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Weekly Class
Oil Painting and Beyond
Sylvia Shanahan
Tuesdays 9am-12pm

Published artist, illustrator and now fine artist, Sylvia Shanahan, shares her vast knowledge of oil painting, both abstract and representational. Learn how and when to use materials including cold wax, colored grounds and additives. Tips and tricks will be demonstrated each class including design principles, quick and easy perspective, the power of color and other creative insights.

Students will work from their own reference materials under the guidance of the instructor. This class is perfect for intermediate/advanced students as well as home-schooled (age 14 +) wanting a good foundation in art.

This class is open to Oil, Water-Based Oil, Mixed Media, Pastel, Pencil.

Pre-Registration is Required. Click the button below to Sign Up!



Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Age: 14+

(All Kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an Adult. If the Adult wishes to participate in the class, they must also register.)

Class Fee: $28 for Members; $35 for Non-Members

(Membership information is available HERE)

Supplies: Student should bring their own supplies. Click the link below.

Meet your Instructor...

Sylvia Shanahan

Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Sylvia Shanahan graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Graphic Design/Illustration. Ohio is also where she enjoyed a successful career in marketing, advertising and sales at several nationally known consumer products companies.

​Throughout her career though, she made time for her love of fine art--a love that started early in life through family outings to the Cleveland Museum of Art. “I would have started drawing earlier, but I was such an active child,” she jokes. “I never had the discipline to sit still. I could be found playing neighborhood baseball, climbing a tree or exploring the fields and ‘soon-to-be-built-on’ vacant lots in our area. My friends and I were always hunting for new places to discover ‘untouched’ nature.”

Shanahan believes that these childhood experiences evolved into an almost reverent love for landscape painting. Where she once scouted for natural vistas, she now explores new territory in color and technique. "My approach to painting has always been tinged with studies in metaphysics. Thin layers of paint overlap, merge, combine, morph…and develop into a work of art. It’s my vision of how ‘reality’ works—overlapping energies merge, combine, morph…and create what we see. And then it’s manipulated by our brain, personal histories, higher self or whatever you call your inner being."

"It’s been said that the space between thoughts connects us to the collective," she continues. "In my opinion, that’s what art should do—catch you off guard before a thought appears, reach deep into the bowels of the soul and link to a timeless universe."

Membership Benefit:

$7 OFF

Our Members receive a discount. Sign up and receive $7 off every weekly class, plus free Open Studio!

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Classes Policy

All fees associated with classes are non-refundable once the class has started.  In the event a registrant needs to change or cancel their registration, the registrant should use the link provided in the confirmation email to reschedule to a future class.  If the student needs to cancel for a refund prior to the start of class you must contact the Beach Art Center as far in advance as possible. Any agreement to cancel or transfer a registration after the class has taken place is made at the sole discretion of the instructor.  

Beach Art Center reserves the right to cancel classes if minimums are not met or for any other reason relevant to business needs. In the event of a cancellation initiated by Beach Art Center, the registrant will be rescheduled or will receive a full refund.  Beach Art Center does not hold credits on account for future use.

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