Tag Archives: private art lesson

Painting on A Colored Ground

How to Create Color Contrast

Here’s a brief introduction to color contrast. Feel free to ping me with any comments or questions.

Spanish Pallette – Intro to Painting

Greg Kessler demonstrates how to create a Spanish Pallette in these simple to follow steps. Details on private lessons can be found here. Click below to watch:

Latest student testimonial!

“After not painting for nearly a decade, my classes with Greg have allowed me to tap into talents that I thought were lost, and encouraged my creative spirit.  Greg’s ability to incorporate his vast knowledge of art history in his teaching approach is remarkable and extremely beneficial to his students.  He has further piqued my interest in learning about different techniques and I feel my confidence increasing with each class.  The one-on-one atmosphere really personalizes the experience and I can’t imagine any other setting being as effective.”
Isabelle, New York

Student Work – Part Two

Student Work - Part 2

Student Work

Student work

This is one of my students’ oil painting in progress.

Private Art Lesson Packages

Everyone is busy, but everyone would like to do a little something for themselves. It’s almost March and where are you with your new year resolutions? We are now offering flexible, private lesson packages. Here are the details:

West Side Art Studios – Create Your Own Art Classes


Lessons will be conducted in our studio in West Village. The area is accessible and well lit. It’s a comfortable space for being creative.


Prior to making any decisions, you are invited to visit the studio, get acquainted with me, show your work, and discuss options! Email us at kesslergregv [at] gmail.com to set up a time.


We will work with you to create a curriculum that suits your interests and needs. I recommend at least 4 lessons to finish a course and show progress. Feel free to check out the class descriptions for ideas.


We will pick a time that works for you and that slot will be your class for the month. We’re flexible!


Students are encouraged to supply their own working materials. The specifics can be discussed during the consultation session.


Lessons are sold in monthly packages and students are kindly asked to pay upfront for each month’s lessons.


We will apply a discount to your next package if you can recruit another student! If you find a friend or two you’d like to bring along, each student will be discounted by 25%.


8 LESSONS – 2hrs each at $20/hr ($320) for 3hrs- $480

6 LESSONS – 2hrs each at $25/hr ($300) for 3hrs- $445

4 LESSONS – 2hrs each at $30/hr ($240) for 3hrs- $360

2 LESSONS – 2hrs each at $35/hr ($140) for 3hrs- $210

NO PACKAGE: 1 LESSON – 2hrs each at $40/hr ($80) for 3hrs- $120

Art Class Descriptions

West Side Art Studios offers the following options to artists and art students. Students 13-18, as well as adults are welcomed to email kesslergregv [at] gmail dot com.

Introduction to drawing and painting

Anyone can draw–with practice!

This class is for beginner students. We encourage those with little or no art background to join. You will learn the fundamentals of drawing, including volume, light and form. Practicing the West Side Studios method, you will be able to improve your ability to draw in several weeks.

Beginning Painting

You will combine a study of art history with exciting painting techniques, such as color contrasts, wet into wet and limited palette. We will focus on your individual vision and goals, while exploring color harmonies and compositions.

Finding your voice in drawing and painting

Personal Mythology Class

Studying artists such as Philip Guston, Picasso and Kiki Smith, you will develop your personal visual narrative. We will refer to their works as we select contemporary mythological characters. You will integrate personal symbols, animals and historical figures into your paintings and drawings.

Family Fun

Looking for a fun weekend activity to enjoy with your kids? Sign up for two-hour beginning drawing and painting sessions. Learn, create and play together. Have a dialogue through art while learning about shapes, color complimentaries and opposites. Paint on top of colored backgrounds, pour paint, make collages and monoprints.

Taking your art to the next level

College Portfolio Preparation (for high school students)

If your goal is to continue your education in art, this class is for you. Boost your figure drawing, landscape and portrait painting skills. Delve into art history and gain knowledge of key periods and artists. Bring your existing portfolio for a personal evaluation and take it to the next level.

Intermediate/Advanced Figure Drawing

West Side Studios offers monthly sessions with live model. E-mail kesslergregv [at] gmail dot com to join a group session focusing on the skull, skeleton or figure form.

The skull/skeleton class is a discussion of the linear and planar skull drawing examples, as they relate to figure anatomy.

The figure form class involves linear and gestural figure studies. Gestural drawing is a quick way to capture movement and the basic structure of a figure. We draw the contour of the figure to develop a fuller understanding of form.

Create your own class

Private Lesson

You can get one-on-one instruction with the artist teacher. You can discuss class content and structure with him and customize the lessons to your needs and aspirations.

Rates: $25/hour, minimum of 2 hours per class recommended

West Side Studios – Individual Art Classes

West Side Studios offer you a flexible schedule to meet your needs. You can sign up for individual classes and learn art at your own pace. To set up an appointment for an individual class, contact Greg Kessler at kesslergregv@gmail.com.