Private Oil Lessons

Are you interested in learning how to Paint with Oils?

Three Pears on White Plate by Elaine Brady Smith

Private Lessons in Basic Oil Painting with Elaine Brady Smith in my home studio in South Central Pennsylvania

Instruction tailored just for you! We will discuss how to use my methods of Basic Oil Painting. This instruction is for Beginner to Advanced Students to learn many of the valuable skills that I practice everyday in oil painting.  Please inquire about very affordable prices for lessons. Guaranteed that you learn the basic skills of oil painting, brush up on what you used to know and help you focus your painting in a new direction!!! 

Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Explanation of Paints, Mediums, Brushes, Painting Surfaces
  • Starting a Painting – The Best way for You
  • Painting from Real Life and/or Photos
  • Take the Mystery out of Mediums
  • How to Mix Paint for Realism
  • The Importance of Value and Color Theory in Realism
  • Applying the Paint-Brush Stroke Methods
  • Direct Painting Methods(Alla Prima) vs Layering
  • Finishing, Varnishing, and Framing

You are asked to make a commitment of 6 Two Hour Lessons to cover the basic information needed. This does not have to be consecutive weeks, day and evening lesson times are available and scheduling is flexible. 

Students are to bring their own supplies and a supply list will be provided prior to the first lesson OR you can opt to pay an additional fee to have supplies provided for your lessons.

For Scheduling and more Information email, call or text:

(717) 991-4709


Testimonials from previous students:


“I saw Elaine’s still life paintings in the Millworks gallery and was smitten! Although I was unable to attend Elaine’s workshops, she was gracious enough to do private lessons for me. Her detailed teaching was thorough and enabled me to paint in her beautiful style. She gave invaluable tips on supplies, technique, and framing. I could not have been more pleased. The result of lessons w/ Elaine far exceeded my expectations.”  Bonnie, Dec 2018


“I sincerely appreciate the one-on-one instruction. Elaine is very methodical in her approach. Her instruction is thoroughly explained and proficiently demonstrated . The challenge to grasp her teachings and apply it in my painting is gratifying. If I find myself struggling, she patiently works with me so I am able to understand and resolve the issue. At the end of each session, I leave the studio feeling like I have learned the secrets of the “masters”. She has unlimited patience. After seeing her finished paintings, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from her and hone my own skills. As a self-taught artist, the knowledge she has shared with me has increased my desire to continue with my painting journey. After several lessons, I’ve completed my first painting applying what Elaine has taught me. I am thrilled with the finished product. My painting looks like a masterpiece! I’m looking forward to continuing this learning experience. I can say without reservation, I would highly recommend Elaine as an instructor for anyone wanting to improve their oil painting skills….from beginner to professional.”  Jacqui W, Oct 22 2018

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Information last updated Jan, 2021
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