There are many valid and important reasons to exercise your creativity.  Whether you are learning new ideas and techniques or rekindling your gift, art is a powerful means of expression and relaxation.

Even if you are just curious and want to try as a beginner, you are welcome in this class. 



Student Reviews:

Barb White:

Barb White

Barb White

I wanted be an artist when I grew up but through life’s diversions, demands and detours I got a late start. Not knowing how or where to get started, Steve Sawyer’s name and occupation came up in a conversation with my sister and I contacted him immediately. My gosh why didn’t she tell me sooner! For the last year I have enjoyed the highs and lows of learning (lows being the desire of wanting to be better faster). Through Steve’s patience, one-on- one instruction, and encouragement, I have completed some beautiful paintings I never thought possible in such a short time. Our class experience is enjoyable with music to inspire, friendly supportive students, and a teacher who is dedicated to helping us succeed with what we desire to paint.

Laurel Kratt 

Laurel Kratt 



Laurel Kratt:

I decided to try painting when I saw that Steve Sawyer was offering lessons.  Although I had never tried painting with oils before, Steve has worked with me this past year where I actually feel like I know what I'm doing and I have become a competent painter. My beginning lessons included more instruction on basic layout and mixing colors, but have evolved into mostly advice and encouragement.  However, the benefit of having lessons at the studio is that Steve is there to help when I get stuck or make a mistake.

I could have tried "teaching myself", but by taking these lessons I know I have learned more, and improved faster, because I have had Steve's feedback and assistance on how to make my paintings look better.


Nancy Shirkey

Nancy Shirkey




Nancy Shirkey:

In Steve's classes there is camaraderie, one on one instruction, and assistance with the use of materials.   Come join the fun!









Allison Strickling:

I come from a family of artists and growing up I was constantly surrounded by art.  While I've painted for several years, there was always a wall of frustration I would hit when I would find that I simply did not know how to do something.  While I teach acrylic painting myself, a deeper understanding of certain techniques, and the use of oil paints is something I've always aspired to.  Working with Steve has been invaluable to me.  I am discovering a greater talent than I ever imagined and the joy that comes with that is indescribable.  

Learning from a master like Steve allows me to let myself really experiment with my paintings.  His years of experience and knowledge are invaluable to my self discovery as an artist. Working on this painting of my daughter specifically, I could feel myself transforming and my confidence growing with each class. I still have a long way to go, but I am confident that with Steve's help, I will get there. 

Nancy DeJarnette:



   According to Webster's dictionary, a teacher is simply defined as "A person whose job it is to instruct ", but in the case of Steve Sawyer, there is so much more. Steve carefully and thoughtfully considers each student, their level of experience, their goals and personalities and combines all this in a warm and inviting learning environment.
   So if you are looking for an afternoon get away or if you're a retiree or even an after school project there is something for everyone whether you are the serious student with high goals or the beginner looking for a creative fun getaway, I suggest Steve Sawyer
In Versailles. You won't be disappointed and you will have fun learning to create! 

If you think you can’t draw a stick man, but you have an interest, you have talent and it’s Steve’s gifted ability to teach that allows that hidden talent to emerge.  As with any learning, art is a process, a series of steps which Steve is careful to tailor to each student individually according to their personality and needs.

Classes are interactive, encouraging, and friendly and as I’ve heard a number of times, “The highlight of my week.” 

I would encourage anyone who had an interest in art to contact Steve Sawyer.  Steve will allow anyone to “sit in” to see how things are done in an encouraging, non-intimidating, no stress environment.  And… Steve makes the BEST cup of coffee around.  You won’t go away disappointed.