Classical Painting Workshops  



in Hancock, New Hampshire

My teachers are offering very intensive week long workshops on Classical Painting. Numael and Shirley Pulido are not only great painters, they are the best teachers I ever had.

Portrait by Numael Pulido

 It is really exciting for me to see what happens when "talent finally meets a teacher."

You can enjoy some of their work here. Numael's works are in oil and Shirley's works shown here are in pastel ~ and oil. More information here.

This five and a half-day course is meant to accommodate artists looking for a unified approach to picture-making and oil painting technique.

Contact them here.

Portrait by Numael Pulido

Their workshops are an intensive course of instruction and open to only 11 students per workshop.

Still Life by Numael Pulido

It is a teaching applicable to all levels, - for beginners or for advanced painters who are looking for a more classical approach.

Still Life by Numael Pulido

Each student will start a start a still life with the same instruction and advance according to his/her own level of experience.

Portrait of Shirley by Numael Pulido

Some time will be devoted to advice for doing more effective set-ups for both still life and portrait painting.

Portrait by Numael Pulido

This is a workshop which provides the student with a great amount of procedural information and time-tested principles that allow the natural talent of the student to become more accessible.

Flowers (pastel) by Shirley Pulido


Begin Monday 9 am.

Friday will be the last day of formal instruction. 

Saturday morning, 9-12 AM they will cover reference photography and be available for questions.

Flowers (pastel) by Shirley Pulido

The price of the course is $750 which includes some materials such as non-toxic medium.

Portrait by Shirley Pulido

Accommodations are abundant in the area - and New England’s oldest, beautiful inn is right in town.

Good lunches, a five minute walk to town center.

And Peterborough, a cultured and elegant town, 7 miles down the road from Hancock for relaxed evenings.

Portrait by Shirley Pulido

The Manchester NH. airport is 45 minutes from Hancock.

The Pulido Studio is located at #6 Forest Rd. (Rte 123) Hancock, New Hampshire.

Portrait by Numael Pulido

We urge anyone considering this course to call so that we can discuss in further detail any of the above.

Portrait by Numael Pulido

Emails are fine, but we would also like to establish a personal contact by phone if you are planning to come.

Portrait by Numael Pulido

Contact Numael and Shirley Pulido,
Hancock, New Hampshire

Still Life (pastel) by Shirley Pulido

Intensive 6 Day Workshop

Study Form, Composition, Light, using the limited palette: ideal for artists wishing to enhance their knowledge of master painting technique and classical composition.

Still Life (pastel) by Shirley Pulido

This is a real opportunity to study with two masters of classical realism. And they are only accepting 11 people.

I recommend The Hancock Inn (one of the oldest inns in the country) as a delightful place to stay. It is within walking distance of the Pulido Studios, dining, library, grocery store....and a large picturesque pond.

"The Classical Realism Workshop" is a rare opportunity - so grab it if you can. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Some Earlier Workshops:

I stopped by the last workshop toward the end and snapped a quick picture of the students busy working. This studio is small - but very comfy. The Pulidos have painted a mural on the far wall that gives their space a delightful "airy" (and classical) atmosphere.

I never met anyone who wanted to paint that was totally lacking the talent. But without solid instruction it is nearly impossible to get to a professional level.

For a lucky few, Numael and Shirley Pulido took their workshop participants through a step-by-step classical oil still life painting. Having experienced this procedure first-hand, the student can now return home and bring this traditional knowlege to all of their future works.

As I expected, they all "got it" - and the resulting work is most impressive. It is really exciting for me to see what happens when "Talent Finally Meets a Teacher."

Visiting the Pulido Studio Workshop made my day!

Here are some photos from recent workshops:

From 1692 - An Old Dutch Book on Color Mixing

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors.

Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. 

The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope. Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. 

According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. 

The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes. 

It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963. 

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (apparently this website crashes easily but I have gotten it and if you want to see this book, it is worth trying again and again). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France.