Studio Lessons

At Studio Ochre, Tara Zalewsky-Nease provides demonstrations and one-on-one painting instruction, focusing on acrylic and water-based oil painting techniques. Those wishing to work in watercolor are also welcome! Classes are offered for beginning to advanced level painters. No prior painting experience is necessary.


Tara is versed in representational and conceptual oil painting, including still life, landscape and figure paintings. Students are encouraged to develop individual styles, whether traditional or contemporary.


Water-based oil paints are a fantastic painting medium featuring the consistency of oil paints without the toxic solvents used in traditional oils. Due to health concerns, the use of traditional oil paints and turpentine-based solvents are not used at the studio.


Register at any time for year round lessons! Students set their own pace in a relaxed and supportive studio environment. Tara is constantly available to answer painting questions and provide demonstrations.

Studio Ochre is well-lit with heat and air conditioning. Easels and table painting areas are provided, but students must purchase their own materials. Painting material lists are available upon request. Class size is limited, with registration on a first come basis, and a wait list for registration, if necessary.


  • Classes are up to 3 hours for adults and 2 hours for children.

  • Classes do not need to be taken consecutively. Attend any class that fits your schedule!

  • Studio Ochre provides six easels and two table painting areas.

  • Due to limited space, students must RSVP prior to the class date.

  • Rates (cash, check, or card accepted)

    • ​​Adults

      • $30 for a single class
      • $100 for four classes
    • Children (16 and under)

      • $15 for a single class

  • Payment is due on or before the first class.

Open Studio

Students work independently on individual painting projects of their choosing. Instructor is readily available to answer questions, provide critique and demonstrate techniques. A still life can be provided, or students can bring in photos as resources. Scheduled upon request.


Water Based Oil Painting Techniques

Learn the techniques and tricks of painting in water-based oils. We will cover setting up the palette, mixing colors, painting mediums and glazes, and the general stages of creating a painting. Scheduled upon request.

Kids Lessons

Instructor is experienced in guiding kids through various art projects from drawing and painting to multimedia. Classes are offered for ages five to teen. Scheduled upon request.


Other Topics

Drawing, landscape, and figure drawing classes are also available! Scheduled upon request.

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