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Study Fine Art Drawing & Painting

I am pleased to offer private instruction in contemporary approaches to drawing and oil painting which build upon a traditional, classical foundation.

Ongoing weekly classes take place at JMK Studio at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St. in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.  2 - 3 hour sessions meet on Fridays and Saturdays, 15.00 / hour. Instruction subjects are listed below, available to practice based upon your interests.










"Tradition is the spreading of fire, not the veneration of ashes."

-Gustav Mahler


- Study drawing and painting in the diverse contexts of landscape, still life, master copies, portrait and figure (from 2D reference.) 




Still Life

Master Copy

Figure Drawing From Imagination:

Theory & Practice


The Poster Study: Color & Composition

Constructive Anatomy: Landmarks for Figure Drawing

Plein Air Sketching: Drawing & Oils

Natural Design: Principles & Practice

"I learned more in one 3 hour drawing lesson with Jason Rafferty than in 8 years of high school and college art classes.  His knowledge and clear transmission of classical art theory and philosophy has revolutionized not only my drawing technique, but also my whole approach to how I think about art.  I will definitely be back for more lessons!"   - Ralph E. Lentz II, Senior Lecturer, History Dept. Appalachian State University

Contact Jason Rafferty about Art Instruction

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- Explore a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, chalk, conté, pen and ink, ink wash, two inks, watercolor, colored pencil, and oil paint.



- Weekly sessions exploring theory, practice and craft last from 2 - 3 hours with intermittent breaks. Full-day sessions are also available.


Students working on still life drawing and painting.

- We work inside a beautiful historic studio in the Riverview Station building, as well as plein air in nearby public parks. Landscape-focused classes include frequent sketching outings with guided one-on-one instruction.

- You'll enjoy working in a space shared by a number of professional artists including myself, John Mac Kah and Alisa Lumbreras (Young Artists' Atelier of Asheville) and get inspiration from the abundance of original artwork in the studio.


"I recently took a handful of classes with Jason Rafferty which proved to be invaluable in progressing my drawing skills.  With each class I could see improvements in my proportions and layout.  Through demonstrations he presented a number of very clear tools which, when used together give one a very strong foundation in drawing portraits and figures whether from life or images.  These presentations were followed with an opportunity to try each approach with Jason giving feedback as we worked.  Jason is very knowledgeable about artistic processes and history and is very generous in sharing his knowledge.  In four classes he provided me with a foundation for drawing that I never received in four years as an art major in college.  I'm very excited to move forward in drawing using these new drawing tools and techniques."    - Puck Askew, Student




Various demos for private classes. Still life in acrylic, oils. Hand drawing demonstration. Landscape sketching at a local park.

Small group sessions are 15.00 / hour and run for 2-3 hour blocks, currently on Fridays and Saturdays. (10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm.) Other times may be available on request. Private sessions are possibly available, upon request.

You may come for one class or sign up for ongoing lessons, which is encouraged. It takes some time to learn the art, science and crafts of drawing and painting, but it is an incredibly enriching process. Also please note that slightly discounted rates are negotiable on a case-by-case basis for students in need.



Contact Jason Rafferty about Art Instruction

Click the link above, or email Jason directly at


Jason Rafferty has studied contemporary representational approaches to drawing and painting for over ten years. He has attended classes in figure drawing and painting at the renowned Studio Escalier in Paris, France; the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas under fresco artist and oil painter Ben Long IV in Asheville, NC; at UNC Asheville in their fine art program; and he has apprenticed with professional landscape painter and master craftsman John Mac Kah for four years. In addition, Jason has carried out numerous independent studies at fine art museums in the US and Europe. He is a recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant for Representational Painting and has had artwork featured on the Travel Channel; on an upcoming feature film; and in Asheville-based newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio broadcasts.


Thanks for your interest!



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