About Michael Newberry
Michael infuses his teaching with a kind, non-judgemental
style, but with a keen eye to detailed analysis of
technique. Michael is able to encourage and
challenge me, all in the same moment! This ability
makes him a very effective teacher. The joy I
experience in the "vibe" of each class is something
I truly treasure, and every class holds its own
Michael's workshop will help you evolve no matter where the
level of your skill might be. He will guide you and help you
with good techniques but at the same time he respects the
integrity of your personal artistic skill by allowing you
the freedom to be yourself within your own art. I enjoy his
classes. Within 6 months under his guidance and personal
attention to my artistic needs, am painting like there is no
tomorrow, after each workshop, I could see how much I've
learned and continue to evolve, it's a life changing
experience for me!!!
Chan Luu, Artist, Designer
Michael. Do you know that you have created a monster?
You have a way, my friend. A way of taking good to
great in short order. I'm wondering how we can get you
to be the "top off" master....or Dr. Ceme de la Creme.
In truth...nothing you have told me has gone wasted...
but it takes that very special something that puts
things over the top, which YOU did. I know it's also
when the student is willing, the Master will appear and
all of that. But, Jebus.....you are always trying
something fabulous and stepping it down. I almost wish
I could recreate your other classes to see where I might
have been asleep and missed a nuance.
Is there a Hall of Fame for teaching?
Deb Holliday, Artist
this workshop and would definitely do it again.
Michael is a passionate artist and great
teacher; he explained complex ideas in simple
ways, making them easy to grasp and apply. After
this workshop, I learned to see color and light
with a keener eye (like there are so many colors
in shadows!), and that has certainly affected my
painting after the workshop. I can now apply
these techniques to other styles of painting and
other genres other than landscapes, and as an
art teacher myself, I can now teach students
about color, light, mark making and technique in
simpler ways. Plus... it was a great experience
to see the Mexican landscape for what it really
is, besides a vacation spot. I met and shared
conversations and art-making with a group of
friendly, artistic people who I would never have
met if it wasn't for this workshop.
Kristin Daly, Artist and Art Teacher
experience I had at Michael Newberry's Plein
Air Painting workshop in San Luis Potosi,
Mexico was phenomenal
. The accommodations were beautiful, each
day was filled with delicious food, gorgeous
views, and excellent instruction. By the
end of the week, all of the participants
knew each other well and were sad to say
good-bye. I returned home with a collection
of Mexican landscape paintings that I was
able to share and be proud of. This was the
perfect balance of work and fun. Now when I
gaze at a landscape, I think about painting
it! I fell in love with San Luis Potosi and
hope to return someday. Michael Newberry
taught me to see the outdoors as an artist.
Elizabeth Wepsic, Artist and Art Teacher
thank you so very much! As always, you were
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all your
guidance and inspiration. When are coming back?
I am definitely ready for another workshop.
Jill McCann, Artist and Psychotherapist
so much for coming back to Florida to hold the
workshop. It was a wonderful learning
experience, and a kick-start to
getting me back to something I have avoided for
far too long. Your
gift for instruction, helpful comments and
patience were very much
appreciated. I hope to see you again soon.
Lisa Muir, Artist
Thank you so
much for your kind email and your artistic
support. What can I say? The whole workshop
was just really cool.
Working with you was a revelation! You have
quite a knack for channeling your gifts into
fruitful instruction (which is itself another
gift). Looking back at how you deliberately
broke down the challenges of rendering light, I
appreciate all the more the thought that went
into your structured lessons.
Another thing I truly appreciate is how
seriously you took all of us as students of art;
you didnít water things down for us
non-professionals óat least it certainly didnít
feel that way ó when guiding eyes and our hands.
And when giving critical feedback, you always
had concrete suggestions for how to improve
things. Your manner had a way of conveying the
difficulties without making us feel lost. In
addition, I felt very comfortable in your
space, thanks to the ethos you create in your
Thank you for conducting the workshop. Iím so
glad there will be more in the near future.
