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Jane M.

47 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Painting and Drawing from Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy
  • Teaches students 8 to 85
  • Teaching since 1996
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Jane M.

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I teach what you want to learn. Lessons may include: Basic or advanced techniques. Mixing vibrant hues. Wet-on-wet. Dry brush. Masking. Glazing. Dew drops on flowers. Textures--using salt, layering, sponges, scratching, lifting, etc. Considering your light source. Loosening up. Managing the water to pigment ratio. Paper selection. Setting up your palette. What paints to use. And brushes: how many, what kind and brand? Painting outdoors in the open air, or from photographs, or from a still life. Using your phone to help you critique your painting. All levels--from beginner to advanced. Demonstrations on creating watercolors in the style of famous watercolorists like John Singer Sargent, or Winslow Homer.

Subject matter can include journaling, watercolor sketching, landscapes, seascapes, florals, abstracts, still life, urban settings, color grids, and more.

Additionally, you can schedule a lesson and let me know that you want to use it as a critique to review some of your work. I ...

About Jane

I LOVE teaching. I'm an award-winning artist and I've taught watercolor for 25+ years. I've taught students of all ages from the US & Italy. I've taught at Cleveland Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Illinois Central College, in churches, libraries, home schools, & at Harvard University

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Rodney
Jane is a wonderful teacher. She's funny, patient, kind, and supportive. She is very skilled at giving feedback that is developmentally appropriate and helpful. She's also an accomplished artist with a rich knowledge of art history, which she incorporates into her lessons when appropriate, and which I personally enjoy greatly.
Margaret G.
Awesome!! I enjoyed the pace. Jane is very friendly and inspiring. Extreemly good teacher and explores the students needs and expectations to ensure you get a lot from the lesson. I would highly recommend!!
Ginny C.
Jane has a very calm and soothing demeanor. She is very intuitive of your needs! Enjoyed our class
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Eli P.

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

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Watercolors for all levels. We'll be discussing color mixing and blending, dry brush vs wet brush, composition, color contrast, mood and theme-ing, and more!

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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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • Teaching since 2011
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Megan R.

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In private watercolor classes I will show you the basics of watercolor and the ways to make it fun. Popular classes include how to paint animals, faces or landscapes. Water colors are wonderful for illustration, expressive art or realism. Watercolor is a relaxing and meditative medium perfect for a busy life to slow down and appreciate the creative flow.

GROUP CLASSES: I also offer group classes for friends , student and co workers .

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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David Z.

8 Reviews
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Starting at $59
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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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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Daniel
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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Roya M.

55 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • Speaks English, Farsi
  • Awarded Best female 1st generation artists from Eiseman Center for Performing Arts, Richardson TX
  • Teaching since 2008
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Roya M.

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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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Lisa Hermanns
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!!!!
Andrew
She is very niice and patient.
Becky
She was just wonderful in showing me different techniques with each lesson.
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Deron C.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Bachelor of Fine Art from UCLA
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Deron C.

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Teaching artist Deron Cohen will guide you step-by-step through how to re-create an image in watercolor paint. Learn techniques and tricks!

About Deron

I am a San Diego native and have shown my paintings extensively throughout San Diego. It wasn't until several years after I graduated from UCLA in 1994 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, that I really tried to show my work in galleries. Most recently, my work has been in shows at Project X Gallery, The

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Paul D.
Great teacher! Excellent, patience, very helpful!
Amanda G.
Deron helped me simplify my technique so painting will be enjoyable and I will be so much better at it! I am thrilled
Kai C.
Deron was wonderful to work with and very communicative. My son enjoyed his art lesson.

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Average Cost of Watercolor Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute watercolor painting lessons is $80. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $125 per hour.
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"Wonderful lesson... my daughter loved it!"
Elizabeth
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Deron C.
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"Had a great lesson with Megan. Got the basics of watercolor down to where I could actually paint a picture. Looking forward to seeing if I can create many more!"
Lee
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"I totally enjoyed my watercolor lesson with Megan -- a birthday gift from my kids. Although I've dabbled in watercolors previously, Megan taught me a few formal techniques which I used to create a small finished piece and which I will be able to use going forward. I got a lot out of our two hours together!"
Jaime
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Friendly, engaging, supportive...look forward to future lessons."
Joe
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Thank you. The lesson was fun, informative and tailored to my specific needs. :)"
Julie
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Jack enjoyed the lesson and is looking forward to the next one."
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Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Sabrina S.
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"My girlfriend and I took a class from Megan as a birthday celebration. It was a ton of fun! Megan was very helpful and instructive, and tailored the class to our experience"
John
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Sharon was my introduction to watercolor painting! Her suggestions were very helpful. Her depth of knowledge and experience were stimulating and lead me to read and research artists and concepts. She was patient with this novice, and I look forward to more lessons."
Jennie
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Sharon M.
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"Roya speaks my artistic language! She is very direct yet empathetic. Her own curiosity and patience is evident in the way she teaches and I learned a ton in our very short first lesson. Looking forward to the next one."
Eleanor
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"My first lesson was great. Melissa started off very basic for me, as I requested, and answered all my questions and emails."
Jan
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Melissa M.
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Private Watercolor Painting Lessons Near You

