Art Instruction

Thank you for your interest in studying with me. I teach up to twelve artists in each of my classes offered by the E.L. Cord Museum School of the Nevada Museum of Art.

Very soon, Studio2035.com is going online with our 2035 Academe Schedule! Our little classroom will be able to house up to twelve students for most disciplines. Later this spring, we will be adding full curriculum classes and finally, workshops too.

Mentoring – $100/hr

If you are a serious oil painting student, I offer a mentor program at my studio in Reno allowing for one-on-one instruction and guidance. Portfolio submissions are taken every quarter with interviews arranged after review. If accepted, most students spend only a few hours a month at the studio while pursuing their personal artistic course.

David teaching at the E. L. Cord Museum School

The E.L. Cord Museum School of the Nevada Museum of Art

Class location All classes are held at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty Street in Reno. The Museum School is accessed via the double doors marked “Museum School” on the east side of the museum at the south end of the parking lot.    You can sign up for all museum school classes on-line via the NMA website.
If you have questions or need additional information, please call 775.329.3333 ex. 260


Thursdays, January 26 – March 2 / 9 am – noon

Using still life in the studio, students will gain a good foundational working knowledge of how to setup subjects, apply blocking techniques, brushwork, color mixing and the use of Neo Megilp medium. The “ala prima” (in one sitting) also called “direct painting” technique will be taught in making still life paintings and will only use walnut oil and rags for brush cleaning. Each lesson begins with the concepts to be covered, demonstration of the techniques, hands on experience and ends with suggested homework to be critiqued at the next lesson. This course is intended to further the study of painting with traditional oils for students with working knowledge of basic oil painting techniques.

Ages: Adult (15+) / Students should have a working knowledge of basic oil painting techniques
Cost: $165 Museum members, $180 non-members

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Thursdays, March 16 – April 20 / 9 am – noon

Inspired by the exhibition “Maynard Dixon: The Paltenghi Collections” students will use oil paint to explore color, light and shadow in the style of the great American artist Maynard Dixon. Students will be introduced to oil painting techniques that utilize broad brush strokes and palette knife carving to blocking in space and build a dynamic composition while creating landscape paintings in oil.
Ages: Adult (15+) / Some experience working with oil paint
Cost: $165 Museum members, $180 non-members

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