Art Classes • Art Lessons in Austin Texas


Art Class • Painting or Drawing Lessons

We teach painting and drawing from the total novice beginner to experienced.

As opposed to painting a single project to take home, we teach the skills and methodology to eventually progress toward mastery of the medium. You will have many projects to take home and frame (when you take multiple classes). They will be more beautifu, complexl and professional looking than other painting classes that offer a finished painting at the first class. Click here to see the student's gallery.

We do have inexpensive watercolor workshops that have full demonstrations and you can bring home a finished painting.
The next one is on October 24th. Go to to RSVP

You are welcome to drop in and observe my art classes/lessons in progress at any meeting without reservation Schedule

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Have you ever wanted to take private art lessons, but thought they were too expensive?

Now you can, because I teach private lessons in art at group rates because I help everyone individually in rotation within a group.

The lessons are taught in Northwest Austin on Saturdays 1-3pm in a classroom at the Northwest Hobby Lobby on 183 and Lakecreek Parkway near 620. The address is 13729 Research Blvd. Ste 500 (Close to Burlington Coat Factory in the shopping center with Jason's Deli and Southwest Theaters), The classroom is in the front of the store-enter the foyer, then enter the store and take a right and stay along the wall, behind the cash registers along the wall is a doorway with a sign above it reading Classroom. They are every Saturday 1-3pm (except for major holiday weekends - the weekend of Easter, Memorial Day Weekend, the 4th of July if it is on Fri-Mon, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, the weekend closest to Christmas and some weekends while I am on vacation).

Because you are on your own self-paced course, coming to the meetings is now more flexible. Because you are on your own self-paced course, coming to the meetings is now more flexible. You pay $64 for 4 two hour lessons ($8 per hour) or (if it is a child) you have the option of 8 one hour classes (arrive from 1-2pm) and have 6 months to use all of the lessons.This is like private art lessons (at the class guidance is in rotation with other students), but much more affordable.

If you need times other that 1-3 Saturdays I offer private lessons in my home for $30 per hour see Private Lessons below.

There is no formal reservations required. Just show up 10 minutes early so that I can help you select art supplies if you need them. Household supply list below. Some of my students have taken art classes from other places and one said "there is no comparison between your classes and the one I took that cost more than double the price." The reason my classes are so inexpensive is that Hobby Lobby lets me use their classroom as a community service. From what my students are telling me I have the lowest price classes and the best, but don't take my word for it. Go to These quotes are from 2003. My course has improved significantly since then with better methods, techniques and many more beautiful projects to paint.

I teach students to copy the source material in this skills-based class. (Children have the option to draw cartoons) Students paint and draw from other paintings and photographs. This prepares students to paint their projects. Each project reinforces their skills from previous projects and teaches new ones. In a typical class, students are overwhelmed with having to learn so many new skills over a short period of time. They cannot retain all of the new skills. With my system the new skills are integrated with continual refinement of applied skills so there is continual improvement over a period of time. For example: I have a painting exercise just focusing on creating a gradation between full strength color and white. Making a seamless blend between full strength red to light red to pink to white. Then I have the student paint a simple bowl in black and white (color comes later) using what they just learned in the previous exercise plus I teach them a new skill of basic wet-in-wet for the background. After the bowl, I have them paint a more challenging exercise to reinforce gradations (a cup with a handle and a medicine bottle - both with shadows. Then on to the color wheel and color projects (simple still life and landscapes to begin with) with gradations and wet-in-wet plus more new methodology and techniques. It's a well rounded course that can go on to learning impressionism and/or portraits.

You can take one of the four mediums offered: drawing, watercolor, oil (water soluble oil is available without the smell or cost of turpentine or mineral spirits) or acrylic without concerning yourself if a class is going to make and start. You can change mediums at any time. In a traditional class all the students are taught the same medium at the same time. The number of students at the meetings varies due to the flexibility and is averaging 8 for the last 3 months. I have been teaching painting and drawing for over 14 years total (since 2002 at this location).

Start when you want. You can start at the next meeting on Saturday at 1-3pm (except for major holiday weekends - the weekend of Easter, Memorial Day Weekend, the 4th of July if it is on Fri-Mon, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, the weekend closest to Christmas). No waiting for the class to make and/or start. I have been teaching this way at this location for since 2002.

The attendance card that you get when you pay for the lessons is transferable. So you can sell or give away the lessons to someone else.

