Ready to Paint?

The 2019 Masters in Oil class will be held Tuesday through Friday January 8 - February 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (with lunch break). A five week full immersion course in the fundamentals of painting realistic works of art, this class will break down the secrets of the old masters in a formulaic approach with step by step demonstrations by Abraxas. The best materials in the world are included in the class price of $4,500; Old Holland Oil paint, Belgian linen, gesso panels, a full set of brushes, palette, palette knives, all necessary thinners & mediums, and a thorough course pack for future reference. Composition, depth, life, light, color temperature, color mixing, atmospherics; all of the elements used by the masters will be covered in the course. A day trip study of master works at The National Gallery of Art is always an eye opening experience, Abraxas’ teachings are legitimized by the clear examples provided by the greatest painters in history. Inspired by the late Libby Berry’s teachings at the New Renaissance Academy, this course is sure to awaken the inner master in all of us. Very limited space available, the only pre-requisite is Abraxas’ sketching instruction.

2018-2019 Sketch Class Schedule

Sketching Level 1, December 15 & 16 from 10am-1pm (1 space left)

Sketching Level 1, January 19 & 20 from 10am-1pm (4 spaces left)

Sketching Level 1 Extended, February 19 - 22 from 10am-1pm (4 spaces left)

Gift certificates are available!

Want to create a great experience for friends or family? We offer custom classes!

Classes are limited to 4 students, so send us an e-mail, submit the form below, or give us a call at 302.645.9119 if you are interested in signing up! Due to class size limitations a 50% deposit is required to hold your spot in the class of your choice. 

Sketching Level 1 (2 day course)  10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

Learn to accurately sketch what you see! The primary focus will be on learning to discern tonal values and accurately reproducing proportions while sketching from life. Learn how light and shadow shape a scene. No "talent" required - the formula Abraxas presents removes the mystery of producing realistic art.

Course fee $150, materials cost an additional $20.

Sketching Level 1 extended (4 day course) 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri.

This course contains all information covered in the Level 1 course as well as a deeper exploration of light and shadow. Students will learn to add depth to their works by gaining an understanding of perspective. Students can take this course as a follow up to the Level 1 course (repetition is a great teacher) or as their first class. 

Course fee $300, materials cost an additional $20.

Sketching Level 2 (2 days) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Students have asked for a class that expands beyond the intro classes... Visual demonstrations will help deepen your understanding of how lighting affects your subjects and ultimately impacts your art. Specific exercises will be incorporated in order to more fully understand how to sketch certain subjects such as clouds, water, reflections, and other subjects the participants are interested in. Learn how to make your art come alive! Students must have completed the Level 1 or Level 1 extended class to attend the Level 2 class.

Course fee $150, materials are those used in Level 1 classes.

Private Sketching Lessons

Anyone interested in learning specific techniques or those who want a more one on one experience should consider private lessons. Contact Abraxas to make arrangements. 

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Observation is a foundational skill required of the visual artist and Abraxas teaches how to hone that ability through sketching. Learning to discern the subtle variations of tone in a scene and transfer that data to a two dimensional surface is essential to the creation of representational art.  Whether creating a quick study to test a concept, laying down the outline of a painting, or executing a detailed graphite sketch, drawing that which is seen or imagined can be critical to the success of a project. 

Abraxas' proven method enables even those who "can't draw a stick figure" to accurately draw any subject they desire... Experience the pride of signing a work of art you never thought you could create!

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 Abraxas sketching Barbados’ East Coast.

Abraxas sketching Barbados’ East Coast.

 Abraxas' mom Sue completed her first sketch since childhood at a recent class!

Abraxas' mom Sue completed her first sketch since childhood at a recent class!

 Dr. Barney Vincellette and Joe Larrimore show off their class sketches.

Dr. Barney Vincellette and Joe Larrimore show off their class sketches.

 Student testimonials...  "Abraxas’ dedication to and mastery of his art clearly comes through in his courses. The small class size allows him to guide each student through the use of light and shading, tonal values, and perspective. The classes are most enjoyable. They inspire the student to continue pursuing their own artistic goals and enable the student to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of other works of art." Jim Mulcahy  "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the sketching class in your studio. We were both frankly amazed at both how much we learned in just two morning classes and the art we produced with our own hands. We may now have a new lifelong hobby!" Thanks again, Glenn

Student testimonials...

"Abraxas’ dedication to and mastery of his art clearly comes through in his courses. The small class size allows him to guide each student through the use of light and shading, tonal values, and perspective. The classes are most enjoyable. They inspire the student to continue pursuing their own artistic goals and enable the student to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of other works of art." Jim Mulcahy

"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the sketching class in your studio. We were both frankly amazed at both how much we learned in just two morning classes and the art we produced with our own hands. We may now have a new lifelong hobby!" Thanks again, Glenn

 Abraxas gives a perspective lesson in downtown Lewes, Delaware.

Abraxas gives a perspective lesson in downtown Lewes, Delaware.

Check out the New Renaissance Academy, Abraxas attended Libby Berry's 6 week "Fundamentals of Masterpiece Painting" course immediately after graduating high school in 1993 and has been earning a living as a professional artist ever since!