Julie Yoo, Philosopher
Thank you so much for your generous
nature and most importantly, providing the
hope of possibility.
just wanted to take a moment to say THANKS for
the awesome tutorials you've shared with us on
your website. Your contribution means a lot to
those of us just beginning to explore the
wonderful world of ART (among others).
Francine Michaud, Artist
Because of you, I
now have the concept of interesting shape in
each of the four corners of my paintings
running through my head. I have been following
that simple suggestion, wherever possible. I,
too have realized that my most popular works
have, indeed, had that attribute, whether
planned, or by sheer luck.
I find your teaching of composition techniques
to be extremely understandable, and easy to
follow. Your examples serve you well,
also...that's what makes you a superb teacher,
in my opinion.
You seem to not be hesitant to offer a few
simple rules or suggestions that nearly
anyone can follow (and remember), that results
in better works of art. I, for one, appreciate
that approach. And, it surely works with me,
although some would consider it to be too
simplistic, I'm sure.
I found your Artemis step-by-step to be
extremely interesting, as well. Most artists' WIP's bore me silly, but I couldn't stop reading
I appreciate your contributions to Wet Canvas...
Thanks once more for your input.
Bill Martin, Artist
YOU! I stumbled across your site
including the mini tutorials and
will ever be grateful. I started
college level art course 3 years ago
upon my early retirement. However,
I have learned more from a few days
with you than in the 3 years in
a beginning painter, and this was my first
painting under the ship of Michael. I feel
incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to
study under him. He took the time to explain
color theory, and how it worked within my
subject, as well as composition, movement, and
unbelievably great techniques likes glazing and
scumbling. I can't recommend his ship
class enough. THANK YOU Michael!!!!!!!!
Andrew Nesselrod, Artist
recently started working under Michael's
ship. Under his tutelage my work has
taken a huge leap forward - I sold the first
piece that I did with Michael within hours of
finishing it! Michael's enthusiasm and ability
to impart years of accrued knowledge has made
the programme so enjoyable. I cannot thank him
enough for the time and effort he takes with
covering all aspects of becoming a professional
artist, from preparing websites, how to finish
work, tips on and marketing. I am so
glad that I took the plunge and decided to do
this - I only wish I had done it sooner!
It is the best decision I have made
involving my art career.
Michael knows how to pull the best out of my
am coming from an Industrial Design
we have an about face in the works. I
am so excited about what I have produced
has kept me focused, even while one of my
children has been ill. He
is direct, kind, giving, and so extremely
Having had the luxury of spending one day in
NY painting in his studio,
and another here in SoCA painting plein air
with him, he is a joy.
I have taken classes at a prestigious
art college here,
and I have to say Michael's, ing
program is quite a deal.
maps out an individual plan, and the two of
you work to see it come together. I
always am so excited to talk with him, but
then after two hours of notes,
and studying the work, it is a draining
leaves me so inspired and motivated, that I can't wait to see what I can pull off
to show him the next time.
I am just about ready to publish my website,
and all due to Michael's encouragement.
So as you can see, I have only positive
words to say about my . If
you have any specific questions, I would be
happy to answer them.
hope this has been helpful.
Robin Neudorfer, Artist
spent several years searching
for a way to express my feelings
through art, but simply couldn't
find one. It hasn't been
until now, being part of Michael
Newberry's Program, that
I have been given the tools to
make this search so much easier.
Michael has a magical way to
forward his feeling for art to
his apprentices in a way that
all of the sudden the technique,
feelings and skills, become your
own. The dedication to his
program and apprentices comes
from the love and passion he has
for Art and is so real in his
This is the best art experience
I have had in my life and I will
be forever grateful to him for
can't believe how much I've learned from Michael
in such a short period of time! I
thoroughly enjoy the classes and am incredibly
happy with the art I am making under his
direction. Michael is a master of his
craft, and I feel so fortunate to have the
opportunity to learn from him. I can't
emphasize enough how much I recommend his
Schwartz, Artist and Actress