No long term commitment. You only pay for 4 lessons at a time. You renew to learn more. In time I can teach you to be a pro. Even colleges and universities don't offer a skills based course, they expect you to know how to paint when you arrive. This course is unique.

Check it out. You are cordially invited to see how this all works without obligation. Just drop in sometime between 1-3 pm on Saturdays. You don't even need any reservations to take a look. You may come and watch my teaching method. No reservation required. You can also see the student gallery and instructor portfolio which is more comprehensive than on this posting or the website.

Because every student is on their own self-paced course and there is no group project or lecture. Also, there is no waiting for the others if you are faster than average and no feeling rushed if you are slower than average. I work with students individually and there are no time constraints. Also, lessons are more flexible because you have 6 months to use your 4 lessons (each lesson is 2 hours). If you miss a week or two you will still be able to finish the project you were working on in the previous lesson.

I teach 5 years old children (5-6 year-olds typically draw and color cartoons because they generally won't understand the skills necessary to render what they see - their mind is generally not formed well enough until 7 or so). I have a more advanced drawing program for adults and some children take that program as well. The minimum age for painting is typically 8 years old . The lessons are serious and the children are kept busy and quiet. Most parents leave their children and pick them up at the end of class. Student Gallery and Instructor portfolio is below the written information. My goal is to train students to paint or draw exactly what they see and bring them up towards a professional level. It takes a different amount of time for each student.

Private Lessons

I offer private lessons in my home for $30 per hour. (If you bring a friends you can split the cost i.e. 2 people for $40 per hour for first hour of the session $35 for additional hours, private lessons for 4 is $50 per hour for the first hour of the session $40 for additional hours) (I am located near North of Parmer, South of Howard Lane and East of IH 35 on Bennington Ln 78753- private lessons will accelerate your learning as you get 100% of my attention).

Private lessons in your home are available at $30 per hour plus travel time roundtrip from my home at $25 per hour. (2 hour minimum) (I am located near North of Parmer, South of Howard Lane and East of IH 35 on Bennington Ln 78753- private lessons will accelerate your learning as you get 100% of my attention). You will continue on the same project even if you miss several meetings. You will get individual attention over a dozen times per meeting as I continuously help my students in rotation. The rest of the time you paint or draw your project.



Lessons are $64 for 4 two hours lessons ($8 per hour- you pay $64 when you begin the lessons - no tax - cash or check acceptable - I am not setup to accept credit or debit cards except through the internet - You must set this up in advance). You can take your four lessons within six months from signing up. In the beginning it is better to have the lessons close together to help you retain the techniques.

Art supplies are $15 for drawing.

OIl (Water soluble) or Acrylic supplies $25 to $80 (depending on quantity and quality of paint) )

Watercolor supplies $25 to $58 (depending on quantity and quality of paint) palette optional $3

I will provide them for your 4 lessons for an additional $4 per 2 hour lesson (or drawing supplies for $2 per class). Except for canvas/paper the paints and brushes will generally last for 3-7 years of my smaller projects and have a shelf life of minimum 15 years depending upon the heat of their environment. (Students will use up canvas or paper pads in 3-6 months) The beginning projects are usually 6"X9" or smaller. I have over 170 projects. The advanced projects are 20"X24". (the larger projects are optional).


You are issued an attendance card (transferable) and I mark it each time you attend. Because of the flexibility there is an average of 8 students. Normally I get around to visiting with every student 10 times or more in every class. I demonstrate the brushwork and techniques used. I firmly believe that painting and drawing is a skill and I teach it that way using systems and the mechanics to make the student improve quickly in contrast to most most other classes.

Some of the things that are taught.

This bowl below is the third project for painting and the first project for drawing..
(the first two painting projects have prepared you for this one - you may notice that it is only in one paint color
- that's intentional - the color wheel and basic color theory is on the fifth project and after that all of the projects are in color)

The lessons are in small steps moving toward more complex compositions so the student will not feel overwhelmed,
while reinforcing their previous knowledge and acheiving maximum retention.

Mediums taught:

Watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil, conte crayon, pen and ink, charcoal, colored pencil are the mediums that are taught. The student chooses the medium and may change at any time. If you want sculpture I know of a excellent instructor.

Which medium should I choose?

The medium that looks best to you on the finished piece of art. If you prefer the look of watercolor then take watercolor. You will never get an oil or acrylic painting to look like the watercolor you prefer and vice versa. Oil and Acrylic are opague mediums for the most part and are difficult to tell apart.

