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"Five Spirits" Oil, Oilstick and Sgraffito on Canvas, 2020


"As a teacher, Karl has the remarkable ability to inspire and relate to students of all ages. His love of art and art-making is genuine and infectious. He has an uncanny ability to keep students focused and productive for hours, whether in his studio-based classes or the hushed galleries of the MFA. Karl has an exhaustive knowledge of art history and a visual memory to match. My work with Karl helped me prepare a strong portfolio for application to the Tufts-SMFA’s masters in fine arts program, where I am now a 2nd year graduate student. I base this on my first-hand experiences as a student in his painting classes, an observer of his MFA-based drawing classes and a participant in his Power of Art History online course."  

Rose Christian, MFA Candidate, Tufts SMFA


"I wanted to take an art history course that inspired me, that would take a creative approach while exploring the past, but still keep my eyes and thoughts on the present. I love being able to  look both forward and back in time with the new perspectives I have gained by taking The Power of Art History." 

Sarah Bob, Creative Director NewGallery Concert Series


"Karl helped me loosen up and to learn new skills... I enjoyed the creative drawing projects, lessons in composition, and his gentle suggestions. Great teacher for adult learners!"   Maren Anderson, Boston

"In a relative short amount of time Karl was able to pull the artist that had been hiding in me out. Now I am able to create large art that I am giving to friends and family as gifts; which I've received great feedback on."   Matt T. , Boston


"Karl is very helpful with painting. He has helped me improve my work a lot, how to think about my paintings before I begin them. I'm much more confident in acrylics and I'm really enjoying working with oil paints. Being in Karl’s class is really fun - he is very funny and plays great music!"  Aly Age 13

"Our daughter has been studying drawing and painting with Karl for several years. His ability to connect with teens is exceptional, and he has consistently encouraged her to stretch her imagination while simultaneously improving her technique and evolving her personal style. Karl successfully creates community, among his students, their families and the greater local arts scene. Karl has been an important mentor for our daughter's artistic and personal journey."  

Eric and Debbie, Parents of Sophia


Karl is cool!"  Sophia Age 17


"I often professionally pair living composers with living visual artists. Not only did Karl Stephan achieve my art history wish list, he did it with grace and compassion, always staying fresh and interesting, giving us examples that inspired and gave us lots to think about." 

Sarah Bob, Faculty, Longy School of Music

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