asheville workshops


Studio & Landscape:   Workshops from Oil Sketch to Finished Painting.

JMK Studio236 is a working studio and instructional space, in the atlier tradition.
We begin in my studio, in the historic Riverside Station  in the River Arts District of Asheville. For landscape we will travel to public parks & gardens, the Blue Ridge Parkway to paint on location. All levels welcome.

  •   Call 828 – 225 – 5000
  • Easels, lighting (north light) and daylight fixtures.
  • Bring  your lunch and beverage. Coffee, tea, water on hand.
  • We have a refrigerator and  convection oven in the studio.
  • Several local, pubs & restaurants within driving distance.
  • Coming from out of town? We can refer you to accommodations.
  • Bring your own paint, brushes. We can provide solvents, mediums, panels.
  • Some workshops require studio materials fee.
  • Materials list provided on registration. Instruction in oils and/or acrylics.
  • As we get close to two weeks before the workshop, please contact us. These are small classes and they fill quickly, space may be available.
  • Private instruction available. Let’s talk, daytime, evening, weekend slots available.

Demos and Discusion Topics include: Under-painting (imprimatura), seasonal pallets, composition, atmosphere in landscape, glazing and layering, making panels, finishing, framing.


Preparation for studio and plein-air using traditional materials: oil rich mediums, painting on panel, natural grounds.  Topics may include layering, glazing, foliage, atmosphere, reflections, building sky,  texture and more. 9am – noon.

Thursday Night Open Studio

On going projects, still-life, drawing, all levels welcome. Limited seating. 6-9pm

Classes and workshops:

 Plein Air – Weather permitting…if not we meet in the studio…on location area gardens, parkway, fields, mountains, waterfalls, lakes. 9am – 4pm.


Materials Classes – DIY Prepare Your Own Panels, Paper and Mediums
Learn to prepare panels, linen over panel,  and paper with traditional gesso for oils. What every painter should know  about supports, grounds and mediums.

Go home with recipes, panels and mediums. Demos on applications and best use. Bring your lunch. Space is limited to 6. Weekend Workshop. 9 am – 5 pm  TBA – Scheduled as need arises. 


Color & Atmosphere: Phenomenal Painting & Special Effects
Learn to add atmosphere to your paintings to capture natural phenomena fog, mist, reflections, rain, shadows, and snow using a tonalist approach to oils. TBA 3 Days

Paint a Tree from the Inside
Trees are wonderful, patient models that are significant feature in many landscapes. Learn to observe and accurately depict the unique anatomy of various species and give them presence in your landscape paintings.  Tree portraits are  an excellent way  to approach layering and building an image in oils from sketch to finished painting. Working in plein air at public locations. TBA. 3 days.

Studio Composition   This class is to prepare the student to work and make decisions on location by building skills.  Prior planning in the studio can ground students before they attempt to take on plein-air work.  Ongoing.studio236-view

Keeping Color Clear & Bright  Class and demonstration of ways to keep color bright, using oil rich mediums, varnish and layering, traditional materials of oil painting to achieve rich and luminous colors. Special class with materials available for purchase.

Natural Textures-Bring Them to Life   One of the challenges of painting nature is rendering texture in a convincing manner…bark, fur, grass, foliage, foreground…to produce natural patterns quickly and realistically based on observation of pattern and form. If you are interested in painting wildlife, birds, or family pet, this class will help you bring your painting to to life.  We will be working on texture studies from still-life set ups.