Elizabeth Locke has opened my eyes and my heart to the wonderful world of art. She is a talented artist and gifted teacher. Her teaching methods are clear and concise, providing a solid foundation in the principles and practice of drawing and painting. The studio where her classes are held is a warm, calm and inviting space which encourages creativity and growth--just as Elizabeth does herself through her teaching. I know how fortunate I am to have met her and I consider it a great privilege to be one of her students. Thank you, Elizabeth. Louise December 2017
Elizabeth is a phenomenal painting and drawing teacher. I have painted all my life, but she is filling in so many gaps in my early learning. I feel so lucky to have found her. Thank you! Ryan P. ~ May 2017
Elizabeth Locke has developed a systematic, effective way of teaching drawing and painting to people of all levels. If you want to learn how to draw and paint in a representational manor in Austin, TX this is the place to go! I find her classes extremely informative and relaxing, a winning combination! Felice March 2017
Elizabeth is absolutely amazing. She is an experienced artist & wonderful teacher. Her space is clean, well-equipped, peaceful, & fun. She offers small nibbles and a wide variety of teas to enjoy, along with pleasant music which plays softly in the background as we create. I feel encouraged & supported in her classes. With her kind & powerful instruction, I am seeing the world in fresh ways...expanded awareness that inspires all aspects of Life. I look forward to my classes with Elizabeth at Austin Fine Art and I highly recommend this business to people who want an authentic, high-quality artistic experience. T.C. ~ January 2017
Elizabeth is an extraordinary teacher who is always interested, dedicated, and encouraging. I learned more about drawing and painting than the classes I took during the college days. I highly recommend and it is truly for all level artists!! J. Butler July 2015
By far the most satisfying art instruction I've ever received. Elizabeth gives you nuts and bolts foundations in how to paint from which brushes to use to how to hold the tone in a painting. Practical and hands-on advise from someone who is a skilled painter. Barbara Christopher August 2014
I can't speak highly enough about Elizabeth's classes. I always wanted to learn how to paint, and until her class, didn't realize that I needed to take a step back and learn the basics: the fundamentals of drawing, tone, and color. She truly provides her students with a solid foundation on which they can build, regardless of the style of paintings they wish to create. I've learned so much in each class and am always excited for the next! Marissa March 2014
If you are thinking of signing up for this Art Study Program, you can feel confident in taking lessons from her. She works well with beginners as well as experienced painters. The atmosphere in her studio is so inviting.
Her comments are always positive and helpful, and get you back on the right track. You walk away knowing that you learned a great deal after every lesson. Elizabeth is an amazing instructor. K. Smith ~ Sept 2014
I love every moment I spend in her studio and feel I am getting a true foundation for a future of art. If you are serious about the fundamentals of art, I would highly recommend Austin Fine Art School. I have been painting for the last 15 years and knew something was amiss. Meeting Elizabeth and attending her classes has totally opened my eyes to details and understanding basics that no one cares to teach these days. She is a fountain of knowledge and so eager to instill in you the fundamentals of drawing and painting..
This structured approach to learning how to draw and paint is perfect for my analytical soul. With each step, I learn a new technique and skill. The accumulation of these steps is allowing me to create art, something beautiful. I started with low expectations and now I'm evolving into an artist.
