Rita Carswell

Rita C.

Monument, CO
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Lesson Details

Acrylic Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Hi! Are you frustrated with muddy and poor color choices in your paintings, the inaccurate drawing of your subject, and overall mediocrity? I will help you overcome the fear and frustration of painting with some sound color theory and drawing methods. You can learn to apply colors that are bold and fresh. As artists who continually learn, I believe there is no wrong in exploring colors. When we continue to paint, we learn what didn't work and apply what does work. That is how we improve! The more we practice in small steps, the greater our success!

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Rita teaches



Rita delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been teaching and painting for a long time- since 1983, actually! I am also a professional mural artist and painter, and found that my painting improved many years after art school. I was frustrated back then and painting seemed so complicated! Is that you? I figured out, with my own research, the freedom and fun in painting. Your painting will improve week to week as we work together to apply nice color combinations, explore values, shapes, edges and so on. Are you interested in portraits, still lifes, landscapes, animals? Let's start with smaller painting sketches to learn the basics of color, shape and design. Then we will take it from there. You can and will succeed in producing paintings you desire!

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Professional Mural Artist
Jan 2008 - Present
Mural Art Designs

I have expanded my skills to include mural paintings in schools, businesses, private residences, luxury model homes, churches, and a 3 story building in Bonaire, an island in the Caribbean, since 2008.

Art Instructor
Sep 1990 - Present
Community and Homeschool Art Classes

I've intermittently taught art to children from 3 years of age to adult in public, private and home school settings for over 30 years, with tailored art curriculum to fit the needs of my students. We'd begin each class with drawing methods using live animals and still objects, then move on to our lesson exploring various mediums with art history. We have lots of fun!

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Art Instructor
Sep 1984 - May 1989
Lakeside Youth Service


BFA Printmaking and Education
Sep 1981 - May 1984
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Colorado Teaching Certification K-12
Sep 2009
Colorado Department of Education

Pennsylvania Teaching Certification K-12
May 1984
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Temple University


Lio Pilla Excellence in Art and Achievement Award for Top Graduating Student
May 1984
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

Photos & Videos

18"x24" Haitian Girls in  oils,  photo taken by Linda Ruth Paskell  from her travels

16" x24" oils, Guatemala Girls selling fabric,  photo by Linda Ruth Paskell from her travels.

18"x18" oils, Guatemala Woman with Bucket, photo taken by Linda Ruth Paskell from her travels.

18"x24" oils, Sunflowers

16"x20" Oils, Hotel Maid, Guatemala, photo by Linda Ruth Paskell

12"x16" oils, San Francisco Koi Fish

16"x20" San Francisco Koi Fish 2, oils

Life size Coyote in acrylics

Life size Arctic Pup, Acrylics


4 Reviews

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Rachael Aug 18, 2019
Oil Painting · In studio

Great teacher!

Marilyn Apr 15, 2019
Oil Painting · Online

Rita was great. very helpful and patient.

Lydia Feb 26, 2019
Acrylic Painting · In studio

Simply amazing art teacher! She is skilled in her expertise and has the education and professional experience to back it up. Not only that, she knows exactly how to cultivate an aspiring artist with both technical skills and a caring hand. With Rita's help, you'll bloom right where you're at!

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Lisa Jan 3, 2019
Oil Painting · In studio

Rita is an amazing artist, painter and teacher! Her skills and knowledge of oils and various medium is top notch and easily conveyed keeping in mind the age and skill of the students. Rita is organized and very professional (she's taught art for years) and she's best of all, fun! Her passion is to see students flourish and has more experience than most teachers out there.

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