Private Lessons

We offer Private and Semi private lessons for visitors to our area and our regular participants who wish individual instruction and guidance. And we are glad to schedule a special hands-on for friends, family, and coworker groups tailored to your skill levels and interests. Email and let us know the dates you are visiting and the topics you desire. We make every effort to fulfill your special requests. Tuition will be required in advance via online invoicing that we will send to you or payment at the studio in advance. Specific bookings based on the availability of the instructors. See options below.


Encaustic Methods and Coaching with Bridget Benton

Encaustic basics and special topics for experienced students. Private and semi private lessons in encaustic methods with Bridget Benton. Safety, tools and materials, techniques with hands on creation of multiple small art works. Advanced reservation is required.

3-hour minimum, $325 for the first person, $225 for each additional person for an intensive 3 hours plus $25 per person for all materials. For 1-4 participants

For a full day 10-4 class with Bridget Benton the fee is: For one : $475 plus $30 materials, 10-4 with a lunch break, For two : $750 plus $60 for materials, 10-4 with a lunch break

We can customize your encaustic class with special topics for both beginners and advanced students in our Private and semi private classes. Please contact us regarding topics you wish to cover beyond the basics. Price may vary, depending on your focus for advanced topics.

Special groups of 5-8 people can also be accommodated, inquire about fees.

Coaching now available with Bridget Bention, Finding Your Voice and tailor made sessions. A free 20 minute phone session can get you started, Rates and times vary depending on your needs. Email to begin the process of individual coaching.

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Alcohol Ink, Scratchboard and Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Lorelle Bacon

Hands On Private or semi private (up to 4 people) lesson with award winning artist Lorelle Bacon in scratchboard, or alcohol ink. $145 per person for two hrs minimum. An additional $65 per hour for lessons over the 2 hour minimum $25 per person for materials. Special rates for larger groups.

Special Wire Wrapped Jewelry private or semi private 3 hour lessons for one participants. For 2 or more we would recommend a 4 hour class at the same per person rate. Make a beautiful wrapped copper bracelet and learn basics of fine wire wrapping. $210 plus $20 materials fee per person.
For larger groups please inquire. We can schedule a longer and more in depth class for your group upon request.

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Experimental Watercolor with Nadine Charlsen

Explore special techniques and bring your watercolor to a new level with award winning artist Nadine Charlsen. Hands on private and semi private lessons (up to three participants). Specialties include Landscapes, Architecture, and dramatic lights and darks. Rework pieces you already have or start new ones. Fun and easy techniques to recapture your lost work or find new paths. We welcome the novice painter and those with more experience.

$145 per person for two hrs. minimum. $65 for each additional hour up to 6 hours/day. Add $25 per person for materials or bring your own. For one to three participants.
Special rates for 4 or more participants and special 4 hr workshops can be scheduled for your group or family, provided the instructor is available.

Great for a vacation experience in the arts district! It is recommended that you schedule in advance, and prepayment is required.


Painting With Beer with Nadine Charlsen

Enjoy a fun mini workshop using dark beer and watercolor as your paints. Asheville's dark beer gives a vintage look to small mountain landscapes you will create in this 2 hour hands on experience taught by Nadine Charlsen. All Materials provided.

You must preregister by calling or emailing. 828-776-2716 or

Tuition: For small groups our rates are $145 per person, which includes materials. For larger groups of 6-10 participants, $90 per person, 11 or 12 participants, $85 per person. This is a fun experience for conference and tour group participants.

NOTE: Beer and watercolor are the paints used in this class. We do not serve alcohol but you can get a glass of beer at the famous Wedge Brewery located behind our studio after class if you wish!


Oils or Pastels with Susan Sinyai

Create a beautiful painting in pastels or oils. This is an introduction for the novice or intermediate to advanced tutoring for the experienced artist with award winning pastel and oil painter Susan Sinyai. Susan specializes in landscape, still life, florals and portraiture.. Susan also provides advanced coaching for experienced artists. Please contact us for details on times, rates and to discuss your individual mentoring.

$145 for two hours, $65 for each additional hour scheduled. $25 materials fee per person. For 1-4 participant. For groups of 5 participants or more, please inquire about rates.


Expressive Studio Landscape, Still Life, Plein Air in Oils or Acrylics with Ben Hamburger

Expressive Studio Landscape in Oils or Acrylics - $145 for two hours, $65 for each additional hour scheduled. $25 materials fee per person. For 1-4 participant. For groups of 5 participants or more, please inquire about rates. Create a painting using reference photos of the Mountains, or your own photo.

Painting the Local Landscape Outside (en plein air): $210 per person, 3 hrs minimum. $70 for each additional hour. $25 material fee or bring your own. 5 participant Limit. Paint outside with Ben, Learn the basics of on site outdoor painting. Novice to experienced.
Farm to Easel Still Life Painting: $145 per person for two hrs. minimum. $65 for each additional hour. $25 material fee. Create a still life painting using locally grown produce and foods that Asheville is known for. Oils or acrylics. Novice to experienced painter