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Nicole's Studio Instructors
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Learn more about our excellent local and national instructors!


Nicole White Kennedy
"I had a great time yesterday. Learned lots, it was fantastic. My paintings look even better today." - Beginner Workshop

"Thanks for all your help, I really enjoyed "Walking on Water". Thanks again for your individual help, loved it"


"Nicole your teaching is wonderful, helpful and most of all... inspiring." One of Nicole's Advanced Wednesday students


Nicole Kennedy is known for her North Carolina Beach people, Carolina Ballet works and scenic Italy paintings. She was juried into 2013 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibit and Women Painters of the Southeas in 2013 and 2014. In 2011 Nicole won the Southwest Magazine Art of Excellence Award at the American Impressionist Society in Carmel, CA. She is a 2 time award winner at the juried Audubon Artists National exhibit, Salmagundi Club in NYC and First Place winner Fine Arts League of Cary, Durham Art Guild and NC State Fair. Nicole has been featured in numerous publications from the News & Observer, Wrightsville Beach Magazine to American Art Collector.

Classes Include:
• The Next Steps - Beyond Beginner, Building Confidence
• Take the Fear Out of Figurative Painting
• Painting Fall Foliage at it's Peak en Plein Air

• Nicole's Ongoing Instruction Wednesday AM
• Learn to Control Color and Value to Enhance Your Creativity
• Paint the Town
• Walking on Water - Learn to Paint the Drama!


John Poon
"Taking John's workshop is like going to art school in 5 days!"

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop with John Poon, I hope he comes back to Raleigh next year! "


John Poon is one of the premiere landscape painters and instructors in the USA today. He shows around the US including Legacy in Scottsdale and Walls Gallery at Greenbriar, and now at Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery. Click here to read more about John & view recent paintings here in the gallery. Students who have studied under John can't say enough about his positive and encouraging teaching style.

John Poon, artist Utah
John Poon

Classes Include:
• Intermediate/Advanced Painting Workshop


Dan Beck
"Love this workshop. Dan Beck is an amazing instructor.
Fun and delightful class"

"This was one of the best workshops I have even taken, not only is Dan a great teacher but the class was so organized and well run, kudos to Nicole's Studio, Kelly and Nicole were great!



Dan is not only a Signature member of Oil Painters of America, but he won Best In Show in the 2011 National OPA exhibit...arguably the highest honor in representational painting in the US. Dan has been juried into numerous OPA and other national exhibits, won countless awards and has been extensively featured in national art publications.

Classes Include:
• Figures & Faces with an Impressionistic Flair


David Dunlop

David Dunlop is a modern day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations from Citibank, Delta Airlines, GE and IBM. He had a PBS Television series called "Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop" which won a 2009 Emmy Award. David is represented by galleries across the US and is a very highly sought after instructor and lecturer. We are always thrilled to host David here at Nicole's Studio!!

David Dunlop

Classes Include:
• Painting Luminosity and Color in Water and Skies


Kimberlee Maselli
"Kimberlee was so patient and helpful. What a wonderful teacher!!"

"Kimberlee was wonderful. This was my first painting class and she was an excellent teacher, example and motivator. I am hooked!"

"I had a great day in Kim's class, I enjoyed the gallery setting and all the encouragement"


Kim Maselli's artwork explores a wide range of subject matter, with a strong focus on landscapes, coastal and woodland scenes. Her bold brushstrokes, palette knife texture and vibrant use of color leads the eye into her paintings and the viewer is invited to explore the subtle complexities and unfolding narrative. Kim is a rising star on the regional "en plein air" art scene and is the founder of the local PaintNC organization.

Kimberlee Maselli

Classes Include:
• Paint Your First Oil/Acrylic on Canvas For Beginners

• Paint Loose, Colorful Florals in Acrylic


Catherine Martin
"Today’s class was wonderful, Cathy's a great teacher! I can’t wait to sign up for another one."

"I thoroughly enjoyed Cathy Martin and learned a great deal from her class."


National award winning artist/instructor Catherine Martin is well known for her dramatic brushtrokes and vibrant palette. Her distinct style and extensive instructing experience will help you find solutions to creating impactful paintings that delight the eye.

Classes Include:
• Using Dramatic Color & Bold Brushstrokes to Loosen Up your Paintings


Diana Coidan
"Diana is a fun teacher with an attitude that livens up the classroom. I enjoyed having the hands on experience with pastels. A refreshing change from working with traditional paints."