Victoria Mason Sept 23, 2014
Even though I've been oil painting for 50 years, I never had any formal technical training, so I thought that instead of taking a vacation this summer, I'd see what I could learn about oil painting. I found Elizabeth on the internet and sure enough, she opened up an entirely new world of "seeing" and "painting." She is amazingly patient and knowledgeable and her methods, though challenging, easily understandable. I have learned far more than I ever thought I would and look forward to continue my painting education with her in the future. Irene R ~ Summer 2013
With Elizabeth Locke's Austin Fine Art Classes I have finally been given the tools to take my drawing and painting to the next level. I have created art most of my life and have had many teachers. I would usually hit a wall and didn't feel challenged. Elizabeth challenges me and helps me come up with my own solutions on canvas. I am learning more and more, thanks to her concise step by step method. I love her classes! Renee H ~ Sept 6, 2012
Austin Art Classes is fantastic! I look forward to my class every week. Elizabeth is an extraordinary teacher who is always interested, dedicated, and encouraging. I have always been involved in the arts in one way or another, but never took the time or had the dedication to learn how to paint. These courses have been perfect, by taking me back to the very beginning and really focusing on the fundamentals I have, in a relatively short time, exceeded my own expectations. If you are interested in learning to paint I strongly recommend giving Austin Art Classes a shot. Christopher K ~ Sept 5, 2012
At this point I am in a "wow" mode on the lessons Elizabeth Locke has given me. Art runs in my family and I thought "I was a painter but just wanted to touch up on my skills". When I called she told me I really needed to start from the beginning (Line and drawing, then a tone course, etc...). I was thinking ok but in my mind what I was really thinking was that I did not need it! I was really wrong! I have gone through the line course and the tone course so far and at this point I have realized that indeed I did need these and I did need to start from the beginning! I get it now. I thought I knew what I was doing but in reality after going through the first 2 courses I realize that I did not have much understanding of the entire concept of the final painting and what it really takes. The line course was very challenging and the tone course was a big emotional roller coaster ride for me but in the end it has been VERY rewarding! I am so excited about what I am going to learn next! Now when I look at a drawing I do not see "just a drawing.” I do not see "just different shades of black and white.” When I look at a drawing, I see why its darker in the back and lighter in the front, how there are actually 10 tones in the picture, how they made the picture look 3D and not just a flat object on the paper and I can see now where the light is actually coming from and why, ect.. There are so many details I look at now and it makes me appreciate the work of art whether it be some sort of painting or a simple drawing. Thank you so much Elizabeth for opening my eyes to a whole new level/world of drawing, tones, painting; well art in general! Chris ~ July 5 2012
When I came home today, I looked at the"final" drawing I did in the 4 week Laguna Gloria class I took a few years ago to see how I did then versus today and the difference was so dramatic! What I drew today had issues, but it looks like something almost real. I've learned so much in the 5 weeks and feel like I am learning how to really draw! It's great! Just wanted to let you know and say "thanks"! Kim ~ June 24, 2012
I began classes with Elizabeth Locke just a few weeks ago and I am in awe of her master talent and insightful instruction. I want to drink up all that she has to share and I am excited to explore my art in a whole new perspective. Her courses on line, tone and color will give me new direction so that when I put paint brush to canvas I will have the foundation I need to be a better artist. Laurel May 4, 2012
I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I've always loved to draw, and have taken many art classes over the years but always felt that something was missing in my drawing technique. I found out what that missing piece was at Austin Fine Art Classes. Elizabeth has taught me how to see the world around me in a whole new way. Learning this new process has been amazing, as well as a bit challenging at times. I am learning to 'glory in the journey' while becoming a better artist. It is amazing to see the changes taking place as I learn this new way of seeing. I am looking forward to many, many more months and possibly years of lessons with Elizabeth. Cathi ~ March 2012
Hands down the best and only (so far as I can tell) classically inspired fine art instruction in Austin. Elizabeth teaches the fundamentals of drawing and painting with a patient and focused approach that will allow anyone regardless of previous skill, talent, or know-how, to paint and draw like a renaissance master.
Amy ~ Feb 2012
Filling in key gaps ~ Elizabeth Locke has set me on a path of learning. Her lessons are concise, structured, and methodical. I feel that I am filling in key gaps toward a solid foundation of essential skills for painting. As I move through the lessons I feel that even in my every day life I am starting to think and see objects, light, space, in a different way. Elizabeth is a knowledgeable and generous teacher. When I enter her studio my outside life melts away and I am fully focused on my learning. I'm loving the process. XCS ~ Mar 3, 2012
Glory in the journey ~ I have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I've always loved to draw, and have taken many art classes over the years, but always felt that something was missing in my drawing technique. I found out what that missing piece was at Elizabeth's AFAC. Elizabeth has taught me how to see the world around me in a whole new way. Learning this new process has been amazing, as well as a bit challenging at times. I am learning to 'glory in the journey' I am on of becoming a better artist. It is amazing to see the changes taking place as I learn this new way of seeing. I am looking forward to many, many more months and possibly years of lessons with Elizabeth. Cathi P ~ Oct 31, 2011
I love Elizabeth's art school! I have been painting for the last 10 years and I felt that I was missing the basic building block knowledge to be able to grow as a confident artist. She is really helping me to learn these basic principles that I had skipped over . She is an excellent communicator and a gifted teacher. I really like the way I can attend these classes around my own schedule. I appreciate her attention to safety in painting with oils, and she has researched the most non toxic supplies for our use. Wendy ~ Jul 8, 2011
Elizabeth is a great find!
