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Anthony G.

22 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Awarded GRAND PRIZE from Highlands Festival At Waterloo Art Show
  • Bachelor Of Fine Arts with a major in painting from Tyler School of Art, part of Temple University
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Anthony G.

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Whatever your skill level, however fast or slow you want to go, I want to help you to become a better artist and enjoy it while you’re learning! What we cover in your lesson will be determined by your level of expertise. Oil paint is my forte, as I have been painting with it for 30 years. If you are just starting out with oils, we will discuss some important things to understand about the colors, mediums, how to set up your palette and some different ways of applying paint, etc. If you already have some experience with oil painting, we will pick up with whatever areas you would like to improve on. If you are interested in painting the human figure or portraits in particular, we can discuss some important ways to go about painting flesh tones. There are also some little known tips I want to tell you about that will be useful to artists of any skill level!

I will share with you any suggestions that I have for technique or different ways of approaching your painting that may help you ...

About Anthony

I want to help you make huge leaps in your skills to become a better artist than you even thought was possible! Whatever you want to create, you can do it! Private lessons can save a lot of time and keep you on the right path for your personal individual needs, where ever you are on your way to bec

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Anthony has quickly accelerated my 10 yo daughter's drawing abilities. He has taken a natural interest of hers and turned it into a skill. He is careful, patient and dedicated to his students. I highly recommend him!
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Eli P.

14 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • BA in Studio Art, Drawing Concentration from Binghamton University
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Eli P.

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General Painting, for those interested in multiple mediums! We'll be discussing color mixing and blending, dry brush vs wet brush, composition, color contrast, mood and theme-ing, and more! We'll learn how to apply these techniques with different mediums.

About Eli

Hello! I am a professional artist and art teacher with 6 years of education experience. Previously I studied Studio Art at SUNY Binghamton. I've had my artwork hung in galleries, offices, restaurants and other venues around the Boston area. I've been hired for murals, book illustrations, private c

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Felix
My 10 y.o. son has taken several lessons with Eli and he loves every minute of them. Eli is skilled and patient. I highly recommend water color lessons with Eli.
Hunter
Eli is amazing with my 10 year old son. He is learning some basic drawing skills while having fun.
Brad
Excellent teacher!
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Megan R.

72 Reviews
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Starting at $79
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2011
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Megan R.

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Learn beginner or advance techniques in painting. I have taught over 500 students how to paint. My schooling background is in classical painting methods, modern painting techniques, color theory and composition. I have been trained by masterful painters from all over the world and look forward to sharing all that I have learned with you!

About Megan

My background: When I'm not in my art studio creating oil paintings, I enjoy teaching others what I have learned in over a decade of schooling. I have trained with some of the top artists in the fine art industry and learned many of their secrets to share with you. My methods combine classical and

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Gary
Megan is an outstanding artist as I noted seeing her portfolio and some work she shared at the start of our lesson but a great teacher as well! Very positive, easy to understand, clear about next steps and gives homework to do on if you want to really dig in. Looking forward to the next session!
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I loved it it was challenging
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Roya M.

55 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • Speaks English, Farsi
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • M.F.A from NMSU
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Roya M.

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I love teaching. I have more than 10 years of experience in teaching drawing and painting in university and college.
I cover realistic style to abstract art with watercolor, oil, or acrylic. Also, you will learn a variety of techniques like glazing, impasto, and alla prima. subject matter can start with still life and continue architecture, landscape, and figurative art.

About Roya

My name is Roya. I am a professional artist and educator, and I’m a professor in painting and drawing.It would be my pleasure to teach you painting or drawing. Over the last 10 years, I have taught painting and drawing, including figure drawing and painting courses in universities and colleges.

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Roya is very encouraging and pleasant to work with!!!She picks wonderful lessons that address your interests and skill level. I look forward to improving my drawing skills and growing as a student of art!!!!
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She is very niice and patient.
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She was just wonderful in showing me different techniques with each lesson.
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David Z.

8 Reviews
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Starting at $59
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
  • BFA Fine Art Painting from Northern Illinois University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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David Z.

