Portland Visual Arts Lessons

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Average Cost of Visual Arts Lessons in Portland, OR

The average cost of 60-minute visual arts lessons in Portland 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 $85 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$38 average
$45
45-min $45
 
$52 average
$65
60-min $50
 
$68 average
$85

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 45% less at $38.

Curious how much visual arts lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best visual arts teachers near Portland.

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Popular Visual Arts Teachers near Portland

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About Dovile R.

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Villa Park, IL
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About Dovile
I began teaching while studying in Art Institute. My first students were 5 to 7 yr. old kids. It was very challenging, but also very rewarding. I was teaching them skills, they were teaching me patience. Later the age of my students grew, until I ended up teaching the same students I was in the same classes just 6 months ago. Again another challenge. I love challenges and even more I love helping others to overcome them.
My philosophy about teaching is that everybody can learn, it is only the way how we learn is different for different people. Another very important thing - I strive to be creative, respectful and approachable.
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Eyani G. September 15, 2017
· Sewing · In home
She's has many years of experience and also patient. I'm a beginner and she takes her time while teaching me.
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Alexa March 2, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Dovile is so great!
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Janet February 15, 2017
· Sewing · In home
My daughter enjoyed her sewing lesson with Dovile.
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Dovile R.

Dovile R.

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$20 / 30-min

About Joy S.

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Lansdowne, PA
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About Joy
I am a graduate of UC San Diego (bachelor of arts, sociology) and UCLA (master of public policy). As a child of immigrant parents, I value diversity and love learning languages. I read, write and speak Spanish fluently, and have intermediate command of both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in reading, writing, and speech.

Photography has been one of my main areas of focus for over ten years. I am trained in both film and digital formats and specialize in demystifying the DSLR so that you gain a good understanding of manual settings and how to use each to improve your photos.

Caring, compassion, and understanding are essential for learning and I strive to do my best in these areas.
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Nancy November 15, 2017
· Photography · Online
Joy is lovely and has been very flexible with my schedule. You can tell she loves photography and enjoys teaching. If I was more of an online learner I would have rated the session a 5. I am now realizing I am more of a hands on person it is personally challenging for me to learn using this method. In an ideal world we would be learning by shooting in real time.
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Anne October 30, 2017
· Photography · In home
Joy was very helpful and patient. She answered my questions in a very understandable and clear way. I look forward to future lessons with her.
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Rachel September 30, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
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Joy S.

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$20 / 30-min

About Paul L.

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Portland, OR
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About Paul
While attending the University of Southern California, where I received my M.F.A., I worked as a writing tutor in the USC Writing Center and also taught Classical Greek Mythology. After graduation, I taught Verbal, Writing and Literature SAT classes and worked as a private tutor in a variety of subjects.

I later taught for five years at the New York Film Academy in Universal City, CA, where I taught a variety of Critical Studies classes to various levels of students, some in certificate programs and others working towards their M.F.A.

As a former English and Spanish double major, I have always enjoyed teaching at various levels. Most of my other work these days involves the writing and editing of short stories, screenplays and novels.

You’ll find that I have the education, background and experience to be an excellent instruct
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Nicolette M. September 30, 2014
· Film Studies · In studio
Paul was my favorite teacher at the New York Film Academy.
Unlike most of the teachers, Mr. Paul put a lot of effort and creativity into planning his classes, which made them both stimulating and fun for us.
I also loved the fact that Mr. Paul always respected our opinions, and never made us feel stupid when we didn’t understand something. He was always very encouraging and willing to keep explaining until we got it.

I highly recommend him to anyone interested in extra lessons. He is definitely worth it!
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Paul L.

Portland, OR 97210
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About Sondra S.

