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Anthony G.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $63
  • Bachelor Of Fine Arts with a major in painting from Tyler School of Art, part of Temple University
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 2003
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Anthony G.

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Whatever your skill level, however fast or slow you want to go, I want to help you to become a better artist and enjoy it while you’re learning! What we cover in your lesson will be determined by your level of expertise. If you are just starting out with oils, we will discuss some important things to understand about the colors, mediums, how to set up your palette and some different ways of applying paint, etc. If you already have some experience with oil painting, we will pick up with whatever areas you would like to improve on. If you are interested in painting the human figure or portraits in particular, we can discuss some important ways to go about painting flesh tones. There are also some little known tips I want to tell you about that will be useful to artists of any skill level!

I will share with you any suggestions that I have for technique or different ways of approaching your painting that may help you with whatever areas you’re struggling with. We can focus on how to ...

About Anthony

I want to help you make huge leaps in your skills to become a better artist than you even thought was possible! Whatever you want to create, you can do it! Private lessons can save a lot of time and keep you on the right path for your personal individual needs, where ever you are on your way to be

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Michelle D.
Really enjoyed our first meeting Anthony told me things I would not of known on my own and I am very thankful for it, he is also patient.
Michelle D.
Anthony was great he gave me knowledge I did not have
Jeannette
Anthony is the drawing instructor I had been looking for! He genuinely is interested in connecting and learning about his students and knowing their background/ approach to art. His art class was very personalized to me, my artwork, and current skills so that I could learn from him the skills and knowledge I need to strength myself as an artist. It is a privilege to learn from him and I highly recommend him to students who are looking for a highly effective instructor that tailors the lesson to them on an individual level.
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Megan R.

58 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $89
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Teaches Intermediate, Advanced
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Megan R.

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Get feedback/advice on your art work by selecting a 30 minute critique. You will receive notes and step by step instructions during your art class. If you would like some home work to help you improve quickly I can also send an email after class with instruction.

I have taught over 500 students how to paint! Each painting lesson is tailored to your interest and where you want to develop skill. My schooling background is in figure painting, modern painting techniques, color theory and composition. I have been trained by masterful painters from all over the world and look forward to sharing all that I have learned with you.

About Megan

PRIVATE LESSONS I specialize in online painting and drawing lessons, I have taught over 500 students! I would love to share my passion for painting and drawing with you. During your custom lesson you will watch the easy to follow steps on my webcam and get real time feedback on your artwork, I

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Jeff
Megan is an amazing teacher!
John D.
My girlfriend and I took a class from Megan as a birthday celebration. It was a ton of fun! Megan was very helpful and instructive, and tailored the class to our experience
Chana B.
We paid for two lessons. We still have not heard back from the instructor regarding our second lesson. It's been over a month. When we logged on for the lesson it said it didn't exist. Wondering why.

Still haven't he
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Angela S.

5 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks german, english
  • Teaching since 1985
  • Teacher for German and Art (Bachelor) from Institut für lehrerbildung Löbau
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Angela S.

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Wokshops and lessons with kids and adults.
Exhibitions in different lokations and cities

About Angela

I was born and raised in Dresden(Germany),a beautiful hisorical city rich in architecture and art. After reciving my Bechelors of Education I was a teacher for the German language , mathematics and art for over 20 years. In 2014 we moved to the United States to be closer to our daughter `s family.

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Angela is an excellent teacher!
Katarina
Angela is such a breath of fresh air!! She was able to immediately connect with my daughter, at her level. My daughter ended the lesson so positive & excited ... she was eager for the next lesson. I could not speak more highly of Angela. Excellent!!!!
Birgit and Stefan
We had a great experience and our son loved Angela!
Angela had a very nice way to always motivate Eric even when doing extra German lessons after a long school day! Thanks for all the support Angela
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Eileen M.

30 Reviews
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Starting at $89
  • Art History and Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2012
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Eileen M.

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I am a classically trainer realist oil painter with an MFA and years of experience. I have taught at several ateliers in NYC and internationally through the State Department’s Art In The Embassies programs. I break down the painting techniques of the Old Masters into easy to follow steps and cater the lessons to what the individual student is interested in pursuing. Also— I’m fun! Come paint with me!

