Rita Carswell

Rita C.

Colorado Springs, CO
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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 and the greater our success!

About Rita C.

I have been teaching and painting since 1983. I am also a professional mural artist 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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6 Reviews
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Rita is a terrific teacher. She is encouraging and adds real tangible value to my paintings and knowledge base. I thoroughly recommend her.

Posted Jan 22, 2020
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Rita taught my 3 children for 3 years. She is an outstanding art teacher- very patient and sensitive to their needs in their artistic development.

Posted Dec 21, 2019
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Great teacher!

Posted Aug 18, 2019
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Rita was great. very helpful and patient.

Posted Apr 15, 2019
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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!

Posted Feb 26, 2019
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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.

Posted Jan 3, 2019

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Professional Mural and Fine Artist
Jan 2008 - Present

Mural Art Designs

Member of PLAG- Palmer Lakes Art Groups in Colorado. 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!

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


Merit Ribbon Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Exhibition, Colorado
Jul 2021

Penny Stewart, signature member of 2 of the most prestigious watercolor artist groups in the United States: The American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

1st Place Blue Ribbon Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Exhibition, Colorado
Jul 2021

Penny Stewart

Lio Pilla Excellence in Art and Achievement Award for Top Graduating Student
May 1984

Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia

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