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West Linn, OR
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About Sondra
Hello future student :) My name is Sondra and I would love to help you achieve your painting goals. I have a wide range of skills, from abstraction to realism and many hues in between. I received my Bachelor's in Fine Arts from The Oregon College of Art and Craft, a school that gave me background in modern, conceptual art. I also learned and revered techniques from the old Masters, such as Rembrandt, who have a classic, timeless perspective on painting. I've heard it said that it takes 10,000 hours to become a pro, which is why I give my students a painting assignment from our very first lesson. I will get you started wherever you are in your level of experience. I'll help you learn to paint what you're looking at as well as develop your own sense of style when painting expressively. I have a great eye for color and mixing and my students
have felt this was a particular advantage of learning from me. I'd love to meet you and help you on your painting journey. So sign up with me today!
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Deborah December 7, 2017
· Oil Painting · Online
Sondra was very kind and encouraging, but she also gave me helpful, honest feedback that will motivate me to keep trying to improve my skills.
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Jojo October 22, 2017
· Drawing · Online
Sondra was well prepared and provided Jojo with technique instruction and drills to work on. Jojo is eager to continue her lessons.
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Amy S. August 15, 2017
· Acrylic Painting · Online
It was a very good class for a beginner.
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Sondra S.

Sondra S.

West Linn, OR 97068
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About Jonny H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Jonny
I know how hard it is to find meaningful drawing and painting instruction that gives positive results, and that's why I'm so passionate about helping other people develop their natural talent and achieve their potential. I will help you train your eye, as well as your mind and your hand, so that you have to ability to create whatever it is that you wish to create. Whether you want to develop a portfolio to help you get into a school or get hired for a certain job, or you've already been to school but were unhappy with the education you received, you just want to tighten up your skills, or you just want to try something new, I look forward to working together to help you achieve your goals.

I have a Master's degree in painting, but I specialize in both drawing and painting. I've been trained in both academic realism and contemporary ill
ustrative techniques, and everything in between.
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Jonny H.

Online
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About Sandra E.

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Redmond, WA
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If you just want to learn software programs, go elsewhere. But if you want to learn to SEE and become a true photographer, Sandra is the person to work with. Although software is certainly part of the discussion, software and cameras don't make pictures – you, your eye, and your experience are what make your pictures different and interesting.

And every person's path toward becoming a better photographer is unique. Sandra has helped hundreds and hundreds of professional (and amateur) photographers significantly improve their photography and their enjoyment of it. Working with her, results are quick.

You will get far more out each session with Sandra than from a dozen sessions with others and you will learn more about yourself and your potential. Just bring your questions and we start from where you are.

Sandra is an internation
ally respected picture editor and designer with unique experience that runs from contributions to scores of visual books and White House staff service to work on major newspapers, and the Associated Press. She was instrumental in creation of the original ground-breaking news site MSNBC as well as spearheading creation of the Defense Department's public web program. She has taught at three universities and at workshops all over the U.S. But Sandra is still easy to talk to and interested in YOUR concerns and pictures.

Sandra's key skill may be her ability to articulate visual concepts and issues, to find and convey the underlying currents and needs in a photographers work and then help him/her find the personal, unique route to reaching his/her potential.

Always fully honest, Sandra is also fully supportive of helping any photographer, from beginner to seasoned professional, become better, see more, and understand their own work on new levels.

Sandra can certainly help with technical matters but her special forte is in helping photographers and designers see in new ways. She has worked with documentary, landscape, fine art, portrait and other photographers as well as designers and web site builders.

Group sessions can also be arranged on request for additional fees.
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Sandra E.

Sandra E.

Online
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$110 / 30-min

About Seth B.

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Venice, CA

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Filmmaker and photographer here. Will teach you DIY tricks no one else knows.
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Seth B.

Online
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$60 / 30-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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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.

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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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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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Parul November 16, 2017
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My daughter started this class in kindergarten n now she is in grade 4th, she learnt a lot about Arts n Sketching. She loves the class and her teacher too.
Miss Maggie is so professional and an excellent teacher, one thing I love about her that she always explores and introduces new form of Arts in the class and give the students chances to try that out.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
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Anubha November 10, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Excellent teacher
Very professional, very dedicated & expert knowledge in her field
We feel lucky to send our daughter to her class
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Margarita M.

Margarita M.

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About Aqeel A.

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Portland, OR
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About Aqeel
My Name is Aqeel Almousawi

A father of 4.

I am a Junior Electrical Engineering student at Portland State University.

Engineering is my career interest, but Arabic calligraphy is my passion.

I have got 2 more years in the state so I want to use this time to introduce this art to people who are interested.
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Aqeel A.

Aqeel A.

Portland, OR 97201
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$25 / 30-min

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