Mainstreet Classes

The Mainstreet Art Center offers a wide variety of fine art classes for all ages.  Beginners start with drawing in charcoal and then advance to painting in oils, pastels or watercolor.  Advanced students are constantly challenged with new techniques and subjects.  Workshops conducted by some of the leading artists in the country are offered regularly.  The craft of painting is taught by demonstration and individual instruction.  At the Mainstreet Art Center there is something for every artist.

Select from the following to see schedules for ongoing classes and workshops:






Mini Staff Workshops

In addition to the ongoing classes and typical weekend workshops, the Mainstreet staff instructors also offer  a variety of short mini-workshops on specialty subjects. Upcoming offerings are listed below:


Barb Benstein

Portrait Steps - Portrait Painting



4 week session:

February 10, 17, 24: March 3, 2023

Fridays, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

$300.00/4 week session  

Portraiture Basics - Start Here! It all starts with good drawing skills. First time students will begin in charcoal and pencil. There will be demos, lecturing, and practice exercises to give you a better understanding of how to draw the head. You’ll learn to build the structure of a variety of heads. and capture different angles, head shapes, and different aged subjects. You will learn to build the structure of the head, block in with masses, mix flesh tones and develop the features in the face through a series of demos and practice exercises.

Cheryl Cook

Figure Drawing:
Drawing Skills Can Bring New Life to Your Painting


4 week session:

October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2023

Fridays, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

$125.00/4 week session (plus model fee)

Learning how to see and interpret reality through line drawing helps you develop the ability to think and see like an artist. Cookie will lead you through a series of exercises, designed to train the artist to draw figures with accuracy, simplicity and skill. This class will strengthen your figure drawing skills for both beginner and experienced artists. Sessions will begin with short exercises to capture gesture, movement and anatomy.

Susan Ploughe

Art and Your iPad



Thursday & Friday

November 10 & 11, 2022

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


The iPad has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities! In six hours, you will learn what Susan has spent six years discovering. In this workshop, you will explore several amazing apps that not only allow you to make art directly on your iPad, but also assist you in planning and improving your studio work. These apps will enable you to: draw and “paint” on your iPad, experiment with color choices for your paintings, see colors more accurately, combine or modify photo references, and much more.

Susan Ploughe

Photo Editing on the iPad



Thursday & Friday
March 2 & 3, 2023

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Better photo references can lead to better paintings! And, if you are a photographer, there are tons of ways to make your end product even more interesting. Much of what Photoshop Elements is used for can now be done on the iPad. We will use several great apps that allow you to edit and enhance your photos: adjust lights and darks, change colors, apply filters, selectively blur areas, combine multiple photos, move objects, work with layers, and more.

Frankie Johnson

Plein Air Equipment:
Prepare and Set-Up the Equipment You Need



Sunday, April 23, 2023

9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Frankie has 35 years of experience painting en plein air, including trips overseas. She will show you many different options for equipment needed for Plein Air Painting. Frankie will cover everything you need from easels, umbrellas, panels, wet painting carriers, stool, shoes, view finders, etc. If you’re just starting out plein air painting, looking to organize or streamline your choices in equipment, or find the right pieces for your first plein air long distance trip, this workshop can help make plein air painting something you can incorporate into your regular painting practice.