Paul Alan Bennett to teach painting class


Last updated 4/2/2024 at 11:48am

SFF Presents will host another all-day painting class with renowned local painter, Paul Alan Bennett, on Saturday, April 27, at Sisters Art Works. Registration opens on Wednesday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at and is limited to 10 people. Participants must be 18 or older to enroll; no experience necessary.

Bennett attended the Maryland Institute of Art and lived in Greece for six years where he taught art and got a master’s degree in Greek History with an emphasis on Greek Art. He’s published three collections of his work, including “Hug,” “Night Skies,” and “Pandemic Portraits” and has painted the stage backdrops for five Bend Opera productions. By his own estimate, Bennett has taught painting to more than 25,000 students over the years.

Students will begin by participating in a guided pencil drawing to cover the basics of composition and expression. Bennett will cover techniques on color mixing and working with a brush before setting students loose to complete at least two paintings. To conclude the day, the class will gather to discuss their processes and share their work.

Students should come dressed to paint and move around. The class will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the JAM studio on the second floor of the Sisters Art Works building. All supplies and lunch will be provided, with gluten-free and vegan options available.

The recommended tuition for the class is $150/person. SFF Presents is offering pay-what-you-can pricing to help eliminate financial barriers. For more information, please visit


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