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New Classes and Workshops 2023

•Basic Drawing Sundays, March-June, 2023•
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
•Watercolor pencil, watercolor from tubes•

Beginners to advanced students work from instructors lessons or bring your own live plant/flower reference to work from.
Landscapes from your own photos

Limited to four students at Squirrels Nest Studio with a view of the Hudson Valley.

Basic drawing explores how to use materials, line drawing, contour, basic shapes

perspective, proportion, tone values, shading and composition. It can relate to plant and garden themes, still life or landscapes.

Turn or drawings into watercolor with watercolor pencil and/or tube pigments. 

1 class $135. per class.

Class is rescheduled if there is ice, snow or extreme storm.

A materials list and directions is provided upon contact to register.

Email: or call: 617-784-6704 

drawing and watercolor painting techniques
Private or semi-private instruction at
Squirrels Nest Studio. 
Sundays, March - June, 2023

Time: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Instructor:  R. Rosenthal

Draw with graphite pencils, watercolor pencils and tube or pan watercolors detailed realistic botanical subjects. Flowers, live plants or dried specimens. Limited to 4 students. 

For materials list contact the studio.

Fee: $135.00 for full day.

Please bring lunch for full day class. Beverages are supplied.


Zoom or Facetime private video instruction 

is available by appointment only.

• Calligraphy Basics: 

Private or semi-private classes at Squirrels Nest Studio 2023


Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

March - June, 2023

Learn Basic calligraphy using marker calligraphy pens on parchment paper.

Learn letter forms of Italic, Roman and Uncial font alphabets and numerals. 

With practice you will learn how to use the basic calligraphy for invitations, holiday menus, poems or greeting cards/envelopes

Materials list available when contacting studio to register.


Class of 4 students $50 per person 

(Materials can be purchased locally at

Newburgh Art Supply Store

Dick Blick (online)

John Neal Book Sellers and Materials (online)


Developing a Portfolio of Art

Squirrels Nest Studio Private Mentorship

For Beginners, Intermediate and advanced students. Work on personal projects with the assistance of a seasoned professional to help solve technical and creative blocks. Watercolor pencil, graphite pencil for drawing and use sumi-e ink, watercolor or gouache on rice paper or archival watercolor paper. Depict flowers, feathers, shells, insects, birds, animals or landscapes. If you have a project in mind bring live or dried references for flowers or other items. Materials list on request.

Limited to 4 students. Classes fill up quickly.


Instructor: Roberta Rosenthal

To Register: email: or call: 617-784-6704

Please register in advance and request materials list and studio directions.


Professional Business Practices

Professional Business Practices and Marketing

Be prepared to exhibit and market your work by learning necessary business practices, including press kit, contracts, pricing, negotiation, resume writing, portfolio development, and legal issues. Learn how to exhibit your fine art and what you need to know about commercial art commissions and licensing. Learn how to use social media to market your work such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, Instagram and more. Learn how to make a web site and blog using your lap top computer. Excellent for high school seniors, college graduates or those who wish to increase their marketing skills or art career direction.

Where: Squirrels Nest Studio


Dates: TBD


To register: Contact for more information.




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