Belinda Cortez

Belinda C.

Riverside, CA
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Acrylic Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Whether you are wanting to learn how to paint using acrylic paints because it is something you have always wanted to learn or you are looking to learn new techniques, I am here to guide you! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be painting in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of color theory, drawing techniques, hand sight coordination techniques, and more. I have been painting for over fifthteen years in a variety of scales including large murals to small canvases. I am as eager to share basic to advance techniques as you are to learn. Self expression and painting techniques are a tool nobody can take from you once you have learned and embraced the art of painting. I have a degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and have taught 2nd grade students and adults as well. Let's get painting!

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Belinda teaches



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

Teaching since:

I am a professional working artist and I am also a site coordinator for an Expanded Learning program here in Riverside. I obtained a degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley where I specialized in multimedia installations that included large scale paintings, sculptures, and original music/audio. Due to the versatility in my own work from large to very small scale paintings I have acquired techniques and skills for every scale in between.
I am a strong believer in self expression and visual literacy which gets stronger with the formulation of concepts one builds through inspiration for each painting. I enjoy teaching and learning what my students' interests are and what motivates them. I can help you learn specific skills for abstract paintings to detailed portraits.
Through research I have also learned that individuals benefit greatly from creative freedom thus performing better in other academic subjects, learning healthy ways of expression, and mentally feel fulfilled through the therapeutic effects of painting.
If you are looking to work with someone who loves what they do, who is patient, motivational, and can teach you basic to advanced skills in painting, drawing, music, and Spanish send me a message and we can begin your learning journey!

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Expanded Learning Program Site Facilitator
Aug 2018 - Present
Alvord Unified School District

Expanded learning after school programs offer tutoring during homework hour and enrichment activities after school. As a site facilitator I plan curriculum and oversee the program’s instructors and students in the program at a middle school. I also work with the school community at large including parents, teachers, and administrators to offer our students support and safety. Enrichment activities currently include arts and crafts, dance, music, skateboarding, sports, robotics, video game design, and lap top research hour.

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Nov 2017 - Aug 2018
Creative Brain

-Piano and arts instructor of students k-12 in an after school program setting in Riverside county.
-Learning facilitator for classes of 8-20 students.
-Building community with students, parents, and teachers.

Student Art Teacher
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
Bridging the Arts

-As a student art teacher I created arts curriculum according to the California State Standards for Visual Arts Education.
-Created lesson plans and taught 2nd grade classes at an elementary school in Richmond, CA.
- Taught in two languages (english and spanish) to facilitate learning for ESL students as needed.

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B.A. in Art Practice
Aug 2015 - Jun 2017
UC Berkeley
Studio Art
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
Fresno Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certificate of Achievement in 2D and 3D Art
May 2015
Fresno City College


New Genres
May 2017
Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley
Eisner Award
May 2017
UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice
Dean's Medallion
May 2015
Visual and Performing Arts Department at Fresno City College


Golden Key International Honor Society
May 2017

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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Phi Theta Kappa
Sep 2014

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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National Honors Society
May 2006

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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Photos & Videos

"Portrait of Lorie",  2017
acrylic on canvas
9 X 14

"It Takes Strength...", 2018
acrylic on canvas
10 X 8

"Welcome Home", 2018
acrylic on canvas
10 X 8

"Dreaming Energy",  2014
acrylic on canvas
36 X 36

"Smooches", 2013
acrylic on canvas
14 X 9

Schnauzer, 2018
Ink pen on paper

“Eres Un Nopal series” 2018
Acrylic on canvas

”I am a Turtle”, 2018 
Acrylic on canvas
10 X 8

Nopalitxs, 2019
Watercolor on paper


2 Reviews

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jaymin Aug 15, 2018
Piano · In home

She was wonderful

Yun-Yun Jul 29, 2018
Drawing · In home

The first lesson went very well with my daughter. Belinda was methodical in her teaching and approached the lesson with my daughter’s interest in mind. During the lesson, Belinda was able to actively engage my daughter the whole time, and more importantly, her teaching revived my daughter’s interest in drawing. She has already devised future plans to have my daughter practice sketching noses, eyes, and ears so that my daughter may draw the human face later with more realistic details.

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