Drawing is the easiest because it requires no color mixing and brush application, but you paint start painting immediately. My projects outlines will transfer to you canvas and you don't have to learn drawing unless you want.

If you want to eventually paint people choose water soluble oil or watercolor. Acrylic dries a different color than when it is wet and will frustrate you because blended skin areas will have to be completely repainted with acrylic. If you want to paint on anything besides canvas then use acrylic.

Watercolor looks more like a colored drawing than oil or acrylic. Oil and acrylic are similar in their technique. Watercolor is mostly a different technique. Few people change painting mediums once they start, because there is so much to learn in every medium.

Because the starting projects are small, (for the first six months) the initial supplies the student purchases will last years before you will need to replace any paints because of running out. I teach you to conserve paint. I have painted a 5 foot by 8 foot canvas with less than a third of a tube total of oil paint. I have had oils and acrylic paints stored for over 20 years and still using them. The brushes will last years also.

When does Classes/Lessons start:

Its starts when you arrive Saturday at 1pm. It is recommended that you call first to make sure the class meeting is not full. It is also recommended that you arrive 5-10 minutes early for your first class, so I may help select supplies for purchase or check your supplies to determine if they are appropriate for the medium. The group does not meet on *major holiday weekends i.e. Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July (if it falls on Fri. thru Mon.), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas (if it falls on Thurs. thru Tues.) New Years Day if it falls on a Saturday. Everyone is on their own self-paced course and is taught individually. We meet in the classroom in the front of the store, behind the checkouts.

Subject matter:

The subject matter is landscapes, still life, and birds. floral. Life painting/drawing and portraits are optional. The advanced projects are 22" by 30" in size. Most of the beginning projects are 6" X 9" or smaller. If you are a painting student, drawing is not required, because you may trace the outline of the projects. Over 170 outlined projects and growing. Or bring your own project.

Location and times: Schedule

Instructor: Cody Davis Biography

Find out why these are New Concept Art Classes/Lessons

My Course is very much a hands-on workshop. I teach the basics in the beginning i.e. For the painting section - first lesson

  1. How to hold the brush: to paint detail, gradations, blending or large areas
  2. How to clean the brush
  3. The best way to get paint out of the tube without having tube opening problems later
  4. How to place colors on your palette
  5. How much paint to put on your palette
  6. How to set up your art workstation
  7. and much more



Group size:

The groups attendance is about 8 students on average for the year. There are more students taking the course. Normally, because of the flexible attendance program only 1/2 to 2/3 of my students attend the each meeting. I accept ages 5 to 100 (8 is the youngest for painting). No drawing is necessary for painting. Normally I get to work with each student 8 times or more per session. The student works on the project while I am helping the other students. So every student is busy painting or drawing the entire class period. The students are reminded to start cleaning up at 5 minutes until 3pm and they may leave immediately after that. Children are directed to stay in the classroom until their parent arrives. You may pick up your children at that time.

The children and adults are working in the same room at the same time and are not separated. The children are well-behaved and generally quieter than the adults. Horseplay is not tolerated. I have never seen any horseplay in my class because the students are interested and kept quite busy.


Optional homework is assigned. I give the students the webaddress for the first set of projects online and they may repeat the projects at home. This gives the students more practice and reinforces my teaching. Using my website students can view and print the projects.


Basic household supplies the student will need first class.

Paper towels - 2 to 5 per lesson (or bring a roll)

  • White plastic plate for palette - something unbreakable, white and non porous or if you are doing watercolor purchase a folding storage palette at Hobby Lobby for $2-3.
  • Standard No. 2 pencil and sharpener or .5 mm mechanical pencil with soft grip (preferred)
  • Untippable, unbreakable water container(s) - preferably clear
    Watercolor: two water containers - one can be 1 ounce or more (for putting clean water on your paper using the brush), the other should be 1 to 4 cups (cleaning your brush).
    Acrylic: one water container needed - 1 to 2 cups - (2 cups is optimal)
    Oil: one container needed - 1 to 2 ounces
    (1 ounce is optimal) for regular oil with solvent (bring odorless mineral spirits/paint thinner) or 1-2 cups for water mixable/soluble oil
  • Spray bottle (watercolor and acrylic - one that sprays a fine mist - I sell a two ounce plastic bottle that sprays a superfine mist for $1)
  • Wear clothes that you do not mind getting paint on (oil and acrylic tend to be messier than watercolor)

Call Cody at 512.965.0448 (7:30am - 9pm / 7 days) for more information,
space availability or to make sure we are meeting the Saturday you are starting.