Classes and Workshops

On going monthly classes.  Class size is kept small for increased individual attention.  There are open spaces in my class at this time.   Contact me for information.

Monthly painting classes are structured for the beginner through intermediate painter.

Are you ready to break out of the conventional and discover an exciting journey that will last your lifetime?  The classes are energetic and you will be doing a lot of painting as you learn the fundamentals of good composition and design. Small class size guarantees personal attention.

You will learn and use basic design elements and principals; learn how build a good composition; learn about paint properties, mixing, and various application techniques; and how to elevate a painting to a work of art.  You will also work on how to find and release your individual creativity.

Cost is $90.00 per class, payable at each class by cash or check.

Dates: The second Saturday of the month
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (I occasionally extend the class without extra charge)
Place: Wierzba Fine Arts Studio

Please contact me for materials list and directions.

I’m currently a member of the American Women Artists, the American Impressionist Society, and the Plein Air Painters of Oregon.  I have worked in acrylic, watercolor, and oils for many years and am honored to be a past juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the High Desert Art League.


I am also currently taking beginning and intermediate students for mentorships.  I will work with you on a schedule that you and I devise to meet your needs.  These private 2 hour sessions are $80. each.  If you are interested in starting or improving your painting skills, contact me to schedule a free introduction and consultation.



 This is an email that Student, Sharon, sent to the other students after finishing another artist’s workshop:

“Last night was the last night of Gil Dillinger’s class.  It was good.  Overall a good experience.”

“I need to let you all know that the classes we took from Shelly were so good; the ground covered, the depth of that coverage may not always be apparent until taking a class like this one I just finished.”

“Thank you Shelly for your instruction:  Probably my biggest take away was how much I knew because of our classes with Shelly, compared to the other students in the class and they are experienced painters, maybe not acrylics, but in another medium.  Looking at shapes, putting in the dark shapes first, simplifying, minimize the details and save those for the last touches; these are all things we learned from Shelly and seemed natural to me (which surprised me because I didn’t have a lot of confidence yet) but many of the other painters were struggling with.”

“I guess what the biggest take away is how much we learned in our classes that is imbedded in our minds even if we don’t think it is and how being exposed to other instructors brings that out.  My confidence level has gone up a notch!  Happy painting!.”