Some Words from Students:

What a wonderful teacher and artist Ben is!  He is extremely generous with his talent, bringing out there best of each student's own strengths as we learn and paint with him. His courses are well planned--hands on, enjoyable, and no wasted time.  In class, we talk about the topic du jour, generally with a brief demo, and then we plunge into our own work as he circulates, giving individual attention.  In the classes that I have had with him, each student has been delighted with his / her development. I am a better painter thanks to working with Ben Hamburger.
-Suzan C., Plein Air Painting and Alla Prima Painting student

Ben Hamburger is a uniquely gifted artist and teacher. He clearly and concisely explains key concepts and techniques and then provides illustrative demonstrations at the beginning of each class. More importantly, throughout a painting session, he provides insightful direction that helps the student artist to see what is “off” and what should be a next step. He listens carefully to ALL and is a patient and kind instructor who provides a supportive learning environment to every student! Humble and down-to-earth, Ben always arrives at class well-prepared and eager to help.
- Shelly D., Alla Prima Painting, Acrylic Underpainting, and Expressive Landscape Painting Student

If you want to pick up painting tricks of the trade, take one of the many methods classes. If you want to become a more confident and proficient painter true to your own style, take classes with Ben Hamburger. He has that special gift that has students of all ages and levels returning to study with him for a long time.
-Howard S., Plein Air Painting, and Alla Prima Painting

Ben is an excellent instructor.  His demonstrations of technique at the start of each class really allowed me to learn a lot in a short time.  He not only shows the technique, but he talks through it in real time to explain what he's doing.  He does a great job giving individual advice, and his feedback is clear and straightforward.  On top of all that, he's a super nice person!  Highly recommended!
-Julie W., Alla Prima Painting Student

Upcoming Workshops, Classes, and Demonstrations

Ben Hamburger Demonstrates Plein Air Painting, Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at French Broad River Park, Asheville, NC Hosted by Asheville Urban Landscape Painters. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Abstracting Nature (in-studio class), Saturday, Sept 7, 2019, 10am - 3pm at 310 Art, Asheville, NC
$135 materials included.
We will use photos of local natural surroundings as departure points to create abstracted paintings that convey an emotional response to nature. Students will create while learning about the process of abstraction, color, composition, and texture to create unique, layered paintings. This class will be accessible and fun for the novice or more experienced painter. Acrylic paints and pastels will be supplied, but oils are welcome if you would like to bring your own paints and supplies. Register here.

Loosen Up and Paint the Landscape (in-studio class), Friday, Oct 11, 2019, 10 am - 3 pm at 310 Art, Asheville, NC
$135 materials included.
Painting can be daunting when we get stuck in the endless details. This class aims to pull you out of the weeds and focus on the big picture to make paintings that evoke a strong feeling of the place. Using the landscape as our inspiration, students will learn to simplify and distill scenes to make powerful and expressive paintings – “All at Once”. Learn about the concepts of Alla Prima, and how to paint a jewel while loosening up and seeing the big picture. This class will take place in the studio with photos of the local landscape for reference. This class will be accessible and fun for the novice or more experienced painter. Acrylic paints will be supplied, but oils are welcome if you would like to bring your own paint and supplies. Register here.

Private or Group Classes on Your Schedule/ As Available Starting mid-June at 310 Art, Asheville, NC
Once I get back from an Artist Residency, I will be available to teach individual, couple, or small group workshops based on what you are interested in focusing on and when you are in town. These workshops will be available upon request in subjects such as Asheville-centric Still-life Painting, Plein Air in the Local Surroundings, and Indoor Landscape Painting. I would be happy to craft a workshop based on your needs! For more information about these options, scroll down until you see my listings here. To discuss your dates and topics of interest, email me and We will need to coordinate your schedule, mine, and 310 Art's, so get in touch early to schedule something!