"Diana is a most delightful, wonderful and encouraging teacher, and I would be thrilled to take more classes in any medium with her"

(PSA) Signature Member, Pastel Society of America. Diana has been a professional full time artist for the past seventeen years, and has been a multi-media painter for most of her life. But after being introduced to pastels ten years ago, she fell in love with this medium and feels this is the most expressive to work in.

Classes Include:
• The Power of Pastels - on Canvas!


Dan Nelson
"I enjoyed Dan's class.  I think the perspective review & tips will really help me. His style is so interesting and I was introduced to the idea of glazing. It was a fun way to spend a rainy day and I definitely would take another class with him."

"I was amazed at how much I learned from Dan, that guy really knows his stuff!" (Drawing & Perspective)

Dan Nelson is one of the top artists in the Triangle -- time and time again clients love the way his paintings "glow". Dan uses a myriad of techniques to achieve different color effects and he will show you how in this fun workshop!

Dan Nelson

Classes Include:
• Using Transparency, Layering & Colors to Make Your Paintings GLOW
• Discover the Power of Accurate Drawing & Perspective to Create Better Paintings


Rick McClure
"Rick was a phenomenal instructor, and I would gladly study with him again. His paint together approach was very useful with imparting the amount of time it should take to accomplish something, instead of sweating over it for too long. I would recommend him to anyone who knows even rudimentary fundamental color mixing."

"It was a pleasure meeting both of you at the Rick McClure workshop.  By far the best workshop I have ever taken! The gallery is lovely and wanted to express my thanks to you for hosting such wonderful workshops and classes. I am looking forward to taking some day classes and visiting the gallery again."

Nationally Renowned Artist Rick McClure. Signature Member: American Impressionist Society, International Plein Air Painters, Oil Painters of America

Classes Include:
• Translate your Plein Air Study or Photo Into a Successful Painting


Tim Postell
"What an awesome workshop! I really learned so much today, Tim’s a great teacher."

Classes Include:
• Create Luscious Still Life Paintings


Dawn Whitelaw
"Without a doubt the best teacher ever!! Been to a lot of workshops. Dawn is incredibly thorough, focused, tailors her advice to each individual. I am looking forward to working with her again!! Workshop was beautifully organized as well! Thank you Nicole and Kelly! And Dawn of course!"

Classes Include:
• Painting the Head from Life with Nationally Recognized Painter

Dawn Whitelaw Dawn Whitelaw

Student Feedback

Cathy Martin - "I thoroughly enjoyed Cathy Martin and learned a great deal from her class. Today’s class was wonderful, Cathy's a great teacher! I can’t wait to sign up for another one."

"Thanks Nicole and Kelly for your hospitality. The gallery is wonderful. Thanks Dan for sharing your techniques, I had a great time."

"I enjoyed John Poon's workshop so much. Even though I'm a watercolorist, it was great to work with oils again. You'll be inspired for sure."




"Without a doubt the best teacher ever!! Been to a lot of workshops. Dawn is incredibly thorough, focused, tailors her advice to each individual. I am looking forward to working with her again!! Workshop was beautifully organized as well! Thank you Nicole and Kelly!"

"The new gallery and website are awe-inspiring. Oh, I wish I lived in Raleigh, I would take ALL the classes."

"Nicole your teaching is wonderful, helpful and most of all inspiring." One of Nicole's Ongoing Wednesday students

Nicole's Studio art class

"Nicole your teaching is wonderful, helpful and most of all inspiring." One of Nicole's Ongoing Wednesday students



Kimberlee Maselli
"Kimberlee was wonderful, she's an excellent teacher, example and motivator. Helped us to jump in the deep end and go for it"



Dawn Whitelaw

"All the individual attention was important as I am a REAL beginner. It was all great information, I LOVED this class!"



NIcole's Studio

Our Beginner oil kit has everything you need to get started painting, no shopping required! And it's a fantastic deal at only $48.


Dan Nelson

"From my first phone call I was made to feel welcome. Kelly was so cordial, I love Nicole's gallery!"


John Poon

"I am excited to do more figure painting after yesterday's class, you made it fun and easy going. Loved it!"



Beginner class
Actual paintings completed by VERY beginners in our Beginner Painting in Oil or Acrylic workshop! We have taughts HUNDREDS of people to paing over the years.



Diana Coidan

"The gallery and the website are awe-inspiring! If I lived in Raleigh I would take ALL the classes!"




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Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery
719 N. Person St. Raleigh NC 27604
(click here for directions)
 919-838-8580
 Hours: Tues. by Appointment. Wed-Fri 10:30am - 5pm. Sat 12- 4:30, and other times by Appointment
e-mail: nicole@nicolestudio.com

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