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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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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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Andy B May 1, 2019
· Sewing · In studio
Great instructor
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Miriam April 15, 2019
· Photography · In studio
Sarah is a fantastic teacher: patient, knowledgeable, thoughtful and friendly. I'm looking forward to many more sessions with her!
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Jeanine April 6, 2019
· Sewing · In home
Sarah is great! Takes time for things I don’t know and has good materials to look over between lessons
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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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Valeryia May 23, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Really understanding and patient teacher with a clear passion for drums.
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Elise January 2, 2019
· Drawing · Online
My daughter loved her lesson. Superb drawing and shading instruction! Definitely scheduling more lessons.
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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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Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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About Kathy S.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Kathy
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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Nolan & Nora S. March 2, 2019
· Drawing · In home
Kids loved the story based drawing fun!
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Jan February 19, 2019
· Drawing · In home
Kathy has been a wonderful teacher and inspiration for our 10-year old daughter. Cora has learned so much and enjoyed every lesson with Kathy, who has been an affirming and talented teacher.
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Cora November 28, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Cora was very happy with her first lesson!
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Kathy S.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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$80 / 60-min

About Patrick M.

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Lake Dallas, TX
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About Patrick
Hello friends! I love teaching, most every subject and grade level, including ACT/SAT. Drop me a line and let’s chat!
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Steven B. October 24, 2018
· SAT · In studio
Steven says it is going great.
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Patrick M.

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$60 / 60-min

About Isabela D.

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Fort George G Meade, MD

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About Isabela
Before reading about me, I'd like to share up front the honor that my newest student, R., has brought to me by choosing to learn Romanian. Nothing special so far except that he is 100 years old!!!! Yes, you read that correctly. He is the outmost inspiring person in my life by teaching me that age is just a number and that learning can happen any day if we choose so.

I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested student who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).

I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there.
Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.

I believe in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.

I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration.

I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.
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Emma Alhezayen June 2, 2019
· Calligraphy · Online
Isabela is a great teacher. She is knowledgeable, patient, caring, accessible, and has sense of humor. The calligraphy lesson was so much fun and I learned a lot. Looking forward to my lessons.
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Emma Alhezayen June 2, 2019
· Calligraphy · Online
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Linda D. June 2, 2019
· Acrylic Painting · Online
She is the best teacher I have found in my 72 years on earth
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Isabela D.

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About Alexander Z.

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Berkeley, CA

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About Alexander
I have been playing music for 25 years.
During this time, I focused mainly electric bass and the Acoustic Guitar. I play rhythm guitar in a very busy World Fusion Flamenco Gypsy Jazz band, based in the SF Bay Area. I have learned a sure way to develop the building blocks for playing music. A way to practice and retain the information that you want to learn and quickly advance in your musical passion. I personally use these techniques and want to share them with you. Through patience and determination I will help you discover how to practice, develop technique and then enjoy and play music. I will answer your questions about your guitar from the simple to complex.
If you want to learn Gypsy Jazz, chords, rhythm and technique, how to play Blues, Rock, Funk or Reggae, or how to read chord charts and tablature, I want to help.
I am alwa
ys excited to work with beginners, so if you are very new to your instrument we can discuss the geography and mechanics of it as well. We will start with the basics then build upon ideas that will give you a holistic understanding of the guitar and how to play music.

"Practice makes perfect" but you need to know "what" and "how" to practice, too make the most of your time.

I would not say that it is easy to learn how to play music or play guitar but that it is completely worth the time that you devote to it.

Music, is a gift that will always give back, you give it to yourself and then share it with your friends and loved ones.
Music, you will have it for life.

Check out the music that I play.
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Lets play some music.
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Chuck Noah December 20, 2018
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Alexander’s teaching style is easy going and informative. The diversity of his playing style opens up a incredible canvas for his musical interpretations,
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Alexander Z.

Berkeley, CA 94702
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$50 / 30-min

About Gwynessa A.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Gwynessa
Hi, Practicing art has been a part of my life since the 5th grade. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and journey with others who choose to take or visit an artistic path. I received a BFA from UC Santa Cruz and my MFA from Mills College. I have received multiple awards and honors over the years as well as traveled and shown in other countries. I live and work out of San Francisco where I show regularly. Teaching is how I keep myself learning and how I give back.
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Gwynessa A.

