These classes are OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS. There will be a live model, and there will be various poses in the figure drawing session, and a single pose in the portrait session. No instruction is provided – these sessions are designed to provide access to live model figurative art. Artists of all skill levels are invited to participate - all mediums are welcomed. *Please use only odor-free solvents in this venue.

There is a MODEL FEE of $10 per session for members ($12.00 for non-members) - payable at session time with cash or by check.

Class size is limited to 10 artists due to the size of our studio. Please email to reserve a spot.


*Check your December newsletter for holiday season schedule changes.

PORTRAIT PAINTING: Mondays from 1:00 - 4:00

FIGURE DRAWING: Fridays from 10:00 - 1:00

To reserve a spot for DAY SESSIONS, or if you have a question, please email: 

EVENING FIGURE DRAWING: Wednesdays from 6:00 - 9:00

To reserve a spot for EVENING SESSIONS, or if you have a question, please email:


Details from the artwork of: JEAN TOMASO MOORE (1,3), JANE REEVES and KAREN PAQUETTE


This open group session is focused on being a sharing space. Regular attendees refer to it as a place where kindred spirits spend time creating together, while working on their own projects. This group operates based on the idea that creative experimentation in a supportive environment often stimulates an artist’s inspiration, and helps empower ideas as well as the successful acquisition and adaptation of new techniques. Water-media and mixed media collage have been recent avenues of exploration.


THURSDAYS from 12:00 – 3:00 

Location – Downstairs: CLASSROOM 1 in The Red House.

All mediums are welcome.

For more information contact:



One Saturday of every month, THE RED HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHERS meet from 10:00-12:00 in the downstairs classroom at The Red House. The focus is on education and exhibition. Each month the group takes pictures around a theme and brings in 5x7” or 8x10” sample photographs they have taken for sharing and discussion. The idea is to exchange knowledge and experiences, and find inspiration and fellowship in life behind the camera. All camera types and skill levels are welcome!

The BLACK MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS has agreed to host a show for the THE RED HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHERS in the late summer of 2019. The theme is to be centered around life in the Swannanoa Valley and will allow for the THE RED HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHERS to be introduced to the community by having us represent and interpret the region. We are excited!

Please join us for our next meeting on JANUARY 12th, 2019. Our theme for the meeting is “Events”.


DRAWING WORKSHOP - Rebecca Gottesman

MAKING YOUR MARK with Rebecca Gottesman

A 3 Week Drawing Course on Thursday – November 1st, 8th and January 10th  from 10:30 – 1:30

Upstairs in The Red House Drawing Studio

Drawing is the foundation towards realizing our ideas for creating art. In this 3-week drawing class you will explore different drawing tools and the kind of marks they can make. We will work from still life set-ups and focus on developing your observational skills. The result will be the expansion of the way you use mark making tools to render light, form and space… and increased control over your ability to express your subjects and ideas on paper.

This course is designed to be fun! It offers valuable information that will help you develop your visual voice. The drawing sessions will roll out around intriguing concepts like “Take a Bite Out of Creativity” and the “Container Concert”.  It is appropriate for beginning to experienced artists, and is a perfect refresher course in preparation for SVFAL’s new and exciting line-up of classes and workshops in 2019!

Instructor REBECCA GOTTESMAN has a B.F.A. in Painting and Ceramics from the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, NY. She has 30 years experience teaching drawing and painting, and was the Resident Visual Artist for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH  where she worked with patients through a Support Arts Services program for 6 years. She has been exhibiting acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, and fabric dye artwork across the country since 1986, and her award winning pieces are in numerous private and public collections.

 "I have found Rebecca's classes to be inspiring and innovative. She encourages without pushing, critiques with love and insight and is generous with her time and energy in every class. More than anything, Rebecca is exuberant about art and shares that enthusiasm with all of her students.  Rebecca has that rare quality where she can meet you where you are. Whether experienced or just beginning, each class is a wonderful art experience!"  -- Kathy Detzer, Fine Artist

To see Rebecca’s work and read more about her, please visit her website:


  • ·         sketch pad no smaller that 9”x12” , bigger is ok

  • ·         pencils 2B, 4B, 6B and  pencil sharpener

  • ·         black fine line Sharpie or other permanent marker

  • ·         kneadable eraser and  white pearl eraser

COST: $35 per session if you pay by the day / $90 if you pre-pay for all 3 sessions

Rebecca Gottesman 802-356-6200

ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL with Patricia Cotterill

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 (Make-up day in case of snow: January 26th) from 12:30 - 4:00

Join Pat for an afternoon exploring animals in oil paint! You will begin by making a 2’x3’ floor mat. Pat will bring 2 to 3 animal images for you to choose from, and she will supply a primed floor mat.

In the course of creating the floor mat, you will learn how to look at and interpret a photograph for painting purposes. There will be information on color mixing and defining values and shapes. The emphasis will be on developing images that are fun and realistic without being ‘photo realistic’.

If there is time after completing the floor cloth, we will work on a painting on canvas - bring an animal image of your choice and a tinted canvas!

