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

I am working with 310 ART in Asheville, NC to offer new workshops in the winter and spring.

Loosen Up and Paint the Landscape, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, 10am - 3pm Now SOLD OUT
$145 includes all materials. Sign up for the waitlist here.
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”.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.

Studio to Plein Air- A Two-Day Landscape Painting Exploration
Saturday April 25th, 2020, 10am-3pm and Sunday April 26th, 2020, 12:30pm-4:30pm (location TBD)
Price: $270 with your own materials or with $320 materials provided
Register here

During this two-day workshop, students will learn and refine landscape painting techniques for success painting outdoors (en plein air). On day-one, we will meet in the studio and use reference photos to practice composition, massing, value, thumbnail sketches, and selection. On day-two, we will meet outdoors (weather permitting) at a nearby scenic location (exact location TBD) to paint en plein air, distilling our surroundings into expressive painterly interpretations. Demonstrations will be given in oils, but acrylic paints are welcome. This class is suitable for the novice to more experienced plein air painters looking to sharpen their skills. Some previous painting experience is suggested. Transportation to offsite painting location will be the responsibility of the student.

Painting the Local Still Life, Saturday, May 9th, 2020, 10am - 3pm
$145 includes all supplies for acrylic painting
Register here.

Arrangements of locally sourced produce and ceramics and other types of interesting vessels will serve as our inspiration and subject matter for the class. During the one-day workshop, students will learn and practice observational painting skills using an "alla prima" or all at once painting technique. We will focus on value/color relationships, efficient and expressive mark-making, and composition. This class will be accessible and fun for the novice or more experienced painter. Acrylic paints and materials will be supplied, but oils are welcome if you would like to bring your own.

Private classes
Do you have a small group coming to town that would be interested in a painting class? Always wanted to learn plein air painting and want some individualized instruction? To request a workshop or private class, please reach out at*