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Registration is open for classes on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in any of the classes or workshops listed on this page, please contact the artist directly via the Contact page or via email at, to obtain a registration form and arrange payment. All classes will be held at Patricia's studio in the Stuart Street Atelier, The Plains, VA.

**UPDATE: Winter Classes are now open for registration (details below)**

The Atelier Track


The Atelier approach lays a solid foundation in drawing and painting from life, as well as an understanding of the nature of light falling on a three dimensional form, with the close supervision of a master artist. An academic approach to gaining mastering in drawing and painting. This class allows each student to work at their own pace through a selection of the Charles Bargue drawing plates. Students will use pencil and charcoal on toned paper, learning to create and accurate drawing and then rendering of the shadows. Students will then move on to working from plaster casts, making the transition from 2 dimensional references to 3-D. After gaining skill with drawing materials, the student will transition to painting in oil for the cast references as well as still life. At this point it is recommended that the Atelier Student also take the Figure from Life class on Saturdays. 

Winter Session Dates:  

Class is held from 9:00-12:00 on Tuesdays 

Jan 3, 10, 17, and Feb 14, 21, 28




(NOTE: Casts and Bargue references are included, as well as all drawing supplies. Painting supplies are the students’ responsibility)


The Independent Mentoring Track


A more self-directed approach, with individualized lessons and critique, the mentoring track allows each student to work in the subject matter and medium of their choice. Students may work on drawings or paintings, bringing their own references or setting up a still life in the studio. Each class has a short demo or discussion by Patricia. Students are welcome to meet with Patricia to plan their personalized program of study, or goals. There may be wildlife, animal, portrait, landscape and still life artists in this class. All levels are welcome. Each class will be 3 hours long, and meet once a week. Students will enroll and pay for a series of 6 weeks of mentoring. 

Winter Session Dates:  

Class is held from 9:00-12:00 on Wednesdays

Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 15, 22, and Mar 1




(NOTE: Supplies not included. Class fees are paid in full
ahead of time & are non-refundable)

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Portrait & Figure From Life

A new, ongoing class being offered in Rice’s studio, this Life Drawing and Painting class will have one model and pose ever three weeks, giving the student 12 hours of Life Work each month. Each month will have a different focus in terms of Costume & Model (1940’s, a Bouguereau child, and Pre- Raphaelite are a few examples of what is being planned.) The class will be held the first three Saturdays of each month, with the fourth Saturday available as a weather or travel related cancelation make-up class if Patty needs to cancel. 

Winter Session Dates:  

Class is held from 9:00-12:00 on Saturdays

Jan 7, 14, 21, and Feb 4, 11, 18




(NOTE: Supplies not included. Model fees are additional and divided among the students +/- $20/6wks)


Explore the Pre-Raphaelite Painters: Romance, Beauty, Fabric, and Gold


Patricia will be teaming up with fellow artists Jennifer Sims and Sue Braswell (also of the Stuart Street Atelier) to teach a long-pose figure and still life painting workshop celebrating the pre-Raphaelite style. Students will have the opportunity to explore with approach in still life, and/or figure. There will be costumed models in the two large rooms of the Atelier and still life in the two smaller ones. All levels are welcome. Sunday, February 5th will begin with a welcome reception, and a short history of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, followed by a 2 -3-hour simultaneous demonstration by the instructors. Then, from Monday through Thursday, students will work from the live model or still life of their choice. Students may paint one model/still life every morning and change positions to a different model or still life in the afternoon. There will be a demo on drapery at some point during the week as well. (model fees are additional and split among all the students. 

Workshop Dates:  

Feb 5th-9th

(Sunday @1-4pm, Monday-Thursday @10am-4pm)




(NOTE: Supplies not included. Model fees are additional and divided among the students, typically coming to around $20 per student depending on final number of students.)

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