Bring oil paints, brushes, odorless mineral spirits, cloth to protect table, paper towels, a drawing pencil & acrylic paint color of your choice to cover floor cloth with before sketching the design. You will also want a drop cloth and clear space in your car to safely transport your pieces home.

Learn more about Patricia at:



TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in March from 2:00-5:00  (4 sessions)

At The Red House in the downstairs classroom

Ever look at a watercolor painting and think “I’d like to try that!”  Well, here is your chance!!

This fun, dynamic class will let you explore your creative side with gentle encouragement and demonstrations. You will learn basic color theory (what do you mix together to get what??), essential watercolor techniques, information about paints and supplies and how to start and finish a watercolor landscape.  At the end of the class, you will be able to prepare your paper for a painting, sketch an outline on your paper, choose color mixtures for your painting, use various techniques to create a colorful watercolor landscape and you will have completed a one-of-a-kind painting.

The instructor is Donna Davis, a SVFAL member and studio artist at The Red House in Black Mountain. In 1979 Donna took a watercolor class and was hooked. She has studied with notable watercolor artists, and has exhibited throughout the southeastern United States. Donna’s light filled images are inspired by Winslow Homer and the French Impressionists.

FEE $150 for members,  $175 for non-members

 *No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.

To register and pay by credit card see Rhanna at The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778


For more information/materials list, please contact Donna at 252.341.4618 or

SVFAL Workshops-Martrin Poole


“I was one of those kids who got patted on the head for drawing pictures instead of dragging my brother around the house on the wrong end of the vacuum cleaner hose . I got through high school without breaking any real laws , went to college , got out , and finally met the people who ruined my life by showing me how to paint . By the way , thank you .”

PORTRAIT PAINTING   FEBRUARY 2019 – 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd – Saturdays – 2:00 to 5:00

Red House Drawing Studio

Join Martin for a 4 week OIL PAINTING course focused on painting a head/shoulders portrait. For simplicity’s sake this course will concentrate on structural accuracy, but all the tools and techniques remain helpful even if you like to exaggerate or amplify nature’s information.

You will learn about:

  • Pose, lighting, and easel/painter positioning - “How does this sitter strike me and how do I build on that?”

  • Essential decision making – “What do I want from this painting, and how do I pursue that desire?”  This will help with every other decision you need to make.

  • Accuracy:  We are going to try to get as close as we can to what we see. This is like the training of an athlete - once you develop strength and skill, you can do whatever you want.v  Reading the pose vs. reading the expression v  Positioning the features v  Building the head with shadow patterns

  • Values:  Drawing depends on accurate relative values, and making the shapes you see, in the right place. The value system will also set the emotional tone for your work.

  • Edges:  Which are hard, which are soft, and why.

  • Color:  There are about a million color systems - we will use a simple three color system at first, talk about warm/cool ideas, and talk about color accents.

 By the end of this 4 week course you will establish a final balance. All these tools are in service to our original goal as each of us has defined it. We need to make sure that all the parts are in place, and that they harmonize, and that you are happy with your work.

Course Fee:  $200 (additional model fee of $10 per session may apply – paid by the week)

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.


LANDSCAPE PAINTING DATES:  APRIL 2019 - 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th  – Fridays – 3:00 to 6:00

Outdoors if the weather permits/ Red House Classroom otherwise

 Join Martin for a workshop covering the basics of building believable space in a landscape painting. In this OIL PAINTING course you will discover why working out in nature is different than using photographic references. You will explore goals and define what purpose the elements of your landscape painting serve. And… you will uncover the power of your design as you learn to define your artistic intent.  

In this course you will learn to:

  • Make three major, unequal areas in your design.

  • Join lights to lights, and darks to darks.

  • Build a visual journey using contrasting overlaps.

  • Develop a value system: Paint is far less powerful than light itself - how can we use the widest range possible and still respect our value keys?

  • Develop atmospheric space dependent on careful attention to relative values.

  • Establish a color system: We will probably start with a simple warm vs. cool color system, and build from there. This allows us to hang onto our value choices as we develop the image.

  • Keep your colors clean.

  • Define Colors vs. Values: Colors = identity of specifics, excitement Values = design, structure, atmospheric space

  • Manage edges: Because our eyes follow the strongest available edges, we can manage the viewer’s passage across the picture plane by managing the visibility of the painting’s various edges.

 By the end of this 4 week course you will establish a final balance. There are a lot of variables - we want to make sure that you have made the painting you set out to make (or maybe a better one) and that nothing is out of whack. It is important to be happy with your work!

Course Fee:  $200

To register and pay for Martin’s courses by credit card see Rhanna at The Red House Mon-Fri 10-5.

Or send a check to Cathy Skeen, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778

*No refunds issued for cancellations 14 days or less from the start of the course.


 Learn more about Martin at:


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 4:00-6:00




These meetings are open to the general membership. If you have an issue you want to bring to the boards’ attention, please contact our President, SUSAN HANNING at Minutes from the board meetings are available for members in the library at THE RED HOUSE, along with the bylaws. 



These meetings concerning the league galleries and exhibitions are open to the general membership, and new suggestions and ideas are welcome! If you have an issue you want to bring to the committee's attention, please contact PEGGY KING at