RELEASE ART STUDIO AND GALLERY 

™ 

Based out of Arlington, MA, Release Art Studios provides unique in-person and online drawing and painting lessons that combine your individual interests with an invigorating experience of creating expressive and technical art. 

When you join us at Release Art Studios™, we not only strive to help you grow as an artist, but a person as a whole. We take pride in doing more than just offering a service, we want to build an authentic relationship with you through the practice of creating art that reflects you.

 This includes those of you who are already enjoying life to the fullest but crave a new activity that brings new personal growth, those who are searching for a greater level of fulfillment and purpose in their life, or for those who are lost, struggling and in need of an activity that stimulates self awareness and creative potential, we encourage everyone of all ages and of any skill level to come experience our unique art classes and all that we have to offer. 

Our lessons are designed for those looking for a friendly, creative environment that provides students with a new, stimulating lesson each week. Lessons can consist of both technical and expressive approaches to creating art using image reference as well as your imagination. We start with the fundamentals - this includes line, shape, proportion, form, structure, light and shadow. Then we move into a much more expressive way of working where we focus on mood, experimentation, color, emotion, and more. Through our lessons, my goal is to open your mind to the possibilities and benefits you can experience through self exploration when creating art and help you in unleashing your creative potential.

Here are a just a few reviews from some of our students.

"Great teacher. For someone who has never drawn before, very patient and works at your level."

- Solomon O.

"Brendan is awesome! He is very talented, super patient, and extremely dedicated."

- Taryn H.

"I learned a lot just the first lesson. He is very nice and professional. I am looking forward to attending more."

- Christine S.

Unique Classes We Offer

Each class is 90 minutes and available for beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. In general painting requires more experience (and materials) so it is recommended (but not required) that you begin with drawing and work your way up to painting. Each class is available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and you will be grouped with other students according to how you define your skill level and individual learning process. (i.e those who prefer more/less instruction will be placed accordingly who desire the same)

Each 90 minute class is often broken down into the following segments: 10 minute introduction/demonstration/Q&A, followed by 30 minutes working time, followed by a 10 minute class critique/discussion/Q&A, followed by another 30 minutes working time, and ending with a 10 minute conclusion/optional at home assignments given/Q&A.

Lessons are available as private/online, group/online, or in person/private lessons and are often available to work around your schedule.

 

 

TECHNICAL DRAWING

Technical Drawing Lessons are an excellent choice for those who are interested in strengthening their technical skills through the use of graphite, charcoal, and occasionally markers, colored pencils and pastels. Working with reference images online, we will break down how to accurately represent what we are seeing on the image and translate it on to paper. Primarily we will work on understanding form, shape, line and angels, proportion and perspective. Values (Light and Shadow) will be taught once you feel you have a strong grasp of said previous concepts. Reference images often contain those of the figure, portrait, and occasionally still life. 

 

Required Materials:

  • Graphite Pencils

  • Charcoal Pencils

  • Eraser + Pencil Sharpener

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Rags/Tissue Paper 

  • Large Sketch Paper

Recommended but not required:

  • Colored Pencils

  •  Pastels

  • Markers

  • Basic Easel or Table Top Easel w/ clipboard or hard surface to support (Highly recommended)

 

 

 

TECHNICAL PAINTING

Technical Painting Lessons are an excellent choice for those who are interested in strengthening their technical skills through the use of Paints. Working with reference images online, we will break down how to accurately represent what we are seeing on the image and translate it on to paper. Primarily we will work on understanding form, shape, line and angels, proportion and perspective. Values (Light and Shadow) will be taught once you feel you have a strong grasp of said previous concepts followed by color. Reference images often contain those of portrait, still life, and landscape.

Required Materials:

  • Pallet (Glass Palette or Glass Pane is recommended, you can also use a plate)

  • Rags (Or any kind of white cloth you don't mind using to clean your brush)

  • Solvent or Paint Thinner  (Gamblin Gamsol is recommended)

  • Linseed Oil 

  • 2 tight seal jars to store solvent and linseed oil

  • Basic Easel or Table Top Easel

  • Smooth Texture Aspire Art Boards

    • (You’re preference of size. For this class I recommend 12”x16” and/or 16”x20”)

  • Paint Brushes (Sable/Synthetic is recommended):

    • Small Flat Top

    •  Medium Flat Top

    • Large Flat Top

  • Oil Paint :

    • White (Titanium or Flake White are recommended)

    • Brown (Raw Umber and Burnt Sienna are recommended)

    • Black (Ivory Black or Mars Black are recommended)

    • Blue (Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue are recommended)

    • Red (Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson are recommended)

    • Yellow (Cadmium Yellow and Yellow Ochre are recommended)

Recommended but not required Oil Paint colors:

  • Prussian Blue
  • Paynes Grey 
  • Terra Verde and/or Sap Green

 

 

 

 

INTUITIVE PAINTING

Intuitive Painting Lessons are recommended for those who are looking for a highly expressive, experimental approach to painting using unconventional tools and techniques, in combination with technical skills. In this class the student is encouraged to work from their imagination as well as their choice of reference image if desired. With expressive painting class, the focus is largely placed on encouraging the individual student to take risks and experiment on their own, using their instincts, awareness, conscious and unconscious decision making to create dynamic artwork that pushes boundaries. We also collectively come together as a class to critique and discuss how well mood, experimentation, color, emotion, and other aspects are coming through the painting and how we can improve. It’s specifically through these lessons, where my goal to open your mind to the unlimited creative potential you have takes place, as well as the benefits you can experience through the self-explorative process of making art.

