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Average Cost of Visual Arts Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute visual arts lessons in San Francisco is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $76 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$31 average
$43
45-min $30
 
$36 average
$40
60-min $40
 
$65 average
$76

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute visual arts lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute visual arts lessons are 45% less expensive at $36, and 30-minute lessons cost 53% less at $31.

Curious how much visual arts lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best visual arts teachers near San Francisco.

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Popular Visual Arts Teachers near San Francisco

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About Aleena W.

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San Antonio, TX

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About Aleena
I've been teaching piano and art for more than 9 years and I've been associated with TakeLessons for 7 of those years in 2 different cities. I teach beginning and intermediate piano students at my studio.
Teaching is a very gratifying experience.
Although my training was in classical music, I currently compose and perform a variety of genres besides classical.
I also create multi-media 2-dimensional art.

Music improves math and other cognitive skills. Einstein used the violin to relax and there are scientific studies correlating brain development with the acquisition of music skills.
I'm an encouraging and flexible teacher because every student is different and requires their own focus and individualized lesson plan.
I find it critical and enjoyable communicating with the parents of children.

****One of my students was a 16 y
ears old virtuoso in classical guitar. He came to me because he never learned how to sight read. Within 6 months he was writing his own music and decided to change his specialty from guitar to piano.
*****Another one of my students was dyslexic and he was told he would never be able to read music but he was reading music and within a few months he was writing it himself.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I encourage anyone who is interested in learning to begin lessons with the knowledge that they can eventually create any kind of art they desire.
I continue to perform and create which enables me to sharpen and maintain my skills.

I hope to have an opportunity to meet you soon and I encourage you to ask any questions you have!!!

*****I highly encourage scheduling only 30 minutes for beginning children younger than 12. Students are more likely to focus and enjoy their lessons when they are shorter in the beginning. They can always be extended later.
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Lisa July 26, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Great listener and teaches the preferences requested. Very knowledgeable of different methods of drawing
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Aleena W.

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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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About Sarah
Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I have been an artist for my whole life and I am passionate about sharing my love of creativity with others. I earned an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA in 2007 and have been a freelance costume designer, college professor, photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer.

As much as I love to create, what I really love is to help somebody learn to do something they love and create something they can be proud of! I am happy teaching all ages, and I specialize in helping each student find his or her unique vision.

I can teach sewing by hand and on a machine, including how to read and understand the instructions in commercial patterns. Bring your project and I'll help you make it happen! I am highly skilled at teaching life drawing, as well as marker rendering and watercolor fashion illustr
ation. Photography is my other passion, and I look forward to helping you understand how to use a camera's many features, and your eye, to create art.
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Krista October 15, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah was great! She was very patient & helped me with specific alterations I’ve been struggling with forever!
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Nasreen Z. September 8, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
The teacher was very good and so patient with my pace. The only problem I had was the distance with traffic it was almost 2 hours to go and return.
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Anjali June 1, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Sarah is sweet, patient, incredibly knowledgeable and takes extreme pride in her craft - all things I appreciate. I HIGHLY recommend working with her.
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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$20 / 30-min

About Dennis W.

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Palo Alto, CA
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About Dennis
Hello, my name is Dennis Willoner.

Music and art have always been a huge part of my life. I have been playing drums for 15 years and have been teaching for 7. I grew up learning to play drums from a private instructor, and have been studying on my own ever since. I have played in many bands in my music career and have also tracked drums in studios for local artists. Today, I currently work at School of Rock in Palo Alto as a private and group instructor, and play in a professional band called Constructs.

