Painting Classes

Painting Classes

Have fun learning to paint with Pam and Larry Smith. Together they make learning to paint fun. Larry's specialty is landscapes, color theory, palette knive painting and playing fun music. In 2016 Larrys paintings were awarded first place in the painting category, at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. In 2017 his work was selected first plcae in the oil painting category at the Isle of Eight Shrimp Festival Art Show. Pam is a sought after portrait painter. She is known for her patient ability to teach others how to create beautiful paintings and oil portraits. These two teachers compliment each other. They bring strong teaching dynamics and fun to the studio/classroom, while fostering an encouraging learning environment. Classes are suited to the beginner and to the experienced painter looking to improve their painting skills.

"Almost 90% of our students have never painted before. We have found that all you need is a willingness to try something new to succeed in our painting classes. Many of our students are now selling their paintings on Facebook, their websites, and art shows. Many are entering and have been accepted into local juried art shows. Two have opened their own galleries. We are extremely proud of all of our students." — Pam and Larry Smith

Fall 2017 Oil Painting Workshop scheduled for Thursday, November 9, Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017. This workshop is perfect for the beginner to the experienced artist. Adults and teenagers. A strong emphasis on color theory using the color wheel is taught. Students will have the opportunity to complete two paintings. One traditional still life. And a landscape. Demonstration on palette knife work is included. We will listen to a variety of music. Have a glass or two of wine. Explore some nearby restaurants and live-music. We palce a strong emphasis on having fun while learning to paint.

Hopefully you will return home with one or two complete paintings. 

The cost for the Oil Painting Workshop is $375 for 2 1/2 days of instruction.
Couples receive a discount of $150 off the price of $750.


Workshop dates and hours are:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1pm until 5pm
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 9am until 5pm
Saturday, November 11, 2016 - 9am until 5pm.


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New Students

To register for a painting class you need to do the following:

    1)  Make sure you have an account with Artist Larry Smith.

   2)  To create your account, go to artistlarrysmith.com HOME page and click on the small MY ACCOUNT type on the top right.  

       • Fill in all the Billing, Shipping and Account information.

       • Remember to keep a record of your user name and password.

       • Then click on the grey button that says Create Account.

       3)  Go to Home page and click on the small type that says CLASSES.

       • Scroll down and click on the class you want to register for.

       • Click on the grey More Info button

       • You now have two options:

               1) Pay the full amount of $275 for the class

               or  

               2) Pay a non-refundable $50 deposit to hold your spot in the class, then pay the remaining amount at the first class.

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Our next six-week session will be our 2018 Winter Classes (Class postings for the Winter Classes will be available Monday, September 25, 2017). 

Winter classes are our most popular classes and fill up early. Winter classes start Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11. (See class schedule, Monday September 25, 2017 under each class offering, for class dates).


Each three-hour, oil-painting, class meets one day a week, for six (6) weeks. You can choose from a morning, afternoon or evening class.

Thursday Morning class meets from 9am until noon. (Thursday only).

Afternoon classes meet from 1:30pm until 4:30pm. (Choose Wednesday or Thursday).

Evening classes meet from 6pm until 9pm. (Choose Wednesday or Thursday).  Please note, these evening classes fill up quickly.

Class size is limited to 15 students. Ages 13 and up. We accept 11 and 12 year olds if the parent also takes the class. Call to discuss.

To help you with your busy schedule, students have the option to make up any missed classes at any of the other five weekly class offerings during the Winter session. Missed classes cannot be made up in future sessions.

Our fee is $275 for 18 hours of instruction.

Painting supplies are not included in the $275 fee. Materials will initially cost about $260-$280. When you register for the class, a complete material list will be sent to you.

All of the painting supplies you will need for our classes are available at 2 Smith Art Gallery. We use professional-artist-grade art materials. Winsor & Newton oil and acrylic paints, Silver Ruby Satin brushes, palette knives, disposable palette pads, and a wide assortment of Fredrix stretched canvases.

The initial oil paints should last you for about a year's worth of painting. You will simply need to add canvases as you go along. 

Desk top easels and large easels are always available for you to use in our gallery/studio.  Our primary supply list is for both traditional landscapes and still lifes. Pam's Portrait Materials List is also offered for those who want to do portrait painting.

If the desired class is sold out, you can call Larry at 404.314.3669 to be placed on a waiting list.

All classes meet at the new 2 Smith Art Gallery located in Historic Downtown Duluth. If possible plan a trip to the gallery/studio to see some great art and to speak to Pam and Larry personally about taking an art class. 

Each year we offer four seasonal classes. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Plus a two-and-a-half-day Workshop in November. Dates will be posted as the year goes along. Larry travels to juried outdoor art festivals around the country and does not always know his schedule until later in the year.

Payment Return Policy: 30-day return policy. Refund less $50 deposit/handling fee, if claimed within within 30 days of purchase.

Class Make Up Policy. Students must make up missed classes during the session they they are registered for. If you miss a class in the Fall 2017 session, you will need to make that class up in the Fall 2017 session.