Kathy Sirico

Kathy S.

San Francisco, CA
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Lesson Details

Acrylic Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Become the artist you always wanted to be! Whether you are an aspiring artist, a total beginner, a teen building a competitive portfolio, or someone who's always wanted to learn to paint, I will help you develop your technical skills and find your voice as an artist! In our lessons, you will paint from life, exploring composition, concept, and mood through creative assignments. We will train your eye as you paint still lifes, landscapes, portraits, figures, abstractions, and beyond! I will show you examples of historical and contemporary painting as we practice a range of techniques. You will gain confidence through practice and experimentation as you work towards developing your own style as an artist! And most importantly, you’ll have fun! I can’t wait to work with you!
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Kathy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist in San Francisco! 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 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Recology and a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation. I also have some exciting opportunities on the horizon! 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 both technical skill and personal expression. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists.

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. I can also point you towards art openings happening around the Bay Area.

My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals.

Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to Billie Holiday, and cooking elaborate meals!

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Artist In Residence
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017
Lucid Art Foundation

Painting Instructor
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
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

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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.

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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

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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


Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Classical pencil still life

Acrylic painting still life

Abstract acrylic painting

Painting textile installation, 2017

Working in my art studio

Here's a first look at my large installation for the 2017 SFAI MFA/MA Exhibition, on view at the San Francisco Mint.

7 Reviews

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Cora Nov 28, 2018
Drawing · In home

Cora was very happy with her first lesson!

Melanie Jun 28, 2018
Drawing · In home

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.

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giulia May 14, 2018
Painting · In home

Absolutely great teacher :)

Lauren Apr 4, 2018
Watercolor Painting · In home

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!

Subhrajit Mar 6, 2018
Drawing · In home

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.

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Josh Mar 2, 2018
Acrylic Painting · In studio

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!

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Tom Feb 28, 2018
Drawing · In home

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.

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