Art is a visual language, and seeing begins when the verbal identifications of things dissolves.  Joan teaches visual literacy to children (starting at age 7), teens, adults and the elderly.  No artistic talent or previous experience is required to learn to draw and paint.  Students learn to work from observation, and are taught how to use the materials needed.

Joan does not categorize styles of painting, since all representational paintings have a solid abstract structure, and all abstract paintings represent something.  A drawing or painting is the result of a fully realized observation, so each student expresses their own personal vision.  An extensive art library here offers a broad reference source to art history. 

Joan Levy Hepburn


Joan shares her experience and an unusual education with her students.  She has been an artist and musician all her life and was lucky enough to have been mentored by Willem de Kooning and Dave Van Ronk.  Her 25 year mentorship with de Kooning began at the age of 15, augmenting her academic education at Rhode Island School of Design and The Kansas City Art Institute.  And she began finger-style guitar lessons with Dave Van Ronk at the age of 20. 

Music has inspired her color theory and structures in painting, and painting has colored her expressive ability in music.  These systems of organization can also be applied to all fields of study, inspiring innovation by thinking outside of the box.

With an innate sense of color she became an expert in the field of color separation.  She combined her knowledge of painting with the science of color to make better museum and gallery publications throughout the country and became known as "The Color Doctor".  Through her work with museums, galleries and collectors she handled priceless works of art covering a full gamut of art history, which furthered her study in painting and drawing.  For the last 35 years she has taught color perception and use for all applications.  In 2016 she developed a technique for making stereoscopic 3/D illusion in her paintings.

​​Art at Murray Pond