Adult Classes

We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of classes for experienced and aspiring artists. The gallery’s experienced teaching staff is comprised of a wide range of talented professional artists versatile many mediums. Don't hesitate to contact the gallery with questions about material requirements and attendance! Cost is $50/class. 

Blue Ribbon , Anna L. Finnerty

Blue Ribbon, Anna L. Finnerty


This class will introduce the beginner* to the luminous medium of soft pastels. We will learn about a variety of pastels (soft to hard, pan pastels, and their applicators, pastel pencils) and how they can each be used to maximize successful paintings. Also covered will be the variety of surfaces which can be painted upon, including your own underpainted surfaces. And, finally, how to care for your painting after completion–i.e. ways to frame.

Working with a still life and/or landscape photograph attendees will do a series of specific exercises which will address theories of composition, color and value as they relate to the medium.

Pastels and paper will be provided. If possible (but not required), students are asked to please bring a few photographs of landscapes good light and dark hues, simple shapes, water reflections, or skies/clouds. Also consider bringing an apron (or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy), an old towel to put beneath your easel to protect pastels from breaking to bits should they be dropped, a medium to large sketch pad (newsprint is fine) and two Prismacolor markers (light and dark gray) which can be purchased at Educomp in Vineyard Haven or DaRosa’s in Oak Bluffs. 

* Intermediate and advanced pastel artists are also welcome with the understanding that the class is geared towards the beginner.

Katama I , Eva Cincotta

Katama I, Eva Cincotta


Eva is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University with a B.S. in Education. She is a member of the Rockport Art Association, Malden Sketch Group, and the Martha's Vineyard Art Association. She has been teaching art classes in the Vineyard for several years.

In Eva’s Painting Workshop, you will learn how to render a complete idea in one session. Eva will teach you how to relax and loosen up in your painting process while reinforcing results for both beginners and experienced painters. After a demo in oil (may be applied to acrylics as well) we will make sense of a simple palette and begin to paint. There will be individual instruction and a group critique at the end of every class.

Eva Cincotta’s style of teaching is casual, yet constructive. She starts with basics by giving you a quick synopsis of how she starts her paintings. She gives a run-through of everything from sketching and color theory to brush strokes and detailing. Her lessons benefit from having a small group, because she is able to focus on all of her students. Due to the small group it creates a welcoming environment, and allows everybody to be her top priority.
You will not only receive great information on the classic techniques of painting, but also will gain advice on how to develop your own personal style as an artist. If you are a more independent learner then you will be given plenty of time to paint by yourself. However, if you need more assistance then Eva will gladly guide you in any way needed.
At the end of the lesson you are left with a new understanding of oil or acrylic painting, and hopefully a new piece made by yourself.
— Davin Tackabury (web/media intern)
Partners,  Ed Schulman

Partners, Ed Schulman

Figure Drawing

We offer live model figure drawing classes in the evening. Classes are scheduled randomly throughout the summer. Call the gallery for scheduling info if you don't see a date available here!