Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

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The concept here is simplicity itself. For $10, you can walk into this former mansion and sketch, draw, sculpt or paint the live models during the three-hour workshop session held several times a week. For more than a century, Palette & Chisel (established in 1895), has ignored various trends in contemporary art and stuck with its mission: to encourage the practice and study of representational art. There are classrooms in what was once the mansion's ballroom, along with private studios, the live model work space and a gallery. Children's art programs and classes in drawing, painting and sculpting are offered as well.