The Guild of Boston Artists
Boston's premier source for contemporary realism


The ongoing educational programs we host are part of the backbone of our mission. In conjunction with with our gallery exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, we offer numerous opportunities for the community to learn about the craft of painting and sculpture directly from our artist members and staff. Please view our Events and Exhibitions Calendar for upcoming educational programs.


Demonstrations & Artists Talks

Demonstrations and talks by Guild artists allow patrons and artists alike to learn about the process and ideas behind artwork at the Guild. Artists demos provide an exceptional opportunity to see through the eyes of Guild members as they show off their incredible techniques

Children’s Classes

The Guild provides a number of free children’s art classes in concert with our exhibitions. These classes provide a fun and educational opportunity to learn about the joy of making art, while being inspired by world class examples of fine art in our gallery. Our goal is to introduce children in our local community to art in a warm and welcoming environment.

Paint Outs

In accordance with a Boston School tradition, the Guild coordinates plein aire painting events that allow artists the opportunity to get out of their studios and enjoy nature as well as the camaraderie of their fellow artists. To receive invitations to our annual paint-outs, please register as an Associate or Student member.


Workshops and classes by Guilds artists are an exceptional way to learn the methods and techniques of the craft of representational art. Many of our artists teach out of their studios, ateliers, or en plein aire.

  • Paul Ingbretson teaches the Boston School tradition in his large studio in Manchester, New Hampshire.

  • Melody Phaneuf teaches both classes and workshops.

  • David Curtis teaches both classes and workshops. He specializes in plein aire painting.

  • J.C. Airoldi teaches landscape painting in oil and pastels.

  • William Davis teaches workshops in landscape painting. He is know for his luminous work.

  • Tom Dunlay teaches workshops in Maine at Frank Benson’s house. Benson was a founder and second president of the Guild.

  • Joe McGurl gives workshops and lectures. He is a well-known landscape painter.

  • Sergio Roffo gives workshops specializing in coastal landscapes.

  • Sam Vokey teaches workshops on landscapes, coastal and mainland.

Upcoming Workshops

Robert Douglas Hunter Landscape Demonstration

To purchase a copy of this DVD, e-mail us, or call us at 617.536.7660. The DVD is a 45 minute demonstration by American Master Robert Douglas Hunter and is priced at $35.00 per copy and $6 if shipped ($15 for international). Also included is a bonus DVD with an hour long interview with Mr. Hunter.

Pencil Drawing in the Visual Order by Paul Ingbretson

This demonstration, approximately 3 hours and 13 minutes, shows Ingbretson, in real time, drawing a portrait in pencil while describing his process. Each pencil mark is shown as he shares the background anecdotes and aphorisms from the past that informed his method. This DVD is available for sale at the Guild of Boston Artists at 162 Newbury Street in Boston. the DVD runs approximately 3 hours and 13 minutes. It is $60.00 for the 2 disk set and $6 if shipped ($15 for international). To purchase a copy of this DVD, e-mail us, or call us at 617.536.7660.


Our Members, both past and present, write about art, collecting, technique and culture. Please enjoy this selection below and check back often, as we will be updating this page frequently.

  • (PDF) The Guild of Boston Artists by R. H. Ives Gammell. This comprehensive article about the Guild was written by former Guild president R.H. Ives Gammell. You can also Listen to The Guild of Boston Artists by R. H. Ives Gammell as read by Paul Ingbretson.

  • (PDF) Edmund C. Tarbell by Kenyon Cox

  • (PDF) Job Behind the Curtain by David H. Lowrey. As many of you know, our Member Davide Lowrey has been working on a series revolving around the subtle complexities in the classic story “The Wizard of Oz”. What you may not know is that David is an accomplished scholar who has researched the parallels between the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Pilgrims Progress and the Book of Job.