July 8 – 11, 2021

a hands on exploration of essential tools for fertilizing a vibrant studio life: scissors, camera, crayons focuses on close engagement with ways of fueling the interiority of your imagination.

a few questions related to how we access and shape a visual imagination:

– Do we work from a place of expansive possibility or from rules, regulations, and someone else’s recipe for predictable outcomes?

– Can we look at our work and feel opportunity, and then take it where it needs to go, even if we don’t have the map?

– How do we engage in a kind of play that allows us to see everything and ourself differently?

PLAY is one of the most important places for us to meet ourself, and to even meet the self we might not even know is there, or whom we are keeping in the closet. Authentic play is driven by an unfettered imagination, not concerned with right or wrong.

An imagination involves not only how we bring our gaze to the world before our eyes, but also to our work, and they are both interconnected. How we move from here to there, from one moment to the next, has everything to do with how we root ourselves in the saturation of the moment, right now. The big question is, are we really present or are we somewhere else?

Scissors, Camera, Crayons will not only supplement your studio work, but open doors for carrying yourself past walls of restriction. Each day will be devoted to exploring the possibilities of scissors, camera and crayons, together and alone. 

The class schedule is as follows:

·      Thursday, 1.5 hours orientation slide talk, required for all participants, 6:30PM EST

·      Friday, 3.5 hours beginning at 11:00AM EST

·      Saturday and Sunday, 2.5 hours beginning at 11:00AM EST(we may run over

·      Also included with the class is a 30-minute individual conference with Stuart after the class is over, at a time of your choosing, to explore any aspect of your work or your work life that you’d like to discuss. Could be by phone, skype, zoom or whatever you are comfortable with. 

Cost for this workshop is $640

Please contact w/questions and/or to register

FACING YOUR FEARS IN THE STUDIO, and surviving being totally lost, w/ STUART SHILS

June 3 – 6, 2021

an invitation to demolish the wall between right and wrong, and to recognize that being out of control is actually the doorway to possibility and to your path forward

an intensive 3-day painting class on zoom, oriented to turning you inside out, disrupting expectations and questioning conditioning. By encouraging exploration, play and facing the unknown as a way forward, you will build an improvisational musculature for re-imaging who you might be in the studio.

Many of us settle into a carefully scripted and protected practice that keeps us safe within the boundaries of security. And when we do face change it’s often through someone else’s carefully scripted program related to how they paint. But “they” is not you.

Really, there is no way to paint other than your way, but it’s much easier to follow the path of another than to deal with the unknown. And then there is the question of who are you?

Through a sequence of prompts and exercises, these 3 aggressive days will ask you to self- interrogate through the lenses of analytical and improvisational mind, and it will not be for the meek; but you will emerge with a renewed, expanded and confident sense of strength that you will own.

Thursday night, opening slide talk, 6:00pm EST, 90 minutes with q&a at the end:

“The Structure of the Visual Moment,” a look into visual interiority and the language of form

and our decision making to get there.

this talk will be a foundational beginning for the following three days:

Friday, 11am – 3pm

Saturday, 11am – 2:30pm

Sunday, 11am – 2:30pm

all 3 days are keyed to Eastern Standard Time

it will not be unusual if we run a little over on some of the days so please allow for that if necessary.

Additionally, this class will offer a 30-minute individual consultation to be scheduled with Stuart following the class at your convenience.

Cost for this 5-part workshop is $720

Please contact with questions and/or to register.


on zoom

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00PM EST

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00PM EST

Tuesday July 13, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00PM EST

Tuesday August, 10, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00PM EST

a monthly guided conversational seminar exploring how we pay attention to images analytically and intuitively to recognize and consider the roots of design, intention, and feeling.

during these two-hour monthly sessions, for May, June, July, and August 2021, Stuart will walk the eyes and imagination through paintings, drawing, sculpture, and architecture, dipping into how images offer themselves to us in form, structure, and mood.

this seminar is offered to artists and non-artists and to anyone interested in deepening his/her understanding of art and the visual world before our eyes.

The cost of this 4-month seminar is $310

Please contact with questions and/or to register. Payment via paypal or credit card will be accepted. Please email for further details.