Private art classes for adults

artichoke and phacelia painting flowers on tablecloth by artist elizabeth r whelan

Take your art to a new level!

Elizabeth R. Whelan offers private art instruction for adults. Beginners to advanced and professional artists welcome. Ages 18 and up.

Elizabeth will share with you techniques and tips that will increase your abilities and add to your enjoyment of making art.

Instruction is primarily in various methods of drawing, and techniques of oil painting.

Elizabeth Whelan provides individual private classes on topics such as drawing in various media; oil painting techniques; plein air painting; botanical illustration; and getting started with sketchbooks.

Classes take place in her studio on Chappaquiddick island (part of Edgartown on the island of Martha's Vineyard). Plein air painting will take place in one of several scenic Chappy locations.

~ Online instruction in drawing or painting can also be arranged via Zoom. ~

Class fee:
$75/hour. There is a 2 hour minimum, and class length is typically 2 hours for drawing, 3 for painting.

Choose any number of classes--even just one--scheduled at your convenience; perfect for learning a new technique or brushing up skills quickly.

For the advanced and professional artist, Elizabeth can provide impetus to move forward, fine-tune your approach and techniques, and reinvigorate your work and working methods with a customized class. You decide what you need help with and we’ll go from there.


For more information, please contact her at [email protected]or phone 508-560-0083.
Class times are flexible, and mornings are recommended.

The fine print:
Class fees are payable via credit card and PayPal - Elizabeth will send you an online invoice. The fee is due before the class.

Things you might need to know about Elizabeth Whelan's studio:

  • She works from an attached studio at her home on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown -- this is not a commercial location.
  • Please allow time for the ferry crossing. See for rates.
  • There are a number of steps and stairs to the house and studio.
  • Odorless mineral spirits will be used for oil painting, and for the drawing classes spray fixative may be used.
  • And there is a medium-haired cat in the house, who will be away from the studio during your class.


In the unlikely event that a class must be cancelled by Elizabeth, the student will be notified immediately and can either choose to reschedule or receive a full refund.

If the student chooses to cancel their confirmed registration, or cannot or does not attend the class, the following refunds will apply:

  • The student may invite another person to substitute their place in the class (for the time at which they are registered) at no charge;
  • If notice is received less than 24 hours from the scheduled class time, no refund will be offered;
  • If notice is received 24 hours or more from the scheduled class time, a 50% refund will be offered.

Thank you - please let us know if you have any questions!