Sondra Stephenson

Sondra S.

Oceanside, CA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
September 2016

Hello future student :) My name is Sondra and I would love to help you achieve your artistic goals!

I received my Bachelor's in Fine Arts from The Oregon College of Art and Craft, a school that gave me background in modern, conceptual art. That being said, I'm a huge fan of strong technical skill. Basically, I teach like Bob Ross with a twist!

I give my students a painting assignment from our very first lesson. I will get you started wherever you are in your level of experience. I'll help you learn to paint what you're looking at as well as develop your own sense of style when painting expressively.

I have a great eye for color and mixing and my students have felt this was a particular advantage of learning from me. I'd love to meet you and help you on your painting journey. So sign up with me today!

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Painting Teacher
Aug 2013 - Aug 2016
Master's School of Art

I taught acrylic painting in the styles and techniques of Master artists. I also taught portrait drawing, charcoal drawing, and drama here.

Painting Instructor
Jul 2012 - Jul 2014
Pop and Paint

I taught boutique paint and wine classes to adults at restaurants, community centers, and shops.


Bachelor's of Fine Arts- Concentration in Drawing and Painting
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Oregon College of Art and Craft


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

In progress painting

My student Diana's painting

A student painting (first landscape together)

Painting party with custom painting creation!

Painting I used to teach an online class

Meet your new Take Lessons painting teacher, Sondra!
My oil painting- "Reconciliation"

Paint and wine class

Oil painting- Self-portrait
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19 Reviews

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Maryam A. Apr 11, 2019
Painting · Online

Very friendly and informative

Lisa Sep 17, 2018
Acrylic Painting · Online

Sondra is great. I loved my class with her. She's an amazing teacher! I'd so recommend her for anyone wanting to paint whether a beginner or more advanced. She knows her stuff!

Richard Hackworth Sep 11, 2018
Oil Painting · Online

Great artist with experience and can help beginners become much better painters. Would definitely recommend.

Ernesto Gloria Jul 8, 2018
Oil Painting · Online

Patient and knows what she's doing.

Anna Jun 4, 2018
Acrylic Painting · Online

I loved my class, Sondra focused on exactly what I was trying to achieve and showed me some excellent techniques to achieve the look I was going after.

Stevie miller Feb 5, 2018
Oil Painting · In home

Awesome! Learnt more in an hour than a whole term at Pcc. Can’t wait for the next one!

Thalia B. Jan 14, 2018
Drawing · Online

She is great! Communication is excellent..we love her...

Deborah Dec 7, 2017
Oil Painting · Online

Sondra was very kind and encouraging, but she also gave me helpful, honest feedback that will motivate me to keep trying to improve my skills.

Jojo Oct 22, 2017
Drawing · Online

Sondra was well prepared and provided Jojo with technique instruction and drills to work on. Jojo is eager to continue her lessons.

Amy S. Aug 15, 2017
Acrylic Painting · Online

It was a very good class for a beginner.

YANYI Jun 16, 2017
Oil Painting · Online

She is so patient to explain oil painting skills. I like her a lot!

Scarlett and Savannah C. Mar 2, 2017
Acrylic Painting · In home

Sondra was sweet, patient, and very knowledgeable in art. My daughters loved her and are excited to continue learning from her!

Cheri Feb 8, 2017
Acrylic Painting · In home

Sondra is an exceptional teacher! She immediately made me feel at ease and we were able to quickly get to work. Her professionalism and easy spirit are a perfect combination for an excellent teacher! I was sincerely surprised at how much I was able to learn in such a short time. I would highly recommend Sondra!

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Janice Oct 31, 2016
Acrylic Painting · In home

My first lesson was incredible! Sondra is such a good instructor. She explained and demonstrated each technique with knowledge and patience. I am painting my first painting and I am thrilled with the results. She is very good at her craft and teaching techniques.

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Steve Taylor Oct 14, 2016

Sondra is an incredible teacher and an amazing artist. While I've not taken classes with her, I have heard great things about her teaching substance and style. What I have seen first-hand is Sondra helping her peers with advice, feedback and suggestions. She was a student of mine and counted on Sondra to help move the class discussion along if it waned, and I saw her go out of her way to help her fellow students. Sondra would be a valuable asset to any arts organization! Five stars for Sondra!

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Phil Oct 12, 2016
Acrylic Painting · In studio

Sondra is really well-versed in blending colors, laying out a composition, where to work freely and where to ficus on detail, etc. She's also able to explain things well, and to follow through with advice as things come up. Patient, too. Highly recommended!

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Steve Oct 7, 2016
Acrylic Painting · In home

I tried painting a couple of times on my own and it was pretty bad. After just one private lesson with Sondra I was able to paint something I was proud of. Sondra really understands making different colors and blending paint. Something I have always struggled with. I highly recommend her for a painting instructor.

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Susy Oct 2, 2016
Oil Painting · In home

I had a wonderful time. Sondra is a very talented and patient teacher. I can't wait to book another session!

Chris Sep 21, 2016
Acrylic Painting · In studio

Sondra is an awesome teacher! I took a group class that she was teaching, and to be honest I was a bit intimidated! Luckily for me, she was super helpful and even though the group was big, she spent lots of time helping me with the painting. I am grateful that she taught me some good techniques, especially when it comes to beginning a new painting.

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