Composed of pigments suspended in water-based paints, watercolors are one of the most popular forms of painting both for beginning and professional artists. These paints deposit lovely, yet delicate hues on a variety of surfaces and have an impressive range of potential when it comes to creating depth and lightness in a work of art. Plus, they're great for landscapes, still life paintings, and portraits. 

While you might think of most great artists as oil painters, many also used watercolors. Watercolors are responsible for some of the world's greatest works of art. Just consider William Blake's poetry illustrations, Frank Webb's landscapes, and even the many great Japanese watercolor masterpieces, such as "The Great Waves of Kanagawa" by Hokusai. 

Why Learn Watercolor Pa

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Like other forms of painting, painting with watercolors imparts a variety of brain and health benefits. It inspires creativity and also induces deep relaxation. This type of stress relief is important for both your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Watercolors are also many artists' paint of choice because they're easy to clean up, very portable (Can you say plein air painting?), and also more cost-effective than other types of paint. Once squeezed out of a tube, oils or acrylics have to be used or washed away. You can simply let a palette of unused watercolors dry and add water when you're ready to start painting again. 

The Best Way to Learn Watercolor Painting and What You'll Practice in Classes

There are lots of free watercolor painting classes online, but the best way to learn watercolor painting basics and advanced techniques are by studying with a private watercolor painting teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive the kind of personalized instruction that simply isn't possible in a larger class setting or when watching online videos. You'll improve quickly with your teacher's immediate feedback, while learning at a comfortable pace. 

Your private watercolor painting tutor will completely customize each lesson, considering your preferred learning styles, interests, and existing knowledge. For example, watercolor painting lessons for children differ greatly in terms of teaching methods and subject matter from watercolor painting classes for adults. You'll stay motivated and interested, while studying the types of watercolor painting that interest you most. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Watercolor Painting

If you have little or no previous experience working with watercolors, then beginner lessons are for you. In these lessons, your teacher will introduce you to all the basics of watercolor painting to help you develop a strong foundation of skills and techniques. You'll work on simple compositions, while learning to create art with watercolors. In beginner lessons, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to watercolors (learn about the different types and forms of watercolor paints)
  • Gather your supplies (brushes, papers, palettes, and more)
  • Learn how to begin a watercolor painting (wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry)
  • Practice mixing, diluting, and building up colors
  • Perform tricks with salt and heat

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Watercolor Painting

If you're familiar with the basics of painting with watercolors, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, your watercolor painting tutor will challenge you to make increasingly complex paintings, while introducing you to more challenging watercolor techniques. In these lessons, your teacher might choose to cover the following subjects:

  • Experiment with different substrates (weights of paper, plaster, wood, etc.)
  • Practice precision painting
  • Consider composition and negative space
  • Learn how to work in layers
  • Use color theory to create visually dynamic compositions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Watercolor Painting

Advanced watercolor classes are intended for artists who already possess a wide range of well-polished watercolor skills. In these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to challenge yourself while working with a professional artist. Subjects taught in advanced lessons depend greatly on the individual student's interests and goals, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Develop personal style and techniques
  • Workshop your composition and collection ideas
  • Hone your skills and challenge yourself with unique subject matters
  • Prepare a collection for a gallery showing
  • Learn all about the business of art

How to Find a Watercolor Painting Tutor Near You

If you're ready to start creating beautiful watercolor paintings, you'll get the best start by learning and practicing with a private teacher. Luckily, finding a watercolor painting teacher on TakeLessons is easy. A quick search will direct you to a variety of teachers who offer private lessons online and in-person to students of all ages and abilities. We recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other art students before choosing the teacher who's right for you. 

The price of watercolor painting classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding a tutor who fits your budget and schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast, as your watercolor painting skills improve immensely after just the first lesson!