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Average Cost of Visual Arts Lessons in Boston, MA

The average cost of 60-minute visual arts lessons in Boston is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $105 per hour.

30-min $34
 
$42 average
$70
45-min $42
 
$52 average
$70
60-min $50
 
$68 average
$105

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 24% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $42.

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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Carolina December 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
James is a great teacher. My son had lots of fun learning...singing is his passion and James is the teacher for the job...
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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About Steven S.

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Jamaica Plain, MA
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About Steven
I'm a recent graduate of the Boston Architectural College, and employed by a large architectural firm in Boston. I am currently teaching a Rhino 3-D course at the BAC I tutor in all aspects of architecture including portfolio design, writing, software tutoring, design critiquing, and overall academic guidance. For software, I specialize in the Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, and V-Ray. I've tutored students of all differing ages and skill sets, ranging from novice to advanced user. Further, I have numerous references and reviews about my services that I would be happy to pass along, as well as past design work that I have done both academically and professionally. Lastly, I have numerous resources students can use after tutoring sessions are complete such as reference manuals, tutorials, and websites to visit for additional learn
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Susan K. October 2, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Steve was very knowledgeable and detailed throughout the lesson. He was patient and I look forward to continuing lessons so that I can become proficient with this software.
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Jackie Bregenzer August 31, 2017
· AutoCAD · Online
Steven was very helpful and I am looking forward to the next lesson! He made sure to answer all of my questions in a way I could understand.
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Mario August 16, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Steve did a great job, was thorough and patient. He knows the program well and is equally adept at explaining the concepts behind what he's doing. That's a difficult thing for a teacher and Steve did an excellent job of it. Highly recommend!
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Steven S.

Boston, MA 02115
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About Eddie B.

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Needham Heights, MA
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About Eddie
I am a Grumbacher Art Certified Instructor. I am an experienced and accomplished artist; I specialize in encouraging students to explore their own creative style while also learning basic painting, drawing, and sculpting techniques.

For children ages 4-11, I aim to focus on strengths, while building new skills. Drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, and printing are areas for exploration and growth. For older children and teens, I aim to focus on developing one's own style with continued exploration of art technique. I also have experience teaching painting an drawing to adults, inspiring them to discover their passion for art! I am flexible with my time and often give assignments or projects to work on after each session.

I have had many Solo, Group, and Invitational Exhibitions at several prestigious locations. I look forward to h
earing from you and helping you or your children achieve creative success, strengthen existing talent, and develop new artistic skills!
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Kimaya October 3, 2017
· Drawing · In home
Kimaya's first class went great! Eddie was very calm and knowledgeable and my dughter loved him
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Eddie B.

Eddie B.

Needham Heights, MA 02494
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$95 / 60-min

About Jeff K.

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Malden, MA

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I'm a graduate of Dean College in Franklin, MA and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where I majored in art history and studio art with a focus on portrait painting and illustration. I continued further study at the Andeeva Portrait Academy in Sante Fe New Mexico, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys, CA and the Sadie Valerie Atelier in San Francisco.

The program of study for drawing will include: Demonstration of one, two and three point perspective, creating the nine step value scale, cast drawing in charcoal, the still life in charcoal and drawing the portrait. The topic of composition will also be covered. I’ve done commissioned work for Audi, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the American Repertory Theater, the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Kessler Financial Ser
vices, Harvard Business School Publishing, Shilo Baptist Church, the Chelsea Soldiers Home and others. Samples of my work are available to view in my profile. Additional samples are available upon request.
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Jeff K.

Jeff K.

Malden, MA 02148
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$50 / 60-min

About Elissa H.

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West Roxbury, MA

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About Elissa
I am a preschool, elementary, and middle school art teacher and an accomplished artist. I have experience teaching ages 3 to 50 explore their own creativity while learning painting and drawing.

I believe every individual no matter the age, experience, or inherent ability can learn to draw and paint! I can teach any artistic style, whether it be portraiture, wildlife, landscapes, anime, abstract, or mixed media.

Lessons are structured by meeting a student’s goal while building a strong foundation in the medium of preference and familiarizing one’s self with the elements of art, principle of design, and the color theory.

Students will have simple step-by-step instructions that break an image down into basic lines, shapes, and layers coupled with visual examples. You will have a project during our in-person or online sessions togeth
er followed by an assignment or goal to achieve before our next session. Children will focus on solidifying their artistic strengths while learning artistic techniques in every aspect of art. Young adults will strengthen their art portfolio with visual art tools and adults will rekindle their passion for art by revisiting the foundations of art.

I look forward to unlocking your or your child’s creative potential and strengthening existing talent with artistic techniques!

Lessons are offered in-person at my studio just outside of Boston or online. I look forward to hearing from you!

