Claire Fratello Figurative Artist
Logo Masters In the Making Art Workshops

"To learn to paint with a brush, a student must first master the pencil."

An old Italian proverb

If you are determined to uncover the artist within you, Masters in the Making Art Workshops® can help you  to achieve  your goal.

Since we all have the inherent capability to process knowledge, codify experience, organize thought, and above all visualize and create from our imagination, we are all artists by instinct.

However, in order to connect and stay connected to our inner artist, it is essential that we master the principles of art.  By demonstrating key expressive drawing principles, my workshops will show students how to liberate their creative forces by applying the primary tools of drawing: line, shape, space, texture, tone, rhythm, repetition, equilibrium, movement, emphasis, and unity.

My approach to teaching art is straightforward. Learning how to use the primary tools through exploration of the fundamental principles of art is the shortest distance and most creative method to master your own language of expression where the road to boundless originality in the creation of art becomes yours to take, yours to identify with, and yours to express to others. I conceived Masters in the Making to inspire, cultivate, and complement your own instinctive artistic inclination. Beginners with no prior art experience, advanced students, or artists looking to recharge and expand on their own perspectives will find my workshops stimulating and challenging.

Discover how to build on, stay connected with, create, and
appreciate art to the fullest

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·         Workshops can be modified to accommodate daily, weekly, or monthly community schedules and requirements.

·         Classes are conceived to be sequential for maximum learning benefits; however, students may sign up for an individual workshop based on their personal preference.

·         Workshops offer students wide-ranging learning tips in order to enhance the development of their new skills. With this approach, the classroom becomes an experimental laboratory where students can explore art with the help of a trained eye.

·         Illustrations are used in class for study purposes only. In addition to inspiring, they serve as a guideline to understand tonal value and proportion.

·         Maximum students per workshop: 12—unless otherwise noted.

·         Drawing supplies are $35.00 per student and will typically last for 30 classes, and watercolor pads up to five classes.

·         Alternatively, students can bring their own supplies. Please call for supply list. 

·         To arrange for an appointment where we can discuss your organization's goals, and for program information, availability, location, schedules, art supplies, and fees, please contact Claire at
770 561-3424 or email:




One workshop: Five 90-minute classes
Fee per workshop: $175.00 plus $35.00 art supplies/Student   

This workshop series will teach students to speak the language of art by learning to organize the elements of drawing using the principles of art as guidelines. Students will also study how to use the black to white tonal spectrum as a foundation leading to using color with confidence.


Three workshops: Each workshop has three 90-minute classes
Fee per workshop: $105.00 plus $35.00 art supplies/Student   

Each workshop series will take the students through a methodical progression toward mastering a specific art topic.

Students will learn about the color wheel, primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, as well as methods to achieve dynamic equilibrium through harmony in color application.

This workshop will be a forum for students to explore the intricacies of composition.

Students will learn how to look at objects and break them down into simple lines, shapes and form as well as study how light and shadow effect depth and distance in a pictorial composition.


Two workshops: Each workshop has five 90-minute classes
Fee per workshop: $175.00 plus $35.00 art supplies/Student 

Face and Features: Students will study the proportion of the head, how to capture facial features by learning highlight and shadow placement on the planes of the head, as well as techniques for developing hair texture.

Human Body: An introduction to artistic anatomy and drawing techniques to define form, proportion, and scale  in adults, children, and infants.



Four workshops: Each workshop has three 90-minute classes 
Fee per workshop: $105.00 plus $35.00 art supplies/Student

This 4-workshop series will introduce students to the art of sketching as a means to analyze the elements of the natural or imagined landscape. Mastering the basics of sketching will free the student from copying photographs and the use of grids, and, instead, concentrate on producing artwork through observation and application.           

  1. Introduction to Sketching Landscapes: How to express what you see

  2. Drawing landscape elements 1: Sky, land, water

  3. Drawing Landscape elements 2: Plants, shrubs, trees

  4. landscape DRAWING: Bringing the elements together 

Senior Community Workshops


Water-soluble Color Pencils and paint brushes

Five workshops/Each workshop has three 90-minute classes
Fee per workshop: $105.00 plus $35.00 art supplies/student.


MITM is now offering a new foundation-building program for seniors that incorporates the basic elements of drawing and principles of art, and is ideal for individuals with little or no prior art experience, as well as for those who have always enjoyed drawing and painting, and are looking to embrace new approaches and perspectives.


WORKSHOP I: Introduction: Bridging the gap between pencil drawing and watercolor painting
Using fine artist grade water-soluble color pencils and watercolor brushes, students will learn how to use five different methods to   turn a color pencil drawing into a rich vibrant watercolor painting.

WORKSHOP 2: Mastering the outline
Explores sketching outlines of fruit in pencil vs. sketching outlines with a brush, and focuses on creating texture by building layers of wet and dry color.

WORKSHOP 3: Botanical Flowers
Emphasis will be placed on conveying the unique characteristics of flowers and stems, as well as learning different applications of watercolor techniques.

WORKSHOP 4: Butterflies and caterpillars
In this workshop, students will find drawing inspiration through the works of master artist Maria Sibylla Merian—“The woman who made science beautiful”.

WORKSHOP 5: Illustrating Small Birds using the Japanese concept of Ma
A special workshop that shows how to use negative and positive space to depict small birds in a dramatic pictorial composition.


Sculpting the human face/body

Six workshops: Each workshop is 3 hours
Fee per workshop: $75.00 plus $35.00 art supplies/Student

This is an easy structured approach to understanding proportion in sculpting the human face and figure in clay. Here students will learn to combine their intuitive sense of proportion with guided steps to produce realistic forms and features.      

  1. The Face

  2. The Head AND NECK

  3. The Torso

  4. Hand, Wrist, Forearm

  5. Foot, Ankle, Calf

  6. The Human Figure




Infusing art and culture in Sicily
(2017 Workshop includes 2-day stop in Rome)

September 14-22, 2017


Come and create everlasting memories by touring and sketching the wonders of the island’s cities, villages, and rugged landscape. And for those who love the treasures of Italian architecture, and want to learn more about historic buildings and design concepts of Italian cities, we added architectural tours to our program led by an Italian-trained architect and lecturer. . . . There is no better way to eternalize your visual, emotional and artistic experience than by sketching what you see.

Since our connecting flight to Sicily is out of Rome (a city that I have lived in and know very well) and because many of my students have expressed the desire to see Italy through my eyes, this new workshop kicks off with a two day stop over that includes visiting Rome by evening and sketching a nearby city that is dear to my heart: the ancient city of Tivoli

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(age 6-12)

Trained in Italy as a pedegogista in the Montessori Method and Emilia Romagna Approach, I created this workshop to offer children a-high school-level course in basic drawing elements and principles, but made it friendly enough for a 6 year old to follow

Once a week: Five 90-minute classes
Fee/per student: $175.00 plus $20.00 for art supply

Quarterly program:
Twelve 90-minute classes
Fee/per student: $350.00 plus $40.00 for art supply