David Lavis

David L.

Washington, DC
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Lesson Details

Oil Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Painting is a great creative outlet for people to spend time relaxing and make something beautiful that brings you pride and joy. Anyone can paint! All it takes is time and a willingness to make mistakes and learn from them. I’ve been painting for 8 years and teaching for 1. I welcome all students who are interested in picking up painting as new hobby or returning after a long time away. We’ll build out your painting techniques and color theory so you can paint from real life or something abstract.
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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2017

I have a bachelors degree in printmaking and oil painting and spent some time in Florence, Italy studying painting and drawing by studying the High Renaissance masters. Currently I draw and paint in my spare time. I love teaching art as a way to connect with other artist and creative people who like talking about and creating art.

Through introducing or reviewing the fundamental principles in art and applying those to the lessons and exercises I assign for after class hours, you’ll see yourself improve week after week and gain more confidence in your artistic ability. I create a custom syllabus for you to review and work in things you’d like to try, certain mediums or subject matter to make it more appealing to you.

Making art should be fun and restorative! I’m very flexible in meeting your needs and speed at which you want to learn.

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BA Studio Art
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Wake Forest University
BA Psychology
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Wake Forest University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Getting zen in Thailand.

Painting by one of my beginner painting students learning how to color block and paint wet on wet with heavy paint. (Acrylic on canvas)

Study of tree in ink. For my more advance students, we incorporate drawing from real life in my lessons to hone draftsmanship and realism.
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7 Reviews

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Melissa Jun 2, 2019
Drawing · Online


Nigel Jun 20, 2018
Drawing · In studio

The third lesson was pretty helpful. His approach towards drawing is different than what I am used to, but also very beneficial.

Nigel Jun 20, 2018
Drawing · In studio

David did a good job breaking down how to draw a candle using the grid method. The concept he taught me is really easy to apply and helped me complete my first assignment. He is a good instructor.

Carol L. May 16, 2018
Drawing · Online

Easy to follow. Great visual aids. Looking forward to next lesson.

Scott Apr 30, 2018
Painting · In home

I've been taking private lessons from David Lavis for six months to better my technique in portrait art. David is a great instructor who takes the time to ensure I've embraced the concepts and that I can demonstrate my understanding on the canvas. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone wanting to better their skills.

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Brian Apr 29, 2018
Abstract Painting · In studio

I always wanted to explore my interest in painting but as a complete amateur was nervous about actually getting started. Dave was a fantastic instructor: patient, funny, and gave me the tools and confidence I needed to finally start doing what I love. Highly recommend.

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Malachi Rosenberg Apr 29, 2018
Drawing · In studio

Awesome and enthusiastic instructor who comes highly recommended! David helped me reach my goals and was well worth the money!

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