art instruction

  • Classes
  • Workshops
  • Critiques & Consultations
  • Student Comments

CLASSES

Painting:
Acrylic, Watercolor,
& Mixed Media

Painting: 
Acrylic, Watercolor, & Mixed Media

Explore your creativity and allow your inner artistic self to emerge

  • Individual instruction in a creative and supportive environment
  • This class combines both representational and abstract ideas, allowing for personal artistic expression
  • Intermediate through advanced techniques are taught with an emphasis on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach
  • Special attention is given to the development of art concepts related to color, paint quality, and composition
  • Learn how to look at art (including your own work) with critiques and teacher led presentations on artists and art issues

A creative, abstract approach to art-making

  • Expand creative and technical skills with a non-traditional approach, and explore the dynamic relationship between drawing and painting
  • Develop an understanding of spatial and compositional organization dealing with line, shape, structure, texture and pattern, and surface building
  • Learn techniques using a variety of tools and a combination of various media: pencils, charcoal, ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylic, and collage
CLASS SCHEDULE

Monday morning
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday morning
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Classes are ongoing - students may register at any time
CLASS FEE
$260.00 per 4 class series

WORKSHOPS

About workshops

Previous workshops

Painting Workshops with Various Themes

  • Intensive workshops that expand your skills and creativity
  • A longer class designed with the intention of finishing a work of art
  • One-time sessions on Saturday, usually scheduled every other month
  • Each workshop is unique - see “Previous Workshops” listed below
  • Call or email Ilana for upcoming workshop themes and dates

"Always stimulating, always fun. I'm always looking forward to the workshops." -L.B. (student artist)

Previous Workshops
  • Mixed Media-Observational Abstraction
  • Painting, Mixed Media, & Collage
  • Contemporary Approach to Painting Flowers
  • Drawing and Painting Figure Workshop
  • Capturing the Essence of the Outdoors
  • Intuitive Painting - Personal Expression and Self Discovery
  • Plein Air
  • Landscape Watercolor - Personal Interpretation
  • Individualizing your Work - Finding your own Voice
  • Taking it to the Edge - Figure Workshop
  • Excavations - Methods and Materials
  • Framing Bodies - Painting, Mixed Media and Collage
  • Mixing it Up - Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media
  • Visual Playground - Abstract and Mixed Media

Critiques & Consultations:
Private - Group

Sessions are designed to help view one's own painting along with a mentoring professional "eye"

Private discussions focus on both completed work and work in progress,
with special attention given to:

  • The artist's individual development, addressing both expressive
    and formal issues
  • Identifying how the work of art is a part of history as well as how it fits into current cultural stylistic characteristics
  • Practical problem solving
  • How frustration and creative blocks can be used positively for change
  • Seeing how personal and professional issues effect the making
    of art
  • Consultations may include assessment of the work, making
    appropriate changes, refocusing as needed, setting realistic goals
    and career advice

FEES
$125.00 an hour in studio (additional fee outside local area)

Group critiques offered (inquire for fee schedule)

What her students are saying:

  • "Ilana's workshop provides the discipline that was missing in my art. Her presentations and critiques create an energy that inspires me to paint with clarity and enthusiasm." - E.P.
  • "Ilana's painting workshop is a safe haven for learning the principles of painting and stimulating individual growth. I may walk into class ambivalent about my purpose, but I never leave without a sense of appreciation for the process of art-making and the knowledge she imparts." - T.M.
  • In the 4 years I have been taking Ilana's class I have not only learned different painting styles and techniques but very importantly have learned how to evaluate and critique my work and others. She has helped me develop my own style and create a body of work. With our class art shows, I have learned what it takes to put an art exhibit together and how to sell my paintings. Also, our class discussions of "what's happening" in the Los Angeles art scene keeps me current with today's art world.” – C.Y.
  • "In her classes, Ilana has allowed me to explore my very personal creative needs. I have been with her for a number of years and have never felt criticized for doing "my thing" in class. She is a caring and sensitive teacher who encourages her students to experiment with new materials and techniques which makes her classes interesting and enjoyable." – C. K.
  • "Ilana has wisely and delicately made allowances for instinct, exploration and experimentation the way a good mother does with a curious child." - M.M.

