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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.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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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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$30 / 30-min

About Jessica M.

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New York, NY

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About Jessica
I am a visual artist who has been exhibiting my artwork across the US since 2009 and teaching since 2006. I got my BA from Vassar College, and a Masters in Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I am deeply passionate about drawing and love to share this passion with others. I believe that art isn't for the talented few but for the passionate many and what counts most of all is that you're having fun!

My drawings tend to celebrate the beautiful and surprising in the mundane. I have worked in a variety of media but my preferred material is good old-fashioned pencil on paper. I have had solo and group exhibitions, my work has been published in print and online, one of my drawings is on the cover of a philosophy book, I have exhibited at several art fairs, and I have won many fellowships, grants, and artist residencies.

Our drawing lessons will begin with learning to use the most basic materials: charcoal, erasers, pencil and paper. We will spend a lot of time learning the art of looking because above all, drawing is about observation and translating what you see.
You will begin to notice improvements in your skills after the first class!

I look forward to drawing with you.
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Vasilisa November 12, 2018
· · In studio
I’m enjoying Jessica’s lessons so much. I began to draw much more often and this is the first time I’m not afraid to show my pictures to people. She always make safe atmosphere for your creativity. I’m really happy to draw now and all thanks for Jessica.
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Francesca October 20, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Jessica is simply outstanding!!! She got right to the heart of what my children needed to work on to improve their drawing, and she was able to work with a range of abilities, attention spans, etc. Within minutes she was able to draw out the tentative artist in each of her three young students (ages 9-11), and you could see the difference in confidence in just one lesson!! She is smart, fun, flexible--you really could not find a better instructor!!!
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Anna April 18, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Jessica is a GREAT drawing teacher! My two daughters aged 7 and 9 have been having lessons with Jessica for a couple of months and she has done such an excellent job of catering to their very different personalities and preferred learning styles. She is so patient and calm. She has taught them various techniques, including how to work with charcoal, and they have both improved so much in such a short time. My kids really look forward to their lesson every time, and carry on with their projects when the lesson is over. I highly recommend her!
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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.

Margarita M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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$34 / 60-min

About Andrea C.

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Corona, CA
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About Andrea
Her talent was discovered by her mentor, her grandfather, also an artist.She had an eye for color. She could draw anything as an exact match. Eventually this amazing talent and passion translated into paintings. This connection with colliding colors is what initially set her work apart in shows and competitions and has led to a growing following of galleries and collectors alike.

Andrea has been featured in many publications in and around the art community. She’s donated paintings to many organizations in Dallas, TX, Riverside, CA and in the Orange County area.

She has since independently illustrated and published her own children’s book. Andrea has decided to follow her heart, her passion, and her dreams by teaching others.
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Andrea C.

Andrea C.

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About Stuart A.

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Richfield, PA
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Hello my name is Stuart and I am very excited to start teaching what I know to others who are in need of some help learning how to draw. I have plenty of examples of my skill with drawing and I can provide them for you if you wish to see them. Please feel free to message me asap so I can help you learn a great skill to have.
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Stuart A.

Stuart A.

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$25 / 30-min

About Leah G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Leah
Leah received her training at San Francisco Art Institute in 2017 where she received a degree in Studio Art. As an expert in her field, Leah looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals as an artist. Leah's teaching style is patient, hard-working, and, above all, fun! Leah has been teaching art to both kids and adults since 2011 and has been an exhibiting artist since 2010. When it comes to art, Leah has got you covered! If you are applying to a major art program, or just need help to tighten up your hand-eye coordination as a hobby, or even have a little one that wants to make art in a fun safe environment; Leah's love for art and teaching is a 100 percent guarantee that you will learn and laugh with her!
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Kei October 2, 2018
· · In studio
Leah taught me privately one on one in her studio. She taught me all about the medium of ceramics as well as how to load and unload her kiln. Exposing me to the world of the elements, I now understand the differences between high and low cones as well as experimental glazing techniques. She was totally awesome to work with because we had so much fun! Not to mention, the work that I made with her came out fantastic. I give her five out of five stars!
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Leah G.

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$40 / 60-min

About Justin J.

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La Puente, CA
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About Justin
I am a freelance photographer and a student at CSULB; when I'm not studying mechanical engineering I'm out doing shoots or working on editing photos. I primarily shoot portraits and headshots and I work with brands to create lifestyle images that show off their products. Although I've worked with many different types of companies and individuals, my passion is in street photography, particularly with my medium format film camera. I love documenting things, whether it's taking photos of a clothing brand's new swimsuit or just documenting everyday life around my neighborhood.

I fell in love with photography about 7 years ago and I've been working hard to get great shots ever since. When I first got into photography I was taught the history of photography, the fundamentals of composition, and the basics of how to use a camera. I think it's
essential that beginner photographers learn and really internalize these things because it will really make a huge difference in the quality of an image. And for photographers who already understand these concepts, there are more advanced concepts that can really elevate photography into a truly creative art form.
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Justin J.

Justin J.

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$25 / 30-min

About Nicole W.

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Austell, GA
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Hi my name is Nicole. I grew up in a very crafty family in Philly. I've played sports all throughout my youth, I'm a nerd when it comes to math, and I have a huge passion for art. I'm a pretty simple and fun person and I enjoy teaching other what I know. My first job was at an after school program and summer camp. Because of that job I've developed a big heart for teaching children as well as adults.
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Nicole W.

Nicole W.

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$45 / 30-min

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