Be Creative Making Art At Any Age

Be Creative Making Art At Any Age

5.0 (2)
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

I love teaching art and offer individualized classes in small groups for teenagers and adults with personalized attention.

Classes of Drawing and Painting will take place on Saturdays with the next session on January 25th.

Saturday Schedule:

Drawing and Painting class I

First Floor 

10 am -1 pm 

Painting class II:

Basement Studio

2 pm - 5 pm 

Price:  Each class is 2 hours,  the cost is $25.  Theres an option to extend your time for 1 [email protected] $12.  This extension can only occur in the afternoon class.

I always offer a 30 min free consultation to                       determine the direction of your interest, and to                  ascertain your starting level.  This could be done on the day of class or at a separate, mutually convenient time.         


Drawing Class: 1 drawing pad; 1 pencil 6B and an eraser.

Oil Painting Class: 1 canvas 20" x 16", paint brushes for oil paint # 0,4,6,8,10,12 [these can be flat or round], one bottle of oil painting medium ( WEBER ) paper towels, a little contaner to pour your oil painting medium, one palette to mix the colors, and a table top easel ( Blick art supplies).  

Acrylic Painting Class: 1 canvas 20" x 16" paint brushes for acrylic paint # 0, 4,6, 8,10,12 could be flat or round,1 palette to mix the colors, container for water to wash the paint brushes, paper tower, 1 table top easel (Blick art supply).

A more concise supply list will be sent out upon registration.  This course is over the duration of a month and payment of $100 is expected in full at the onset.   If you register prior to a class, a non refundable $50 deposit will be necessary with the balance due upon your arrival.



It is encouraging for me to see the progress that my students make.  Also, I see such individual expression in my classes, and often times the work results have a lot of integrity.  I am by nature a people person.

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Philadelphia, PA 19125
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2 Reviews


  • Gail van der Merve

    Henry is a generous teacher, I have acquired art skills. first in drawing and more recently I have started learning the techniques of oil painting with him. My portfolio has grown and whereas before, I was only comfortable doing small scale work, now I have become more confident and have recently completed a painting size of 26"h x 40" w. Never thought I would get this far. Throughout the week, I look forward to these art classes on Saturdays.

  • Donna Dale

    Excellent instruction. Henry is a patient teacher with lots of useful tips and knowledge about making art. The teaching environment is both in his studio and on the first floor of the house, which is also a gallery for artists in the community and nationally. It is an Art Environment and so conducive for creative ideas and making. I picked up that he clearly loves doing this and I actually took another class with him at University of the Arts and Fleisher Memorial. Well worth the time spent here, I learned a lot and still continue to do so.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1) I'll have an introductory conversation about the scope of this art class, it will be individualized for each student to fit their needs.

2) The student will  be asked to do a drawing ( still life ) to evaluate his/her ability and knowledge in drawing, or a  portfolio can be brought to the class and we can discuss what the student is wanting to accomplish. This will give us a sense of where to start with these lessons.

3) classes are kept small so that my students can have individual attention to further specific projects. 

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

I attended the National Schools of Art in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship to the National School of Art "La Esmeralda" in Mexico City.  I also studied at New York City’s Art Student’s League, as well as in Rome. In 1986, I was selected to be the Venezuelan representative for the Venice Biennale.  My work has been included in many exhibition catalogs such as the X International Print and Drawing Exhibition of China as well as in books on the subject of Venezuelan art.

 Since my arrival in the USA in 2003, I have been commissioned by the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia on several major projects. In 2017, I was a recipient for the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund and also received The Libby Newman Artist Residency at The Brandywine Print Workshop in Philadelphia. In 2012, I was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. That same year, I was asked to do an installation at The Philadelphia International Airport Art program in.  Later on, I became a recipient of a Peter Benoliel Fellowship from CFEVA in Philadelphia, PA and was awarded The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant in 2018.

I currently teaches art at the Career Academy Developmental Institute (CADI) and at Fleisher Art Memorial.  Together with my partner, I co-direct HouseGallery1816 in Fishtown and maintains an active studio and exhibition schedule. 

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

A 2 hour class is $25

Additional hour costs $12

These art course take place over 4 weekends every month.  They are ongoing through the year.

How did you get started teaching?

My first teaching assignment was in Venezuela where I went to teach the people of Borbures on the outskirs of the Amazon rain forest.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with very young children, with Senior citizens, and with every age in between.  These current classes are for teenagers up to what ever age you care to be.  Please bear in mind that we have about 5 steps up into the building, and the basement is roughly 10 steps down.  There are handrailings.

For those of you who are allergic, we do have cats here.

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

I would urge them to research the career of the teacher by first looking at their resume and taking note of how current it is.  If there big gaps in time where no exhibitions have taken place, I would be sure to ask the artist why this has occurred.

Also, take a look at the artists website, are they doing work that you admire?  Then check for art reviews in publications.

Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes