Thursday, December 11, 2014

ANNOUNCING: "Painting Like Caravaggio" oil painting workshop with Paco Benitez POSTPONED

Painting Like Caravaggio
Oil Painting Workshop
January 23-25, 2015
Taught by Internationally Renowned Artist and Teacher Francisco “Paco” Benitez
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
January 23, 24, 25
10 am – 5 pm each day

Patris Studio and Art Gallery
3460 2nd Avenue
Sacramento ca 95817

Limited enrollment

$400 plus $35 model fee

and  additional information  contact:  Patris

Suggested materials list sent upon registration

ANNOUNCING: Encaustic Workshop with "Paco" Francisco Benitez

Encaustic Portraiture by Paco Benitez
Encaustic Painting Workshop
January 16 – 18, 2015

Taught by Internationally Renowned Artist and Teacher Francisco Benitez

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
January 16. 17. 18
10 am – 5 pm each day

Patris Studio and Art Gallery
3460 2ndAvenue
Sacramento ca 95817

Limited enrollment

$400 plus $40 material fee

and additional information contact: Patris

Suggested Workshop Prerequisites:
 Drawing Skills
 Basic Encaustic painting Skills
 An attraction to representational art
 The Patris Studio and Gallery offers portrait and figure drawing classes for artists to practice and hone their figurative drawing/painting skills.

Check out what's happening at Patris Studio and Art Gallery

"Small Works" Exhibition opening Reception
 this Saturday, 2nd Saturday
3 - 6 pm --long pose session with live model
6 pm - 11 pm: artist reception, live music, great art at affordable prices
*No Figure Drawing Session Tuesday evening Dec. 23 --Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
(all other figure drawing/painting open studio sessions remain as scheduled.)*

4-week Figure Drawing Class with Thomas Starnes 
starts Monday January 5, 2015
Dates: Monday Evenings-- January 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm

Winter Paint In  and Potluck 
Friday January 9
10 am - 1 pm
paint from a gorgeous array of still life settings or from a live model in a themed setting. 
bring a little food or beverage to share and stay for lunch and critique


Encaustic Workshop with Internationally known artist and teacher Francisco "Paco" Benitez
January 16 - 18, 2015

"Painting Like Caravaggio" Oil Painting Workshop 
with  Francisco "Paco" Benitez
January 23-25, 2015
BONUS:  Register for both the Encaustic Workshop and Caravaggio Workshop and save $50

Michael Siegel Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Still Life 
February 5-7
Study still life or portrait painting or both with master artist Michael Siegel in this workshop. 
Save the date--

ANNOUNCING: January Figure Drawing Class

Drawing by Thomas  Starnes

Figure Drawing Class:
 Construction and Design of the Human Figure
4 Mondays
January 5. 12, 19, 26
6 pm – 9 pm
@ Patris Studio and Art Gallery
3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817

Drawing by Thomas Starnes

Figure drawing class for anyone interested in drawing the human form, this class offers an overview of the process of drawing from live models with an emphasis on the solid construction and design of the human figure. 
        Open to all levels –beginner through advanced

Topics will include:

·         Week 1: Gesture, Sight Measuring, Angles, Proportion
·         Week 2: Construction, Simplifying Anatomy
·         Week 3: Value Pattern, Light and Shadow
·         Week 4: Composition, Refinement

Thomas Starnes has over 15 years experience in film and television animation, withc screen credits including feature films for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks SKG, Universal Studios, and 20th Century Fox. He currently teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco as an online instructor for the Foundations and Illustration Departments.

 4-week pqck: $170 (includes model fee)
Pay-per-class: $45 (includes model fee)

 To register, please contact us at:
*   *   (916) 397-8958

Announcing: “Painting Like Caravaggio” oil painting workshop


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Oil Painting Workshop

January 23-25, 2015

Taught by Internationally Renowned Artist and Teacher Francisco “Paco” Benitez


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

January 23, 24, 25

10 am – 5 pm each day


Patris Studio and Art Gallery

3460 2nd Avenue

Sacramento ca 95817

Limited enrollment


$400 plus $35 model fee


and additional information contact: Patris

Suggested materials list sent upon registration.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Announcing: Francisco “Paco” Benitez January 2015 Workshops

  Encaustic workshop:
January 16 -  18, 2015
“Fayun Portaits and Figurative” encaustic
Encaustic techniques and methods of working with the
$400 + $40 model and supply fee
(Save $50 if you sign up for both workshops.)
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Painting Workshop
January 23-25
“Painting Like Caravaggio”
Study with internationally known artist and teacher
Paco Benitez to learn the techniques and methods of Italian painter Caravaggio
Cost: $400 + $35 model fee

Thursday, November 20, 2014

UPDATES: Figure Drawing/Painting Open Studio sessions for December

 Open Studio Sessions with live model will continue to be held on Mondays through the December holiday season.  

