Michèle J. Kenna soft pastel lessons outdoors

Michèle J. Kenna is an artist based on the North Shore of Massachusetts who also teaches soft pastel painting to children and adults, beginners and experienced artists. Her indoor classes are held at Porter Mill Studios, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA. She also takes students out for days "en plein air" to paint outdoors, taking in the beautiful sights and colors of the summer and fall seasons in New England.


"I first met Michèle Kenna in the fall of 2017 while attending an Open House at Porter Mill Studios in Beverly, Massachusetts. It was during this tour of the open studios that I was immediately attracted to not only Michèle’s outgoing and upbeat personality but to her phenomenal art work that was displayed in her studio/gallery. Having always wanted to try pastels, I inquired about taking pastel painting classes with her, which I ended up doing this past winter of 2018. I highly recommend Michèle, a seasoned and accomplished pastel artist and great teacher who is very engaging, energetic and just plain fun to spend time with." – Susan Egan, Beverly, MA

"Michèle is everything you would want in an art teacher: patient, non-judgmental, full of encouragement and suggestions to improve my work. She would explain different concepts very clearly and provide lots of wonderful demonstrations. I always enjoyed my classes with Michèle. I'd come away feeling positive about my work and excited about the new challenges to come in the next class." – Kathy McBourne, Toronto Canada

Gift Certificates are Available Too

If you'd like to give the gift of lessons to someone special, please call 978-335-3999 or email mjkpainterlypastels@gmail.com to request a custom gift certificate.

 Michèle J. Kenna Gift Certificates for Painting Lessons

Private Lessons for Adults

 Michèle J. Kenna lessons in soft pastel

It is never too early or too late to begin. Whether you are a beginner or someone who wants to refresh your artistic skills, Michèle will get you back on track. You will learn how to apply pastel sticks of pure color to paper and create a rich, dramatic and successful painting. Michèle will do demonstrations and offer constructive critiques which are all part of the learning process. Private lessons are tailored to your individual needs along with knowledgeable instruction in color, composition and technique. Michèle encourages creative experimentation to increase confidence. For outdoor "en plein air" classes, you will complete a landscape painting depicting the natural setting around you. For indoor classes in the studio, you complete a painting from a favorite photograph or from your imagination.

In Studio Lessons or Outdoor Lessons "En Plein Air"

 Students learning soft pastel painting from Michèle J. Kenna in Essex, MA.

In good weather, you and Michèle might explore one of the North Shore's expansive marshes, rocky Atlantic shores, majestic country estates or quiet apple orchards to capture your experience in soft pastels. You choose the day and time. In the event of inclement weather, lessons take place in the Porter Mill Studios, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA. Some materials are provided.

Age: Adult
Six 2-1/2 hour lessons: $240
One 3-hour private lesson: $75 for one person, $135 for two people

Please call 978-335-3999 or email mjkpainterlypastels@gmail.com for more information or to make a reservation.

Children's Indoor Classes at Porter Mill Studios in Beverly, MA

For young beginners, Michèle offers private lessons in her studio at Porter Mill Studios, 95 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA on the day and time of your choice. Michèle encourages children not to be afraid of painting "outside the lines." Instead the focus is on color, movement, imagination and inventiveness, resulting in very fresh and exciting work. And the kids have fun in the process! Some materials are provided. 

 Michèle J. Kenna teaches children ages 8 to 12 about art and composition in her studio in Beverly, MA.

Ages 8 to 12
Four 2-hour lessons: $150

Please call 978-335-3999 or email mjkpainterlypastels@gmail.com for more information or to make a reservation.