Paintings by award-winning international fine artist, painting instructor and exhibition juror Anthony Whiting

​Whiting Studios

A few Student Painting examples

Following are acrylic paints and materials for class work to be provided by the student, although similar colors to those above can be used instead of those if a student already has them.  Alternatively, if the student prefers, Anthony will provide paints, brushes and a palette knife for the sum of $45.00.

  •      Titanium White (not Zinc White)
  •      Cadmium Yellow Medium
  •      Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow
  •      Cadmium Red Medium
  •      Napthol Crimson or Alizarin Crimson
  •      Ultramarine Blue
  •      Cerulean Blue


  •      Flat brushes in sizes such as: #4, #6, #8
  •      Plastic water container
  •      Spray bottle for use with water
  •      Two sheets textured watercolor paper
  •      Sketch pad 
  •      Palette or paper or plastic plates for mixing paints
  •      Palette knife
  •      Clean rags
  •      Drawing supplies: Drawing pad, soft lead pencil, eraser
  •      Pen and note paper for taking notes
Fee Payment


Other Comments


"Should anyone want a reference for you as a painting instructor you may use my name and recommendation.  I've taken a great variety of art classes and workshops over the past ten years and found your teaching skills to be among the best.  You were well prepared, utilized good techniques with student involvement, and conveyed useful information.” 

--Doug Coleman, student, Jacksonville, FL 

“I have no reservations in strongly recommending Anthony as an art instructor.  In addition to being a accomplished artist, Anthony provides a wealth of practical written material coupled with assignments focused on developing the student as opposed to only providing passive feedback.” 

--Wilf Cameron, student, St Augustine, FL 

"Stu and I really enjoyed taking your class.  As total novices we felt comfortable and were able to learn a lot from you.  It was fun and we hope to take another class. God bless you for your patience!" 

--Brooke and Stu Caplin 

“Anthony Whiting teaches two classes Acrylic Painting – beginning to intermediate and intermediate to advanced at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach.   He is an immensely popular teacher with students who follow him from semester to semester.  I have had only positive feedback on Anthony since he has been an instructor with our program.”  

--Teresa Clark, Community Education Coordinator, Fletcher High School, Neptune Beach, FL 904-247-5905, #1008 


"I wanted to thank you for the skills you gave me over a year ago in the Hobby Lobby Saturday class.  Many of your tips and suggestions were invaluable.  Since I completed that class I retired and took your suggestion and got in some drawing classes.  I just sold a painting that was on display at the St. Augustine Art association show "Wild Florida", where I now live.  Thanks again and I hope others get as much out of your classes as I did." 

- Pamela Bell, student


"I really enjoyed the workshop and the company. Look forward to trying new ideas, like underpainting, the filbert brush technique, as well as continuing practicing my short, choppy strokes."
-- Tom McCrary

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Several unsolicited comments from students to Teresa Clark AT FLETCHER HIGH SCHOOL with regard to Anthony’s classes: 


“He’s a great teacher. When I came in for the first class I had no art experience.  In one of the first classes we learned how to paint pears.  After several tries mine actually looked like a pear with all the shading and everything.  I couldn’t believe it!” 

“I’ve taken painting lessons all over the world and even studied with an internationally known artist on the West Coast.  None of them compares with the instruction I receive in Anthony’s class.” 

“My husband has been drawing and painting on his own since we were first married.  He really enjoys Anthony and has learned so much in this class.” 

“I followed his instruction to add a little color to my pear and used red.  He didn’t make me feel dumb since he really was looking for a brighter shade of green! He really encourages us and makes us feel like we’re progressing even though we’re still beginning students.”

3.  PAINTING COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA OSHER LIFE LONG LEARNING INSTITUTE (OLLI)

Scheduled from time to time.  For informationn next starting dates and to register please contact OLLI:  (904) 620-4200  or  (904) 620-4244 Fax,  www.unfolli.org, jeanette.toohey@unf.edu 12000 Alumni Drive,  Jacksonville, FL 32224


Recent comments by some of the students in a 2016 Island Art Association painting workshop:


"I enjoyed the workshop.  Most of what you covered was very useful -- focal points, grids, empty shapes, color exercise, etc. The color wheel was perhaps the most valuable.  I enjoyed that the most as it was doable and would have great future utility.  -- Patricia Martocci"