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I mostly draw realistically, but also like to get on the creative side. I enjoy drawing faces and people the most out of any subject. After learning so much about art, the world can be viewed in a complete other perspective.
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Manoj N. May 12, 2018
· Drawing · In home
I have been wanting to learn drawing since I was a kid. Had a few years of drawing when I was a kid and then haven't touched in a long time. When I rekindled my interest to learn, I came across Dennis.
Honestly, the reason why I chose Dennis was because he provided at-home classes and that would avoid the hassle of me having to travel. The first few classes were more of me and him warming up to each other, as I am sure he also found me different.
He comes with all the necessary equipment and spends a few minutes giving you some basics of the stuff we are going to do that day. Then he leaves you to draw while he also draws the same. He glances once in a while at your sheet and gives you very subtle feedback. If you have missed something, he will just try to nudge you in the right direction with minor comments like "Don't you think, these are of the same darkness?, There may be more highlights in this area or the mid tones here and here are of the same darkness. etc.". He never touches your paper, but only guides you.
Sometimes when some focus is needed (for example on the eyes), he will tell you the technique involved in depth and we did one full class just doing eyes, one full class on hair.
It was a little frustrating initially for me as I was not used to the teaching technique, and now I see the point. The first drawing itself turned out be much much better than I had anticipated it to be and he hasn't touched my paper till now - so this drawing is fully mine.
You can also continue drawing and send work via text message to him. You almos t always get detailed instant feedback. The only thing is, I haven't been very diligent in doing drawings due to lack of free time. So once a week for an hour is what I do.
He also spends extra time sometimes so that he can take the drawing to a logical point, sometimes even beyond 1.5 hrs though my session is for an hour each. That shows the commitment he has to his students.
I believe my work will improve as this course continues. We have had about 6 classes and I am already seeing the difference. A long way to go, but the first steps have been right - most of it due to Dennis and his method of teaching. I would say more than teaching, it is a method of mentoring where the hand holding is done in a unique way.
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Erin May 3, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Dennis is a congenial, knowledgeable, and engaging instructor. It's been a rewarding learning experience.
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Pavel November 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor: friendly and patient, clear guidance and fun process
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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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About Margarita M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Margarita
Margarita is a VFX & Compositing Artist and a Fine Arts Instructor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has obtained Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Animation and Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and Associate of Art Degree in Graphic Design.

Since 2005 Margarita has been working with traditional and digital media in her studio to provide graphic design and post-production services, as well as to create artwork for various publishing and Visual Effects houses. She has been involved into numerous projects, among which is her outstanding compositing work in promotional videos for Tyco Electronics, one of the largest electronics companies in California, as well as being the Visual Effects Supervisor for the animated film "Helena's Dream", which entered and won recognition in film festiv
als abroad and in the US.

Margarita has taught fine arts classes at several schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently she is an Art Instructor at Gundolina Art Studio, where she effectively teaches art appreciation and promotes creativity among her students.

Favorite quote: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso.
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Jovanka V. September 28, 2018
· Drawing · In home
My son is a beginner in drawing and is a bit apprehensive about his drawing skills. I really appreciated and liked Margarita's approach, setting music to create a relaxing atmosphere for drawing, explaining the steps, and the foundation for sketching. I think we approached drawing wrongly and after the lesson I changed our way. We play music now (which he likes) and he is drawing more often and is more relaxed.
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Nandini December 20, 2017
· · In studio
My daughter attends Ms Maggie's art exploration program. Ms Maggie is very patient with children and brings out the best in her students. My daughter has learnt a lot of techniques in art under her guidance and looks forward to art class every week. I'm so happy and grateful that my daughter has a wonderful art teacher. Search no further if you're on the lookout for an art teacher for your child.
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Heloise Magny November 27, 2017
· Painting · Online
I worked with Margarita on a short film, ''Helena's Dream'' and her artistic skills and keen eye for details are awesome. She is an honest person and anyone working with her will be happy with the results !
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Margarita M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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About Kathy S.

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San Francisco, CA

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I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist in San Francisco! I received my Masters of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute and my Bachelors degree at Skidmore College. I make painting and textile-based 3D installations and have shown widely in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. I was a 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Recology and a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation. I also have some exciting opportunities on the horizon! I’m passionate about arts education, interdisciplinary thinking, art history, ecological stewardship, and color theory. I love teaching art!

I’ve taught a variety of ages and skill levels and care about each student as an individual artist and human being. I design individualized lesson plans for each student with creative, engaging assignments that focus on both technical skill and personal exp
ression. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists.

I’m passionate about art history and color theory. In our lessons, not only will you learn how to draw and paint, you will also learn the cultural history around the subject. I will show you historical and contemporary examples of artwork that fit thematically with our lessons. We will have engaging conversations about art while we draw and paint. I can also point you towards art openings happening around the Bay Area.

My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals.

Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to Billie Holiday, and cooking elaborate meals!
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Melanie June 28, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Kathy was wonderful working with my son and really took the time to get to know him and his personal intetests. She then patiently guided him through some if the essentials of drawing while incorporating subject matter that would inspire and motivate him. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for personalized and knowledgeable instruction.
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giulia May 14, 2018
· Painting · In home
Absolutely great teacher :)
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Lauren April 4, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · In home
Lesson was really fun and we got farther than I expected to in the first session! Kathy was prompt, polite, and professional. Thanks so much!
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Kathy S.

Kathy S.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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About Roya M.

