Due to Covid-19, group classes at the studio have been suspended for the time being.  I am still doing zoom critiques and private instruction. Please check back here or follow me on instagram @cynthiagrilli to learn of upcoming classes and workshops.

The studio is located in Costa Mesa, near the fairgrounds, close to the 405, 73, and 55 freeways.  Small group painting instruction is available for students of all levels.  Private instruction and personal critiques can be scheduled for individuals and small groups at the rate of $100 an hour with a two hour minimum. For more information on how to register for upcoming classes or to schedule private appointments click here.

Private Classes and Internet Consulting

Private classes are available for students wishing to get one on one instruction. These sessions can be especially helpful for students in need of direction, feedback, or a fresh perspective for their work.  They also can help beginning students feel more comfortable with entering a classroom setting and will provide information on the proper use of materials. The fee is $100 an hour with a two hour minimum for private consultation.  Internet coaching and critiques are also available for people who are unable to come to the studio.  To schedule a private appointment or an internet consultation click here.


Seeing the Light: Figure Painting in Oils – The Portrait with Cynthia Grilli 

This two-hour video was filmed during a three-day portrait painting workshop and is designed to help painters work with direction and confidence. My step-by-step methodology was developed over the course of twenty years of teaching students to paint from observation with excellent results. Now, you can follow along with the demonstrations and work at a comfortable pace in the privacy of your own studio. The video is divided into three sessions that progressively address the fundamenals of painting a portrait. Filmed in high definition, the DVD contains all my class handouts and covers a variety of topics including understanding value, creating form, achieving likeness, color mixing, glazing, and resolution. Please email me to purchase a DVD ($40+shipping) or for a link to download the video at