2018 – 2019 Painting Workshops

2018 has been an awesome workshop year! My workshops help artists hone their skills and loosen up. We talk about ways to create stronger composition, using tone and color, and to work quickly without getting stuck. I work mostly with oils, but also invite acrylic painters to join me.

Mary is honored to be named a Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor by Gamblin Artists Colors, Inc.

Weekly Studio Classes – St. Augustine

Fall 2018. I’ve been giving regular painting classes for over five years. This season will be workshop-style, with sessions concentrating on light, value and composition. Each weekly class will build on the previous week.

We laugh a lot, learn, and have fun painting in the studio. All levels are invited. We work in oil and acrylic painting skills and technique. New students will learn the basics, from setting up the palette and mixing colors to creating their first paintings; while advanced students further develop their technical skills. Each week we’ll include instruction and a demonstration followed by painting with frequent one-on-one instruction and gentle critique.


  • Oct/Nov 2018 $99 3-week session: Oct 23, 30, Nov 6.  Value in the Landscape FILLED
  • Nov/Dec 2018 $99 3-week session: Nov 27, Dec 4, 11.  Composition Boot Camp FILLED 

Sorry — the local St. Augustine classes are filled to the end of the year. Check back, though – more dates are coming soon for January through March. Check back for dates and registration, or sign up for my e-mails to be notified when my classes are announced.


  • Where: Hubley Gallery / St. Augustine Framing, 804D Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida 32080.
  • Fee: $99 for each 3-week session.
  • Time: 9:00 to noon.
  • Registration: Please download & print St. Augustine registration. If you have problems downloading, please e-mail mary@maryhubley.com or call Hubley Gallery at 904-429-9769.
  • Supplies: Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies and materials. See my recommended supplies at supplies-painting.


March 9, 2019: Saturday Light & Shadow Painting Workshop in Orange Park, FL

A full day studio workshop. Instruction on how light and shadow works, with emphasis on value, color, and design. Includes class discussion, examples, exercises, and lots of painting time.

    • When: March 9, 2019, 9:30 to 4:00
    • Where: Art Guild of Orange Park. workshop is being held at the Sacred Heart Church – 207 Palmetto Ave., Green Cove Springs FL, 32043
    • Fee: AGOP Members $75 Non-members $95
    • Registration: Register with artguildoforangepark.org/workshops/
    • Supplies: Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies and materials. See my recommended supplies at supplies-painting.


    Tybee Island Workshop Artists

    Recent workshops:

    2-Day Plein Air Workshop on Tybee Island, GA: Painting the Coast, May 2018. After two days of full-time painting outside, everyone went home with awesome paintings of the lighthouse, beach, and boats

  • 1-Day Intensive Workshop in St. Augustine, FL: Painting with Light and Shadow, May 2018. Light and shadow are elusive and tricky to paint. Not so much, after this workshop!2-Day Plein Air Workshop in Madison, WI: September 2018. Lots of challenges painting in the wind and fighting the bees in a rural beer garden with ice cream and brats. But we mustered through.

    TestimonialsClass session at Hubley Gallery

    “I learned that it’s worth the time to get [composition and value] right before you get into your love affair with color (hence, the need for notan!). I learned, from watching you paint, more than anything, that if you get the bones right, you can trust the fresh intuitive brushwork later. (You do this so well, and it is inspiring.) The greatest strength of the workshop is the atmosphere you create: positive, encouraging, and fun. Your demos were super inspiring, as well.” — Jamie Farnsworth

    “I love Mary’s uncomplicated instruction. She teaches that you save a lot of time by doing small value sketches first and that value is most important. She’s also a lot of fun to be around.” — Barbara Gentry

    “Mary provided me the opportunity to experience plein air painting for the first time!! Her encouraging environment of wonderful instruction was positive and non-threatening…and, most of all, enthusiastic and FUN!!!” — Ginger Masingill

    Tybee Island Plein Air Workshop

    “Encouraging knowledgeable kind instruction – I have learned so much about painting and myself. I have learned when to stop!” — Clare Howard

    “Mary gets an A+. She is terrific and I am learning so much!” — Debi Russillo

    “Mary is a fantastic teacher! She is encouraging, positive, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is a fabulous artist and she knows how to impart her knowledge and skill to us students. I plan to take more classes from her and am thankful to have her as my teacher!” — Ellen Gugisberg

    “Now I know why people draw and paint. Its not about being good, its about being in that Right Brain and having no other outside thoughts beside the drawing or painting you are working on. After yesterdays drawing class, I realized that during the drawing, nothing in my life existed, no worries, no to-do list, no people. It was incredible. You should all consider trying it, not to be great artists, of course that is an option, but just for the pure pleasure of being in that space. Shutting off your brain and mouth and just being creative. Wow, what a joy. And the peace is so nice.”
    — Sheree Silver