Tara Scott

Tara S.

Waldorf, MD

Lesson Details

Acrylic Painting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Students will learn how to mix colors using primary colors along with complimentary and intermediate colors. They will also learn how to create a composition using still life items, mixed mediums, and a variety of brush strokes to create a dry brush, watercolor, and layering effect on canvas and canvas paper. For in home art lessons, all art supplies are included in the price.
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Tara teaches



Tara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
June 2004

Hello New Student,

My name is Tara. I am a pastel portrait artist located in Waldorf MD. I teach drawing and painting for ages (7 to Adults) in Southern Maryland. My area of study is working with pastel portraits of people and animals both on dry and wet paper or canvas.I have taught Basic Drawing to children ages (5-8), and Portrait Drawing to children ages (9-17) at the Michael's Arts and Crafts located in Waldorf MD. One of my portrait artwork (Barack Obama) was displayed in our local newspaper the City Paper. I have also received recognition for my other portrait artwork at the Portrait Society of Atlanta GA.

I am excited about teaching drawing and painting to anyone who wants to learn how to draw or paint, or to improve on their techniques. In my art course, I offer a variety of art lessons. Each week the student will learn a different technique which includes Art History, World Art from various countries, Graffiti Art, Floral and Fruit Still Life, Landscape Art, Seascape Art, Fabric Art (Designing T-Shirts or Athletic Shoes), Arranging a variety of compositions, Blending Techniques, Color Mixing, Color Theory, and Time Drills to improve art skills, and eye and hand coordination. The student will also learn how to use charcoal, pencil, pastels, oil pastels, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, markers, watercolor pans, and acrylic painting on specialized drawing paper, and canvas.

I received my Associates Arts Degree in Studio Art from Prince Georges Community College in 1985. I also received my Bachelor's of Art degree in Visual Performing Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore MD in 1987.

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Drawing and Painting Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
Tara Scott

I have a company called Your Elegant Portrait located in Southern Maryland. My clients mainly consists of homeschool groups ages (8-13). My art lessons are not just for the homeschool groups, but to anyone ages (7 to Adults) who wants to learn how to draw and paint, or to improve on their drawing and painting skills.

Each week the students learn a different art technique on how to duplicate a drawing or painting from a photograph, or still life objects using basic shapes, lines, and tonal values. The students use a variety of dry and wet medias such as (watercolor pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, pencil, pastels, wet based color markers, watercolor pans, and acrylic paint).

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Contract Drawing Instructor
Jun 2004 - Oct 2005
Michael's Arts and Crafts (Waldorf, MD)

I was under contract with the Michael's Arts and Crafts. I created a six week program for children and teens ages (5-17) were we met one day per week for one hour.

Each week the students would work on a variety of art techniques such as shading, 1 minute sketches to 5 minute sketches, contour and gesture drawing, composition drawing, light and shadow, and negative and positive space. In 2005, the Michael's store decided not to continue with offering contract work to outside employees.

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BA Degree Visual Performing Arts
Sep 1985 - May 1987
University of Maryland Baltimore County
AA Degree Studio Art
Sep 1981 - May 1985
Prince Georges Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Personal Trainer
Aug 2016
National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certification to train individuals one-on-one personal training and group fitness.

Grumbacher Art Instructor Certification
Jul 2016
Chartpak, Inc.

Grumbacher Art Instructor Test is based on art knowledge of drawing techniques using dry mediums (charcoal, pastels, pencil, and graphite), and painting techniques using acrylic paint on canvas and paper.

National Water Fitness Instructor
May 2016
United States Water Fitness Association

Required certification to teach water fitness classes nationally.

Certified Boom Dance Instructor
Oct 2015
Healthways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program

To teach seniors over 60 and individuals under 60 years old popular dances from the 50's to present day.


Innocent Eyes
Aug 2008
Portrait Society of Atlanta
Portrait of Jacqui Allen and Portrait of Gabe
Jul 2004
The Spiritual and Cultural Arts Connection

Photos & Videos

1 and 2 minute drawing drill.

20 seconds drawing drill.

Apple and Orange Still Life Acrylic Painting.

Candle on top of a vase still life using oil pastels.

Drawing with an eraser on brown tone paper.

Fruit and pumpkin still life using oil pastels.

Leaf in a cup applying wet pastels using a paint brush.

Nature landscape acrylic painting.

Light and Shadow using soft charcoal pencils.
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2 Reviews

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Keisha Dec 7, 2016
Drawing · In home

We have had a wonderful experience with Ms. Tara. The kids enjoy her class and love drawing. Thanks for sharing your skills, Ms. Tara.

carolyn Oct 19, 2016
Drawing · In home

Tara was wonderful when working with my boys. She was always on time, never cancelled and was always smiling. She was gentle and guided them through each project. I would highly recommend Tara to anyone who wanted a personal, quality lesson in art.

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