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Dorry Gardner, Amherst

I found Barbara’s classes when I was searching for someone who could further develop my skills as a realist painter. What I found was so much more. Barbara is a wonderful teacher who turns class into an amazing trip into discovering your capabilities. Her knowledge of art history from both the contemporary to the Old Masters, and her deep understanding…

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Maureen Ryan

Barbara is a combination of talented artist and gifted teacher. Her sense of humor and positive energy make her studio relaxed and welcoming. The small class size contributes to an intimate setting where she can provide her superior personalized instruction and generously share her extensive knowledge and passion for art and color. Barbara’s instruction has instilled the level of comfort…

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Bill Hoth

Barbara Johnson is the quintessential teacher- knowledgeable, enlightening, encouraging, helpful, patient, lively. Barbara knows how to paint—look at her work—and she has an innate willingness and enthusiasm to share this ability generously, by example, by demonstration, by suggestion. Teachers don’t come any better than Barbara Johnson.

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Cindy Parson, Berkshires

Barbara Johnson’s class provides an understanding of classical painting techniques and how to employ them, while encouraging students to explore their own creativity. I have taken the class many times over the past several years and always find myself inspired by the relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Barbara’s passion for Art History, color mixing and organizing a palette has given me…

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Mimi Gaines

Many thanks to Barbara Johnson for her unique blend of knowledge, patience, encouragement and enthusiasm that make her classes consistently rewarding and enjoyable.

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Brad Crenshaw

Each of Barbara Johnson’s Anatomy and Figure Drawing sessions is an invitation to study the human form, which is made under Barbara’s expert guidance and her generous attention. As our guide she provides an introduction to basic physiology. She draws our attention to the appearance of each model, and how the surfaces are created by tensions in the underlying muscle…

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Gillian Haven

Barbara Johnson provides exceptional teaching in painting technique. Through her practical and insightful comments and demonstrations, students develop the means to better realize their own visions. Barbara engages with each individuals work and the proof of her methods is in the remarkable growth of students’ work. Her enthusiasm, depth of knowledge, and individualized approach creates a rare and valuable experience…

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