Sunday, September 13, 2020

Beginning Level online Drawing Class sneak peak!

 Online Drawing Classes with Patris

Love to draw but not sure where to begin?  Jump into our weekly online drawing class and learn to simplify and observe your subject to create your own personal approach to the drawing process.

Click here to take a look at one of the drawing classes with Patris as we begin our lay in process for drawing a bird.

graphite drawing by Patris

Monday, June 22, 2020

In Studio Art Classes this Summer--limited enrollment

Weekend In-Studio Art Classes: 

Intro to Oil/Acrylic Painting Classes with Patris

Limited to 6 students per class session 

We will use social distancing in our spacious studio and each person should bring their own mask to wear. as well as extra hand sanitizer if desired. 

Saturday Dec. 5
Saturday Dec. 12

Saturday January 16 and 23, 2021

 1 - 4 pm
$40 per class session and includes all materials to use or bring your own personal materials if desired.

Tuition payable at time of class

To register, contact Patris at

These beginning level painting classes will introduce students to the painting process, palette set up,
handling brushes, and many other aspects associated with the painting process.   By breaking 
down the process into different steps, participants can gain a new understanding of painting skills and approaches.  Each session is a self contained lesson and includes instructor demos, individualized instruction and guided practice.

All materials provided or if you have  materials you want to explore and experiment with,
please bring them to class with you.

Classes are individually taiored to each student.
Students can choose to work on: 
  • basic skill building exercises to gain proficiency in oils or acrylic paint
  • work from direct observation with a simple still life set up
  • bring in a photo that they would like to paint
  • bring in a painting that they would like help with to finish
Tuition can be sent through 
  • Venmo at Patris-Miller
  • paypal at
  • or send check to Patris Studio, 3460 2nd Ave, Sac CA 95817

Thursday, June 4, 2020

3 week On Line Portrait Drawing Classes

On Line 3 Week Beginning
Portrait Drawing Class Series
If you’ve tried your hand at portrait drawing, you already know it can be difficult to get the results you want.  It can seem overwhelming and can leave you wondering where to even begin.

Successful portrait drawing is a skill that is learned, practiced, and honed.  With knowledge, practice, and guidance we can learn how to develop portrait drawing skills that lead to more satisfactory results.

In these Beginning level 3-part classes, we will take a closer look at helpful proportional guidelines for establishing realistic portraiture, facial features and characteristics, and creating portrait drawings from photo ((or live model) references using the skills and ideas introduced in each series.

Course content includes

  • Live class sessions in the Patris Studio ZoomRoom with recorded sessions sent to your email for viewing at your own convenience.  Can't make live class session?  No problem! View the recorded class session at your own pace!

  • Support materials and photo references

  • Easy to follow guidelines and helpful tips

  • Instructor feedback at any point during or after each lesson.

Live class sessions are held Wednesday Afternoons
1:30 pm – 3 pm

Class recordings will be sent following live class sessions. 

Enrolled students have the option to  email, text, or confer in person their works in progress or finished assignemts  for any feedback, clarifications or guidance on their work.

Cost: $60 per series

Payment acceptable through:
Venmo at Patris-Miller
or check made payable to Patris and sent to 3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento CA 95817


Frontal Face View

Three quarter Face  

Using Light and Shadow on the portrait

July 8, 15, 22

Dynamic Portrait poses 
August 12, 19, 26  (new dates)

Working on Toned Paper
September 2, 9, and 16
suggested materials include toned paper, and white charcoal pencil

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Online Portrait Drawing Class


NEXT CLASS SERIES: Three quarter view JUNE 3, 10 AND 17.  

JULY SERIES: Using Light and Shadow on the portrait
July 8, 15, 22

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Patris Beginning Drawing Class moves into Cyberspace. Come join us!

Beginning Drawing Class with Patris in Cyberspace!

2 class formats you can choose from:

-  Live class meets Wednesday mornings 
from 10:15 am - 11:30 am

-  Or Request to have the recorded class session sent to you! Work at your own pace and with your own schedule.   

Check it out!
You can jump into class at anytime, work at your own pace, submit your work to me for ideas and feedback as many time as you  like, and work through the assignment using a variety of approaches.

Classes are $15 apiece or 3 for $40.

To join: 
simply reply by email expressing
 Payments can be made by PayPal at
Venmo at Patris-Miller
or check if need be:
Patris Studio, 3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817

See you on line!

Friday, February 21, 2020

ONLINE Beginning Workshop with Patris at the Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino CA
August 22 and 23, 2020
registration link here

Join Patris in this beautiful little village on the coast and indulge your inner artist for a weekend treat of "Landscpae Painting in Oils for Beginners"   -- And all materials provided! 

This workshop is in the studio and designed for beginning level artists who want to explore basic concepts of landscape painting using a limited palette of three to five colors, plus white. Topics include color mixing and theory, landscape composition and ideas, palette management, creating depth in the landscape, and use of painting materials for maximum effectiveness.

The workshop includes instructor demos, class exercises designed to build fundamental painting skills and concepts, guided practice and individual assistance. We will begin each day with a few painting exercises and then work on a landscape painting each day. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and finish one to two paintings over the course of the workshop.

All painting materials will be provided in this workshop.

 Please see supply list for materials participants should bring as additional supplies for the class.