Upcoming Workshops:

Painting The Light - Landscape in Dramatic Lighting - Virtual Workshop via The ArtsCenter
DATE: Saturday, October 17th, 2020
TIME: 2pm - 5pm (3hours)
COST: $51
During this virtual one-day intensive workshop, students will learn to capture light in their landscape paintings. Students will work from their own photographs of the landscape in dramatic lighting situations (sunsets, sunrises, or that magic hour) to create their own tonalist interpretations. The workshop will include a discussion of examples of masterworks from throughout art history, guided demonstrations, student working periods, and critiques. There will be time throughout to ask plenty of questions. We will cover composition, underpainting, color, and value to create rich, high-contrast paintings that evoke an emotional response to place. Some painting experience is helpful. Oil or acrylic paints are welcome, but demonstrations will be in acrylics.
Register here

Painting Portraits from Photographic Reference – VIRTUAL with The Asheville Art Museum
DATE: Saturday, October 24, 2020
TIME: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST (4hrs)
COST: $60 Museum Members, $70 non-members
Registration deadline: October 16
In this 4hr workshop, learn how to paint loose but representational portraits from your own photos. Through demonstrations, students discover how to identify and mark the promotions of the face, block in shapes of value to articulate the form of the head, and mix skin tones. Students will paint during this session and will get feedback on their work. While some painting experience is helpful, all levels are welcome. Students may use acrylics or oils. Space is limited.
To register click here. Or call 828.253.3227 x122.

Please reach out to inquire about distanced private or group instruction.

Due to Coronavirus situations, in- person workshop dates are currently being reassessed with hosting venues. In person classes will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!

Some Words from Students:

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

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

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