Deron Cohen
San Diego, CA
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Deron Cohen

Deron C.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn how to render what you want to illustrate. Draw what you see.

About Deron C.

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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16 Reviews
Amanda G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Deron helped me simplify my technique so painting will be enjoyable and I will be so much better at it! I am thrilled

Posted May 31, 2021
Kai C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Deron was wonderful to work with and very communicative. My son enjoyed his art lesson.

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Strong recommendation for Deron. I had a 2 hr lesson where I had specific things I wanted to do and learn, and he delivered. Very flexible in the lesson, and great instruction!

Posted Sep 17, 2020
Sierra W.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Deron is wonderful with my 7 year old granddaughter. Her parents are in the process of divorcing and she is having a hard time with it emotionally. Deron is patient and kind and allows her to direct the lesson with his guidance. She loves drawing and she really looks forward to her her lesson time with Deron.

Posted Feb 29, 2020
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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. :)

Posted Feb 2, 2019
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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!

Posted Oct 29, 2018
Luke K.
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patient, bringing up constructive suggestions

Posted Aug 8, 2018
Efat S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Aaaaaaamazing so far soooo good . 👍🏾

Posted Jun 21, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Anne C.
Profile-location-online 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 !!!

Posted Feb 25, 2017
Angela H.
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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!

Posted Dec 23, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

Great instructor!!

Posted Oct 11, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Sep 24, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Elizabeth B.
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Wonderful lesson... my daughter loved it!

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Erin A.
Profile-location-online 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.

Posted Nov 11, 2015

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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

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




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