Our Classes will offer you hours of instruction on a specific art topic, medium, style or technique.


The Happy Habit of Painting                                              by Mónica Linares

Class Description

Why this class? If you are here, you probably know!
I created this class because I struggled with finding time to paint! To make it a priority. And I well knew that the more you paint the better you get. It is very easy to say! I knew the theory, but how put it into practice when you have so much to do every day?

I surrounded myself with successful artists that paint daily, followed their blogs, brought them to town, coordinated their workshops, took their workshops, many times!, and joined painting challenges on Facebook, where you paint one painting a day for 5 days and post them. All great tools! Wonderful tools! But, after the workshops, the challenges, everything went back to where It was: finding it hard to make time to paint. (And I wasn’t the only one! After 9 years coordinating painting workshops I heard the same struggle from many workshop students.)

In 2018 I finally did it! I painted most days. How did I do it? I did some serious research on habit formation and also a fantastic opportunity showed up. I’ll share all I learned with you during the time we spend together. I’ll guide you on how to create your happy habit of painting, yes yours! We are all different and have different needs, routines and activities, but we all can create a habit if we really want to, have the right tools, the right motivation and feel accountable. This class will give you all that! You just bring the “really wanting to” part 😉

This class will offer you:
The right Motivation and practical ideas
Fun painting exercises that will help you create the habit of painting.
Weekly painting time together  (you will start and finish a painting when we meet)
A mini tribe of like minded people with the common goal of creating the happy habit of painting. This tribe will grow!
…And of course, coffee or tea! (part of the motivation 😉


DATE: Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 30 (rain date May 7), 2019
TIME: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
FEE: $150
LOCATION: Monica Linares’ studio in Apex, NC (address sent after registration)
SUPPLIES LIST:  Included on the Registration Page
MEDIUM: Acrylics
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of painting required | STUDENTS: Max. 3, Min. 2


6×6 Art Community!

All info about this wonderful and BRAND NEW opportunity for painters HERE

DAY: Tuesday August 27                                                                                                                    TIME: 10:00 – 12:00
FEE: $25
LOCATION: 1401 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610
WHAT TO BRING:  info on registration page
STUDENTS: max. 10, minimum 6                                                                                   REGISTER HERE FOR:  AUGUST 27


Fast Start by Beth Carrington Brown and Mónica Linares

FEE: $85
LOCATION: 1401 S. Bloodworth street, Raleigh, NC.
SUPPLIES LIST:  Sent after registration
MEDIUM: Acrylics
LEVEL: All levels | STUDENTS: Max. 12, Min. 6

Our unique “crash” course on painting fundamentals, Fast Start, will give you concentrated information about all the basics of painting in just a few hours.

Class Description

  • Are you new to painting, or coming back after an extended break
  • Want a “fast start” to get your painting going in the right direction?
  • Interested in taking a workshop but not sure if you are “ready”?

In this concentrated “crash” course of fundamentals, we will discuss what we think are the most important elements of painting: composition, color, and value. We will also talk about all the different tools artists use, that way you’ll be able to decide what you need or what you are missing in your artist toolbox. And…you will even get to paint, so you can put into practice right away what you learned during this well-rounded class.

We know that having a firm foundation will help you get on the path to successful painting!

Advance registration is required. Limited Seating Available.