Jennifer Balkan, Artist & Teacher

Written by Jennifer Balkan

I am an oil painter.  My favorite subject matter is the figure and portrait.   I have been teaching classes in my studio to small groups since 2005.   My classes include “Introduction to figure painting,” “Intermediate figure painting,” and “Painting the portrait.”  I love teaching because it gives me an opportunity to talk about painting with other painting enthusiasts; I always learn from my students; it gets me out of my “cave;” and it enables me to share all the juicy tidbits that have been shared with me over the years by some generous artists.  Painting alone in my studio can feel very self-indulgent.  I can truly give all of myself when I teach.  Thank goodness for that!!

Lately, in addition to my studio classes, I have been given a couple of new opportunities.  I am excited to have been invited by The Contemporary Austin/Jones Center to teach an oil painting workshop to teens who have been selected by their teachers for having artistic ambition and skill.

I will also be teaching my very first weekend workshop at the Georgetown Art Center March 29-30, entitled “Exploring the Intensity of Color in the Portrait.”

You can see what I do at  Click on the classes link if you’d like to see my current class schedule.

My studio is located behind my house on Lafayette Avenue.  If you’d like to visit, drop me an !

Jennifer Balkan art classes

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