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Richardson, TX
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My name is Roya. I am a professional artist and educator. It would be my pleasure to teach you painting and drawing. Over the last 10 years, I have taught painting and drawing in universities and colleges. I have a M.F.A degree in painting and drawing. You will learn painting and drawing like a university's student in my studio. My teaching philosophy focuses on laying a strong foundation with technique and growing from that foundation towards theory and concept. I equip my students with strong technical skills that emphasize art elements, art composition, color theory, and a variety of mediums techniques. My goal at the beginning stage is to provide students with enough skills to begin making art that deserves critical discussion. I teach in my studio at my home, Richardson, TX 75082. Please send me a message if you have any other quest
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Parri October 8, 2018
· Oil Painting · In studio
I learned to paint from real objects and landscape instead of copying from a picture and I love it.
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Sadaf August 23, 2018
· Painting · In home
She is one the most heartfelt, knowledgeable teacher I've ever had! I have never been much of an artist but I've always had passion for it. She has challenged me, and pushed me to be a better artist than I have ever thought possible!
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mike August 22, 2018
· Abstract Painting · In studio
The best detail oriented, caring teacher I ever had.
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Roya M.

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About Jessi W.

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Bat Cave, NC
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About Jessi
I am a professional artist, board game designer, and animator. I graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with a Bachelors in Media Arts and Animation and am working towards my Masters Degree in Painting.

My students can expect to improve with every week in not only your drawing skills, but also your painting techniques. Every artist is different and I will strive to bring out your inner artist that I know you have! You have a voice, I will teach you to tear down your artistic walls and unlock your individual expression.

I work in several different mediums, including, but not limited to, Graphite, Watercolor, Acrylic, Digital, Ballpoint pen, and Sidewalk Chalk. I have been drawing since I was 4 and taught myself. At the age of 14, I went with my family to Disney World, where I sat in on a drawing lesson by one of the artists of 'The
Lion King.' It made such an impact on me, that I still remember what he drew, Zazu.

I teach art students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach you to draw using graphite pencils as well as paint in different mediums, including watercolor and acrylic. I love to mentor students with a passion, as that is where some of our best work comes from!

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become an artist!
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Jessi W.

Jessi W.

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$50 / 30-min

About Kristen O.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Kristen
I live in a remote part of Northern California where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. I have 2 son's 16 and 4 who I've homeschooled off and on throughout their lives. My 16 year old graduated high school early and is now pursuing a degree at College of the Redwoods. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on photography and digital art.

I am a teacher by trade and profession. I've always had a natural ability combined with patience and understand thats allows me the to excel my students further beyond what they've thought possible. I've been a teacher of Arts at many private schools in Northern California for the last 20 years. Recently over this last year I have discovered the joys of teaching ESL online for a few large companies. I am really looking forward to working more one on one with my students as I feel this can
be very beneficial to those looking to really excel further in the english language.

Art is my passion
Learning is my journey
Teaching is in my DNA
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Melanie P. October 2, 2018
· Photography · Online
We had some challenges finding some things, but we worked it out. Very nice lady.
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Avi July 28, 2018
· ESL · Online
Kristen is a wonderful teacher! She is teaching me and a friend at the same time and we both love the classes.
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Kristen O.

Kristen O.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Zach E.

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New York, NY

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As a current student enrolled at the Touro College of Education, I have taken a strong interest in pursuing a full-time teaching career.

For as long as I can recall, my curiosity to learn more propelled me to do my own research, so that I became informed enough to discuss such topics with my teachers throughout middle school, high school, and eventually college. Being able to speak candidly and intellectually with my teacher(s) brought me a feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction, and, of course, the desire to keep doing more. Keep doing more research. Keep bringing these lessons to light. Keep expressing my views. 

At an old enough age, I became responsible enough to supervise young children giving up my Sunday mornings to being a Hebrew school teacher’s assistant, or madrich, for five years taught me what it is like to work with child
ren in a classroom setting. 

In addition, I would spend my four summers at sleepaway camp as a bunk counselor supervising 10-15 campers at a time, to coaching lacrosse for boys and girls ages 7-17. Furthermore, these concepts of responsibility, leadership, and lesson planning have helped shape me into becoming the educator that I aspire to be.

As a young professional, pursuing my passion for education has become paramount. Since graduating from high school, I have taken advantage of every opportunity to hone such skills. My drive and determination to pursue my passion for education are steadfast. To have the ability to shape young minds through meaningful yet exciting lessons in my very own classroom space is a responsibility and a privilege I will never take lightly.  

Furthermore, the knowledge I have gained through various jobs and internships have only further reaffirmed my passion for teaching young minds. As a result, I have garnered a sense of dedication and appreciation while working in such an environment. Therefore, I believe that my creative insight and strong work ethic could be of great benefit.
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Zach E.

Zach E.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

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