After moving from Houston and taking classes with 2 different painting teachers there, Elizabeth is just what I've needed. Both of these teachers wound up sketching my paintings for me or my paintings would wind up "off" when finished. Elizabeth has all the knowledge of drawing that goes with painting including tone and color. Learning these very basic elements of painting are truly enhancing my painting skills. Drawing always intimidated me because it did not come natural but Elizabeth has helped me learn to "see"! Connie
You're going to love this class
Elizabeth is easily one of the best art teachers I've ever had. It is clear after a very short time in her class that she has an incredible depth of knowledge to share and she loves sharing it. It's impossible not to catch her enthusiasm as she gets caught up in a fascinating story from the history of this ancient craft. Elizabeth teaches real, usable, repeatable skills that anyone can learn. This is a perfect class for beginners as well as more seasoned artists. There are plenty of both, so no worries there! Christy L
Outstanding and Inspiring Teacher
I have been taking art classes from Elizabeth for 14 years now and think the decision to do so was one of the best decisions I ever made. She teaches in a way that makes you want to continue to move forward and learn. In addition to learning to paint, you learn to see. When I turn my head away from the gas tank while filling up and see a "painting", I feel I have received a great gift. If I never put a brush to canvas or a pastel to paper, that "seeing" would be enough. There is so much more, however. Elizabeth gives you the basics and makes you a part of an art family, which keeps you painting and loving it. Martha
Learning to paint at Austin Fine Art Classes is like working with a great master from the past. Elizabeth inspires and teaches you how to think and paint like an artist. Her positive and enthusiastic approach is incredible. It's magical. I wouldn't be the artist I am today without her! Debra P.
Elizabeth is the best art teacher I have found, bar none. In over 20 years or so of taking art lessons here and there, she is by far the best I've found. In fact when I lived in Houston, I used to drive in at least once a month to take a class from her. Yes, she's that good. Belinda
A pleasure to be a part of her intimate classes
In my opinion, Elizabeth Locke is not only a skilled, beautiful artist but also a wonderful art teacher. She possesses tremendous practical as well as the psychological knowledge of the art process. Through her written, verbal and demonstrated instruction, Elizabeth gives her students very clear direction. It is obvious that she cares that those who study with her become the artist that they want to be. She also strives to give individual attention and be in touch with the emotion state of her students. On days when I have been frustrated, bored or simply had a lack of direction, Elizabeth 'tapped' in and made the class interesting and productive. It is a pleasure to be a part of her intimate classes. I feel very lucky to know her as an art teacher and as a person. I highly recommend both. Julie J.
Best art teacher I've ever had
I have had quite a few art teachers over the years and Elizabeth is the best. Offering far more than just creative encouragement, she will actually clearly explain the secrets of drawing and painting. She covers perspective, proportion, brush stoke techniques and everything in between with instructions that are detailed and concrete but never formulaic. She has helped me to take my art to a whole new level of craftsmanship. Nina B
I actually learned how to draw and paint!
If you really want to learn the skills to draw and paint, I highly recommend Austin Fine Art Classes with Elizabeth Locke. When I first began attending her school, I had so many ideas and images in my head that I wanted to paint but could come nowhere near expressing them in the way I had visualized. Elizabeth began teaching me from the ground up - first how to really see what I was looking at, how to translate that into a simple line drawing, then how to add tone for three dimensions and finally color. I've taken other art classes that teach you a handful of random 'tricks', e.g. how to make a simulation of water, how to paint a tree trunk, how to make a cloud-filled sky, but at Austin Fine Art, you are taught the principles necessary to creating a work of art. The fundamentals you learn apply to everything - whether you are painting a still life, a landscape, a portrait or even something abstract. Thanks, Elizabeth, for being such a great teacher and a source of inspiration! Andrea
I have been taking drawing classes since I was fifteen. I've taken drawing classes every where I've lived. And yet, I never felt like I “got it.” Perspective has always been a challenge for me. I have started taking lessons from Elisabeth Locke and for the first time I feel like I am on the threshold of actually grasping perspective, proportion and all that goes into a work of art. I understand more and more of these former obstacles. I'm seventy seven now, and I'm not finished yet! Austin Fine Art Classes with Elizabeth Locke are a gift and I am very grateful to be able to participate in her classes. Bobby
If you are serious about learning to paint...
