A watercolor sketch of colorful brownstone apartment buildings is held up by an artist's hand.

Art Toolkit Workshops

Brooklyn Brownstones with Gavin Snider

Explore Cityscapes in Color

Brooklyn Brownstones with Gavin Snider

Online Workshop

Saturday, April 20th from 10am–12:30pm Pacific

Registration closes at noon the day before the workshop, or when the workshop is full.

Join us online Saturday, April 20th from 10am – 12:30pm for Brooklyn Brownstones: Explore Cityscapes in Color with Gavin Snider!

In this workshop, we’ll take on the architecture of Brooklyn, specifically the brownstone. We’ll focus on buildings and everything around them: stoops, fire escapes, shadows, bicycles, cars, and trees. We’ll practice building up a painting from light to dark, carving out a city scene with increasing detail. Gavin will show you how to harness the unexpected and go straight to the blank page, embracing the idea that you’re not really creating a painting; you’re documenting an experience.

We hope to see you there!

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Our lessons are live streamed, which means you’ll need a computer or mobile device with access to the internet. If you’re not able to attend the live lesson, don’t worry! We send a link to a recording to all students, which will remain online for at least six months.

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A watercolor sketch of brownstone apartment buildings is held up by an artist's hand.
A watercolor sketch of an orange brownstone apartment building, including fire escape and a taxi cab in front.
A watercolor sketch of brownstone apartment buildings sits on a wooden table, with a cup of water for mixing paint and a watercolor palette.
A watercolor sketch of brownstone apartment buildings is held up by an artist's hand.
A watercolor sketch of brownstone apartment buildings is held up by an artist's hand.
Artwork by Gavin Snider

Registration Details

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About the Instructor

A bearded artist stands on a city street, holding a brush, sketchbook, and paint palette.

Gavin Snider lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, where he paints to slow down the world and draws to better understand the places and people around him. With a background in architecture, much of Gavin’s work focuses on buildings and cityscapes. A few times a week, he picks a location—whether a famous landmark or an unfamiliar neighborhood—packs up a notebook, and goes to paint. In a way, his paintings are a form of urbanism, the study of city life.

An artist sites on a rock, dipping a paintbrush in a Pocket Palette.

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