Tuesday small classes at OnTrack-Studios in Franklin, TN

Gayle Levee- All of Gayle's classes and workshops include step-by-step instruction and personal guidance.

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. Study at your own pace, in a small group, at the beautiful OnTrack classroom. We will design a curriculum just for you. Groups are limited to seven, so you will get lots of individual attention -- but they will fill fast, so don't wait!

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

Location: OnTrack Studios, 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, TN 37067. Need directions? Click here.

Morning class is from 9:00 to 12 noon. Afternoon class is from 12:30 to 3:30.


2019 Workshops

Dawn Whitelaw

August 7-10, “Painting the Head” Painting from a live model is an effective way to improve skills in painting any subject matter. In this workshop you will receive instruction on drawing, design, proper value and color use, and edge control. To benefit most from this class an artist should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of the medium they are using. The workshop will consist of power point presentations, lectures, demos, and every student will get individual instruction at their easel. While most of the demos/instruction are geared for oil painters, acrylic artists, familiar with their medium, will also benefit and are welcome. A full color booklet of class notes is included. . Contact Brenda through this website for information.

Derek Penix

July 15-17 “Loosen Up” Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of trees, boats, cityscapes, figures, koi, hanging fruit. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose.
Penix will cover topics like how to make your paintings more 3-dimensional, the power of warms and cools, color theory, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow, the power of suggestion and finally painting how you see versus just copying a photograph.

Seth Haverkamp

September 26-28. The workshop will concentrate on capturing a likeness through large shapes and explore approaches that add dimension and energy to the painting by using a step-by-step approach. The complexities of painting an interesting portrait are simplified to the very basic such as breaking down figures into simplified shapes with a limited color palette. Plus, Haverkamp will address drapery & fabrics, backgrounds, and accessorizing the model. There will also be an emphasis on imbuing feeling into the portrait by painting both from photographs and from life. Live model sessions are included and a field trip to Haverkamp's new exhibition “Magical Portraits” at Haynes Galleries. The hours are 9 to 4. Lunches are arranged. Workshop fee is $450. Only a few spaces left! Contact Brenda Coldwell for more information/registration.

Portrait Class Schedule-6 week sessions 

These classes offer a different model every week, in a variety of clothing, costumes and poses. The class is $135.00 per 6 weeks. If you can't make class, you may find a sub or I can find one. There is no instruction, but there is a friendly critique from the group, towards the end of class. There will be some time to make changes (if needed) to your painting if desired. Contact Brenda Coldwell through this website for information.

First Session 2019

September 12, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24

Second Session 2019

November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 19, January 2

Third Session 2020

January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6,13

Winter classes at On Track Studios

Pam Padgett

Monday Paint Club

We will have an open style class of 8-10 painters. Pam will work with each painter and their individual needs. We will work from images on your iPad or printout photos. The focus will be landscape. Contact Pam at pampadgett@gmail.com

SESSION 1 Still life Focus

4 MONDAYS 9:30am - 3:00pm

JANUARY 6, 13, 20, 27th

Small Class size 10


We will be working from still life setups for this session and occasionally photographs. I hope to meet you at your current skill level and take you past that to developing new ways of seeing things. We will also work to push your drawing skills to strengthen your still life work. We will start with small studies and then move to larger studio work. I will send out supply list when you sign up.

SESSION 2 Landscape Focus

4 Mondays 9:30am - 3:00pm

February 10, 17, 24, (off March 2) March 9th

Small class size 10


The Focus of Session 2 will be on creating strong landscape paintings from photos on your ipad/laptop images and photos. We will challenge ourselves to work on strong foundational elements-line, shape,value, color harmony, composition. My goal is to help you find your artistic voice and bring new energy to your paintings! Decide what subjects you are drawn to in the meantime. I want you to paint what you love!

Paula Frisby

Raise Your Painting IQ

We will meet for six Monday’s this fall.
Starting: October 7, 14, 28 and November 4, 11, and 18.

Want to paint better landscapes? We will be covering Color, Composition, and Value in depth. How do these three improve your painting IQ! Want to learn to use greys and vibrant colors together? Want to learn to focus your painting on what is most important?

Come paint with us from 9:30-4:00. You will have a week between classes to practice and focus on improving over time.

$350 for the workshop

To secure a spot in the workshop, or questions: Contact me at 615-294-0150 or...PFrizbe@comcast.net

Karen Philpott

Elements Of The Landscape

Fall Friday classes

9:30-3:30 October 11, November 15, December 6

$125 per class

The elements come together in these intensive classes. Focus will be on every aspect from composition to brushwork. Take one or all three!

To register please email Karenphilpott@me.com

NEW!! Cumberland Atelier at On Track Studios

Please contact Brenda Coldwell for more information or registration through this website.


Title: Color in the Autumn Landscape

Dates: Sepember 24 – October 15; October 29 – November 19

Times: 9:00 am to Noon; 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $200 per half day per month 

Class Size limited to seven

Description: In this class we will explore the Earth Primary Palette (a limited palette) and its usefulness as the foundation for paintings which employ the full Impressionist Palette. You will learn how to create depth and light in your autumn canvas, even when the trees are red in the distance, and green up close!


Title: Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal- An Academic Approach 

Dates: Tuesdays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19 Times: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Cost: $200 for 4 evenings 

Class Size: Limited to eight 

Description: In this class we will work with a model from life to understand the necessary components of a successful portrait. Through the medium of charcoal we’ll explore values, anatomy, and drawing techniques. Students will learn a method working from simple to complex with the goal of capturing the model’s likeness in a realistic portrait. Contact brenda@on-track-studios.com for information.


Title: The Human Figure: Concepts in Drawing and Anatomy

Dates: Wednesday, October 30, November 6, 13, 20.

Times: 9:00am to noon; 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Cost: $100 per day

Class size limited to 8

Description: Throughout this class, we will take a tour of the human figure, focusing on areas of the body one at a time, exploring traditional concepts related to anatomy, observation, and techniques in charcoal. The goal at the end will be to understand how the constituent parts of the human figure add up to a unified structural whole. Contact brenda@on-track-studios.com for information.