Ollie Glatzer

Ollie G.

Oakland, CA
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Lesson Details

Abstract Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Do you love abstract art or have always been curious as to how it's created? Have you always wanted to explore your creative potential through painting and drawing? Do you currently have a practice or just like to doodle or paint in your spare time?

Let's work together to help you find some new techniques and interesting ways to explore the rich world of abstract art!

We can explore the following paths together:

1. Assessment of your skills, creative goals and ideas
2. History of Abstract and Contemporary Art
3. Basics of drawing and painting supplies and tools and how to use them
4. Best practices for building your own practice
5. Learning creative and unique drawing and painting techniques to help you unlock your ideas and further your explorations
6. Discussion on how to promote your work and how to find opportunities to show your work
7, Ways to budget your time to make room for your creativity and develop your practice

About me:

I have been a practicing visual artist for the past decade and have shown work in the Bay Area, Washington and Colorado. My unique style and approach is a combination of being both self taught and schooled.

I think the exploration of abstract art is one of the most compelling and rewarding creative endeavors as it gives us pure creative freedom and enables us to explore all means of technique and subject matter to find our own unique voice. We all have one, sometimes we just have to do a little excavating :)
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Ollie teaches



Ollie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I love looking at art, reading about art and making art!

Art heals and the creation of it is I believe, empowering. My current practice is an expanding body of drawn and painted works that explore form through geometric, abstract, sculptural and musical languages.

From an early age, I grew up learning about art by watching my mother create. I loved the freedom and challenge that it provided me when I was young and over time have come to evolve and develop my own practice and language as an adult. In addition to art I am a Violist, Sound Designer and Composer and feel very strongly that the work I do visually has deep roots in sound and music.


Interlochen Arts Academy (Focus in Viola) 1995
Oberlin College (BFA Viola and Art) 2000

Upcoming Shows 2019:

From There to Here. (Jun 22 - Jul 27) - Sara Lisch Gallery, Berkeley
Grids & Geoforms. (Jul 12 - Sep 12) - Guerilla Cafe, Berkeley

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BFA Music and Art
Sep 1996 - Dec 2000
Oberlin College
Sep 1993 - Jun 1995
Interlochen Arts Academy


Artist Trust Gap Grant Award 2007
Sep 2008
Artist Trust

Photos & Videos

Warrior, 2019, acrylic paint and drawing, 18x24 in.

This is an artist profile video that was created for a commissioned mural that I created in Emeryville.
This is a mural I was commissioned to paint for the East Bay Express in Oakland, California. 2016

This is a mural commission for the Emeryville Public Market. 2016

Mural commission for a start up company in San Francisco. 2014

Here's a recent selfie demonstrating how I have taken a sketchbook concept and built out a larger painting based on it.

Fun exploratory drawing with fluorescent pens on black paper. 2018

Monotype exploratory ink drawing. 2016

Comfortable work space with very nice natural light.
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Sye-Ok May 25, 2019
Watercolor Painting · In studio

Ollie is an excellent, supportive, and friendly teacher! This is my first time using TakeLessons, and I enjoyed my time spent with Ollie. He was able to give me technical guidance, but also allowed me to play around. I appreciate that he was able to customize my lessons with my personal goals, and even suggest local art I may be interested in. I booked a 1 hour session, and the time flew by! He also allows you to use his brushes and paints the first session, and then gives recommendations for paints/brushes based on your skill level and budget. Looking forward to booking my next lesson. Highly recommend.

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