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Abraxas' oil painting course "Secrets of the Masters" will be held September 18 through October 20, 2017. Only 1 space remains! The course will run four days a week for five consecutive weeks (Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m - 5 p.m.). Students will learn the color and composition secrets used by the master realist and impressionist painters, along with the skills required to produce oil paintings at a professional level. Students will use the finest materials available; Old Holland oil paint and Belgian linen. The course will include a trip to the National Gallery of Art in order to intimately observe how the masters applied the skills learned in class. Anyone interested should e-mail Abraxas. Sketching level 1 is a pre-requisite for the painting class but no prior painting experience is necessary. Course fee is $4,500 and includes all the professional grade painting materials you will need to continue creating masterpieces after completing the class!

Upcoming sketching classes

Sketching Level 1 Extended, August 8-11 10am-1pm (SOLD OUT)

Sketching Level 1, September 9 & 10 from 9am-noon (3 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)  9a.m. - 12p.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) 9a.m.-12p.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) 9 a.m. - 12 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. The rate is $75 for the first hour and $35 per consecutive hour. 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 ofhis 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 ofhis 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!