San Francisco, CA 94118
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$50 / 30-min

About Ty A.

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Chicago, IL
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MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE in the field of PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM PRODUCTION:

- Owner and Lead Photographer: Prudence Photography 2010 – Present -

Duties:

- Lead Photographer in capturing the full timeline of events (Weddings, Corporates, Family Events) in a professional manner.
- Responsible for creatively editing all photos of events and portraits session.
- Lead Photographer in capturing high-quality outdoor portraits and studio
pictorials.
- Meeting with Clients and closing the deal.
- Business management: Opening and Closing procedures.
- Evaluated, trained and instructed Photography to Second Photojournalists.
- Ensured lights, cameras, backdrops and props are in pristine condition.
- Have professionally photographed events for 9 years (Weddings, Corporates, Family Events) in a professional manner with solid and
organic Yelp Reviews.

Accolades in Photography:

- Best of Weddings “The Knot” 2016, 2017, 2019
- Featured in “Von Voyage” Magazine 2018
- Featured in “Express” Magazine 2017
- Featured in online articles of “Carats and Cake and The Maharashi”
- Listed as Top 10 Best Photographers in Chicago by Expertise.com
- Impeccable Yelp Review.

Film Production: 2006 – Present

Duties:

- Screenwriter, Producer and Director for independent films.
- Business Management: in-charge of writing grants, meeting with investors and team assembly.
- Responsible for attending Film Market and Film Festivals.
- Responsible for Film’s completion and success.

Accolades in Film Production:

- Best Director for a Feature Film “The Grave Bandits” 2012 Manila Film Fest
- Best Film for a Feature Film “The Grave Bandits” 2012 Manila Film Fest
- Filmography: - Director: Entrance (2006-07) Short film Viewfinder (2008) Short film Among All Creatures (2010) Short film The Black Rooster (2011) Short Film The Grave Bandits (2011) Feature Film Watch Me Kill ( 2019 in- production) Feature Film.
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Ty A.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

About Judeler P.

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Miami, FL
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About Judeler
My name is Judeler Petit-Noel I been an artist all my life natural gifted, and I been teaching alot of friends and other people my skills and I seen them do great things.
I won alot of competition from high school until today, but I always want to share my passion with more people not just the ones around me that's why I'm here to tell you I can help you become the the great artist that you want to become, I understand so much to learn but, I can teach you the best short ways possible and, I'm here to better you as an Artist and help you reach that goal you want.
Thank you and welcome.
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Judeler P.

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$67 / 30-min

About Ollie G.

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Oakland, CA
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About Ollie
I love looking at art, reading about art and making art!

Art heals and the creation of it is I believe, empowering. My current practice is an expanding body of drawn and painted works that explore form through geometric, abstract, sculptural and musical languages.

From an early age, I grew up learning about art by watching my mother create. I loved the freedom and challenge that it provided me when I was young and over time have come to evolve and develop my own practice and language as an adult. In addition to art I am a Violist, Sound Designer and Composer and feel very strongly that the work I do visually has deep roots in sound and music.

Education:

Interlochen Arts Academy (Focus in Viola) 1995
Oberlin College (BFA Viola and Art) 2000

Upcoming Shows 2019:

From There to Here. (Jun 22 - Jul 27) - Sara Lisch Gallery
, Berkeley
Grids & Geoforms. (Jul 12 - Sep 12) - Guerilla Cafe, Berkeley
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Sye-Ok May 25, 2019
· Watercolor Painting · In studio
Ollie is an excellent, supportive, and friendly teacher! This is my first time using TakeLessons, and I enjoyed my time spent with Ollie. He was able to give me technical guidance, but also allowed me to play around. I appreciate that he was able to customize my lessons with my personal goals, and even suggest local art I may be interested in. I booked a 1 hour session, and the time flew by! He also allows you to use his brushes and paints the first session, and then gives recommendations for paints/brushes based on your skill level and budget. Looking forward to booking my next lesson. Highly recommend.
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Ollie G.

Oakland, CA 94606
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$45 / 30-min

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