Start A Painting Workshop
Friday, 7pm, January 26th
through Sunday lunch, January 28th
With Allyson Grey & guest faculty
including Alex Grey & Hilary Carlson

Whether this would be your first painting or your hundredth… whether you have been meaning to begin painting and have been procrastinating… or maybe you’d just like to start a new work while taking a rejuvenating weekend at CoSM, start a painting with us. Turn your inner vision into outer form and develop a personal approach to design, composition, mixing and applying paint. Learn how to evolve and improve your work as you practice the art of teaching yourself. Familiarize yourself with materials and techniques that can access new ways of expressing the “eyes of your soul.”

We paint because it is a great pleasure to reveal our inner world in outer form. Painting our inner world literally turns the subjective thoughts into objective reality. A painting can celebrate our uniqueness. Finding our personal style is a journey of discovery. What makes your strokes, marks, composition, design and symbols an expression that represents your inner world in a way that is recognizable to others? Through practice, our paintings evolve and our soul becomes increasingly transparent as we determine our manner of line, color and application of paint.

Successful painting makes evident the artist’s mind and essence. The subject of a work of art can make a political point, can represent a spiritual expression or communication a philosophical concept. We create to share a sense of beauty; to explore our perception of nature; to articulate strong emotions or because painting uncovers our personal expression of excitement, peace, emotion or contentment.

Painting is a practice. Like yoga, meditation or playing a musical instrument, facility in any creative medium will improve with devoted practice. Getting started, we need time, space, materials and a subject for our painting. A painting often confronts us with an awkward phase of unknowing. To overcome and evolve our artwork, we must learn from the last painting. By applying ourselves and giving our creativity the time it needs to flower, better work is the inevitable future reward that makes the practice worthwhile.

Start a painting with us at CoSM. Investing in a few basic materials, you may complete the work you start in the class. You may take the piece with you having goals in mind and a  mapped out vision of completion. Dive into the next painting easily on your own. MAGI Art Lab (at CoSM) will have a variety of supplies available for experimentation.


Materials to Bring:
  Buy the best supplies you can afford. Avoid student grade like Cotman or Liquitex Basic.
Bring examples of drawings or paintings you have done, if available.
3-5 Good brushes of various sizes and styles — flat, pointed, angled.
Do not choose a preselected set of brushes.
For the best results, choose better than the cheapest brushes.

Two 16 x 20 canvases or boards, pre-gessoed. Personally prefer a gessoed board.
Additional painting surfaces will be available.

Regular sized tubes of Golden or Liquitex paint:
Avoid a pre-boxed set. Select your favorite colors or choose these recommended:
Titanium white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine blue, medium green, purple, cadmium orange.
More color variety will be available to try.


Workshop Schedule:
Please plan to attend every session from Friday at 7:30PM to Sunday 1PM. Lunch on Sunday 1-2PM.

7:30 PM Friday evening:

Discussion on Design & Composition

Saturday morning:

Meet your materials
Cover canvas with tracing paper
Visioning your painting
Lay out drawing on tracing paper

1:00 pm – Lunch

Saturday afternoon:

Experimenting with paint application
New tracing paper;
Second drawing & adjustments
Lay down basic ground in paint

6:00 pm – Dinner

Saturday evening:

PPT of paint application styles
Paint mixing: theory & practice
Second layer of paint


Sunday morning:

Third layer of paint application
Group discussion of the weekend’s work.

1:00 pm – Lunch Provided for the class before departure.


Allyson Grey & Alex Grey

Allyson Grey is a painter and social sculptor. Her paintings have been widely collected and exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. Allyson’s paintings represent chaos, order and secret writing, an essentialized world view symbolizing the material world, the interconnected realm of energy and light and the sacred language of creative expression. With an MFA from Tufts University, Allyson has long been an art educator, art events organizer and a muse to artists worldwide.

Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate realms of psychedelic visionary consciousness, revealing interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit, illuminating the anatomical core of each being. Alex Grey’s visual meditations on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, have reached millions through his five books, the exhibition and extensive reproduction of his artwork, speaking appearances including a popular TED talk, stage sets for major rock bands, video animation, and Grammy award winning album art. 
Together, artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, (CoSM;, a spiritual creative retreat center outside of New York City. On the forefront of a movement in which painters join musicians on stage, the Grey’s have painted together live before tens of thousands of dancing young people at New York Broadway theaters and at sold-out festivals and arenas in dozens of international cities across five continents. As long-time advocates of “cognitive liberty,” a growing international “sacramental culture” has embraced the Grey’s as important mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm. The Grey’s, with their team, are currently building Entheon, a Visionary Art sanctuary in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Hilary Astrid

Hilary Astrid is a multi-media artist whose work is a sensory experience blending beauty and vibrancy. Drawing inspiration from all the facets of life, her paintings remind the viewer of the beauty, ecstasy and mystery of living as a conscious being.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration Studies, Hilary has exhibited her work and received mural commissions in New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Rome, Italy. An artist faculty member at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Hilary continues her artistic exploration at CoSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors), New York. (


Before & after images of Hilary’s painting, “Lotus Heaven”



Rooms are available for rent in the Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.

For assistance in booking your stay, please call 845-297-2323 ext. 104 or email us at [email protected]


Guest Room Photo

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.

The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.


CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.