  • Morning figure drawing session is 9 am - noon and

 Clothed long pose session is 12:30 - 3:30 pm

  Monday Dec. 15 following the 3-hour long pose clothed session, we will be heading over to the new Oak Park Brewing Company for a holiday beverage.  Come join us!

Join us for our Tuesday evening 
figure drawing session
Dec. 30 to close out 2014!

Abigail VanCannon Figure Painting Class begins December 4!

Join us for another great class with Abigail VanCannon focusing on figure painting.  Sign up with Abigail at
Classes start Thursday December 4 and are scheduled as follows:

  • December 11, 18 
  •  Jan.  15, 22, 29 
  •  February 5, 12, 19 26

Class time: 10am - 2pm
$35 per class or buy the bulk pack for $285 for a $65 savings
 (plus  small model fee per class)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Autumn Rhythms Exhibition - Second Saturday Oct.11th

"Roses and Vines"
Randy Blasquez
"Sierra Buttes Morning"
Victoria Brooks

"Cape Cod Harvest"
Sally Gruber

Second Saturday Art Walk, October 11th 
3 pm - 6 pm: Long pose model session
6:30 pm - 11 pm: Live music 

Bring your art supplies and paint or draw from a live model

In the evening enjoy live music by some of Sacramento's top talent!

Come for the art, stay for the fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two spots left in Michael Siegel's Portrait Painting Workshop

Here's your chance to jump on an opportunity to study with Michael Siegel next weekend.  Only 2 spots left---grab one of them and immerse your artistic self in a weekend of painting, learning, and growing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Elio Camacho Fall Schedule

Elio Camacho Painting Classes and Demo Schedule

Weekly  Class Schedule September - October
Tuesdays 11 am - 3 pm
Sept. 9
Sept. 16
Sept. 23

Oct. 7
Oct 14
Oct 21

Free Still life Painting Demo
Saturday October 4
noon - 3pm

Want to see how Elio uses brushstrokes, color, temperature, value, and all the other important elements that he uses to create exciting, vibrant, masterful paintings?  Then come watch Elio paint his demo, ask him questions, learn about his process,  and see why this class series is right for your artistic development and exploration.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

“Loose and Lively on the Urban Corner” with David Peterson



A beautiful day out in Oak Park for David Peterson’s Watercolor Workshop this morning titled “Loose and Lively on the Urban Corner.”  In this workshop, David showed the group how he takes an ordinary street  scene and turns it into a lively and fun painting experience.

Below are some of the paintings from the workshop participants.  Everyone enjoyed the day here in the heart of Oak Park painting the urban corners around the studio.  David Peterson is an amazing artist and a wonderful instructor.  Thank you David for this wonderful watercolor workshop at the studio!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

"PILE IT ON!" - and finish with finesse...

Full Day Workshops at Patris Studio...
Freedomauction_0252c11f-05cd-477b-8102-8584b8f7a75a! That's what this workshop is about. Be bold!

If you've ever wanted to learn how to use more paint this class is for you. We will wash in the underpainting quickly and then grab our palette knife.  We will pile on the paint  before learning to soften the edges with the brush and finish with any necessary detail. This technique is designed to teach you how to trust what you see with your eyes while squinting to see the large value shapes, in addition to learning to manipulate more paint on the canvas. 2013-08-03 12.16.34
Thursday September 4th   9:30 to 4 pm   $75
Patris Studio and Art Gallery3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento CA, 95817

To Buy this Workshop
e-mail Randy at or call 916-952-7914 to reserve your spot. No deposit is required. 
Click here for supply listclick here for supply list

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yes--we have figure drawing and long pose session Labor Day

We have a consensus!  Our Monday morning and Monday Afternoon figure drawing/painting sessions will be held this coming Monday, Labor Day.

If you are on vacation from work, getting ready to go back to school, or looking for some artistic inspiration this Monday holiday, come by the studio and let's Make Art!!!

 9 am - noon:
short poses 2 minutes to 40 minutes

12:30 - 3:30 
one long pose  (clothed)


Friday, August 8, 2014

Upcoming classes and workshops at the studio--make art!!!

Here's a line up for what's ahead at Patris Studio and Gallery with some very talented artists teaching and sharing their various approaches to creating art.  Sign up with Patris to reserve your spot.
Check it out!
Still life by Elio Camacho.  His classes are Tuesdays.

