Painting the Natural World__ with Afsaneh Michaels__ Oct 31- Dec 5, 2023__ Tuesdays 1:00-3:30 pm__ Studio 1

Painting the Natural World

Afsaneh Michaels

October 31- December 5, 2023

Tuesday 1:00-3:30 pm

Studio 1


This six-week course brings you closer to the nature around you and introduces and deepens your art practice working from nature.  You will learn to draw and paint branches, leaves, small flowers, fruits or vegetables, birds and landscapes from collected specimens or within a still-life setup; the use of photographs will be allowed to some extent.  Beginning students and intermediate students and the more advanced students work in the same class. It is recommended that students who are new to art practice take Afsaneh’s natural world drawing class first to get familiar with the fundamentals of drawing which is the basis of painting as well.


This class is similar to natural world drawing class in that it lays out detailed methods in painting and color, while taking color into the mix more deeply. You will learn about form, line weight, shading, composition and an overall handling of the picture space and make lively, interesting and beautiful paintings. A variety of color mediums (including acrylics, oils, or water soluble oil colors, oil pastels etc.) can be used on paper as well as on canvas or board.

This class will also include some basic understanding and techniques of abstraction while studying the perception and rendering of the picture space in different contexts. Some students may choose to follow this route and make more abstract paintings.

Come with your existing setup with colors, brushes, pencils, pastels and other tools plus your sketchbook and a canvas paper pad. The first class will include a discussion of materials and supports (canvas, paper or boards). For questions please email the instructor.


Teacher: Afsaneh Michaels, AfsanehAm@gmail.com

October 31- December 5, 2023

Tuesdays: 1:00-3:30

Cost: $175.00, non-residents $195.00

Place:  Studio 1

Materials: Your medium of choice and setup plus your sketchbook and a canvas paper pad. For more information on materials please email the instructor

Number of Students: 15

Afsaneh Michaels, Instructor

Afsaneh A. Michaels is San Francisco Bay Area fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and teacher with over 30 years of creative experience. Afsaneh was raised from an early age in Europe and the U.S. She studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000. She has exhibited work in galleries around the Bay Area, and the east coast. In the early part of her career Afsaneh worked as an urban and country planner with the United Nations in Africa in Kenya and Malawi and later transitioned into art and exhibit design and worked at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi where she designed an exhibit for anthropologist, Richard Leakey. Later she worked at the Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Designing exhibits and collaborating with colleagues in various International museums. Afsaneh has always been an artist and after Edinburgh she moved to Florence in Italy where she started teaching small groups of adults and children in painting and drawing. Afsaneh loves to teach and uses a coaching style- mentoring each individual, guiding and developing their vision and direction while building foundational skills towards the student’s art practice. www.AfsanehMichaelStudio.com