Painting Classes   


( Adult Classes are on an on-going basis )

    Acrylic Painting Class

 2020 Schedule

 At Hobby Lobby in Collierville,Tn.





Fri. & Sat.


No Class

5:00 - 7:30 pm

Beginning Acrylic Landscape


Hobby Lobby in

Collierville, TN

No Class

5:00 - 7:30 pm

Beginning Acrylic Landscape


Hobby Lobby in

Collierville, TN.

No  Class

Acrylic Painting Classes At Hobby Lobby

By Noted Memphis Artist, John Helms

( Former Painting Instructor at Michael’s  )

Tuition: Cost of Supplies  plus $25 each time you come to class.  One, 3 hour class per week .  Let John know in advance if you want to sign up for a class before you come. This is the only way to know how many people are expected to be in each class. For all questions about registration, supplies or classes please email John Helms at   All class information and supplies lists may be accessed at  and click on the “class Info” link. Please do not call Hobby Lobby to register for classes. Also bring your painting supplies with you when you come to your first class.

Please don't wait until the day of the class  to buy your supplies- have them ready before then. For any questions about supplies or classes please call or email John at ( see below ) All class information and supplies lists may be accessed at

"Thank You In Advance For Taking My Class -

If you are serious about wanting to learn how to paint,

I promise I will teach you how to paint -

all you need is the desire to learn"

... John Helms

For Beginning Acrylic Class


After you get several paintings under your belt and learn the techniques for different elements in a painting and learn how to mix colors, then you can branch out and do your own subject matter. Email or call me if you have any questions. I use to teach from Jerry Yarnell's books for years.

                I now use pics of photos to paint from. I still recommend Jerry's books and tapes for learning however. You   can find them  on at:

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Summary of the Instructor's Background:

You can read John's complete biography on the “About “ page.

John has been teaching painting classes at Michaels and Hobbu Lobby for the last 10 years. He has taught watercolor, oil, and acrylic classes at Michaels Arts and Craft store in Eastgate Shopping

Center in Memphis, Tennessee. John received his formal  education at Mississippi College, the University of Memphis, and Memphis College of Arts.

In the 70's He started teaching adult watercolor, oil, and drawing classes at various churches and community centers throughout the Memphis area and first got recognition for his rural watercolor landscape paintings in the early 70's and soon gained a following. His work is in many public and private collections Nation-wide. He is now teaching acrylic classes at Hobby Lobby in Collierville, TN. and Olive Branch, MS.

John's Approach To Teaching: Since I learned fine art the 'old school' method, I teach the

'classical style' of realistic art from the ground up so my students have a firm foundation for painting and a better

understanding of what color theory and mixing paint is all about before they even paint a picture, and my students

are having fun at the same time."

You can pay  $100 in advance for 4 classes with your credit card if you wish.


4 Painting Classes




Due to Covid-19 all classes at

Hobby Lobby have been suspended until further notice.

John  Helms  Fine  Art