Lois DeWitt Gallery







Here's some information about, me, Lois DeWitt, and how the Free Online Art Classes concept originated.

I hold a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, NYC. I have worked in many art areas and in a wide variety of materials, including oil paint, acrylic paint, collage, mixed media, conte crayon, oil pastels, water color and ceramics. I have so much to offer to you!

For over forty years I have taught in private schools, community colleges and in my studio. I have developed, not only my own personal mastery of many art skills and techniques, but have continued my research and development in many of those areas so that I may instruct them to the best of my ability.

Six years ago, some of my students suggested that I take my classes beyond my studio and workshop and put them online. So I began this website--Free Online Art Classes.com.

I have put online many of the art instruction lessons I have taught: Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Drawing, Collage, Oil Pastels, Conte Crayon, Printmaking and Discovering The Artist Within You and my Artful Life Program.

All are information-rich, step by step, courses with enjoyable and rewarding lessons that will teach you the basic skills and techniques and, in my acrylic painting and oil painting lessons, I offer intermediate and advanced lessons.I have created over sixty art demonstration videos to enrich the lessons.

My students, locally and online, sometimes tell me that my classes are challenging. I am glad to hear about that challenge. I reply that it is important that to learn anything, one has to spend the time to master the skills and techniques as well as having a personal sincerity towards their development.

This was true with my own development as an artist and art instructor and I believe this is true with learning anything. Success is what you want to make it. Whether you choose to "dip a toe" into the stream of creativity or swim in the rising tide of your artistic abilities, I am here for you, to help you develop towards whatever goal you have in art instruction.

If you live in the Wilmington, NC area, you can take my art classes.

Just click here for more information on my Wilmington, NC classes.







My Oil Paintings

I have taught art classes in community college and middle schools settings as well as in my studio for the past forty years. Frequently I find that my students successes, visions enthusiasm inspire my own work.

Last year I took my painting class students to an arboretum and assigned them for the whole day to draw and paint floral subjects. The result was amazing! Their great drawings and paintings inspired me to research plant and animal form and I began to explore that subject.

I took some pictures of the plants outside and inside my house with my aged Pentax. I looked for the first time at the the shapes, colors and textures of the leaves and stems. As usual, my dog Charley was around, hunting lizards outside or basking near the house plants. I took some great pictures of Charley's "hunting/stalking" with my old Pentax, and those clear, highly detailed photos produced some great pictures and subject matter for my Dog and Plant Series paintings.

But it was the vibrant colors used by my oil pastel students that inspired me to brighten my palette and explore new ways of creating rich, sun-soaked light and blue shadows.

Then, a drawing student who has a Standard poodle and a poodle fan like me, put her dog into some interesting backyard environments and developed some very nice drawings from the combined subject matter of her favorite pet in in the fan palms in her backyard.

So, that is how Charley has become my "fauna" and often elusive subject matter in the "flora" of my paintings.

As an art instructor, I'm not sure how is inspiring whom.. That said, my recent series of oil paintings, done in 2012, is a signature statement for me because I have aligned my 50 years of art instructional skills with my students needs and we have become inspired together. Art does that.

If you want to purchase any of my paintings, your purchase is secure with Paypal. I guarantee that I will ship your painting in three days. It will be packaged securely and will arrive to you within a week in excellent condition, ready to hang.

Please note that some of my paintings are on good quality, canvas wrapped on an inch and a half deep stretcher and do not require a frame. Paintings that are framed are framed with a simple, good quality, dark or light hard wood frame. All works are described as framed or wrapped canvases.

Shipping and handling charges are from $5.00 to $15.00 depending on the size of the canvas.

If you have any questions, or need further information about my work, please contact me at my email link at the bottom of this page.


oil painting "Denizens Of The Tropics"

30" x 40"--hardwood frame, black with antique edge

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting "Charley On A Striped Cushion"

18" x 24" --satin dark brown hardwood frame

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting "Sentinel Of The Lagoon"

15' x 19" --dark brown satin hardwood frame

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting "Cool Of The Evening"

11" x 14" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil Painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting "Ninety Degree Ninja"

9" x 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




"Dog and Plant-- 3"

9" x 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting "He Loves The Moon"

8" x 10" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting "Poodle Of The Tropics"

8" x 10" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




oil painting, poodles "Green Dog Of The Forest"

9" x 12" --satin antique beige hardwood frame.

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




"Night At Lake Howling"

16" x 20" --satin dark brown hardwood frame

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




"Moonweeds"

8" X 10" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil Painting by Lois Dewitt




"Blue Poodle Paradise"

8" x 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt




"Anni's Spring"

9" x 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




"Sam As A Woodspirit"

9" x 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2011




"Leaves of Love"

9" X 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2011




oil painting, cat, color "Teatime"

14" x 18" --satin dark brown hardwood frame

Oil Painting by Lois DeWitt 2012




"Birdcalls"

6" x 6" -- gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt




painting, oil painting, art, art lessons "Patti's Winter"

9" x 12" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2011




"Easter Morning"

11" x 14" --gallery wrapped canvas

Oil painting by Lois DeWitt 2011




Want to contact me? Click on my email link here.

Real Feedback





It's nice to know this site is available. I appreciate the quick response to individual questions. Thank you,

John Ianniello

dba/Murals and More

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Lois, I enjoyed your newsletter and get a lot out of the visual you tubes. Your help and interest in my work keeps me challenged. Janice Stratton

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"I used to love doing art but then life got it the way and all of a sudden it had been 10 years since I picked up a pencil to draw or a brush to paint. I decided to make time in my life for art again, but didn't know where to start and felt so rusty. While researching online I came across Lois' website and it was the answer I was looking for! Lois' lessons are great for beginner and experienced alike, they are very professional and really are free like the website says! I have run across other websites that make this claim and then follow with hidden fees. Not only are the lessons free, but Lois will help you every step of the way just by sending her pictures of your work in progress! These lessons are a valuable asset for anyone wanting to bring art back into their life, or dip their toes in for the first time." ~ Rene Wagenaar.

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My six year old daughter and I love the Short/Sweet Art Projects!

Dan Bentley

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I am a software developer, working at Propalms, living in India.

I decided to go for further studies in industrial designing and visual communications, thats why I searched for some drawing tutorials..and found your website.

Your website is like a treasure. Am happy reading it. This is exactly what I was looking for. I will read it and will keep you posted with my progress.

Again, Thanks a ton

Regards

Pankaj Gupta





Hi Lois,

To answer your questions, I live in Detroit, Michigan. I was doing alot of web browsing on the yahoo search engine looking for free art classes because right now, I cannot afford to pay to go to art school. So I was looking for free art lessons for the time being that would still provide the same kind of lessons to assist in my growth as an inexperienced artist. I came from a family of artists and the natural gift was passed down to me, however, I never took advantage of going to an art school to improve my craft. I look forward to your lessons filling that gap.

Demetria Head

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Hi Lois,

I was searching the web for ideas for me to teach K-3 students in an after school art program which meets for about 10 weeks in Spring and Fall. I have no art background but would like to teach art concepts to children to help them become independent thinkers. I've seen the results of children's artwork through a friend and loved the results. Children are not afraid to explore. I also have a deep desire to use my right brain.

I live in Honolulu.

Ranie Mulligan