m particularly committed to fostering community among women in the arts.
Through my experience as an practicing artist in New York, a rigorous program at Columbia, creating and running a community organization and art space, and my experience instructing I have metabolized the information I’ve collected over the years into teachable systems. I’m excited about making work and I’m activated by supporting creatives of all stages to follow an artistic goal- whatever that may be.
$75/hr + materials. Each student chooses length and duration of sessions.
I've worked with students age 4-70. From complete beginner to the seasoned artist seeking new challenges and all creative minds in between.