About Eileen

Hello! I moved to Brooklyn fifteen years ago to get my MFA at Pratt Institute; I've been a professional fine artist for my entire adult life and have shown my work extensively in and around New York. I have taught traditional oil painting at local ateliers and I also teach plein air workshops in th

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Jason
Eileen was fun, funny, and extremely experienced both as an artist and a teacher. We covered a ton in one hour. Highly recommended!!!!
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Carol Dahlinger
Wow, I learned so much in one hour! Eileen is amazing.
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Roya M.

47 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Farsi
  • Teaches students 11 and up
  • M.F.A from NMSU
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Roya M.

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I have more than 10 years of experience in teaching drawing and painting in university and college.
I cover realistic style to abstract art with watercolor, oil, or acrylic. Also, you will learn a variety of techniques like glazing, impasto, and alla prima. subject matter can start with still life and continue architecture, landscape, and figurative art.

About Roya

My name is Roya. I am a professional artist and educator, and I’m a professor in painting and drawing.It would be my pleasure to teach you painting or drawing. Over the last 10 years, I have taught painting and drawing, including figure drawing and painting courses in universities and colleges.

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Eleanor M.
Roya speaks my artistic language! She is very direct yet empathetic. Her own curiosity and patience is evident in the way she teaches and I learned a ton in our very short first lesson. Looking forward to the next one.
JASMINE
Wonderful. Very patient and kind and a great teacher
steve B.
Loved it. Lots of basic questions answered!!! Perfecto, almost. A bit of a technical glitch on my end.
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Lauren W.

43 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $29
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2018
  • Art and Psychology from College of Saint Benedict
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Lauren W.

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Practicing Artist of 7 years! Being creative is a great way to express yourself and bring forth a piece of mind. Painting is an activity that allows for you to put on canvas whatever landscape, image or emotion you wish to portray. From abstract painting to hyperrealism, we can dive in together to discover some of your favorite ways to express your creativity. Whether it be through watercolor, acrylic, oil painting or another medium, painting what the student wishes to gain further experience in is what we will accomplish. My aspiration is to be able to let each student discover and further the true artist within them! Shoot me a message and let’s get creative! All skill levels welcome!

About Lauren

Hi I’m Lauren! I'm the artist and creator of Explaurenart.com. I've taught over 250 lessons on this platform!! I have been involved in the arts for 8 years now! I graduated May 2020 from the College of Saint Benedict with a bachelors degree in Art and Psychology. One of my goals is to spread the th

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Average Cost of Oil Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute oil painting lessons is $82. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $134 per hour.
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"Dan is a fantastic teacher. His demos are easy to follow and he answers your questions completely. This has been one of the best classes I have ever taken."
Mike
Took Oil Painting lessons from Dan L.
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"Dan is has a lot of patience and is very encouraging, I enjoyed my first lesson with him very much!"
Lillian
Took Oil Painting lessons from Dan L.
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"Outstanding. Lesson and teacher"
Joey
Took Oil Painting lessons from Dan L.
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"Eileen is a great teacher with a lot of specific strategies for building a painting. She is very clear, personable and fun to work with. Her knowledge of materials and techniques can help anyone advance their skills and better understand the medium."
Monica
Took Oil Painting lessons from Eileen M.
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"Craig is not only a very talented artist, but a fabulous teacher. His creative talent and teaching expertise spans over 3 decades which translates in giving beginning students the confidence they need to deepen their skill and intermediate and advanced students honest critique and methods to take their work to a higher level. I highly recommend Craig to anyone looking to improve their painting skills."
Peggi
Took Oil Painting lessons from Craig A.
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"Megan was a wonderful teacher! I had 1.5 hours for a lesson and felt I learned so much. I am a beginner and she taught in a clear and concise way. I would recommend."
Katie Miller
Took Oil Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Megan is very patient, easy going and super talented. The perfect instructor. I am an amateur and learned so much in just one lesson. Definitely booking more appointments."
Nancy
Took Oil Painting lessons from Megan R.
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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."
Lisa
Took Oil Painting lessons from Rita C.
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"Mr. Ivan is a very nice, very patient teacher. I really enjoyed oil painting with Mr. Ivan!"
Qixiao
Took Oil Painting lessons from Ivan F.
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"Today's art lesson with Dan was planned, organized, and given in a friendly, professional and very informative manner. He has excellent communication skills and his demonstrations are informative as well a fascinating to watch. As Dan's student, I was immediately put at ease by his friendly and energetic personality; I felt as if I were talking to an old friend and I left the lesson with a renewed enthusiasm for painting. I really feel as if I doubled my understanding and enthusiasm for oil painting in my first lesson with Dan. No matter what your skill level is, a few lessons with Dan will do wonders for your painting ability and you will enjoy every bit of the time you spend with Dan."
Kermit
Took Oil Painting lessons from Dan L.
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Private Oil Painting Lessons Near You

