Classes and Workshops

Note: classes may take place either in Eliza's studio, currently located in Springfield MA, or at an affiliated school/organization. Prices and dates depend on the hosting organization.

 Still Life Drawing 

 Learn the basics of still life in this drawing course, suitable for beginners and any level of artistic training.  Beginner students will leave this course with a solid understanding of the basics of drawing, while advanced students will learn how to push the boundaries of their skills.  Over the course students will learn how to take their drawing from a simple block-in, to a finished drawing with a full value-scheme and realistic sense of form. The beginning of the course will focus on line drawing and accurate proportions, the middle will explore tone and it’s relation to mimicking the effects of light, and students will finish by perfecting their rendering technique to make their drawing look convincingly 3-D.  Each day will begin with a short exercise, designed to introduce students to all the essential drawing concepts in a memorable way. 

Group classes at Wethersfield Academy , in CT: Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:30, Sept. 21, 6 weeks 
Group classes at Workshop 13 in Ware, MA: Tuesdays, 9-11 AM, Sept 12-Oct 3
Private: $25 an hour. Schedule: to be decided through inquiry

How to Draw Drapery
Learn how to draw or paint one of the most beautiful and challenging subjects in the history of art, Drapery. Beginners will work from charcoal and chalk on toned paper, while advanced students have the option to paint. Each student will work with a complex arrangement of cloth, and learn how to simplify then develop their work to mimic folds of drapery.

Offered at Wethersfield Academy in CT, 6 week course, Thurs 9:30 - 12:30 Sept 21, 6 weeks 

Drawing the Portrait

Learn how to create a convincing portrait from the live model. Broken down into an easy step-by-step process, this course will take you from a simple, accurate block-in, to a finished and refined portrait. Additional techniques for learning facial anatomy and capturing likeness will also be explored.   
(Suggested drawing for beginners, but oil painting also available in private lessons.)

1- Day workshop at Workshop 13 in Ware, MA: Saturdays, 9:00-4:00, Sept 23rd or Oct 21

Private: $35 an hour (includes model fee)
Schedule: to be decided

Ecorche Drawing: Learning Artistic Anatomy

The aim of this course is to learn artistic anatomy, for the purpose of enhancing the students' ability to draw people. Working from master drawings, students will draft the human figure, beginning with the skeleton and constructing the muscles on top in order of depth. The course is designed to increase students’ knowledge of the construction of the human form in an in-depth and memorable way. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of standard human proportions, the construction of the skeleton, origins and insertions of individual muscles, and be able to recognize anatomical information on the live human form. The knowledge obtained through this course is useful both to artists who work from imagination and from life.

Available only through Wethersfield Academy, Thursdays, 9:30-12:30, Nov 9 - Dec 21

Private Lessons

After years of studying tradition painting techniques, Eliza is dedicated to helping any student curious about furthering their artistic training.
Private lessons out of Eliza's studio are catered to the individual student, and can cover a variety of topics. Subjects covered can include, but are not limited to, Still Life, Portraiture, Figurative, Bargue Drawing, Oil Painting, Artistic Anatomy and Construction. The curriculum will be created specifically for the student, based on their particular artistic interests.

$25 an hour
Schedule to be determined by inquiry.
Bargue Drawing - Learning to See

The most fundamental course for classical atelier training, highly recommended to begin with this course. Bargue Drawing consists of copying a master drawing to learn the essential concepts of drawing. Each copy is designed to teach students specific concepts, each progressively more advanced than the last. The aim of the course is to train the student's eye, and learn how to "see" like an artist. From there they can replicate shapes and forms with accuracy and precision. With a well-trained eye, students will easily be able to draw anything.
The course was designed by 19th century artist Charles Bargue, after whom the course is named, and is used in most ateliers and classical academies today. 

Private Classes: $25 per hour. Schedule: decided through inquiry