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Thursday sessions are a close-knit family of artists working together under the tutelage of Paul W. McCormack. Paul’s semi-private instruction has been instrumental to many artists working in the field today. Class is held in Paul’s personal studio every Thursday from 9:30 to 4:00. Class is limited to 6 students to ensure personal instruction.



Majority of students over the years that join the Thursday group are seeking to be better portrait and or figurative artists. Much of the work is done from photographic reference, with the exception of Still Life painting. Students are also encouraged to attend workshops to work from the live model at a discounted fee.

How to Apply

Acceptance to this class is by application and portfolio submission.If your application is accepted, a consultation with Paul at his studio will follow where you will be required to bring in examples of your original work. During your consultation, Paul will begin to evaluate your present skill level while discussing the direction of your art. Once accepted, a program will be tailored exclusively for you.


Class is held every Thursday from 9:30AM to 4:00PM. Tuition is $125.00 per day.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Paul directly at

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“Paul’s approach to drawing is elegantly simple, yet rooted in rigorous and patient observation. Under his guidance, the overall quality of my portrait drawings and watercolors has grown significantly. It is a privilege to be able to learn from one of the nation’s top-tier portrait artists."

John B. Wolff

"Paul is a master painter and a great teacher. He’s patient and thorough and that’s just what I needed to take my portrait paintings to the next level.

Because of him and his teaching skills, my career has flourished.”

Nadine Robbins

"Paul’s patience and mastery of teaching students of all levels and styles was the most incredible experience for me. In just 6 short months, I completed a double portrait commission that was a 360 from where I was. I highly recommend anyone that wants to do this professionally or not to take his private classes and workshops!!! He is truly a master at his art and a master teacher!"

Nanci France-Vaz

"Paul's patience and incredibly thorough instruction took this formerly self taught artist to the next level - winning me a spot in the Allied Artists show at the National Arts Club in NYC with my first solo work." 

Susan Heidi Filardo

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