Philip has a devoted following of students and is celebrated for his clear, engaged and positive teaching style. He is adept at assessing a student’s current abilities and helping them move to the next level through foundational exercises designed to build one's confidence and skills.

2018 workshops coming soon...


Dynamic Still Life Painting

August 19 - 20, 2017
Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT

Artist Philip Frey will present a fun and intensive workshop on dynamic still life painting. We will spend two days working on a few small quick paintings as well as longer sittings. Our focus will be on the principles of design, direct observation, mixing and placing color and value accurately, drawing, composition and brushwork. Philip will also teach on best studio practices and how to create a non-toxic studio. Daily demos and one-on-one instruction by the artist. For all skill levels. $295/person includes a catered lunch on the second day.


Plein Air Painting Essentials

September 23 - 24, 2017
River Arts, Damariscotta, ME 

Join artist Philip Frey for a unique plein air workshop designed to teach the essentials of plein air painting. We will begin early, painting on location each day. Emphasis will be placed on perceptual painting, finding a good location, setting up for ease of use, and learning the elements of good design through specific lessons and limited palettes.




Plein Air Workshop with Philip Frey

July 23 - 29, 2017
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

Join artist Philip Frey for a unique plein air workshop. Our days will begin early, painting on location in Acadia and Bar Harbor, Maine. To prepare us for the next day, demos and critiques will be held during the afternoon session with a break mid-day. Emphasis will be placed on perceptual painting: color, light and movement, as they change before us. In addition, we will explore color theory, the elements of good design and dynamic paintings through specific assignments and daily one-on-one instruction.

What Philip's students say about his teaching:

I have taken several of your workshops and initially thought that they would be redundant but I was wrong. Your different approaches to plein air, figure drawing and still life kept each fresh and challenging. I enjoyed each one and learned new concepts as well as reviewing old ones.
— M. Beaulieu of Bernard, Maine  
Philip is a delight to work with, giving freedom yet challenges to students of all levels, based in a deep knowledge of expressionistic landscape painting.
— Vcevy Strekalovsky, Hingham, MA