Adam McGalliard

Adam M.

Jacksonville, FL

Lesson Details



Adam delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2000

I am contemporary realist painter and I have just recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida. I received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan. For four years I worked as a painter and sculptor for world-renowned artist Jeff Koons. I have taught painting as an Adjunct Painting Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York and South Piedmont Community College. I have also worked as a Post Graduate Teaching Assistant at the New York Academy of Art.

I aim to achieve two goals in my teaching. First, I want to help students understand how to "see" rather than look. Being able to break down shapes, light and shadow in the visual field is really important. Furthermore, I aim to help students understand how to work with their desired medium. Whether a student wishes to use oil paints, acrylic paints, charcoal or any number of mediums, it is important to understand the best way to utilize each medium. With these two goals in mind, I customize and individualize lessons for students of all ages and levels.

I've been teaching painting for 15 years. I work with my students to customize lessons to their individual needs. Working with specific goals, I can help students achieve whatever level of painting or drawing they wish to achieve. I have taught lessons with students of all ages and all levels. I teach the importance of understanding composition, light and shadow. Together, we can work on realism, abstraction, figurative, landscape or anything you desire!

I would love to help you achieve your artistic goals. Please contact me with any questions you have!

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Visual Art Adjunct Professor
Feb 2015 - Aug 2015
South Piedmont Community College

Teaching Artist
Apr 2014 - Aug 2015
Arts and Science Council

Painting Instructor
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015
Cornelius Art Center

Teaching Artist
Nov 2013 - Oct 2014
Harvey B. Gantt Center

Painting Instructor
Feb 2014 - Aug 2014
Davidson Parks and Recreation

Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
Nov 2011 - May 2012
New York Academy of Art

Adjunct Painting Professor
Aug 2008 - Dec 2008
Brooklyn College

Adjunct Painting Professor
Jun 2006 - Aug 2008
City University of New York in the Heights

Faculty Member
Aug 2000 - Jun 2002
Sawtooth Center for Visual Art


Master of Fine Arts in Painting
Sep 2002 - Sep 2003
New York Academy of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
May 1996 - Aug 2000
University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Master of Fine Arts in Painting
Sep 2003
New York Academy of Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts
May 2000
University of North Carolina Greensboro


Residency Fellowship
Jan 2014
Cube NoDa
Artist in Residence
Apr 2012
One-Sided Story, Leipzig, Germany
Ist Prize
Jun 2010
Pelham Art Center, “Birthday”
2nd Prize
Jul 2004
National Underground Railroad Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University
Scholarship for Study
Sep 2003
New York Academy of Art
1st Place
Aug 2000
Coraddi Fine Art Competition, Volume 105, Issue no. 2,
Mrytle Reeves Scholarship
May 1999
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1st Place
Mar 1999
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, 1999 Summer Select

Photos & Videos

Acrylic Painting - Armstrong House

Oil Portrait - Allison

Oil Portrait - Antonia

Oil Painting - Revelation

Oil Landscape - Tybee Island Marsh

Acrylic Abstract - #20 The Wind Blows Over the Earth
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7 Reviews

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Marci P. Apr 21, 2017
Oil Painting · Online

Adam is very good at building immediate rapport. He quickly assessed where I am in my journey to learn oil painting and was able to walk along side me leading the way. I felt comfortable to ask questions or make comments. I've already learned so much just in my first lesson.

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Manuel A. May 22, 2016
Drawing · Online

Very calm, gives much detail. Look forward to future lessons.

Gregg R. Apr 16, 2016
Drawing · Online

Adam was very knowledgable and we enjoyed the lessons!

Joanna M. Mar 21, 2016
Acrylic Painting · Online

I learned so much in my first, I can't wait to see what's to come great teacher!

Kimberley M. Feb 24, 2016
Acrylic Painting · Online

Adam is very patient, knowledgeable and explains things in a way I can easily understand. I'm excited to continue to work with him.

Shanker N. Jan 24, 2016
Oil Painting · Online

Excellent teacher. For someone like me with a non-arts background(I'm an engineer), I feel Adam provides a solid foundation which I feel you only get with structured training in an art school. With Adam's training and work experience in prestigious institutions/establishments, you get a lot of that knowledge just by talking to him. I have watched dozens of videos on you tube on "how to" paint a landscape or portrait", but I'm learning solid basics and concepts from Adam which takes care of my foundation.

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Jenny W. Oct 3, 2015
Painting · In studio

Adam is, hands-down, the best painter I've ever met! He taught me more about painting than my professors in college. He doesn't just teach you composition, light and form; but he also teaches you how to USE the paint. It sounds like a no-brainer, but learning how paint works and the best way to apply it is golden information that other painting instructors seem to leave out. Adam can look at your art and tell you exactly where to make improvements. He does so easily, quickly and with patience and compassion. I highly recommend hiring Adam as an instructor!

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