*Caution: If you or your child has cat allergies, I own a cat. Depending on the severity of your allergies, I am flexible to confining the cat to one room during our in-person lesson.
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Kelsey R. December 15, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
My daughter had her first drawing lesson today. Elissa was great - she was very kind and patient. In a quick half hour, she was able to draw a hand, with lots of detail and shading and taught her all about drawing pencils. We will be back!
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Adrienne September 4, 2017
· Painting · In studio
I've observed Elissa teaching and she is wonderfully compassionate, patient, and warm with children. She's also incredibly passionate and talented about art and has an excellent way of helping children unlock their creative potential. Her teaching style is loving while balanced with great expectations. She is very professional and as an educator and parent myself, I wholeheartedly recommend her.
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Amy September 4, 2017
· Painting · In home
Working with Elissa is an opportunity that should not be missed. Elissa is an incredibly talented artist and compassionate teacher. Her experience in the arts and personal journey is inspiring. If you decide to take lessons with Elissa, you will not only have a teacher, but a dedicated mentor and friend.
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Elissa H.

Elissa H.

West Roxbury, MA 02132
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About Eli P.

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Cambridge, MA
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About Eli
I am a professional artist, specializing in pen and ink landscape drawings and illustrations. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in studio art, concentration in drawing in 2014.

I've since moved back to the Boston area, where I'm from originally, and have shown and hung my drawings in many different venues around the city. I've taught workshops at Northeastern University, the Brookline Library and the Newton Library, and led classes to elementary school kids, teens and adults. With kids I often teach comic book art, and for teens and adults, we go more fine, teaching basic drawing techniques. Students can expect to learn how to use different drawing tools like charcoal, ink, pencil, conte crayon, etc...

Students will also learn composition, perspective, and different ways to create dynamic and visually appealing images. light an
d shadow, shading, creating and fleshing out various objects and forms, and more!

Lessons can be tailored to the interests of the student! If there's an area you are keen to focus on or improve, i'm happy to address and focus on it with you.
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Eli P.

Eli P.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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$34 / 30-min

About Eoin V.

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Gloucester, MA
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About Eoin
I am a longtime photographer that has never stopped learning and enjoys teaching and mentoring others. I am an event and portrait photographer who resides on Cape Ann (North of Boston).

My work appears in many publications worldwide, and my fine art photography is internationally collected and is a part of the Peabody Essex Museum collection.

My goal is to make you feel comfortable behind the camera or editing your photos.
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Eoin V.

Eoin V.

Gloucester, MA 01930
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$70 / 30-min

About Penghuan G.

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Boston, MA

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About Penghuan
I'm a graduate of Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where I majored in studio art with a focus on drawing, Painting, animation, and printmaking.

I've taught students who want to go to art college before in Hebei and NY, the program included still life and portraits with many different materials, fun compositions of painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. portfolio creation and interest development. It also includes perspective drawing skill training, etc.

Students will learn how to create dynamic and appealing images with different tools: charcoals, pencils, pastels, etc. I will show you how to use color contraction and light, shadows to create the effect you want.

classes' contents could fit for students' personal interests. I would love to address and focus on it wit
h you!
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Mia October 5, 2017
· Drawing · In home
She is the best painting teacher I have ever met. I enjoy study art with her. She is good at communicating with me and know exactly how to inspire me. She also provides me some theories support. Because of her, I started interested in art history. Sometimes we had class in Museum, such as Museum of Fine Arts and Garden Museum. I start to recognize that art can shape our life and really be changing my life. Glade know Penghuan and highly recommended her to you!
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Penghuan G.

Boston, MA 02215
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$44 / 45-min

About Christopher B.

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Jersey City, NJ

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About Christopher
I am a professional designer and researcher who has successfully taught students of all experience levels in a range of subjects including architecture, college-application essays, design software, English, and math. I graduated from Columbia, and I am passionate about helping others learn.

My strengths include working with students to visualize and achieve their goals, discovering areas for improvement, and, most importantly, getting results. My students have gone from zero knowledge in architecture and design software to full literacy. My students have increased English and math scores both in the classroom and on exams. Finally, with my coaching, students have written college application essays that earned them a place at prestigious institutions such as Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard, among others.

I live in the New York City
area and enjoy working with both in-person and online students.
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Kim November 19, 2017
· Architecture · In studio
My daughter wants to study architecture and loves learning design programs from Chris!
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Carmen November 19, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher is very friendly and knowledgeable. I'm new to Photoshop, but our lessons help me learn more and more each time we meet. Highly recommend this instructor!
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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

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About Farzaneh S.

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Walpole, MA

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About Farzaneh
My name is Farzaneh Safarani, I am an Iranian professional artist living and working in MA. I got my master degree in Studio Arts from Northeastern university a joint program to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
I have been working in the field of painting and drawing for many years and I have shown my works in various galleries and museums in US, Iran, London and china.
I have taught drawing and painting at NEU, Lesley university and Hastings school Lextended day program in lexington.

I am able to teach in English and Persian language.
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Farzaneh S.

Farzaneh S.

Walpole, MA 02081
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$84 / 60-min

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