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Come, Paint with Me!


I've been teaching art for more than 20 years - because I love it! I love when experienced painters' eyes light up because they've learned something new and when students new to painting get super excited at the world of possibilities that open up to them artistically. Most recently, I have taught abstraction for the Art League of Alexandria (VA) - every semester - for 10 years - and I've taught pastel painting in workshops in New Orleans, New York and in the Delmarva area for longer. I've hosted groups of students on a pastel painting retreats to France, Scotland, Mexico and in 2025, I'll be teaching pastels in the Hudson River Valley and in Costa Brava, Spain!

Here's what students are saying about my teaching:

"Bryan Jernigan is an outstanding pastel artist and an excellent instructor. He generously shares his techniques and is very clear and supportive. Every time he offers a pastel class I sign up." - Mike, Arlington, VA


"Bryan is a highly accomplished and thoroughly creative abstract artist. He teaches abstract art in oil and acrylics. Accomplished artists and brand new artists are able to achieve a level of performance beyond all expectations." - Abstract painting student, Alexandria, VA

"He runs a great class, that worked for the person that used pastels for one day (me!) to people who had been doing it for years. He has quite the teaching talent, as well as artistic prowess!" - Pat, Takoma Park, MD


"Bryan starts off a beginner by breaking down and simplifying the steps toward picture building, and, at the same time, offer more experienced students useful tips to hone their skills. He is always pleasant and encouraging. I learn something new at every workshop!" -  Dorothy, McLean, VA

Please email me if you are considering taking a class or a workshop with me, but have questions. I'm always happy to help you find answers. And if your art society or club is looking for a teacher, I am happy to travel. I'm now booking workshops, so reach out to schedule one by emailing me at


Abstract Painting

The Art League School


Falls Church Arts

Vienna Art Society


August 3 - 4, 2024

Mastering Landscape in Soft Pastel


September 21 - 22, 2024
Jumpstart in Pastel Landscape
The Art League of Alexandria

April 18 - 22, 2025

Plein Air Pastel Painting Vacation Workshop in Costa Brava, Spain

Studio 56 Boutique

Costa Brava, Spain

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October 27 - 31, 2025

Pastel Painting Plein Air and In Studio

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Greenville, NY

More information to come!

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