Classes & Workshops

2 Students working in Elaine's studio

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 "I just wanted to thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher. I had never taken an oil painting class, and after that class I feel as though I have the confidence to explore my potential. " Jean


Elaine Lisle has been teaching workshops in en plein air painting and beginning oils since 2004. She is currently on the faculty of the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA and the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA

She also teaches small groups directly from her studio in Manayunk. Due to the pandemic, there is only room for 2 persons at a time to be in her studio, socially distanced with masks...


 Direct Painting in Oil at Main Line Art Center

Next  6 week session starts April 1st. Sign up through MLAC  (signup will be available ~ March 6) Call 610.525.0272 ext. 110 to speak with Registrar.

There will be 8 spots available in-person and 4 spots available through zoom.

Working primarily from simple still life setups, the class will work on the basics of oil painting, experimenting with limited palettes. Our primary goal will be to translate light and color values  while nurturing our individual  painting goals.  Elaine will paint along with the class and the goal will be to complete a new painitng with each 3 hour session. A low-key encouraging group critique will be held during the last half hour of each class. Beginners as well as experienced painters are well suited to this format.

The in-person group will be held at the art center where we will have a couple of subjects set up to paint and you also have the freedom to set up your own subject. With only 8 people allowed in the studio, social distancing will not be a problem. Particpants must wear masks.

The zoom format allows you to attend the class from the comfort of your home will set up a simple still life, or work on an interior or exterior landscape at home.  You will need to have a laptop, ipad or cellphone.   I have put together video demos which you can watch at your leisure. you will be painting along with the in-person group, and you will be able to see me painting as well.  With Zoom running, you will have 3 hours of painting time during which I will go from person to person (similar to an in-person class) giving constructive criticism. You will show your painting on the screen and I will give you feedback. During the last 1/2 hour everyone will have a few minutes to show their painting to the group and give feedback to each other.


You will get ideas of what type of still life or interior you might paint, but you have complete freedom to work on whatever subject you would like.


 you will need:

1. a place to work in your home, including an easel and work table

2. a table or someplace to set up a still life, or various views you would like to paint

3. Your own supplies. (supply list can be provided if requested)

sample demo



WORKSHOP IN THE DORDOGNE - this workshop is now being planned for 2022. Feel free to let me know if you are interested using the form below.

Plein Air Workshop at Chanticleer

Click here for the registration form

Contact Elaine

Thanks for your interest! 

Main Line Art Center Class, Haverford, PA

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Zoom Class