from the ground floor up, Elizabeth is the instructor for you. She provides her students a foundation to build their own style and flare. Many selling artists have started or enhanced their careers by studying with Elizabeth. The wonderful thing about the way Elizabeth teaches is that she meets you at your level. The classes are limited in size and you always get the same valuable instruction no matter where you are in your personal journey. Whether you paint for pleasure or professionally, are a beginner or long time artist, I can highly recommend Elizabeth. I have taken her classes off and on for over 15 years and learn something new in every class. Ann
Amazing art instructor
I've taken art lessons from Elizabeth since 2002 and have learned more about art than in the 30 years of art lessons I took before I started taking from her. Class sizes are small and you get instruction at the level you need. Her art work is truly beautiful and she gives you the tools to create your own - I highly recommend her, even if you have not painted before. Nancy K
Art Classes that support the artist within you
As a former school teacher, art was always an important part of my curriculum. I think it frees the spirit. Since my retirement I was fortunate enough to find 4 dear friends who wanted to paint. Through time I found Elizabeth Locke. She took me back to the basics. Not having formal training, I did not realize the importance. Without studying line, tone, and color, nothing else makes sense. She allows you to study these basics at your own pace and with her guidance. Having completed these studies, I found she has adjusted with me and my style of painting. I am more abstract and love a pallet knife. Yet, she always leads you back to the basics. You are never through with the basics! I think she is an incredible teacher. Anyone would be lucky to learn from her! Penny 2010
I was skeptical at first..
Classes with Elizabeth Locke, at Austin Fine Art Classes, have helped me become a painter but most importantly she is teaching me how to really bring out my voice in a painting. I love art, my father painted for fun and I wanted to do the same. Many years ago a teacher from another art place in town told me I would never be able to draw. So when I found Elizabeth I was skeptical that I could be a painter. She taught me how to draw what I see, how to learn tone, color and now I'm painting in oil and pastel. If I can ever retire I will paint constantly as I love it! Elizabeth's method of teaching, complimented by her manuals, let you work at your own pace. She spends time with every student where they are. Classes are small and fun. I love being reminded of basics when a new student comes in and she begins with them. I can hear as I'm painting those reminders of how to capture what you see. Karen J.
I always wanted to be an "artist"
I took classes in High School and even fine art classes in college in the late 60's and just couldn't pull the talent together. later in life in thinking back about things I should have done in life, Fine Art was one thing that I had missed. By some force of nature, I found Elizabeth and Austin Fine Art Classes. Her attitude, method and love of Art gave me the self-confidence and hidden talent I needed to paint. It wasn't that talent was lacking, as we all have it in differing degrees, it was that I was able to find success using her methods and instructions. She does have an incredible teaching method. As a post note, I never saw someone fail or give up in one of her classes. She has a true gift. Mike
Excellent Art Instruction!
Elizabeth Locke may be one of the best teachers I have known in any field of study. When I found Elizabeth, I had been taking classes for several years in schools, workshops, and private lessons. I knew I was not satisfied with my work, and yet I did not know how to improve my paintings. I was truly frustrated. Miraculously, Elizabeth has opened the door for my artistic growth. She asks each new student, no matter how experienced, to begin again with the fundamentals that any artist needs to be able to create and enhance their own works with confidence. Now when I don't like something in one of my paintings, I can evaluate my work with the knowledge that I have the tools to correct the things that trouble me. Elizabeth's students range from rank beginners to professional artists, and yet we all feel at home co-mingling in her studio. She will challenge us and yet encourage us. We feel blessed to know her. Nancy F.
Take your art to a new level
I have been taking lessons with Elizabeth Locke for about five years and my work has drastically improved in that time. She is the best teacher I've had and I've taken instruction from quite a few and have a degree in Studio Art. She has the ability to clearly explain both technical and creative concepts that make good painting so that one can understand them easily and apply them to one's own work. I cannot say enough good things about Elizabeth and Austin Fine Art Classes. I feel very blessed to have found her and her school. Ann S.
What a pleasure!
I am an absolute beginner, having taken no art classes nor having had any inclination to create art. I assumed that one either had talent, or not, and I had none. I started taking classes with Elizabeth at AFAC because I was keen on supplementing my study of Art History with knowledge of the process. Although I can't compare her classes to those given by others, I really appreciate the process by which Elizabeth teaches beginners, going from Line to Tone to Color. Elizabeth is wonderfully clear and patient in giving the rationale behind her method. I leave each class with knowledge that changes the way I see-- that's an incredible feeling. In terms of my understanding of art, these classes have given me much greater insight into the paintings and painters that I study-- how colors complement, how skin tones are mixed, what one can do with brushstroke, etc. Elizabeth is undoubtedly passionate about art-- what's more, and to her students' great fortune, she's wonderfully generous in sharing all her insight and knowledge.
The Best Art Classes Ever!