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• Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal and oil to create artwork.
• Confer with clients and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
• Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques for clients of all ages.
• Collaborate, gather materials and design curriculum for art workshops in the community:
o Charcoal Over Watercolor Workshop
o Watercolor Workshop
o Acrylic Painting Workshop
o Self-Portraits in Charcoal Workshop
o Mixed Media Black Ink Over Gouache Workshop
o Oil Pastel Workshop “Beekle, The Imaginary Friend”

• Providing professional framing services for art workshop clientele
• Art brokering and marketing art material at various shows including:
o Art Show- Prairie Arts Festival, Schaumburg, 5-28-2017
• Sales, Murals Advertising and Promotional Artwork

About David

Dedicated art professional with 18 years of experience in creating artwork utilizing various medias. In my early years I worked as an outsider artist giving watercolor lessons for Susan Edwards of the artist place called "The Art Attack in Sycamore Illinois. After some years of painting and display

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Had a great lesson with David, Decided to purchase a few hour one time lesson to paint a picture with my wife. David did a great job. I was very happy how he accommodated us and the time he put in before the lesson.
Michelle C.
David explains well to what needs improvement and is very constructive to what needs to be done. I’m learning so much. It’s exciting
Karin
David is very experienced and knowledgeable for many art forms. And is very personable also.
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Joe B.

72 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Teaches students Male: 3 and up; Female: 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2005
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Joe B.

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As my student you will learn very important basic to intermediate foundation knowledge of the painting process. This involves Color theory, canvas preparations (wood, Canvas and other substrate choices), Brush selections, Mediums and thinning, Paint storage and reusing. We will work on transferring ideas from still life or sketch to canvas. We will cover brush stroke effects, blending, highlighting and work processes for an efficient and most importantly fun workflow.

About Joe

Hello, my name is Joe. I am excited when I learn of new potential artists. My skills are well rounded and focused. I can teach you in many media applications and art forms. I am able to teach from basic drawing techniques to full Portrait art, Film & Digital Portrait / Fashion Photography and Image

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Suzie Q
Very talented and thorough. Gained a lot after just 1 session. Highly recommend joe! :)
Brison
Very thorough and easy to understand explanations. My son learned a lot!
Justine
BEST, most inspiring class EVERRR!!! I learned sooo much and loved the experience! cant wait until next time! Thank you thank you thank you! :)

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing painting teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream painting teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute painting lessons is $78. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $176 per hour.
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"Eileen has been great to work with online, therecreally are no painting teachers in my area who have the technical knowledge to help me out so I was really stuck. We only started recently but I’m learning so much faster now."
Vikram
Took Painting lessons from Eileen M.
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"Excellent lesson planning. Makes you feel comfortable in learning at any level. It was my first lesson and it felt like I have been taking lessons from her for quite some time. Good balance of theory and actual hands on work."
SAUBHAGYA
Took Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"LOVE the way he jumped straight in and hit all the basics ... covering paintbrushes and the COLOR WHEEL,"
deborra-lee
Took Painting lessons from Joe B.
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"She was great with our two girls! Great way to take a lesson with friends--"
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Took Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"I had no idea how fun and easy it was to stretch my own canvases. Joe showed me many time saving techniques and cost effective tools to start makingg my own canvases!"
Daniela
Took Painting lessons from Joe B.
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"Really good teacher, learned so much in just an hour."
Kennedy
Took Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"David worked hard to teach my Grandson the fundamentals of drawing and painting. David made the lessons fun and interesting!"
Laura
Took Painting lessons from David Z.
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"One of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time. Made it super easy for someone who doesn’t paint very often and made me want to continue taking classes and getting better. What a great time!"
Henry Collins
Took Painting lessons from Carrie B.
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"I’ve been wanting to learn to paint for years but it seemed like an expensive thing to get into. Eileen provides materials for beginners which is really helpful because you feel like you can experiment more without making a big commitment. Her lessons are challenging but relaxed and her paintings are awesome and inspiring!"
Kim
Took Painting lessons from Eileen M.
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"I just finished my first painting class with Tabitha as a beginner. She is an excellent teacher with immense patience. She encourages a lot and gives a better understanding of colors, textures. It has been a very knowledgeable first class."
Naga Gouthami (Bumi)
Took Painting lessons from Tabitha B.
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Private Painting Lessons Near You

Everyone interested in art is familiar with at least a few of the great painters. They've heard names like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Salvadore Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Georgia O'Keefe. With natural talent and/or formal training, you can learn to paint like the greats, too. 

