Painting Classes

Unleash your inner artist and embark on a creative journey with our painting classes at Prairie Hills Gallery, guided by M. Alison. Our classes are designed to inspire, educate, and ignite your passion for art. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, we have classes tailored to your age and skill level.

How It Works

Class Duration:

  • Our standard painting class package consists of 5 classes, each spanning a comfortable 2 hours for age 14+ and 1 hour for ages 8 to 13.

Class Location:

  • Classes are conducted at Prairie Hills Gallery, conveniently situated at 843 Massachusetts St. in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Our gallery's charming and artistic atmosphere serves as the perfect backdrop for your creative journey.

All Equipment Provided:

  • We provide all the essential equipment and materials you need. You can simply show up with an eagerness to learn, and we'll take care of the rest.

Topics and Skills

Our comprehensive curriculum covers vital painting skills and concepts, including:

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Color Theory

Students learn about the color wheel, primary and secondary colors, complementary colors, and color mixing techniques. Understanding color theory is essential for creating harmonious and visually appealing paintings.

Mixing Paint

Understanding how to mix various colors and achieve the desired hues is a crucial aspect of painting. Students practice mixing colors to match specific tones and shades.

Brushwork & Control

Students practice various brush techniques, including strokes, blending, and texture creation. They learn how to control the brush to achieve different effects and details in their paintings.


Basic principles of composition, such as balance, focal points, and rule of thirds, are introduced. Students learn how to arrange elements within their paintings to create a visually pleasing and engaging composition.

Building Layers

Students learn the process of layering paint to create depth and texture in their artworks.

Value and Shading

Students explore the concept of value, which refers to the lightness or darkness of colors. They learn how to create depth and dimension in their paintings through shading and highlighting techniques.

Technique and Style

Students experiment with different painting techniques, such as wet-on-wet, dry brush, impasto, and glazing. They also have the opportunity to discover and develop their own artistic style.

Critique and Feedback

Instructors often provide constructive feedback on students' work, helping them identify areas for improvement and encouraging artistic growth.

Choose the class format that best suits your learning preferences:

Private Classes

Our private classes offer personalized attention, allowing students to explore their artistic potential at their own pace.

  • Ages 8-13 Years Old

    • 5 Classes
    • 1 Hour Each
    • Price: $295
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  • Ages 14 and Up

    • 5 Classes
    • 2 Hours Each
    • Price: $550
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Group Classes

In our group classes, you'll have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside fellow art enthusiasts. The first two classes will be conducted privately, ensuring you receive individualized instruction. For the remaining sessions, you will join established classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. It's a great way to connect with the local art community while refining your artistic talents.

  • Ages 8-13 Years Old

    Group classes are not offered for this age group.

  • Ages 14 and Up

    • 5 Classes
    • 2 Hours Each
    • Price: $375
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Customized Classes

Looking for a more personalized experience? Our customized classes are perfect for you. Whether you want to explore specific techniques or work on a particular project, M. Alison will tailor the classes to focus on your unique artistic goals.

Scheduling and Booking

Ready to embark on your artistic journey? Contact us by phone or book online to schedule your painting classes. Our team will swiftly assist you in securing your preferred class format and time slots.

For tailored or customized scheduling based on your unique artistic goals and availability, please call us directly at 785-550-9179. We are dedicated to accommodating your needs for a personalized learning experience.

Join us today and let your creativity flourish under the expert guidance of M. Alison. Start your journey of creating beautiful works of art and unleashing your artistic potential!

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