Budding artists can now learn the finer points of painting in a gallery setting in Roslyn.
Roslyn Board of Trustees approved Tuesday a special-use permit allowing Roslyn Village Gallery to teach oil painting and watercolor classes.
“It’s a nice thing to have in the village,” Mayor John Durkin said.
Owner Marsha Tarlow said Marc Josloff will teach watercolor classes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning tomorrow, Joseph Palazzolo will teach oil painting Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Bart DeCeglie will also teach oil painting from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
“I love the energy of the students in the gallery; it’s really positive energy,” Tarlow said. “It’s so heartwarming to see people enjoying painting and not being afraid of being right or wrong but just enjoying the process. It’s about the process of painting.”
Though only four classes are scheduled per week to start, Tarlow said she would love to add more options if the interest is high enough.
“If I get more students, I will open up more times,” Tarlow said. “I don’t mind having more classes. I like to limit it to five or six students per class so it’s individualized.”
Before the painting begins, Tarlow said students in both mediums will work on the basics of drawing.
“We do drawing before painting because it’s important to know how to draw and to understand perspective and lights and darks,” Tarlow said. “You really can’t just pick up a paintbrush and paint. You really have to know how to draw to some extent first.”
Tarlow said the first project will be drawing a still life or model before moving onto a landscape. Unlike classes at a school, there is no official start or end date for any student.
Class packages range from four classes, usually taken once per week, for $180 to a 52-week package for $1,664. Tarlow said interested students should start with the four-week option.
“At the end of the four weeks, you start to know whether you’re interested in continuing or not,” Tarlow said. “The first four weeks are the most difficult because that’s drawing, and that’s not the fun that you have when you’re painting, but it’s important when teaching this kind of art. This is classical painting, and it’s a classical drawing. It’s an important foundation for anybody that wants to learn painting.”
To register, call Tarlow at the gallery at 516-621-7807 or visit the gallery at 1374 Old Northern Blvd. in Roslyn. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.