Atelier Nelson Art Instruction

When time and safe health allows, Linda teaches drawing, color mixing, pastel, and oil painting to ages ranging from five to one hundred and five. She prefers to teach in the field and in the studio, but during 2020 she began teaching on line, as an outgrowth of live and prerecorded demonstrations she developed for art conferences and workshops (some are available on the Ancient Earth Pigments YouTube channel). Contact us for more information.


  1. Drawing (Beginning and Intermediate level)
    Students are introduced to drawing techniques using pencil and charcoal. Beginning topics include volume, form, rendering textures, and shading. Intermediate topics include perspective, aerial perspective, architecture, comparative animal anatomy, landscape, “Things That Go,” clothed and action figures, and drawing from life. Anatomy topics include skeleton, musculature, and feathers and fur. Field trips have included the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, and the airport!
  2. Oil Painting
    For students who have previous drawing experience. Students are introduced to color theory, brush techniques, and handling oil paints safely. Topics include learning to paint still life, landscape, and seascape. Field trips have included expeditions to Goleta Beach, Fairview Gardens, Loon Point, and many beaches and open spaces in Santa Barbara County.
  3. Pastel Painting
    For students who have previous drawing experience and some color work (oil painting preferred). Students are introduced to pastels through still life, specimens, and landscape.