I took a five day workshop from Cindy Procious and these were some of the best five painting days in my life. I learned so much! She gives great insights into setting up an effective composition (and avoiding “tangents”).

Kathy Lindert

This is crucial because, really, why spend hours / days on a painting with composition flaws. Then we got into the painting process – and her method *really* resonates with me. It’s truly a joy to see the painting evolve and come to life across the layers. I felt like the workshop catapulted me forward – like some quantum leap into another level of skill. On top of all that, Cindy is awesome as a person – I love her sense of humor and humanity. She never came across as arrogant – and is a fabulous teacher. Sometimes you take a workshop but then later don’t really apply the techniques or approach. Not so with Cindy’s workshop. I feel like I continuously apply and build on the learning from Cindy. I would absolutely recommend Cindy’s workshop – and would love to do another one some day!”

-Kathy Lindert

I took Cindy’s workshop in August of 2016. She completely demystified the oil painting process on how to achieve realism without looking too tight. I had done some work in oils but was never really satisfied with the result and there was a lot of trial and error along the way.

Elizabeth Elgin

Elizabeth Elgin

Cindy helped me understand the importance of taking time with a good setup and lighting, and then the process of working in layers to build up the colors and values needed. A bonus was how to use PS to get a good ‘map’ to work from alongside the life setup. I produced the best painting I’ve ever painted as a result. Take her workshop if you can. ”

– Elizabeth Elgin

2017 Workshops

July 31st
 – August 11th – 2017
TEN DAY Still Life Intensive – Brugge, Belgium

I’m very excited to announce a 10 day workshop I’ll be teaching in 2017 at the Flemish Classical Atelier in Brugge, Belgium!479045_568980799801022_660783420_o

Come paint still life with me in Europe!
July 31 – August 11th, 2017.

Contemporary Still Life in a Classical manner is a ten day oil painting course focused on realist painting using methods of the Old Masters. It is open to anyone who paints in oil, from beginner to advanced.

Students will learn a layered indirect painting technique, incorporating underpainting, layering and glazing. We will explore a variety of techniques for realistically creating the illusion of different surface textures, as well as how to achieve rich color and depth of form to create a luminous work of art with a high level of finish.

Emphasis will be placed on design, composition, and lighting to create a dramatic still life set up. Working from direct observation, we will cover the basic elements of painting in oil – from the initial drawing on canvas, to color, value, edge control, glazing/scumbling, and final varnishing.

Students will begin with a simple still life using one object, and advance to a complete narrative scene incorporating food and drink of their choice.waffles

Through demonstration and individual instruction in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, students will be guided through the entire process from the first drawing on the canvas to the finishing flourishes.

Waffles, Chocolate, and Beer. Oh my!


Click for more info and to register: Flemish Classical Atelier




Jennifer Kahn Barlow

The highest praise I can give a teacher is that they paint with you long after the workshop has ended and that is such the case with Cindy Procious. Cindy challenged my painting style (in a great way) and I continually hear her advice: from shapes to color to loosing detail to still life setup when I paint today.

I am currently working on similar subject matter to when I was in the workshop with Cindy and my growth has been tremendous from her wisdom, patience, and teachings.”

-Jennifer Kahn Barlow




September 10-16, 2017  – Compass Atelier, Rockville, MD
Contemporary Still Life Painting

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The Compass Atelier



Tom Semmes

I just finished with a 5-day workshop with Cindy Procious at the Compass Atelier. It was a logistical challenge, with over 15 students setting up their own still lifes: each with a shadow box and lighting. Everything went very smoothly.

Cindy Procious was an excellent teacher carefully explaining her technique and thought process during her daily demos. She also spent a lot of time with each student. I really learned a lot on setting up a still life and on getting different effects with subtle brush work.

She was also really energetic and a lot of fun which helped lighten the intensive environment. Kudos to the Atelier for hosting such an excellent workshop.”

-Tom Semmes

“Spent all week in a challenging workshop at The Compass Atelier with amazing contemporary realist artist Cindy Procious. If you haven’t seen her work, go to website and check it out!

Meredith Way Morris

Meredith Way Morris

Having taken a number of workshops I have to say this was the best and most comprehensive one so far. I learned so much and will be absorbing the information well past the workshop. I found Cindy to be incredibly approachable, down to earth and full of humor and wit which was very refreshing and helped to balance the intensity of the weeklong learning. She gave hours long demonstrations that I found so very helpful, yet there was time to paint in the day long classes.

It is rare to have the opportunity to watch an artist for that length of time over a five day period and, as a visual learner I found it invaluable. The workshop followed a logical progression beginning with choosing subject matter that works together, practical compositional skills, how to light a dramatic still life, and how to take a good photo of the still life. The layering technique of the old masters was covered and demonstrated and she spent time with each participant helping them understand the things they were struggling with. It was fascinating to observe her brush work and what brushes she uses to achieve her amazing realistic effects.

Cindy is very open to sharing her tips and techniques relative to every aspect of the process. I highly recommend this workshop and want to sincerely thank the Compass Atelier for making this opportunity available.

-Meredith Way Morris