About Us

Braitman Studio offers serious art instruction to adults and teens. 

Founded in 1995, Braitman Studio began as one class of 10 adults and one teen class. After over 20 years of influencing artists in the Charlotte area, the studio has developed a broad range of weekly classes and workshops. From first time painters, to professional artists, Braitman Studio has something to offer artists of all skill levels.  

Our instructors cater to the individual, while emphasizing the mechanics of painting and drawing.  The studio offers a variety of classes including landscape, figure drawing, portrait painting, and small "5 to 1" classes where students receive highly personalized instruction. The goal of our “process” driven program is to develop each person’s artistic individuality.  “If you are true to the process, the product will be good," says studio owner Andy Braitman. "The painting process is a genuine and passionate exploration of the mechanics of painting." 

Andy Braitman is a celebrated artist with many years of experience in the art world, and has chosen and trained a team of instructors to enhance your studio experience.  Our approach is sophisticated, yet comprehensive, sharing the joy of painting with new painters while also enriching and expanding the experience of advanced painters.  Exhibiting artists find value in our environment as support and constructive critiques are an important aspect of the studio. 

 

We offer a setting designed to emphasize the studio experience in a friendly approachable environment. 

For students to find their own success, we create an environment where it’s safe to experiment and to try new things. For that reason, we remove the show-and-tell aspect in our classes and find a way to creatively redirect the new painter when he or she becomes too timid or exuberant.
— Andy Braitman

Former studio instructor and artist Carol Mitchell describes Braitman Studio as "the best-kept secret in Charlotte. There simply is nowhere else in town where you can get the type and level of instruction offered at this studio." Several local and regional artists have studied at the studio, and are currently exhibiting their work in area galleries including: Sofia’s, Shain Fine Art, Providence Gallery, Chasen Galleries, Marlese Newman’s gallery, Three French Hens, Windsor Hall, and Christ Church Galleries.

Braitman Studio teen artists regularly fill the very top ranks of the Scholastic Art Award winners.

Classes for teens include directed studies to prepare portfolios for college application, as well as more general classes explore a variety of media not always available in school art classes. Students trained at the Braitman Studio have gone on to pursue the study of art and design at such prestigious schools as Carnegie-Mellon, The Pratt Institute, The Maryland Institute of Art, Parsons School of Design, the Design School at North Carolina State University, and the Savannah School of Art and Design.