Michele teaching at lighthouse field

Instruction in Painting

by Michele Hausman

Michele teaches workshops and individual classes in oil painting. Highlights:

  • Private and semi-private painting instruction. Receive guidance in painting and constructive critical feedback on your work.
  • Class Series comprised of 4-6 weekly half-day classes
  • Workshops with three full days in a row for more intensive learning.
  • Michele’s classes are held either in her spacious Soquel studio (for general painting instruction) or locations around Santa Cruz county (for plein air painting instruction.)

Contact Michele for information on future planned instruction opportunities.

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    Hausman Studio Classroom

    2022 CLASS SERIES: Landscape Painting!

    Title:                   Studio Painting: Painting the Landscape
    Dates:                 Five Thursdays 9am-noon,
    .                           April 14, 21, 28 and May 12, 19, 2022
    Location:            Michele Hausman Studio, Soquel CA
    Cost:                   $295 for five classes
    This Class Series is completed.

    Attendees can still click here for the class scholar pages

    In this Spring workshop, we will focus on painting landscapes. Participation is limited, ensuring each participant receives good instruction throughout. Each student will work at their own pace with individual attention during the painting process.



    Through the course of the 5 classes, you will be developing various skills and techniques of seeing and painting. Class participants will also receive a bonus: an invitation for a group plein air session with me on the Santa Cruz Coast in late May or June. – mh


  • Bean Pot and Persimmon 9x12

    2023 CLASS SERIES: Painting from Life and from Reference

    This series of weekly painting classes will span from the end of February through the start of April. The first three weeks will focus on Alla prima painting in the studio using fruit and floral arrangements. The last three weeks will focus on landscape painting from reference material.


    Through the course of the classes, you will be developing various skills and techniques of seeing and painting. – mh


  • Michele in her Soquel Studio

    Private Lesson


    I am offering private landscape painting sessions by appointment. These offer more flexibility and personalized attention than could be afforded with group classes. Sessions are roughly 3 hours in duration. Instruction is set up to meet your individual needs – the great benefit of a private lesson.


    You will want to first decide whether you are interested in learning about plein air painting or studio painting. I include both in my professional work myself, and I have taught both. Studio painting is especially useful for really large paintings. Plein air painting, which is painting out in the natural landscape, often works better with smaller paintings – and that is particularly true on windy days. The plein air approach adds challenges to the painting experience – primarily access challenges (getting our gear to where the “perfect view spot” is located”), weather challenges (looks like rain!) and light challenges (painting as the sun and shadows are moving requires rapid development of the paintings before the scene changes right before your eyes.)


    I will work alongside you, demonstrating various steps and guiding you with instruction regarding value, color, shape, line, texture, and edges as they relate what we are painting. If in studio, you may choose to work from your own reference material, photos and / or plein air sketches. Or I can provide such. Once you are registered on line, I will contact you to arrange a date and time, and to make a basic plan for what type private class session will work well for you. A suggested materials list will also be sent to you after you register.

  • Hausman Studio, interior view

    Semi-Private Lesson for 2

    Title:                   Semi-Private painting instruction for 2

    Date/Time:         TBD – Michele will contact registrant

    Location:            Michele Hausman Studio, Soquel CA, or a plein air location to be agreed


    Two participants:      This item allows 2 people to come to a Michele Hausman painting session for instruction together. You will choose whether to arrange the session as a plein air activity somewhere in Santa Cruz County, or to be held in Michele’s Soquel Studio. Total cost is $140 for both students. At $70 each, this is a good, affordable choice for those who wish to experience art making with a friend, partner,  parent, or anyone with whom you will enjoy sharing time learning from and sharing with Michele. (And this can be a fun gift!)


    Preregistration Required – you will be contacted by Michele soon after your registration is received. For each participant, she will want to know your painting skill level and the subjects of interest for your painting. At that time, you can schedule a date for the painting session.