Cody Wheelock
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Cody Wheelock

Cody W.

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As a professional artist and educator I will help you take your work to the next level! I specialize in teaching classical oil painting methods, including both the "alla prima" direct technique as well as the more academic indirect method. No matter whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience, we'll customize a structured plan to help you reach your goals. Take a look at examples of my work and student work on my profile and let's get started today!

About Cody W.

Greetings! I am a professional artist and certified instructor with 10 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also hold a masters degree in art education from Boston University. After teaching for eight years in both public and private institutions I now teach privately and work on commissioned projects for clients via my studio, in Missouri (just outside Kansas City).

I teach both drawing and oil painting using a classical method inspired by the famed 19th century European academies. I will take time to discuss your goals and set up a personalized plan designed to take your work to the next level. The key to improvement is clear communication, constructive feedback and the proper sequencing of lessons/assignments. My students of all ages and experience levels have seen dramatic improvement in their work as they begin to understand and incorporate the principles that we discuss.

As far as my own studio work, I enjoy drawing/painting all subjects - specifically figurative/portrait work and landscapes. I stay busy with commissioned projects for both private and corporate clients as well as completing work for exhibitions and both regional/national competitions. I have been blessed to have received numerous awards for my work, including a "Best of Show" at the MVIS National Juried Exhibition, being featured in the Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, purchase awards, multiple awards at plein air competitions, and several others.

Having been simultaneously a professional educator and professional artist allows me to bring a unique perspective to my students. Please take a moment to view mine and my students' work; I hope we can set up a time soon to discuss your goals and begin a fun artistic journey!


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Nov 2019 - Present

Fine Art

A private art instruction studio focusing on classical drawing and oil painting techniques in the Kansas City metro.

Professional Artist
Jan 2008 - Present

Fine Art

Classically trained artist executing commissioned work for both private and corporate clients, exhibitions, and regional/national competitions.

Art Instructor
Aug 2015 - May 2019

Brownell Talbot Schools

Led the visual art program at Brownell Talbot, a private college preparatory school in Omaha, Nebraska. Involved in instruction, curriculum development, relationship building, and much more.

Art Instructor
Aug 2010 - May 2015

Fremont Public Schools

Art instructor and Co-Department Chair at Fremont High School.


MA, Art Education
Aug 2010 - Aug 2013

Boston University

BS, Art Education
Aug 2007 - Dec 2010

University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Missouri Teacher Certification
Oct 2020

Missouri Dept. of Education

Nebraska Teacher Certification
Dec 2010

Nebraska Dept. of Education


Best of Show, MVIS National Juried Exhibition
Aug 2016

Missour Valley Impressionist Society

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