Elio Camacho Oi Painting Classes
resumes Tuesday August 12
10 am - 3 pm

Abigail VanCannon Oil Painting Speed Studies Series
starts Thursday August 14
10 am - 2 pm
click here to download flier


  • Thomas Starnes Portrait Drawing and Head Construction Workshop

August 23, 2014
10 am -3 pm
Watercolor by David Peterson.  His workshop is August 30.
click here to download flier

David Peterson Watercolor Workshop "Loose and Lively on the Urban Corner"
August 30, 2014
9 am - 1 pm
click here to download flier

Michael Siegel Portrait Workshop September 26-28.  Sign up with Patris to reserve your spot in this fabulous workshop!

Michael Siegel Portrait Painting Workshop 
in the tradition of Rembrandt and the Flemish Masters
September 26 - 28, 2014
 click  here to download flier

Friday, August 1, 2014

Portrait Drawing Workshop: Construction and Design of the Human Head

Click here to download flier.

click here to download recommended supply list
Open to all levels—  beginner to advanced
Taught by Thomas Starnes
Saturday August 23, 2014
10 am – 3 pm
@ Patris Studio and Art Gallery
3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817
$65 (includes model fee)

Topics will include P1013005
· Copying -vs.- Understanding
(Seeing and Knowing)
· Surface Rendering -vs.- Underlying Construction
· Construction and Design of the Human Head and Features
· Proportions, Angles and Alignments
· Seeing the "Abstraction" and
"Planes of the head" on a real model
· construction of features
· refining the portrait

· and much more!!!!
Contact Patris to register for this exciting one day workshop and take your portrait drawing skills to the next level

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Abigail Van Cannon Speed Studies Painting Class Begins August 14

90 minute study by Abigail Van Cannon
Speed Studies Painting Class
6 Week Painting Class - $180 - Reserve your spot today.
Dates: Thursday’s August 14,21,28      Sept. 11,18, 25
Time: 10-2pm @ Patris Studios and Gallery
Instructor: Abigail VanCannon

Speed Studies is a fast paced, energetic, approach to painting.
Having applied this approach in teaching, VanCannon found that
it not only helps build confidence and speed, but takes students to a new level. Practice makes perfect and brush mileage will quickly improve ones skill. When forced to do speed studies one learns to make quick decisions that eventually become instinctual. Not only will students learn from new topics each week, but also from group discussion and side-by-side instruction. Demos will also be given throughout the course.
Course Outline
August 14 Intro to Speed Studies – Overview
August 21 Design and  Format
August     28 Color Lessons
August 11 Learn Your Tools/Brushwork
Sept. 18 Studies for Finished paintings
Sept, 25 Exploring various subjects

Instructor Abigail VanCannon, MFA graduate from the Academy of Art University, uses her classical
training to teach students the techniques of oil painting.  Her work hangs nationally in solo and group shows as well as collector’s homes. VanCannon was named on of SouthWest Art Magazine’s “21 Under 31”  spotlight for 2012 and was chosen in Art Business News Magazine’s “30 Under 30” feature 2013.
See her work at

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Announcing Michael Siegel Portrait Painting Workshop Sept.26 - 28 in Sacramento!

Join us for a fantastic weekend of painting with internationally known artist Michael Siegel this fall.  In the tradition of Rembrandt and the Flemish Masters, Michael Siegel will offer 3 days packed with instruction, learning, and artistic growth.  Sign up now with Patris to guarantee your spot to study with this highly acclaimed artist and gifted teacher. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Workshop: "Painting Fast and Loose on the Urban Corner" with David Peterson

"Painting Fast and Loose on the Urban Corner"
An Outdoor Watercolor Workshop with David Peterson

When:  Saturday August 30, 2014
Fee:  $45
Time: 9 am -1 pm
Location:  Patris Studio and Gallery in Oak Park, Sacramento

click here to download supply list and workshop description

Students of all levels will come to this workshop prepared to paint outdoors.  The point of the class is to practice painting fast and loose from life!  David will show participants how everyday urban subjects viewed from a street corner can become images for lively and fresh paintings.  A live model in a bistro setting will be provided.  Indoor painting area available.

Send fee payable to:
3460 2nd Avenue
Sacramento CA 95817

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Announcing: Elio Camacho Summer Schedule for Still Life Painting Classes

Elio Camacho Still Life Painting Classes
 for July and August
6 week summer session
Tuesdays 11 am - 3 pm$270 for 6-week session
$45 per session

  • July 15
  • July 22
  • July 29
  • August 5  NO CLASS
  • August 12
  • August 19
Let's get painting!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer POP UP classes with Elio Camacho, Randy Blasquez, and Abigail Van Cannon

Stay tuned for the Summer POP UP Classes with 
Eio Camacho and Randy Blasquez and 
Abigail Van Cannon. 
Tuesday Summer Pop Up Class with Randy Blasquez.  It was a pleasure to welcome Randy back to the studio for a summer POP UP class focusing on landscape painting from photo references.

