Saturday, January 28, 2017

Announcing: Craig Nelson Quick Studies Workshop April 7-9, 2017

Craig Nelson Quick Studies Workshop

painting by Craig Nelson
Patris Studio is honored to host nationally acclaimed and award-winning artist and teacher Craig Nelson for a Quick Studies workshop April 7 - 9, 2017.  Craig is the author of "60 Minutes to Better Painting" and teaches painting and drawing at he Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he is the Department Director of Fine Art.

His Quick Studies Workshop will focus on the quick painting process, editing, building brush confidence, compositional variations,  and many other topics designed to help artists of all levels improve their general painting ability and skill levels.  Participants will work from a variety of source materials including still life set ups, photo reference, and live models. 

painting by Craig Nelson

painting by Craig Nelson


Where: Patris Studio and Art Gallery”
3460 2nd Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuition: $395 (includes model fee)

 Registration: Contact Patris at to register and 
send in a $200 deposit to hold your space. 
Checks made payable to Patris and sent to studio address.  
Balance due at beginning of workshop.

Registration and Cancellation Policy:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Announcing: Guest Artist Teaching Series

Patris Studio and Gallery is proud to present our Guest Artist Teaching Series in February and March on Thursdays from 10 am - 2 pm.  Three very prominent and highly acclaimed artists will offer students of all artistic levels a series of art classes that explore different approaches, techniques and styles.
  • Thursdays February 16 - March 23, 2016
  • 10 am - 2 pm
  • $35 per class
  • bring your lunch or snack and regular art supplies 
  • contact Patris for more details, questions, or info

Our series begins with Leslie Toms
teaching February 16 and February 23, 2017
 click here to download flier

Color, light and luscious painterly brushstrokes have long characterized the works of California artist, Leslie Toms. The intense color and sunlight of the west coast, along with the influence of the Society of Six, Bay Area Figurative painters and other contemporary northern California artists, gives her art its singular character.

She has studied with some illustrious painters: Wolf Kahn, Gregory Kondos, Charles Sovek, Harrold Gregor, Joseph Raffael, Ann Toulmin Roth, Jerald Silva, Wayne Thiebaud and others. She counts among her friends some of California’s best painters.

Our 2nd Guest Artist is Marilyn Rose
teaching on March 2 and March 9, 2017

painting by Marilyn Rose

Says Marilyn, "I have been an artist from my earliest recollections, but life took me elsewhere and I lived it to the fullest. In midlife I returned to my art studies and began my never-ending and all-absorbing quest to learn all I could and become the best artist I can be.

In classes, workshops or from books, I studied drawing, values, design, brush and knife technique; color theory and practice, figure, portraits, landscape, still life, graphic arts, photography; anything I could find to aid me in my creative journey.

Some twenty years later, I am still running to catch up, always studying and it is a joyous adventure, whether alone in my studio, in the field with friends, or in the classrooms where I either teach or learn….sometimes both at once."

Marilyn has had the opportunity to study landscape, portrait, figure and still life painting with some of the nation's top artists including Ray Roberts, Gil Dellinger, Ned Mueller, Terry Miura, Craig Nelson, Brian Blood, Brian Mark Taylor, Camille Przewodek, Michael Siegel.

Our 3rd Guest Artist is Kristine Bybee
teaching March 16 and March 23, 2017

painting by Kristine Bybee
I believe that color is similar to the vibrations in music. The color’s sound can radiate across the room and vibrate around a viewer much the way music does for the listener, and like music; this tone can alter and even heal the spirit. Like any art form, painting is about craftsmanship and the study of the more formal aspects of painting as well as the spiritual. This study is always unfolding and changing. I appreciate the study, discipline, and the craft of making art because of this process of unfoldment. However, each time a new question is asked, more questions arise, and the journey goes on, ever farther, ever deeper.

This travel is never taken alone; though sometimes it is lonely sit in a studio without a friend or a teacher. Fortunately, I share these travels with other artists ... And, we all strive, juggle our schedules, and keep traveling to an unseen but satisfying destination together. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We are announcing the Winning Name: "The Crazy Artist Blend”, submitted by the Monday afternoon Clothed Long Pose group! Congrats to you all! Prize will be shared among the group.
This Incredible coffee will soon be available as whole bean or ground, at Patris Studio and online through the Studio's website, Instagram and Facebook, shipped anywhere in the Continental U.S. All proceeds support the studio! Try some and think about switching your household's daily coffee to ”the Crazy Artist blend!"

Monday, January 16, 2017

Patris Weekly Drawing Class

Patris Studio and Gallery presents
a Weekly
Drawing Class

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Patris Studio and Gallery
3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento

$36 for a 3-week pack or $15 per class

Join Patris to learn, practice and hone your drawing skills.  If your drawings resemble sticks more than objects, this class is for you.  These drawing classes will introduce foundational skills in close study, observation, technique, line, tonal values ad perspective—all with Patris’ down-to-earth teaching style and gentle guidance. 
No experience needed.

For more info, contact Patris
Call or text: 916 397-8958

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Derek Penix Workshop Registration Open!

painting by Derek Penix
This workshop will help artists intepret photos in a fresh and lively manner, using bold brushwork to simplify and compose the subject matter.  Derek Penix will present a whole new way of looking and working from source material to help artists retain that fresh vision they want to convey on canvas.

Derek Penix Workshop
March 3-5, 2017
click here to download flier with more info or contact Patris for questions.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Announcing: Painting the Figure Simply and Beautifully in Watercolor with Robert Regis Dvorak

Patris Studio and Gallery presents
"Painting the Figure 
Simply and Beautifully in Watercolor" 
with Robert Regis Dvorak
Watercolor by Robert Regis Dvorak
February 25, 2017
10 am - 5 pm

Please click here for more information
Please click here to download materials list

Robert Regis Dvorak has been a practicing artist for 28 years. He presents seminars in drawing, watercolor painting, creativity and selling art for the University of California, San Francisco State University, community colleges and art galleries.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Announcing: Derek Penix "Fresh and Powerful Painting from Photos" workshop

Loosen Up! Seeing, Simplifying and Expression  
click here to download flier

painting by Derek Penix
You know how challenging it can be sometimes to retain that fresh and spontaneous quality when making a painting from photographic reference?

Check out this upcoming workshop with Derek Penix and learn his techniques and ideas on keeping the painting fresh and lively while working from photographs.

 "Fresh and Powerful Painting From Photos" 
with Derek Penix

Workshop dates: March 3 - 5, 2017
 10 am – 5 pm  
Tuition:   $395

painting by Derek Penix

This workshop is for adults from beginner to advanced.  The workshop will consist of one-onone instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for painting.  Students will use oils to paint from photographs. The mornings will consist of Penix giving a demo and the remaining time dedicated to students painting.

 Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shapequality, variety, simplifying, and loosening brushwork.  There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.  Penix will cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression.

  • Where: Patris Studio and Art Gallery 3460 2nd Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817 
  • Tuition: $395 
  •  Registration: Contact Patris at to register and send in a $200 deposit to hold your space. Checks made payable to Patris and sent to studio address.     
Cancellation Policy: Please see cancellation policy at

Instructor Bio:
Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting." 

Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."  

Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age Penix was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014. To date, Penix's most notable and recent award has been the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Penix currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.