The beginning of each student’s art studies at Ocean View Arts focuses on the basics of traditional realism, the nearly-forgotten secrets of the Old Masters. This forms a strong foundation for advancing into any other type of art from anime to abstract painting, from Impressionistic landscape painting to realistic portraiture, from collage to sculpture, fabric art to home dec. Even computer graphic design is impacted beneficially by having the kind of knowledge that made the Old Masters great.
I love to teach students to create the kind of artwork that they thought they could never accomplish...when students can't help smiling as they look at their completed work, I'm thrilled because not only do they have a lovely piece of art to hang on the wall, they've also learned something new and excelled at it beyond their expectations.
My son has been taking art classes with Meryl Ann for a year now. His skill level, eye for detail and perspective, and passion for drawing and painting have skyrocketed since joining her classes. Thank you Meryl Ann!
Meryl Ann Butler is an amazing teacher and because of her and her classes at Ocean View Arts, I have learned how to see and through that seeing, I can now create things of visual and tactile beauty. As a teacher, Meryl Ann can correct errant ways in a manner that cuddles a possibly fragile ego without coddling it. She is direct and supportive and so very knowledgeable. Knowledge which she imparts with an underlayer of joyful energy that makes listening to her a fascinating pleasure. Because she taught me how to see, not just how to draw, I can now see myself with loving eyes. Because of this I am coming into my own true self as an artistic, creative being and discovering the joy of that little girl who loved to draw and create stuff!
Meryl Ann teaches the basics of art. At the same time, I was able to produce realistic art. The classes are small and her individual attention is most gratifying. Anyone with a will to learn will prosper under her guidance.
The environment is great , relaxed an comfortable place to learn, Meryl Ann is an amazing teacher an shares so much more knowledge than just art, I was not intimidated being a newby that had never taken art.
I always invite new students to visit the Ocean View Arts studio and gallery to see examples of my work and students' work so prospective students know what to expect. Then we discuss what the new student wants to learn and which of the Ocean View Arts educational offerings might be the best fit.
I studied art for seven years in New York with master of realism, Harold R Stevenson, who was a student of Norman Rockwell. Our direct artistic "family tree" includes many artists well represented in museums, including Howard Pyle, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Antoine-Jean Gros, Jacques-Louis David and François Boucher. I am the author of two craft books (traditionally published) and of several hundred articles on arts-related topics. I am also an editor.
Semesters may vary in cost but typically run about $280 for eight 2.5 hour classes (or about $35 per 2.5 hour class), and discounts are sometimes available. Students may make up missed classes during other class times. Individual workshops which may run from a 2.5 hour session to a full-day workshop range from $33 - $85. These include color theory and application, mandala drawing (prismacolor pencil), and other rotating topics. Private lessons are typically $65/hour.
I did some student-teaching during the last two of the seven years that I studied with my mentor. Within three months of completing my studies I opened my own art school, which I ran successfully for a decade in Louisiana before moving.
I have worked with all ages, from pre-school to retired. I have also had excellent results in private lessons with differently-abled students, including those with learning disabilities and autism.
The most important thing that a prospective student can do when making a choice about a teacher is to look at the work produced by that teacher's students. A group of students who do consistently excellent work show that their teacher is successful in imparting knowledge.
The most important question a students should ask herself is: what brings me the most joy? The next step is to find a teacher who can successfully guide that student on her path toward the joyful endeavor.