Dennis Cheaney offers classes and workshops at a variety of locations throughout the United States. All classes are observation-based and have the study of nature at its core. In class, we examine long-held artistic principles and how best to apply these principles while working from the life model or still life arrangement.

Popular past workshop intensives have included Figure Painting Workshops held at Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA) and the New York Academy of Art (NYAA), Figure Drawing Workshops held at Academy DuCret and Copley Society of art (CoSo), and Introduction to Oil Painting Still Lifes at Long Island Academy of Fine Art (LIAFA).

From 2003-2009, Dennis was director and principal instructor of the New England Realist Art Center in Boston, MA. From 2009-2010, Dennis taught an on-going Saturday figure drawing and painting class on the topic of human structure, as presented to him by Ted Seth Jacobs, held at the Janus Collaborative School of Art

At the New York Academy of Art, NYC:
Tuesday nights from 6:30pm-9:30pm during the fall, spring and summer sessions

Space is limited, Registration starts early.

Transitioning from Drawing to Painting
taught by Dennis Cheaney
held at the New York Academy of Art
Department of Continuing Education
111 Franklin St.
New York, NY 10013

In this 12 week class (10 week class during the summer), students will learn how to transition from drawing into painting. Through a series of exercises from prints of master works, we will consider fundamental topics of light, form and color. Class projects include copying prints by Charles Bargue and painting in black and white from a print of a Da Vinci drapery study. A class will be devoted to color theory and mixing exercises before moving on to the final class project, copying a master still life painting by the 18th Century French artist Jean Chardin. Open to artists of all levels.

For full class description and registration information for fall, spring or summer sessions visit

For enrollment, contact John Volk, Director of Continuing Education Dept., at 212-966-0300 x968 or