Deron Cohen

Deron C.

San Diego, CA
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Deron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2003

I am a San Diego native and have shown my paintings extensively throughout San Diego. It wasn't until several years after I graduated from UCLA in 1994 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, that I really tried to show my work in galleries. Most recently, my work has been in shows at Project X Gallery, The Museum of the Living Artist, The San Diego Art Department, Sanctuary Gallery, Limbo Fine Arts, and Sushi Gallery. I have just started to show in other cities, most recently at the Rialto Theater in Corpus Christi, Texas and The Nico Gallery in Seattle, Washington.

Along with my painting career, I have created children’s book and magazine illustrations, done graphic design work, and taught others how to express themselves creatively through art. I have been creating curricula for children’s art programs and teaching them. I also have been teaching adults how to paint at the San Diego Art Department for the past 10 years and, in the past two years, with Painting &Vino.

Through my decade of teaching painting, I have honed a teaching style that encourages students to balance creativity and imagination with technique and skill. I strive to help students discover a process in which they are able to express themselves creatively while also teaching paint application techniques, color theory and the Elements and Principles of design. I am often in front of 50+ people at a time presenting my painting techniques within a limited amount of time.

I look forward to coaching you whether you're someone who hasn't painted since you were a kid or you're a seasoned painter who just needs a little help, encouragement or direction.

*** Lesson Details ***
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
-Color theory
-The Elements & Principles of Design and how to use them
-The Creative Process
-Creating a Composition When You Don't Know What to Paint
-Creating a Painting Using a Photo as a Reference
-Oil vs. Acrylic Paints
-Advice for Artists with Works-In-Process

I am happy to teach a student anything s/he wants to explore within the realm of painting.

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Art Teacher
Dec 2013 - Present
Pacific Academy Middle and Highschool

Teach high school and middle school students how to express themselves creatively through the visual arts focusing primarily on painting and drawing. Create and design my own curriculum.

Art Instructor
Mar 2012 - Present
Painting & Vino

Teach a group of adults (from 25 - 55 people) how to create a specific painting in a 3 hour class.

Art Instructor
Oct 2003 - Present
San Diego Art Department

Teach adults painting and its relationship to color theory, the elements and principles of design, and how to develop one’s own personal method for deciding what and how to paint. Created the curriculum for and taught a youth art summer program to children ages 6 to 14

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Art Teacher
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts and Sciences

Created curriculum for elementary school art enrichment programs and then implemented that curriculum with children K through 6.


Bachelor of Fine Art
Sep 1990 - Jun 1994


Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Another recent watercolor

Recent watercolor painting

This is a little taste of what I do. It is from a Hang W/ Livestream. Find more at Follow me on twitter @DeronCohen.
Photo by Deron C.

Photo by Deron C.

Photo by Deron C.

Photo by Deron C.

Photo by Deron C.

Photo by Deron C.
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12 Reviews

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Zaki Feb 2, 2019
Illustration · Online

Deron is an absolute joy to work with. My dude ran off immediately after the lesson to draw some more. Now that's a positive review. :)

Nancy Oct 29, 2018
Painting · In studio

It was great! Deron had me pick out a subject and send him the image ahead of time. He had it printed out and ready to go when I got there, along with the paint colors, brushes and everything. Very impressed with his organization. He went at just the right speed for me and we actually made good progress. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!

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Luke K. Aug 8, 2018
Drawing · In studio

patient, bringing up constructive suggestions

Efat S. Jun 21, 2018
Oil Painting · In home

Aaaaaaamazing so far soooo good . 👍🏾

Destiny Apr 25, 2017
Drawing · Online

Deron has been flexible with our schedule. Our daughter (13yr) enjoys taking class with him.

Anne C. Feb 25, 2017
Painting · Online

Deron is very patient. He teaches me different techniques from start of painting, to finishing touches. He is knowledgeable and can convey them clearly. He makes
the painting session fun and I like the interaction with him. Great teacher !!!

Angela H. Dec 23, 2016
Drawing · In studio

While Deron is extremely knowledgeable. ...drawing / sketching is new and I felt that too much was given to me as a beginner in such a short (two hours) span of time. I'm sure after a few more lessons I'll feel more adequate for the task!

Debra Oct 11, 2016
Watercolor Painting · Online

Great instructor!!

Debra Sep 24, 2016
Watercolor Painting · Online

Deron is a great instructor. He is very inspiring and he's patient. I recommend him highly!

Heidi Feb 11, 2016
Drawing · In home

I really am enjoying my art lessons with Deron. Drawing is something I've wanted to learn for years. Deron is personable, patient, and quite knowledgable in this realm. He's a talented artist! I feel like I gain new insights after every lesson.

Elizabeth B. Jan 24, 2016
Watercolor Painting · Online

Wonderful lesson... my daughter loved it!

Erin A. Nov 11, 2015
Watercolor Painting · Online

Deron does an amazing job he has been working with my 7yr old daughter and I couldn't be happier with her progress. The lessons are fun and she really enjoys them.

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