I now have a library of educational content on Patreon, an online resource for students of the arts.
Each month I add a new video demonstration, podcast on the art business, studio tour with step-by-step process of my current work, and provide a targeted drawing or painting exercise - all designed to help you learn and improve your skills at home.

This is a great supplement to workshops as well as an elevated way to start your journey into the world of classical realism. Do so from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule.

If you sign up for the video tier, you get the podcast and step-by-step studio images included.
When you sign up you also gain access to the entire library at no extra cost.

There is now an option to receive a monthly Personal Critique for those wanting more feedback on their work.



July 8-19, 2019 at The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts in Wethersfield, Connecticut

July 29-Aug 9, 2019 at The Academy of Realist Art, Boston in Boston, Massachusetts 

Course Description: 

Learn how to paint a realistic still-life in a supportive, academic, inspiring environment. 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 (no gridding, tracing, or projecting- only drawing from life), 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. 

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. 

Reviews from the Still Life Workshop Students:

"You will be amazed by what you can accomplish in this class, even if you have never painted before. Christina is an excellent teacher, she not only explains the concepts of classical painting with clarity, but also teaches you to apply them confidently and independently. I can't recommend this class highly enough!

- Eliza Moser 

"It completely changed my level of confidence on what I could accomplish with a paint brush and canvas. Very highly recommended. This class completely opened a new door for me and over the past 18 months I have had the confidence to complete 6 oil paintings and enter/display them in shows. Christina is an excellent teacher.

Walt Damon 

"Christina is a very organized and thorough teacher. She supplies detailed handouts insuring that students can review the principles and techniques during and after her class. She is patient while expecting the very best of each student and giving you the tools to accomplish your best. The 10 day workshop is worth every penny!"

- Maryanne Innes 


March 8, 9, 10, 2019

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 info@wethersfieldarts.org (in Wethersfield, CT) 

Are you a Venue? Looking to Host Classes?

I have taught hundreds of students in the past 9 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)gmail.com. I'd love to come share my knowledge with you!

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