All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance. To watch Gayle teaching a class, please visit the Demonstrations page!

Gayle Levee is classically trained as well as being an excellent instructor. Helping students build a solid foundation of strong basic skills is one of Gayle's most outstanding assets. She is also encouraging, positive and easy to be with.

To schedule a demonstration or workshop for your organization, please contact Gayle.

Paint the Adirondacks

PAINT THE ADIRONDACKS - August 19 and 20, 2014

Paint the Adirondacks Paint the Adirondacks

The Adirondack mountains have a special allure that has captivated artists for generations. Join me at Saranac Lake to learn about the mountains, how they are formed, and the play of light and color on this fascinating subject. This is a workshop I have wanted to offer for years, and here's why:

I have noticed that many of my students, when painting a landscape from life or from photos, wind up getting it wrong because they don't understand the WHY of the landforms and the water they are seeing. I think there is a strong link between representational painting and scientific understanding. To help you paint the landscape, I plan to demonstrate the geological forces and how they have carved out the shapes you see. Then I will show you how to use color and brushwork to express those shapes in paint.

We will paint outside, with an indoor studio in case of inclement weather. We'll start at 8:00 am and paint until 5:00 pm with an hour-long lunch break. On the second day, we will end with a crit and wine celebration. Following the workshop, you may choose to stay for the Saranac Lake Plein Air Festival, an exciting event which includes painting forays and a juried exhibition. Yours truly is the juror this year!

The cost for this workshop is $200 with a $50 deposit, due two weeks in advance.

You can register in full now, or put down a deposit for now and pay the rest later.

Upcoming Thursday Classes:

Thursday classes are held at Plaza Artist Materials in Nashville, TN. Click here for Plaza's hours and location.

JULY 10- AUGUST 28Portrait of the artists daughter, Minette

Impressionist Portraits

Paint from life using the Impressionist palette and learn how to create flesh tones which glow, as well as how to capture a likeness. This class is about quick, loose portraits of real people. Many of you took this class last summer and want to do it again. On the other hand, if you have not yet tried it, here is your chance!

Making Color Sing

How can you make your paintings glow with rich, saturated color? This eight-week course will answer all your color questions. You will develop an understanding of color which will open your eyes and improve your paintings tremendously.


You have been interested in a mentoring program, and I have put that idea in motion. This program is an intensive learning experience in a class limited to six artists; often fewer than that.

Click here to learn more about Mentorship.

Midsummer Journey