Welcome to Brushworks School of Art

Voted Best Of Lessons.com 2018BrushWorks School of Art is a school for artists ages 11 through adult who wish to explore the timeless knowledge of drawing and painting. Brushworks uniquely offers each student an individually based fine art education with a professional experienced artist.The Brushworks studio offers beautiful natural northern light in a welcoming class and student body environment. Artist studying at Brushworks create lasting artist friendships.

  • Instruction in traditional and classical methods, expressive, abstract, and exploratory art.
  • Oil, Watercolor, Pastel, Flemish Oil, Charcoal, Conte’ and all Drawing mediums.
  • Weekly Sessions, Private Instruction, Plein Air Painting Instruction, Workshops, Sketch Group as well as Private Instruction and Art Portfolio building.
  • Painting like the masters thru Still Life and Portrait, Try-It (explore a new medium), Private Group Art Events.

Classes for Teens through Adult continue to be updated and added. Please continue to check back. I would love to hear from you with a special request for a class that meets your needs.

Patricia Schwartz

About Patricia Schwartz

I cannot remember a day without the heart, soul and thoughts of an artist.

It is a privilege, an honor and a gift to work as an artist.  It is a passionate path that we follow with each painting and stroke of the brush as we conceive and create our vision of life.  As a plein air painter, studio artist and fine art educator, I enjoy painting the spontaneous and sensual energy of life.

I embrace the deep focus that it takes an image to reach the artist perfection. I love the moments when all the elements meet and the beauty of art flows from the soul to the brush and finally to the canvas. It is the painter’s language of life, spoken through a dedication of passionate curiosity.

Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

Group classes are purchased in 6 week blocks for $205.00. You can join a class anytime and the cost will be prorated. If you miss a class, please call Patty Schwartz at 651-214-4732. It is easy to arrange a makeup class.

Information on creating your artist portfolio and/or building your artist business is available for all Brushworks students.

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Adults - All Mediums

Paint as an individual while learning to express yourself through your choice of all drawing and painting mediums. All experience levels, styles, and interest are welcomed and encouraged, including representative, impressionistic, abstract, and expressive.

From beginning to end this class includes practical instruction in the knowledge and use of materials, the power of values, and the skill of brush handling. Strong emphasis will be on the understanding of color and color mixing, how they work together in a composition, the chemical qualities of transparent vs. opaque, organic vs. inorganic and how they affect the glow in a painting. Work from your photo references or still life, or feel free to use one of our cast along with your ideas to contribute to lively conversation with a great supportive group of painters.

Classes are ongoing.   You may join at any time during a six week session at a prorated rate. Schedule flexibility… let us know at the time of registration the dates that you will not be able to attend so that we may prorate your cost or arrange for make up classes. All make up classes must be made within the session. Contact Patricia Schwartz with questions at 651-214-4732.

New students for this class receive a FREE half hour critique and introduction prior to first class with the instructor.

Teens Express Yourself Through Drawing and Painting

Drawing & Painting are a natural way for teens to express their powerful inner self while in the company of their peers. From traditional to abstract to the dynamics of expressive painting this class offers teens the artistic self expression. Teens learn from a professional artist while finding the language of art through solid drawing techniques and exploring the wonders of painting in oil, watercolor, pastel and more. Students are encouraged to build their artist portfolio.

Brushworks’ focus is an individually based fine arts education … supplies are specific to the students work, however all students will need his/her own drawing supplies.  Oil painting is encouraged, some supplies are available…supply list will be emailed or available at the school.


The first and third Wednesday morning classes are dedicated exclusively to portraits, including animals, in all drawing and painting mediums.

Private Lessons

Thank you for considering private art education lessons at Brushworks School of Art. The artist in you is a very personal connection to who you are. There are a variety of reasons why you may choose private one on one art education.

Private lessons times are available most days. Private lessons are meant to offer a focused time on your individual artistic goals. Drawing, Watercolor, Oil, and Pastel Painting Lessons are available for ages 12 through adults. The cost for private lessons is $45.00 per hour.

If you know at the time of registration that you will not be able to attend a specific date, I will prorate that date for you. Cost per class hour is $45.00 per student (for all ages): payments made at beginning of @ month. Please make your arrangement to visit by calling Patty Schwartz at 651-214-4732.

You are welcome to visit the Brushworks Studio and meet with me prior to making your decision. Lessons are ongoing and may be started at anytime Schedule Flexibility … Please feel free to join in at any time. Plus, let us know at the time of registration the dates that you will not be able to attend so that we may prorate your cost.

A half hour free critique of your current work is available to everyone. Contact Patty Schwartz with questions 651-214-4732.

2019 Class Information

Brushworks 2019 Class Schedule

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