I have always wanted to d Art, and for years (much more seriously for the past 5 years) have been plodding along, taking a short classes here, a workshop there, and glancing through pictures in countless books and internet sites...but still, there were huge gaps in my knowledge and I knew it. When people talked about values or color theory for example, I 'tuned out' because those were things I did not really want to think about because I did not understand them. I also had given up on 'real drawing' and traced everything, since my drawings were always 'off' and I did not realize that until a painting was finished! I saw 'real artists' measuring things with a stick or a pencil and had no clue what exactly they were doing, and it made me feel insecure! In just a short time, Elizabeth filled in all the gaps. She takes the time to make sure each student 'gets it' by giving countless hands-on demos to show you exactly what she means. You will really learn how to draw, and something very important and often ignored- how to light a subject and why that is important! You will learn all about values, and why that is important, and oil painting in a classical style. Her painting style is absolutely beautiful and stunning. Every painting I have seen one of her students produce has been just gorgeous, because Elizabeth teaches you something everyone else seems to ignore- brushwork! If you really want to learn how to produce real art, stop wasting your time and money on endless short classes that only offer one small piece of the pie, and invest in yourself and your talent by taking classes with Elizabeth! Linda
Elizabeth has a way of explaining things that just make sense.
I found Elizabeth by googling "Art Classes in Austin TX." At the time I was considering trying out Laguna Gloria, but was a little intimidated by the potential size of the classes there and wasn't thrilled about it being so far from my house. As it turns out, all of these years I have been living 5 minutes away from the best art teacher I have ever had. In all my years of art education and drawing on my own, I have never been taught some of the things that I have learned from Elizabeth--some of them in my very first class. And I wish that I had known before what I know now, because it would have made painting and drawing so much easier. The small class size really makes it like having a one-on-one instructor. You move at your own pace. There are no more than five students at one time, each at different stages of artistic development, and Elizabeth goes around the room giving individual demonstrations and instruction. Each student starts with line drawing and progresses to tone drawing. Once those are mastered they will move on to tone painting (with white and brown paint) and finally after mastering tone painting, colors are introduced. The order is really important, so even if you have painted before you should start at the beginning. You won't be sorry. If you are on the fence, she offers a free one hour "mini class", which is risk free (almost risk free, because if you go, you will be hooked and want to sign up for more). But you will also learn very quickly that money here is well spent because Elizabeth has a way of explaining things that just make sense. Kristin MacBride
One of the best things that ever happened to me.
I have been studying drawing and painting for 13 years and have been studying at Austin Fine Art Classes with Elizabeth Locke since 2007. Elizabeth teaches realist oil painting and the skills, including drawing skills, necessary to that art. She teaches techniques and fosters essential, if difficult, mental disciplines, particularly learning to work from whole to part and to see all elements of a painting in relation to others. One distinctive and excellent feature of Elizabeth's approach is that she establishes a firm basis for growth and for specific and productive problem solving with students through initial structured instruction. Students proceed at their own pace through four very well designed mini-courses in drawing, tone, color and painting. In total, the courses not only provide an introduction to critical skills but also develop the shared concepts that are essential to the precise technical and operational analysis of problems that Elizabeth cultivates. Austin Fine Art Classes feature small classes (not more than 5 students in a session) and a good studio facility. Unlike many teachers, the studio has room for students to set up their own still life, so they need not paint exclusively from photographs. Elizabeth has an extensive collection of still life objects and art books and can also furnish necessary art supplies at reasonable prices, which is often a great convenience and allows us to design or change our minds about projects on the spot. Elizabeth is a very accomplished artist who is also a dedicated teacher. She is very devoted to art and to inspiring her to share the adventure.. She is generous, energetic, perceptive, and supportive. She encourages students to develop according to their own interests and inclinations. She has created an environment at Austin Fine Art Classes that provides many of the systematic and critical advantages of full-time art study in a flexible format that is easily accessible and can accommodate different levels of commitment. Irene
Best teacher I've ever had
“I have been taking lessons from Elizabeth at Austin Fine Art Classes for twelve years. Am I a slow learner? Maybe, but what keeps me coming back is I have more to learn. The classes are more like workshops now, where we explore different styles and historical periods of art. It all goes back to inform the work I'm doing on my own. That's part of what makes Elizabeth a great teacher. You won't come out of art class being a clone of her; she teaches you how to be you on the canvas, but with skill and purpose.” Clay
Elizabeth is a wonderful instructor...and trains the individual's eye to see the entire composition and create a complete art work with thorough step by step lessons that build upon each other. She is great at critiquing the weaknesses in the artwork as well as recognizing strengths and talents. Elizabeth gives the artist every reason to grow and improve with her education. Outstanding! The best. Amy
Hands down the best and only (so far as I can tell) classically inspired fine art instruction in Austin. Elizabeth teaches the fundamentals of drawing, tone, line, and painting with a patient, focused approach that will allow anyone, irregardless of previous skill, talent, or know-how, to paint and draw like a renaissance master. Amy B ~ Feb 28, 2012