Used to create Bhuddist artwork, oil painting originated between the fifth and tenth centuries in Afghanistan. Sometime during the Middle Ages, oil painting made its way to Europe. The earliest European oil paintings are dated to around the 13th century in England, but it wasn't until the Renaissance that oil painting took hold, with oil paints becoming the medium of choice.

Since then, nearly all the master painters (except Michelangelo) have worked with oils. You'll recognize many famous oil paintings. These include works like the "Mona Lisa," "Starry Night," and "Whistler's Mother."

Why Learn Oil Painting?

Oil painting requires slightly more specific supplies and tools than any-old-paint-brush, paper, and cup of water. The specialized supplies and techniques needed for oil painting intimidate some artists, but it's the tools that are unique to oil painting that make it so brilliant. Once you know what you need and how to use it, oil painting's actually pretty simple!

A great choice for aspiring artists, new to painting, oil paints are much easier to use than others, like watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. They're also quite forgiving; it's simple to correct any mistakes you make. (But remember, they're only "happy accidents," according to Bob Ross.)

For well-practiced painters, oil paint offers the most versatility, control, and color potential. You can control the texture, saturation (value), blending, flow, drying time, and viscosity. Oil paint allows you to deposit perfect brushstrokes and also empowers artists to capture the most realistic colors of any type of paint. 

The Best Way to Learn Oil Painting and What You'll Study in Lessons

It's easy to find plenty of free oil painting lessons and tutorials online, but the best way to learn oil painting is with a private teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive personalized instruction that isn't possible when viewing videos online or participating in a group class. You'll be able to work on the types of paintings that you enjoy most, while overcoming your own personal challenges. 

Plus, no two private lessons are exactly alike. Private teachers design each lesson to meet the needs of their students, taking into account preferred learning styles and preexisting knowledge. For example, oil painting lessons for adults differ from oil painting classes for children in terms of teaching method and course content. In private lessons, you'll stay motivated and interested, while you work at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Oil Painting

If you have little or no previous experience oil painting, then beginner lessons are for you. In beginner classes, your oil painting teacher will introduce you to the oil painting basics you need to start experimenting and making art with the medium. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Set up your studio and gather all the supplies you need
  • Learn how to care for your supplies
  • Introduction to color and mixing color
  • Understanding and using oil sketches
  • Introduction to pain order
  • Complete a small painting

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Oil Painting

If you're already familiar with oil painting, but would like to improve your method by learning new techniques, then intermediate lessons are what you need. In intermediate classes, your oil painting tutor will introduce you to new concepts and approaches to painting, while you challenge yourself with increasingly complex and diverse subjects. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Consider composition and negative space
  • Create depth using perspective, background, middle ground, and foreground
  • Learn painting techniques (scrumbling, chiaroscuro, alla prima, etc.)
  • Working with and manipulating value
  • Painting landscape and still life
  • Using color graduation

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Oil Painting

Advanced oil painting classes are intended for well-practiced oil painters. In these lessons, artists will have the chance to work with other skilled painters to improve their compositions, techniques, and other stylistic choices. Content covered in advanced lessons greatly depends on the student's interests and goals, but your tutor might cover the following:

  • Painting the human form from live subjects
  • Painting from memory
  • Oil glazing
  • Art restoration and preservation
  • Create highly realistic paintings (trompe l'oeil)
  • Navigating the business of art

Find an Oil Painting Teacher Near You

If you're ready to sign up for private oil painting classes, then you'll need a teacher. Finding an oil painting tutor near you with TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will display pages of teachers who offer private lessons online and in-person. Be sure to check out several teacher profiles and reviews left by other aspiring artists, before you choose the tutor who's best for you. 

TakeLessons tutors base rates on the length and frequency of lessons, but the cost of oil painting classes varies. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll be able to find someone who fits your budget and your schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast, as you get comfortable with a brush, learn new techniques, and improve your skills after the very first lesson.