CLASSES

Painting:
Acrylic, Watercolor, & Mixed Media

Painting: 
Acrylic, Watercolor, & Mixed Media

Explore your creativity and allow your inner artistic self to emerge

  • Individual instruction in a creative and supportive environment
  • This class combines both representational and abstract ideas, allowing for personal artistic expression
  • Intermediate through advanced techniques are taught with an emphasis on developing skills and pursuing an imaginative and personal approach
  • Special attention is given to the development of art concepts related to color, paint quality, and composition
  • Learn how to look at art (including your own work) with critiques and teacher led presentations on artists and art issues

A creative, abstract approach to art-making

  • Expand creative and technical skills with a non-traditional approach, and explore the dynamic relationship between drawing and painting
  • Develop an understanding of spatial and compositional organization dealing with line, shape, structure, texture and pattern, and surface building
  • Learn techniques using a variety of tools and a combination of various media: pencils, charcoal, ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylic, and collage
CLASS SCHEDULE

COVID-19 Update: In person classes have temporarily been cancelled.
Please see CRITIQUES & CONSULTATIONS to find out more information about my online critique opportunities.

In person class information will be updated as COVID compliances change.

WORKSHOPS

About workshops

Previous workshops

Painting Workshops with Various Themes

  • Intensive workshops that expand your skills and creativity
  • A longer class designed with the intention of finishing a work of art
  • One-time sessions on Saturday, usually scheduled every other month
  • Each workshop is unique – see “Previous Workshops” listed below
  • Call or email Ilana for upcoming workshop themes and dates

“Always stimulating, always fun. I’m always looking forward to the workshops.” -L.B. (student artist)

Previous Workshops
  • Mixed Media-Observational Abstraction
  • Painting, Mixed Media, & Collage
  • Contemporary Approach to Painting Flowers
  • Drawing and Painting Figure Workshop
  • Capturing the Essence of the Outdoors
  • Intuitive Painting – Personal Expression and Self Discovery
  • Plein Air
  • Landscape Watercolor – Personal Interpretation
  • Individualizing your Work – Finding your own Voice
  • Taking it to the Edge – Figure Workshop
  • Excavations – Methods and Materials
  • Framing Bodies – Painting, Mixed Media and Collage
  • Mixing it Up – Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media
  • Visual Playground – Abstract and Mixed Media

Critiques & Consultations:
Private – Group

Sessions are designed to help view one’s own painting along with a mentoring professional “eye”

Private discussions focus on both completed work and work in progress,
with special attention given to:

  • The artist’s individual development, addressing both expressive
    and formal issues
  • Identifying how the work of art is a part of history as well as how it fits into current cultural stylistic characteristics
  • Practical problem solving
  • How frustration and creative blocks can be used positively for change
  • Seeing how personal and professional issues effect the making
    of art
  • Consultations may include assessment of the work, making
    appropriate changes, refocusing as needed, setting realistic goals
    and career advice

COVID UPDATE:
At this time I am not offering in-person individual or group critiques due to COVID compliances. 

However online critiques are available by appointment

FEES:
$30/half-hour
$60/full hour
Contact Ilana directly to schedule your appointment

What her students are saying:

  • “Ilana’s workshop provides the discipline that was missing in my art. Her presentations and critiques create an energy that inspires me to paint with clarity and enthusiasm.” – E.P.
  • “Ilana’s painting workshop is a safe haven for learning the principles of painting and stimulating individual growth. I may walk into class ambivalent about my purpose, but I never leave without a sense of appreciation for the process of art-making and the knowledge she imparts.” – T.M.
  • In the 4 years I have been taking Ilana’s class I have not only learned different painting styles and techniques but very importantly have learned how to evaluate and critique my work and others. She has helped me develop my own style and create a body of work. With our class art shows, I have learned what it takes to put an art exhibit together and how to sell my paintings. Also, our class discussions of “what’s happening” in the Los Angeles art scene keeps me current with today’s art world.” – C.Y.
  • “In her classes, Ilana has allowed me to explore my very personal creative needs. I have been with her for a number of years and have never felt criticized for doing “my thing” in class. She is a caring and sensitive teacher who encourages her students to experiment with new materials and techniques which makes her classes interesting and enjoyable.” – C. K.
  • “Ilana has wisely and delicately made allowances for instinct, exploration and experimentation the way a good mother does with a curious child.” – M.M.