Kelsey Shwetz

Kelsey S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In my classes I emphasize two things: creating a new way of seeing, and practicing accuracy in what you see. We move through exercises that develop creativity and work through the fundamental technical components of making a drawing or a painting. Each class builds upon the tools we've developed from the last so students come away with a comprehensive understanding of art making, rather than a step-by-step formula. We work together to not only increase technical proficiency and achieve specific goals, but to develop the confidence to make art anywhere the mood strikes, whether it be painting at your kitchen table or sketching in a coffee shop or a hotel balcony.
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Kelsey teaches



Kelsey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80

Teaching since:

I've currently relocated from Brooklyn to LA, where I have a studio and maintain an active painting practice. In New York, as an art instructor I taught drawing, color theory, and painting as a guest lecturer at Pratt Institute, to professors looking to expand their knowledge base at NYU and Yale; former affiliates of The Cloisters; and small-scale private lessons at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and, of course, my favorite way to teach: one-on-one private lessons.

My current body of work is concerned with a female character that inhabits worlds populated by plant life. I was most recently represented by Christopher Stout Gallery New York (2015-17), and have exhibited in New York, Germany, Miami, Toronto, and Montreal. I was awarded residencies at the Centre Pompadour (France); Emerson Landing, Eastside International, Starry Night (USA); and CanSerrat (Spain). Publications featuring my work include: Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, NYC-ARTS, Posture Magazine, Flavorwire, Lost at E-Minor, Lip Magazine, Tjen Folket, and the Globe and Mail. My next solo exhibition is in the Spring of 2018 in New York.

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Visiting Artist Workshop Instructor
Dec 2017 - Present
UCLA Botanical Garden


MFA Candidate
Sep 2012 - Sep 2012
Pratt Institute
BA Honors Pscyhology
Sep 2004 - Apr 2009
University of Manitoba


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Artist in Residence
Sep 2017
Centre Pompadour
Artist in Residence
Oct 2013

Photos & Videos

"The Noon Witch"
Recently completed oil painting

"The Opal Ring" Portrait commission

"Origin Story" Recently completed oil painting

"Bad Habits Forest" recently completed oil painting

Drawing with colored pencil and oil pastel

Detail of large oil painting in my last solo exhibition.
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2 Reviews

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Ehren Dec 30, 2017
Drawing · In studio

Amazing! I highly recommend .

Christopher Dec 30, 2017
Painting · In studio

Kelsey is a patient and compassionate teacher. She didn't just improve my painting technique--her lessons are like a little piece of art school available for hire.

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