Kathy Sirico
Brooklyn, NY
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Kathy Sirico

Kathy S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I specialize in color theory, from beginner, all the way to advanced. I will tailor your lessons to whatever you want to learn about art theory, while providing you with art historical and practical application.

About Kathy S.

I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist and art educator in New York!

I received my Masters of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute and my Bachelors degree at Skidmore College. I make painting and textile-based 3D installations and have shown widely in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. I was a past artist in residence at Mass MoCA, the Vermont Studio Center, Recology, and the Lucid Art Foundation. I’m passionate about arts education, interdisciplinary thinking, art history, ecological stewardship, and color theory. I love teaching art!

I’ve taught a variety of ages and skill levels and care about each student as an individual artist and human being. I design individualized lesson plans for each student with creative, engaging assignments that focus on technical skill, personal expression, and fun. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists.

I have lots of experience working with teens and kids of all ages. I enjoy helping my little students learn, so if you're a parent or guardian who just wants your child to have fun with art and explore their own creative ideas, I'm the teacher for you!

I’m passionate about art history and color theory. In our lessons, not only will you learn how to draw and paint, you will also learn the cultural history around the subject. I will show you historical and contemporary examples of artwork that fit thematically with our lessons. We will have engaging conversations about art while we draw and paint.

My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals. Rather than enforcing strict rules, I focus on letting my students explore their creativity, build confidence, and work towards developing their own ideas.

Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to music, and playing with my cat!

Have a question? Don't be shy, send me a message and let's get started! Due to Covid restrictions, I currently teach online through the Take Lessons online teaching platform.
My current schedule allows classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, with some flexibility for special events. Please send me a message before you sign up to make sure that our schedules work together.

I can't wait to meet you!


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37 Reviews
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Kathy is great, she gave feedback on three of my paintings, we discussed what worked well and where I can improve as well as suggestions and examples of others works that are aligned with my style.

Posted May 19, 2021
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I just want to stay with you!🥰

Posted May 18, 2021
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I loooooove art!

Posted May 11, 2021
Michael A.
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yay! we learned caligaphy... now my b's look great!

Posted Apr 20, 2021
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Posted Apr 6, 2021
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Kathy - MJ was bouncing off the walls with joy after her lesson. So happy. The time you took to see if she had questions was great. So glad you introduced shading in such a way that matched her enjoyment of drawing faces. We appreciate your friendly warmth and great communication with her.

Posted Feb 2, 2021
DeVaughn M.
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Provided great ideas

Posted Feb 1, 2021
Vivien C.
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good patience and very nice to adjust the way to guide my little girl.

Posted Jan 4, 2021
Amy F.
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Today was my first lesson with Kathy and she was very patient and encouraging! She is making sure to tailor the lessons to meet my goals.

Posted Aug 18, 2020
Leigh M.
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Kathy was great. I learned quite a lot from her in only 1 hour. I am really looking forward to meeting with her again!

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Victoria K.
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Kathy is amazing, full of positive energy, encouraging and creative. My five year old loved her first lesson and she looks forward to the next lesson already. Thank you, Kathy!

Posted Jul 13, 2020
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fun and instructive

Posted Jul 9, 2020
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Cathy is a very friendly trainer. Her way of teaching is very easy and elaborate.

Posted Jul 1, 2020
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Our daughter was able to draw something she didn't think she could in just one lesson. Thanks, Kathy!

Posted Jun 24, 2020
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My daughter looks forward to Kathy’s lesson every week!

Posted May 19, 2020
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My daughter loved her first lesson of cartoon drawing, and is excited to paint next week. Kathy was patient, kind and enthusiastic!

Posted May 5, 2020
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Great teacher very patient and professional. Website gave me wrong time though!

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Constance D.
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My mother took her first art lesson with Kathy today! She was timely, attentive, thorough, and very encouraging. We're very glad to have found her!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Nolan & Nora S.
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Kids loved the story based drawing fun!

Posted Mar 2, 2019
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Kathy has been a wonderful teacher and inspiration for our 10-year old daughter. Cora has learned so much and enjoyed every lesson with Kathy, who has been an affirming and talented teacher.

Posted Feb 19, 2019
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Cora was very happy with her first lesson!

Posted Nov 28, 2018
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Kathy was wonderful working with my son and really took the time to get to know him and his personal intetests. She then patiently guided him through some if the essentials of drawing while incorporating subject matter that would inspire and motivate him. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for personalized and knowledgeable instruction.

Posted Jun 28, 2018
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Absolutely great teacher :)

Posted May 14, 2018
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Lesson was really fun and we got farther than I expected to in the first session! Kathy was prompt, polite, and professional. Thanks so much!

Posted Apr 4, 2018
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Kathy is very patient in understanding areas that needs to be worked on. I didn't know anything about drawing but Kathy structured the curriculum in a way that worked best for me without being overwhelming. Starting from the technical aspects of drawing to the conceptual aspects such as mark making and what drawing meant in a fine art context, she has got you covered. She is very professional, kind and works with you to get the best out of you.

Posted Mar 6, 2018
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Kathy is a patient, enthusiastic teacher! She makes her students feel comfortable but also challenged. Kathy is an experienced teacher and artist, and she works hard for her students. She will really help you become a better artist. Definitely take her classes!

Posted Mar 2, 2018
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Kathy is so much fun! She is great with kids, loves to teach and her enthusiasm is through the roof! She made art fun and highly engaging for us. I really feel like I learn something new and valuable each lesson. I highly recommend herand plan on requesting her again.

Posted Feb 28, 2018
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Art Instructor
Mar 2020 - Present

P.I. Art Center, Manhattan Campus

I teach Expressive Painting with acrylics and water-based media.

Access Teaching Artist
Mar 2020 - Dec 2020

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY

I lead verbal description and touch tours of the museum collection to visitors with low or impaired vision.

Art Lab Facilitator
Sep 2019 - Dec 2020

Museum of Modern Art, New York

I work in the New York MoMA family art lab, helping young kids make art and enjoy the museum!

Painting and Drawing Instructor
Jul 2017 - Aug 2019

San Francisco Art Institute

Painting Instructor: San Francisco Art Institute Young Artist Program I taught a three-week summer intensive acrylic painting course to fifteen 13-14 year olds. I designed a thorough syllabus to include basic techniques and materials for acrylic painting, color theory, color mixing, surface preparation, figuration, abstraction, self-expression, and independent projects. I emphasized art history within a contemporary context through visual aids and daily thematic discussions. I also led critique groups in a variety of styles to encourage inclusive dialogues I also taught adult public education at SFAI, including Introduction to Painting, Large Scale Drawing, and others!

Artist in Residence
Oct 2018 - Oct 2018

Vermont Studio Center

Artist In Residence
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

Lucid Art Foundation

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016

San Francisco Art Institute

I was a Teaching Assistant at SFAI. I assisted in teaching Painting II, helping intermediate students of all backgrounds and interests. I aided students with painting techniques, material exploration, idea development, artistic research, and conceptual investigation.

Swell Gallery Co-Director
May 2015 - Dec 2016

San Francisco Art Institute

Swell Gallery Co-Director: San Francisco Art Institute -selected, organized, and oversaw all Swell Gallery graduate shows -curated through-provoking contemporary shows to highlight graduate work with a high level of professionalism and intention -efficiently carried out tasks involved with each show, such as studio visits, install and de-install, openings, and reimbursement processes -managed budgets, marketing campaigns, and social media presence

Artist in Residence
Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

Recology, SF


MFA, Visual Arts
Sep 2014 - May 2017

San Francisco Art Institute

Bachelor of Science, Art and Art History
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Skidmore College



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