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


  • THE HAPPY HABIT OF DAILY (or most days) PAINTING  Class info below. (online and in person!)

  • PAINT A BUNCH WITH INTENTION, the power of painting in series!

  • THE ESSENCE OF PAINTING  (for beginners) Class info below

  • Anatomy to Remember | Drawing the Human Figure with Dan Nelson.  Class info HERE – Date TBD

The Happy Habit of Daily (or most days) Painting by Mónica Linares

4-Week 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: four consecutive weeks, 1 day per week. 
LOCATION: Painting Miles Studio in Raleigh OR online
SUPPLIES LIST:  Included on the Registration Page
MEDIUM: Acrylics
LEVEL: Previous painting experience required (not for beginners)



Paint a Bunch with Intention, the power of painting in series by Mónica Linares

4-Week Class Description – I’ll be demoing flowers. You can work on the theme of your preference: landscape, still life, interiors, cityscape, floral

I realized that what I enjoy to teach the most is giving you structure, accountability, motivation, the right challenge and enough technique information to keep you going so you can paint daily of frequently enough for you to explore and get better at painting, and most importantly, to find your own and unique voice.

You all have a strong foundation by studying on your own, through workshops and classes or by being a Happy Habit alumni; you know the theory and the practice needed to paint frequently, but sometimes if we are not surrounded by a community that keep us accountable we lose track of time, start prioritizing other things and before we know it, our daily painting practice is gone.

The second thing that can happen is that we keep painting frequently but become “painterly disperse”. We try a little bit of this and a little bit of that without a painting goal, without thinking: What do I want? How do I want to grow? Where do I focus?. Sometimes that’s great!, but sometimes we need some parameters to push us in one direction, find consistency and a steady growing, until we want to shift and grow in another direction. Based on my experience, focusing on one subject for some time helps a lot!

That’s why I am offering a month long class. I will take a maximum of 10 students because I want to have enough time to dedicate to all of you. I will help you build, or start building, a body of work based on photo references. Creating a body of work, or working in series, will help you learn all you can about one subject. It will help you find consistency which is wonderful if you are planning on exhibiting, creating a portfolio to bring to a gallery, or as simply as sharing your work on social media. And it will help you find your voice!

We will make a plan, create structure, I’ll guide you where you need it and offer accountability for you to start building a consistent body of work. In other words: To paint a bunch with intention!


Preferably being a Happy Habit Alumni or having previous painting experience

To have a painting subject you want to dedicate a month to: Landscape, Cityscape, Still life or Interior. I will be doing a floral demo first day of class.

To have at least 20 photos taken by you to work from for the whole month. Bring them printed or on a tablet.

To paint most days (you don’t need to finish a painting a day, but you have to paint or sketch most days)

Being flexible! This is a very malleable class. Depending on the painting subject you choose, the content could vary a bit. This will be a growing experience for you and for me!

What will happen during these two hours?

First I will share technical information (one painting topic per week: values, composition, color, consistency and putting it all together) and one well known artist exhibit per week. Then I will assign you homework, do a quick demo of it and will answer any questions you might have (we won’t go over two hours in total). Then you will go to your easel and start your first assignment.



The Essence of Painting by Mónica Linares


  • DATE: January / February, 2022 (4 week class)
  • TIME: 10:30am to 12:30pm.
  • MEDIUM: Acrylics
  • LEVEL: Beginners
  • FEE: TBD
  • SUPPLIES LIST: on the registration page

If you want to seriously start painting, this is the class for you.

I believe in solid foundations, and that is what this painting class for beginners will give you. You will finish this class knowing the basics of value, color and composition, how to apply them to your paintings and I will guide you step by step, from start to finish, on your first (or third!) still life painting (we will paint from photos and from life). I will also share with you best studio practices that will help you paint frequently, because that’s the secret to improve faster.

With these essentials you will be able to continue exploring the wonderful world of painting on your own…until we meet in a future class 😉

How will it work?

We will meet 4 consecutive weeks in person. During the first 3 weeks we’ll talk about one painting topic each week (value, color and composition) and you will do a painting exercise right after the talk. Monica will do a  demo on the first day of class.

You will have access to an online step by step painting demonstration. That way you can also paint along me at your own pace whenever you want.

On the 4th day we will meet again to talk about your work, paint, and answer any questions.

We will paint with acrylics.




LOCATION:  Painting Miles Studio
WHAT TO BRING:  your beautiful and artistic self
STUDENTS: Happy Habit and Paint a Bunch alumni                                                      


We created Artribe after a wonderful group of artists working on becoming daily painters (from our Happy Habit class) requested a way to stay in touch, motivated, in painting shape, and inside a daily painters (or most day painters) tribe! We artists know how lonely the life of an artist can be. In our studios (and our heads!) all the time! Thinking, solving, seeing, creating, and knowing how much we need connection with other thinkers and creators to feel supported (and understood!). We need to build a community of like minded people!

Come to Artribe to connect with your peers and stay for up to 2 hours of art-growth, inspiration and conversation. 

Topics that we will discussed

  • -Art Business
  • -Social Media and art
  • -Painting techniques
  • -Artists to follow and be inspired by
  • -Art opportunities
  • -Daily Painting Exhibition
  • -Art Growth
  • -Creativity
  • -Materials
  • -Painting challenges
  • -Painting exercises
  • -Propose an art topic to be discussed

This will also be a place to share information about opportunities for painters, exhibitions, lectures and anything that can keep us stay motivated to paint daily.

For Happy Habit and Paint a Bunch alumni.