You don't, however, have to produce famous frescos or an infamous smile, like Mona Lisa's, to take great joy from painting. Every sort of painting is a fun, creative, and relaxing pursuit. There're guidelines to help you achieve your artistic goals, but no rules you absolutely have to follow. Painting gives an artist freedom. Whether you use a brush, stencils, or your fingers, painting will help you relax and express yourself. 

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Why Learn to Paint?

Even if you're already jazzed about the idea of creating beautiful pictures and feeling the texture of paint swooshing around on a canvas, there're plenty of additional reasons why learning to paint is beneficial. Mentally, painting calls the mind to focus on the composition at-hand — and nothing else, which is highly relaxing. Focusing on non-stressful subjects, while letting all other thoughts go, reduces stress. This reduced stress also has powerful physical benefits, similar to those associated with medication. These include lower blood pressure, reduced pain, and fewer headaches. 

It should come as no surprise that the highly creative pursuit of painting also improves a person's creative abilities. Painting inspires innovative thinking. It also strengthens a person's ability to communicate outside the box. Visual artists happen to be talented non-verbal communicators. Expressing emotions or events through pictures can provide a therapeutic emotional release. 

The Best Way to Learn How to Paint and What You'll Study in Painting Classes

Sure you can find plenty of free painting lessons and tutorials online. Also, many aspiring artists like to experiment on their own, which is a great way to practice, but you can only learn professional techniques and receive personalized instruction from a private painting teacher. In private classes, you'll receive immediate feedback and overcome challenges fast. 

Plus, every private painting class is different! In private lessons, you'll learn at your own level and pace. For example, painting lessons for children differ in terms of content and teaching methods from painting classes for adults. Your painting tutor will completely customize each class to keep you interested and focused on the types of painting that most inspire you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Painting

If you've never taken a painting class before, then beginner lessons are for you. Even if you've painted some on your own, you'll be introduced to basic painting principles and artistic concepts in beginner lessons that you might not have previously encountered. In beginner lessons, your painting tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Color theory
  • Creating a gray scale
  • Introduction to essential paintbrushes and the palette knife
  • Various paint application techniques and brushstrokes

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Painting

If you're familiar with some basic painting techniques, but want to experiment working with new media or learn to use more complex techniques, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, you'll challenge yourself to push the boundaries of the type of art you're comfortable creating. Your painting teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Become an expert in underpainting
  • Creating depth of field
  • Understanding light and shadow
  • Practicing with different subjects: landscape, still life, and models

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Painting

If you're a wizard with a paint brush, then advanced painting classes are for you. In these lessons, advanced artists have the opportunity to work and train with professionals. You'll have the ability to improve and refine your work with the help of an objective eye. Topics studied in advanced painting depend on each student's interests and goals for lessons, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Refining your personal artistic style
  • Experimenting with unique substrates and other materials
  • Preparing a collection for an art show
  • Understanding the art business and working with galleries

How to Find a Painting Teacher Near You

No matter what type of painting interests you, learning with a private teacher will help you improve your skills. TakeLessons makes finding a painting tutor easy! A quick search will lead you to a long list of experienced painting teachers who offer lessons online and in-person. Before choosing your teacher, we recommend reading through several profiles, images of their own artwork, and reviews left by other students to find the right tutor for you. 

The price of painting lessons varies, but most teachers charge rates based on the length and frequency of your lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you won't have a problem finding someone who fits your budget and your schedule. You'll find that paying for private lessons is well-worth the investment. You'll pick up new skills and techniques quickly and see your paintings improve from the very start!