Elio Camacho will be offering different POP UP classes this summer as well.  Dates for his POP UP classes  posted on the blog schedule.   July 15, 22, 29, Aug 12 and Aug 19
Abigail Van Cannon will offer a POP UP Class on Thursday July 17 focusing on quick studies.  Her regular classes resume in August. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Call to Artists: Student/Instructor Artistic Excellence Show 2014

Patris Studio and Gallery invites you to enter our first annual art
exhibition featuring students and instructors from Patris Studio.
Promoting outstanding work and artistic excellence.

click here to download the prospectus

Categories:Figure, Landscape/Cityscape, Still Life
Selections will be made for 2-dimensional artwork only. Oil, acrylic,
watercolor, pastel, and mixed media will be accepted. No photography. No
prints or giclees. Work must be framed and ready to hang.

2014 Jurors:Patris Miller – Gallery Owner, Curator, Instructor and Artist
Abigail VanCannon – MFA Academy of Art, Curator, Instructor and Artist
Scott Martin – 25 years teaching experience, National and International Artist,
Important Dates:
May 20 – art selection for promotional material (email photos to - Work will be used for website, fliers, postcards, and more.June 16 – Drop off artwork for selection process. (Patris Studios 12:30-5:30pm)
June 17 or 18 – Pick up Artwork, accepted pieces notified, frame accepted work
July 20 – Hanging Party (potluck 6-8pm) Bring selected work and help hang the
show. All participants please plan to attend.
July 24 – Opening Reception (7-9pm) Special Reception with wine and small bites.
Invite friends, collectors, family.
July 26 – 2nd Saturday (6-10pm)
August 9 - 2nd Saturday (6-10pm)
September 13 – 2nd Saturday (6-10pm)
September 22 – Pick Up Artwork from Patris Studios

Conditions And Rules:
- Participants must be current students or instructors at Patris Studio
or attended classes/workshops within the last 6 months.
- Works must be original and created within the last 2 years.
- While the utmost care will be taken while handling artwork, neither
Patris Studio and Gallery or its representatives will be held
responsible for damages or loss of any cause.

$25 must be submitted in US dollars and is non
refundable. (Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Payment due
June 16)
- Artists may not withdraw artwork from the show once it has been uried in, or remove work before the show is complete.
- 40-60% commission on sales will be split between Gallery and Artist.
- By participating in the show you are allowing the gallery to use the
work in marketing and advertisement avenues to promote the show.
- Artwork must be framed and ready to hang by July 20
- Gallery reserves the right to 20% commission for any sales up to 2
months after shows conclusion, if collector is in direct result to
connection made through Patris Gallery and show.
- Payment will be made to the artist within 30 days of the sale.

Selection Process:Students are encouraged to submit their best work that has been completed
in the last 2 years. This work does not have to be in direct relationship to any
particular class, but must fit into the categories. Work will be selected from a
life jury process. Please drop original work off on June 16 and plan to pick up
June 17 or 18.

Work does not have to be framed for selection process, but
must be dry and have hanging wire on the back of work. Selected work will
be notified at time of pick up. Please bubble wrap selections and mark bubble
wrap and back of work with your: name, title, and medium.

Help Us Promote The Show:
- List the show on your website, Facebook, and any social networking.
- List the show on any handouts and flyers.
- Pass out postcards to potential collectors.
- Include the show in any press releases.
- Send out press release furnished by Patris Gallery
- Tell your friends, family, colleagues about acquiring great artwork and
donating to a great cause all at the same time.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Capitol Plein Air: Bogle Winery

We began this day of the workshop with a demos and mini-lectures on using color and brushwork to describe form, rather than describing  it from a tonalist approach. It's so very interesting to explore both ends of the painting spectrum.  

A beautiful place to learn and practice plein air painting in the Delta
We enjoyed each other's company, laughed alot and worked hard.  Nothing like a good picnic lunch to revive the painting spirit and keep us going for the rest of the day.  

Lunch time demo by Elio.

After a full day of painting, we headed over to the Dinky Diner in Clarksburg
where Elio began a sunset demo.
Fact or Fiction: Humphrey the Whale really was seen in the Delta waters--AGAIN. 

Elio's demo really was a beautiful, vivid statement of color, brushwork, and creative artistic expression.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Capitol Plein Air Workshop Day 2: Tower Bridge

Our workshop began with a demo and lecture about some aspect of painting and composing.  Today we set up near the Tower Bridge. 
Lots of learning and  lots of min-lessons gave us lots to think about. 

It was a beautiful day and great outdoor painting weather.  Many of the artists tackled this complicated subject matter with help and support from our fabulous teacher. Not an subject to paint, but a great challenge. 

Fact or Fiction: Humphrey the Whale was observed swimming in the Sacramento River.