David Lavis

David L.

Washington, DC
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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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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2017

Reviews (22)

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Melissa Nov 14, 2019

Im learning about advanced stuff and it first semed to be scary but he helped me

Melissa Nov 7, 2019

I really love these classes he even lets me talk about crazy stuff like myths

Melissa Oct 30, 2019

I am so exited for every lessen im learning so much and it really helps

Melissa Oct 17, 2019

i rreeaallyy like take these clsses becaus im learning how to draw my favoroute thigs

Melissa Oct 1, 2019

i been learning evrything and even my favoroute things (i dont know if i spelled favoroute right)

Melissa Sep 26, 2019
Drawing · Online

i hope hes always here to teach me because i learn so much, I get to try new things and so much more

Melissa Sep 17, 2019
Drawing · Online

awww THIS IS AMAZING i learn so much and i inprove

Melissa Sep 10, 2019
Drawing · Online

i hope that i'll never stop taking these lessen's thare the best and each time i learn new and inspireing ways and things

Melissa Aug 27, 2019
Drawing · Online

i learned how to make one of my favorite cherecters and hes GREAT OwO

Melissa Aug 20, 2019
Drawing · Online

i cant wait for my next lessing i,v already learned shading and every thing

Melissa Aug 14, 2019
Drawing · Online

hes magic that all i have to say

Melissa Aug 7, 2019
Drawing · Online

i wish i will always have him to teach me

Melissa Jul 31, 2019
Drawing · Online

this is just so amazing i cant wait for next time :D

Melissa Jul 23, 2019
Drawing · Online

this is just-- THE BEST im honestly speechless just thank you David

Melissa Jul 10, 2019
Drawing · Online

i have learned so much and still am

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!

Lesson Details


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.



BA Studio Art
Aug 2009 - May 2013

Wake Forest University

BA Psychology
Aug 2009 - May 2013

Wake Forest University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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