"The workshop exceeded my expectations.  The actual information shared was excellent and I also enjoyed and found useful and challenging the practical application of this data.  I appeciated getting knowledgeable help in my attempt to execute a painting.  Keep up the wonderful instruction.  -- Dana Day"


"The workshop definitely met my expectations.  Most valuable to me was your presentation of color theory and making a color wheel 
which we were able to use to select colors to paint a picture in class.  I also appreciate the offer to comment on our paintings and 
offer advice at any time after the class ended.  -- Linda Johnston"


"I was pleasantly surprised when you discussed cool/warm acrylic paints and how to use them to get better hues. I was glad to have the opportunity to re-visit the color wheel again. I liked your Analogous Color wheel you presented.  I love "color" so your instruction was interesting and informative.  Your steps to creating an artwork helped to slow me down and reflect on some of my artwork. Much of the art making process is intuitive for me. However, I believe that your steps can be an excellent process to really understand and see the uniqueness of one's artwork.  -- Susan Schraft"


"I really was grateful to be at the workshop.  It exceeded my expectations.  For me the most valuable part was doing the split primary color wheel and the progressive blending of colors with the short strokes. I really liked doing the shorter project of painting the first day.  I also really liked focusing on the six-step process and doing the drawing.  Thank you for a great workshop.  -- Ellen Petersen"

Painting instruction by Anthony Whiting


Anthony is especially well qualified to teach painting in view of 40 year’s experience teaching beginner and intermediate level students in London, England while working there as an architect, later in Connecticut where he taught painting classes and now in Jacksonville, including adult education classes at Fletcher High School, the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, at a private art gallery and at several major art stores.  He has also provided workshops and presentations for The Plantation Artists Guild in Amelia Island, the Art Guild of Orange Park and The Art Center Cooperative in Jacksonville.  He is now scheduled to lead a workshop at the Island Art Association in Fernandina Beach and a painting course at University of North Florida OLLI. One reason for his expertise in painting instruction is having participated as a student himself in numerous painting workshops with nationally known artists — Barbara Nechis, Al Brouillette, Jean Dobie, Paul Leveille, Margaret Martin, Charles Sovek and Robert Burridge. 
 

Anthony’s objectives in teaching are to ensure that each student gains all required knowledge, skills, competency and confidence in painting to successfully complete paintings of many different types. Anthony will respond to unlimited questions from students outside of class sessions during the course and as well as after the course.  For some testimonials from Anthony's students please scroll down on this page.


​All painting classes include:


  • demonstrations by the instructor, one-on-one coaching, learning by doing and informational handouts
  • the basics of painting with acrylic paints and comparisons with oil and watercolor painting – viscosities, texture, transparency, opacity
  • simplified color theory and how to choose the most effective and impactful colors
  • the importance of good composition and how to achieve it – positioning the center of interest/focal point, value/tone studies and more
  • a six-step approach to creating paintings where successful end results are likely regardless of past experience or level of expertise
  • serendipity – facilitate it, expect it and encourage it to happen! 


three painting instruction opportunities:

2.  PAINTING INSTRUCTION TO PRIVATE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS IN SMALL CLASSES:

These classes are structured for either beginners or for persons some experience with acrylic, watercolor or acrylic painting.  The classes can fit into the schedules of the persons involved and can be held in several locations in the Jacksonville area including the Hobby Lobby store at Beach Blvd and San Pablo Rd.  Drawing skills not essential. Preregistration is required by email to awhiting@whitingstudios.com or by phone 904-234-1422 to register and for any questions.   There is a three hour minimum.   Fees for private students and students in small classes

  • For one student:  $40 per hour
  • For two students:  $25 per hour per student
  • For three or four students:  $20 per hour per student

TESTIMONIALS REGARDING ANTHONY'S PAINTING INSTRUCTION

Painting classes

1.  PAINTING COURSES AT HOBBY LOBBY STORE ON BEACH BLVD AND SAN PABLO ROAD:

Six-week painting courses are for persons with some experience with acrylic, watercolor or acrylic painting. Drawing skills not essential. Preregistration is required by email to awhiting@whitingstudios.com or by phone 904-234-1422 to register and for next starting dates. The six-week course fee is $190.   For workshops please see Item 4. below.