Fine Art

Mentoring & Workshops

Join me at my studio in Rockport, Texas for private mentoring sessions or workshops. The fundamentals of good composition and design are the framework for an understanding of how to create original work without being a slave to a reference photo, still life, or outdoors in the landscape. For my studio workshops, I keep the class size under five students to guarantee ample personal attention and feedback.


Two or three days of small group personalized instruction.

These oil or acrylic workshops will incorporate the basics in design principles and elements with a creative challenge each day. You will learn how to build a solid painting and how to express your personal feelings about your subject through paint. Growth is essential to me, so at the end of each workshop, my goal is that each person has advanced in their artistic journey.

The dates for the upcoming workshops and their focus will be posted here and announced in my newsletter. Also you can email me and have me put you on a notification list.  If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, please do so below.

Workshops will generally be held across two or three days.  Two day workshops will be Friday and Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Three day workshops will be held Thursday through Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Cost: $225 per 2 day workshop; and $335 for the 3 day workshop.

Place: Wierzba Fine Arts Studio in Rockport, Texas.

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Just have fun!

I like to ask my students, who is the best artist in the class? They never give me the right answer which is “the one having the most fun”. And isn’t that the truth? Every painting is as individual as the person behind the brush and we should paint them with joy; even when we make a mess, and I make lots of messes. We learn to paint by creating a successful painting, and mostly by making lots of unsuccessful paintings (just look under my bed!).

Materials List

Bring the paints and supplies that you usually use, and if needed, reference this Materials List.

Upcoming Workshops


    • This one’s for YOU!  It’ time to register for my fun SAY IT WITH A HEART class at the Port Aransas Art Center.  In this 4 hour class all materials are provided except your roll of paper towels.  It is on February 5, 2024 from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. and is limited to 12 people.  The cost is only $45.00.  You can call the Port Aransas Art Center to register at 361-749-7334 or register on-line on their website.

    In this class you will create nine 5 x 7 acrylic heart paintings on one half sheet size gessoed watercolor paper, that can be cut and glued onto card stock for personal and original greeting cards.  By painting all the small paintings at the same time you will learn your own creative preferences, as you watch them come to a finish together.  (This is so fun for beginning artists AND seasoned painters!).  You will learn about value, design, shapes, mark making, balance, and can have my input at any time.  Time is getting close so please register now.  


      If you are interested in a more focused learning experience, mentorship may be suited for you.  I will work with you on a time schedule we set up together.  Contact me for more information and an initial planning session.  These private sessions will be 3 hours each at $100:00 per session (adults and teens only please).


      Workshops will cover

      • Creating a good design and composition
      • Analyzing a photo reference
      • Designing with value 
      • Painting to direct the viewer’s eye through the painting
      • Palette knife techniques and demos
      • Usefull painting tools, other than brushes
      • The importance of edges
      • Using color to create texture and rythum
      • Other areas of interest and help as the students request

      "Thank you Shelly for your instruction: 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!”

      "The biggest take away from my class with Shelly was how much we learned that is already embedded 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!"

      “The classes my husband and I took with Shelly were so informative! The topics and techniques covered were very helpful. The depth of that coverage may not always be apparent until taking a class like this one I just finished. Thank you!”


      I’m currently a Singnature member of the American Impressionist Society, and an active member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Oil Painters of America, and the Rockport Center for the Arts. 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.

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      Please feel free to contact me with any questions or gallery inquiries. I will respond to your message within 24 hours.