"As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." -Vincent van Gogh 

10-Day Still Life Painting Workshop 2018 Schedule

July 9-13 & 15-19, 2018 at The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts in Wethersfield, Connecticut

August 6-17, 2018 at The Academy of Realist Art, Boston in Boston, Massachusetts (1 Spot Left)

Course Description: Learn how to paint a realistic still-life in a supportive, academic, inspiring environment. 

NOTE: If you are taking the class for the second time, you have the option to learn how to paint red drapery! It is a completely different glazing technique. Please email me directly so I know your preference. 

The goal of the course is to introduce artists to the representational painting world, understand the observational painting process, and come away with a beautiful painting. Working from life in the sight-size method, students will learn how to overcome the challenges of painting a variety of objects, including cloth, metal, wood, glass, or perishables, and how to push past visual limits to extend the illusion of depth and realism.  We explore line, shape,form, color, texture, edges, composition, and a logical process that makes creating this type of work streamlined and obtainable. Relevant short demonstrations will be given each day, and as students work on their painting they will be guided and critiqued suited to their individual pace and needs.  Besides watching, painting, lectures,and critiques, Christina's much-loved handouts further enhance the learning experience. You will come away knowing how to confidently paint a still life from start to finish, including how to:use the sight-size method, draw and paint with accuracy,mix and match exact colors, use mediums in layers, deal with sinking-in, care for palettes and brushes, set up a still life,set up studio lighting, promote the archival nature of your painting, varnish, and more.  Gain confidence no matter your prior experience, and feel satisfied knowing that everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject from life.

Sign up at the respected institution by clicking on their links above. 

3-Day Master-Copy Portrait Painting Workshop 

March 9, 10, 11, 2018

Learn more about how to paint your own portraits by studying and painting a master's portrait. Choose from a variety of hand-picked portrait paintings, including works by Bouguereau, Godward, Vermeer, Sargent, and more.  To streamline the process we will transfer the image right onto the canvas and begin painting on the first day. You will be guided through the process of discovering the artist’s palette, learn about color and how to accurately mix/match flesh tones, and grasp how to copy the intricacies of the features with a brush.  We will study the structure of the eyes, nose, and lips, and learn to see the subtle value shifts and edge variety that help make these portraits look realistic so that at home you are able to translate what you've learned to your personal portrait work.

To Register: Wethersfield Academy for the Arts or email (in Wethersfield, Connecticut) 

5-Day Sight-Size Charcoal Portrait Drawing 

June 4-8, 2018   $650 (includes model fees)

Learn a professional working method of portrait drawing from life. With two students per model you will have a close-up view and learn how to utilize the sight-size method for a much easier experience drawing a realistic portrait. Students will work at an individual pace and receive critiques and demos specific to them throughout the workshop. Each student will have the choice to use either graphite or charcoal, and will learn how to set up this type of portrait station at home for future projects. This course is recommended for those who have taken Christina's other drawing classes or have prior experience with drawing. 

To Register: Wethersfield Academy for the Arts or email (in Wethersfield, Connecticut)  

Frame Painting and Gilding

June 15, 16, 17, 2018

Learn the steps and materials used to paint or gild a wood frame. For gilding, we will be using traditional gesso and clay bole before applying the gold leaf. Students will learn how to apply the layers properly and how to distress the look in different ways. Know how to create a frame worthy of your art! Materials included. 

To Register: Wethersfield Academy for the Arts or email (in Wethersfield, Connecticut) 

Finishing Old Projects and Portfolio Review
August 23, 24, 25, 2018

Do you have an in-the-work project at home that you'd like to work on but aren't quite sure how to finish it? Have you taken a previous workshop and want guidance on finishing what you started? Bring in your drawings and paintings (with references) for individual critiques and we will work on finishing them to make them the best that they can be. Bring one for the entire workshop or up to three drawing or painting projects per person (one per day). Limited to drawing mediums and oil paint (no acrylic or watercolor.) Recommended for those who have taken Christina's workshops and classes before. Let's finish those projects! 

Additionally, if you'd like to bring in images of your work for a portfolio review please let Christina know and she will be happy to discuss your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and make a plan-of-action to make your goals into a reality.

To Register: Wethersfield Academy for the Arts or email (in Wethersfield, Connecticut) 

The Art Business 3-Day Workshop
June 29, 30, & July 1, 2018

There are many things I've learned while trying to "make it" as a professional artist. This workshop is an overview of the do's and don'ts I've learned along the way, including: how to write and build your art resume, write an artist statement, be savvy on instagram and facebook and other social media sites, set up a versatile website, make an attractive email newsletter, keep an art inventory, take great photos of your work, do quick photoshop tutorials to edit your images, approach galleries, work with galleries, price your work, make commission contracts, organize your taxes and accounts to benefit as a small business, and general advice on getting your name and work out there.

To Register: Wethersfield Academy for the Arts or email (in Wethersfield, Connecticut) 

Private Lessons 

Catered to the individual, painting or drawing, $60/hour. Portfolio development, professional development, targeted lessons in color matching, figure painting, portrait, still life, etc. Email Christina directly at Skype lessons also available.

Are you a Venue? Looking to Host Classes?

I have taught hundreds of students in the past 8 years, ranging from beginners to advanced artists. My classes have included the following: Flower Painting, Portrait Drawing from a Photo, Plein Air Landscape Painting, Bargue Drawing, Figure Drawing from Life, Master Copy (Portrait or Landscape Painting), Realistic Skin Tone Mixing, Color Mixing and Matching, Portrait Drawing/Painting from Life, Still Life Painting, Cloud Painting, and others. 

 If you are a venue and would like to host a workshop, please contact me directly at mastrangelo.fineart(at) I'd love to come share my knowledge with you!

Using Format