Adult Art Classes in Painting & Drawing

Join us this Fall for an 8-week session (or 7-weeks on Mondays) of classes! New to art or re-discovering it? Tinker provides a welcoming and supportive studio environment.

Not interested in a full session? Check out our Friday Art Nights for a casual, fun night of painting with our talented instructors!


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Oil Painting: Beginners & Intermediate

Mondays | 8/26 - 10/14 | No Class 9/2 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | $185 + $0 materials fee

This 7-week session is designed to give the beginning oil painter the basic skills necessary to start their oil painting journey, while supporting students with more experience to expand their skills. Practice both painting from life, as well as from a photo reference, and learn the basics of the visual language needed to create your own unique oil paintings. 

Please note that there is no materials fee for this class, and students are required to purchase their own supplies. After registering for the class, we will email you a supply list with detailed information about where you can purchase your supplies.

Meet the Instructors: Jeanne Hougen* & Erica Podwoiski*

*Jeanne is teaching a month-long plein air painting workshop in Italy this fall! Jeanne and Erica will both teach classes during our fall session of Oil Painting.

Open Access: Intermediate/Advanced Painting

Mondays | 8/26 - 10/14 | No Class 9/2 | 6:30 - 8:30pm* | $132 + $0 materials fee

This 7-week session is designed to give intermediate and advanced acrylic and oil painters the opportunity to continue their work. In this independent study style course, students will bring their own ideas, photos, and materials to enjoy working among a community of other painters. Open Access occurs at the same time as our Beginners/Intermediate Oil Painting class, but does not include any specific lessons or instruction. The instructor, however, will be loosely available during class time to help answer questions and check in if desired.

Please note that there is no materials fee for this class, and students are required to bring/purchase their own supplies. Upon registration, you will have an option to purchase canvases from Tinker and to purchase the use of studio acrylic paints. Oil paints cannot be purchased at Tinker. (Please contact us if you would like our oils materials list with detailed purchasing information.) Additional canvases can be purchased all session long! Canvases (up to 18x24”) can be stored at Tinker over the course of your session. Paints, brushes, and any other individual student supplies cannot be stored at Tinker.

*This class has changed times for the Fall Session and will begin at 6:30pm.

Mixed Levels Painting

Tuesdays | 8/27 - 10/15 | 11:30am - 2:00pm | $290 + $0 materials fee

Join us midday on Tuesdays for a Mixed Levels Painting course. Come as a beginner to learn technique, or enjoy the community of other painters as you work on your own subject matter with the support of a skilled instructor. This class is appropriate for both acrylic and oil painters.

We do not provide materials for acrylic or oil painters and you will need to purchase your own supplies. Upon registration, you will have an option to purchase canvases from Tinker and to purchase the use of studio acrylic paints. Oil paints cannot be purchased at Tinker. (Please contact us if you would like our oils materials list with detailed purchasing information.) Additional canvases can be purchased all session long! Canvases (up to 18x24”) can be stored at Tinker over the course of your session. Paints, brushes, and any other individual student supplies cannot be stored at Tinker.

Meet the Instructors: Jeanne Hougen & Erica Podwoiski

*Jeanne is teaching a month-long plein air painting workshop in Italy this fall! Jeanne and Erica will both teach classes during our fall session of Mixed Levels Painting.

Life Drawing

Tuesdays | 8/27 - 10/15 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | $235 + $22 materials fee

In this 8-week course you will define and sharpen your understanding of drawing technique and rendering the human form. The class will include six sessions with a live nude model and two sessions of technique exploration. A balance of one on one as well as whole group instruction will be conducive to a learning environment of all experience levels from beginner to advanced to feel comfortable and gain a personal understanding of the concepts at one's own pace.

Meet the instructor: Erica Podwoiski

Acrylic Painting: Beginners & Intermediate

Wednesdays | 8/28 - 10/16 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | $210 + $25 materials fee

Join us on Wednesday evenings to learn about or continue your practice with acrylics! This 8-week course will be laid out with a combination of step by step guidance and one-on-one conversations to ensure students of all levels will be able to progress in their own unique painting process and style. Learn basic skills and techniques and continue to build skills while painting a variety of subjects including landscapes, still life paintings and more.

Meet the Instructor: Erica Podwoiski


Cancellation Policy:

  • A minimum of 4 students must be enrolled in order for class to be held. We will notify you if your class might not run due to low enrollment.

  • Payment is due in full at time of registration. The Materials Fee is a non-refundable deposit. In the event of a cancellation, tuition will be refunded up to 10 days prior to the start of class. Within 10 days of the class start date, class tuition is non-refundable.