ONLINE CLASS: Oil Painting for Beginners, 3 sessions

DATES: 09/22/2020 - 10/13/2020
PRICE: $250.00

Pat Fiorello is a professional artist and seasoned instructor whose work has been exhibited in over 75-juried shows and more than a dozen solo exhibitions. She is known for her romantic landscapes, garden and floral paintings, in both oil and watercolor. Pat has a love for Italy, in part stemming from her family heritage, and is author of the book, Bella Italia, Italy through the Eyes of an Artist containing over 80 of her paintings of italy in both oil and watercolor.

A very popular instructor who has led classes and workshops for over 20 years, Pat has taught in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe including painting workshops at Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France. She is a long-time instructor with Il Chiostro, having taught many workshops in Tuscany, Lake Garda and New Zealand over the past 10 years. She receives high marks as a patient, encouraging and fun instructor who communicates clearly. Pat is committed to students learning and growing along their own personal artistic path while experiencing the joy of painting and discovering new places with the eyes of an artist.

Pat, you have a magic that speaks to me.  Thank you.  BK
You are such a blessing and inspiration Pat, thank you!!!  AW

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Pat is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and her work has been in “Splash 11- Best of Watercolor” published by North Light Books.

Feedback from past students is available at:  Recent article on Pat in Atlanta`s Simply Buckhead MagazineEat, Paint, Love

Bella Italia, Italy through the eyes of an Artist by Pat Fiorello

Pat Fiorello has been teaching painting at Il Chiostro for several years.  This book contains over 80 of her paintings of Italy, including many from places which will be familiar to Il Chiostro alumni:  Lake Garda, Tuscany, Florence, Siena, and Venice.

Fiorello invites readers on an irresistible visual journey to share in her most vibrant memories of Italy—its grandeur and splendid views of sparkling blue lakes, breathtaking hilltops, quaint villages and sunlit gardens. Because of her reverence for exquisite light and color, the works of art emanating from Fiorello’s easel beckon viewers to open their eyes more fully, and to breathe in all the enchanting sights—near and far—that the world has to offer.
Michelle Morton, Morton Media Arts

For more information about this book and to order copies, go to:

Article reproduced from American Art Collector:

These 3 sessions are designed specifically for those who are brand new to oil painting
Where I’m from in NYC, September was “Back to School” month. This year will look a lot different for the kids. But if you’re itching to learn something new, I’m excited to introduce this zoom class for total beginners.
I’m calling it ” Painting – La Dolce Vita.” Painting has enriched my life so much. I love opening that door for others to have a taste of the sweetness painting brings to life. These courses are designed for total beginners so no experience necessary!
All sessions will be recorded for you to watch again, if desired.
If you need supplies, I suggest you order the following from Binder Art online.  They have assembled a package of exactly what I believe you’ll need to start out.  They are extending a very attractive discounted price to my students.  You should order it about 2 weeks before the class starts to allow time for delivery:
P.S. If you’re not experienced with Zoom, no worries. It is easy to use. You will be sent a link prior to the classes and then just click the link to enter. A representative from Il Chiostro will be moderating the group call and will be there for help if you need it.

The Myth of Talent

This video, The Myth of Talent, ( 10 minute) includes how I got started painting at age 35- with my first paintings and why I believe everyone can learn to paint.   It’s a talk I usually share with my beginner students, but it is relevant for anyone who is interested in learning to paint.

All  that people need  to paint is a bit of instruction to be pointed in the right direction, practice, practice, practice and giving up the notion that they can’t do in. The good news- all 3 of those things are under our control. So remember anyone can do it! And you already are!

Class Date: Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23 with a follow-up lesson on Tuesday, October 13

Time:  12 noon pm EST (That is 11am Central time, 10am Mountain time and 9am Pacific time; 5pm in Britain and 6pm in Europe)

Class Length: 3 hours:  2 hr. class + 1 hr. critique

(Limited to 10 participants)

Price:  $250 for 3 sessions

How to Paint in Oils
The Introduction to Oil Painting program will provide you with the basic foundation to get started in this classic and rich medium.
You will learn:
  • oil painting materials
  • color mixing
  • technical tips
  • painting essentials
  • identifying and controlling values
  • creating form and depth
  • simple compositional tips
  • we will do a “paint along” of a simple landscape scene so you will create a painting. I’ll break down the painting step by step so you understand how to approach a painting start to finish
  • sessions will be recorded so you can go back and watch again
Supplies: Binders Art Supply has helped me to set up a beginner watercolor supply kit that we will use for the class that will make it easy and very cost effective to get the supplies you will need. A link to order the kit will be provided once you register. I recommend you order supplies 2 weeks prior to start of class to allow for shipping. I will include a video overview of materials prior to the class.

Some samples of Pat’s oil paintings:

To see more of Pat’s artwork visit:


This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.