Required Materials:

  • Pallet (Glass Palette or Glass Pane is recommended, you can also use a plate)

  • Rags (Or any kind of white cloth you don't mind using to clean your brush)

  • Solvent or Paint Thinner  (Gamblin Gamsol is recommended)

  • Linseed Oil 

  • 2 tight seal jars to store solvent and linseed oil

  • Basic Easel or Table Top Easel

  • Window Squeegee

  • Paint Comb

  • Ultra Smooth Texture Aspire Art Boards

    • (You’re preference of size. For this class I recommend 16x20” and/or 18"x24”)

  • Paint Brushes (Sable/Synthetic is recommended):

    • Small Flat Top

    •  Medium Flat Top

    • Large Flat Top

  • Oil Paint :

    • White (Titanium or Flake White are recommended)

    • Brown (Raw Umber and Burnt Sienna are recommended)

    • Black (Ivory Black or Mars Black are recommended)

    • Blue (Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue are recommended)

    • Red (Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson are recommended)

    • Yellow (Cadmium Yellow and Yellow Ochre are recommended)

Recommended but not required Oil Paint colors:

  • Prussian Blue
  • Paynes Grey 
  • Terra Verde and/or Sap Green

Material Links

Due to the techniques we will be using during lessons, using anything other other than Oil Paint is NOT recommended but acceptable if desired. Other options include Acrylic Paint, Gouache, Water Color, Egg Tempura, etc. Using another Surface other than Aspire Art Boards is NOT recommended  but acceptable if desired. Other options include Traditional Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panel, Canvas Pad, Wood, Masonite, Gessoed Panel etc

 

PAINTING SURFACES

You can currently only purchase Aspire Art Boards online at Aspireartboards.com. As long as you are an actively attending student with me you will receive an exclusive student discount code of 40% off your entire order on every order at Aspireartboards.com*. Just use the discount code: STUDENTSSAVE40 at checkout.

SAVE 40% ON ASPIREARTBOARDS.COM

* (This discount is exclusive for students who take Lessons with Brendan Lehman regularly [at least once a week]. A 20% discount code will be provided for not as active and/or past students of Brendan Lehman.These discounts only apply to students in the US due to the limitation of Aspire Art Boards currently being unable to ship internationally)

 

ALL OTHER MATERIALS

I usually purchase my materials online at Blick. You can often find the materials needed for class in person at your local Blick store or can use my affiliate link and it will bring you directly to their website where you can purchase these items online and have them delivered. 

AFFILIATE LINK FOR BLICK CLICK HERE

What you'll receive 

I strive to provide as much value as possible for my students so that they can get the most out of their lessons. That's why I've chosen to teach my students the same exercises and techniques I use in my own artistic practice for notable improvement with nothing held back. You'll also receive optional at home assignments and be invited to a student only FaceBook page where you can post your work and receive feedback from your fellow students as well as myself. To further aid you in your artistic practices both in and outside of lessons you'll also be given an exclusive 40% student discount* on Aspire Art Boards.

*Discount only available for students located in the US

*only available for in-person students

My lessons are a mixture of both technical and expressive art that can be a powerful way to relieve stress, improve mental clarity and self awareness, increase creativity, elevate your mood, boost self esteem, and provide you with a sense of purpose and contentment, just to name a few of the prominent benefits. Try to refrain from checking your phone or other distractions, the deeper you delve into your creation the more connected and mindful you will feel during and after your lesson.

Rules and Recommendations

 

There are only a few rules: Be respectful, keep an open mind, and have fun! 


You’re welcome to join in during critique and Q&A or sit back quietly and follow along, there’s no pressure!  If you do decide to continue taking lessons with us after your introductory lesson, I encourage you to try your best to make a commitment to coming at least once a week. Try to refrain from checking your phone or other distractions, the deeper you delve into your creation the more connected and mindful you will feel during and after your lesson.

 

Benefits you can experience 

Payment Options

 

Your first introductory lesson is 100% FREE so that you are able to get a feel for how lessons are taught and see whether or not it is the right fit for you. Each Class is 90 minutes. After your first lesson the following payment options are available:

GROUP LESSONS

Group lessons are currently unavailable.

Online: $20/lesson 

(Save 10% on a 5 lesson package)

PRIVATE LESSONS

Online: $60/lesson  |   In-Person: $80/lesson 

(Save 10% on a 5 lesson package)

 

Payment options are available on my online shop using either Credit Card or Paypal. Payments are done securely using full SSL certified payment support so you can rest assured your information is protected.

 

Please let me know at least 24 hours in advanced if you won't be able to make your lesson. Paid lessons and lesson packages are non-refundable but if for whatever reason you miss your paid scheduled lesson you will receive credit that can go towards a future lesson.

Bring a friend along for a free introductory lesson. If they sign up for a 5 lesson package you’ll receive an additional free lesson!

 

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