Fred Bell is a great art teacher and a wonderful artist in his own right. I have taken classes from Fred for over 5 years, and I am so glad I found him! Whether you are a beginner or more advanced painter, Fred will work with you and help you move forward in your skills. He is patient, kind and gentle in his comments — always pointing in a helpful direction. His studio classes have a calm, supportive environment where we all help each other and learn. All of us in my particular class talk about how we look forward to our classes with him - you will too.
Thank you, Fred, for making painting a fun experience. Since I have started taking your zoom classes (landscape and portrait) my confidence and painting ability have improved quite a bit! The personalized feedback and interactive approach provide students, at every level, a chance to succeed. There are so many advantages to taking your classes on zoom! Close up view of your approach, observing your brushstrokes, how you paint shadows and values, and immediate response to questions, just to name a few. Having a new subject matter every class provides much needed practice and the flexibility you give your students allows for creative expression. Any hesitation I had in taking a zoom class has dissolved and I look forward to a new painting every week. Thank you for taking me to the next level!
Fred’s very good at working with everyone at their own level and their own pace. He emphasizes the importance of really seeing what’s before you. He has a good eye for the strong and weak points of the works in progress and provides encouragement and solutions along with criticism. He also takes a critical look at his own demonstration pieces and is not slow to revise or start over entirely if necessary, which is instructive in and of itself. His skill in painting and teaching are evident, as is his enjoyment of them.
The Zoom sessions have the same fun and camaraderie as those held in person. They allow for the same level of instruction and attention to the individual paintings. A noteworthy benefit of the technology is that it allows a closeup of Fred’s work as it progresses from the drawing to the final stage of the painting, which is really helpful.