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Megan R.

30 Reviews
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Starting at $80
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
  • Teaches students 11 and up
  • 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

I have taught over 500 beginners how to paint. I have also helped young artist build their portfolio and professional artist get ready for art shows. You might be a beginner, want a creative hobby or coming back to art after a long break - I have the education and experience to help you. Thanks for

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Lee
Had a great lesson with Megan. Got the basics of watercolor down to where I could actually paint a picture. Looking forward to seeing if I can create many more!
Jacqueline
We had a basic first lesson in atmospheric perspective and painted a mountain landscape. Lesson was excellent!
Laurent
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Roya M.

15 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $44
  • Speaks english, Farsi
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2008
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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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Mani
Roya is an amazing teacher! I have no artistic talent but she was able to teach even me to draw. She’s patient kind and thoughtful and will sit with you until you have mastered everything you need to know.
Reed
Roya was very helpful and taught many new techniques that will easily be applied on my own. Would definitely recommend lessons with Roya.
Heather H.
Roya is a kind, patient teacher. My daughter learned a couple new spray painting skills which will certainly help with her high school project. Thank you!
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Eileen M.

25 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $69
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Art History and Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College
  • Awarded Individual Artist Award from The Santo Foundation
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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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Ghizala
I know noting about drawing and just after the first lesson I feel like I have some some sense of how to look at objects and try to draw them
Karen
Eileen is an amazing tutor and she had been very professional and thoughtful even before the course was conducted by discussing the right material to use during the class. Her presentation is very detailed and easy to follow, she is very patient as well which made us very comfortable during the session. Definitely recommend!
Richard
Excellent lesson. Very clear and helpful.
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Kelvin L.

135 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks Chinese Mandarin
  • Teaches students 4 to 80
  • Music MA from University of Nottingham
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Kelvin L.

135 Reviews
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Students will identify a place that is special to them and represent the place and what makes it special through words and oil painting
“My students love this program! Truly, what an amazing gift this has been to our art community! Never have I felt so competent in incorporating art integration into my curriculum.”

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis. I am very comfortable with all aspects

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My work schedule has interrupted my lessons for a while now, but Kelvin is a kind hearted instructor who truly believes in developing his students.

I will continue lessons with him as soon as I can.

Yuliya L.

1 Review
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Starting at $100
  • Speaks English, Russian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2003
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Yuliya L.

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I am a classically trained artist who works primarily in oil.
My main genre is portraiture and I have taught life drawing and portrait painting in both the UK and USA.
Would be delighted to share many years of experience and teach from foundations of painting and drawing to more complex subjects like colour theory and composition.
My studio is located in downtown Santa Barbara but I am happy to travel and teach at your home as well as teach painting landscapes outdoors.

About Yuliya

I am a classically trained artist who works primarily in oil. My main genre is portraiture and I have taught life drawing and portrait painting in both the UK and USA. I have many years of experience and teach from foundations of painting and drawing to more complex subjects like colour theory an

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Jennifer Wortham
Beautiful studio and location. Yuliya is patient, kind, and exceptionally talented. She explained everything so I could easily grasp the concepts. The experience was truely awesome.

David L.

25 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $34
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2017
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David L.

25 Reviews
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Painting is a great creative outlet for people to spend time relaxing and make something beautiful that brings you pride and joy. Anyone can paint! All it takes is time and a willingness to make mistakes and learn from them. I’ve been painting for 8 years and teaching for 1. I welcome all students who are interested in picking up painting as new hobby or returning after a long time away. We’ll build out your painting techniques and color theory so you can paint from real life or something abstract.

About David

I have a bachelors degree in printmaking and oil painting and spent some time in Florence, Italy studying painting and drawing by studying the High Renaissance masters. Currently I draw and paint in my spare time. I love teaching art as a way to connect with other artist and creative people who lik

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Melissa
it may be hard at times but he teaches
good and is the BEST
Melissa
there may be setbak but hes the BEST hes nice forgiving EVRYTHING good
Melissa
I really love this class when he guides me it is like drawing a advanced wizard

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Average Cost of Oil Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute oil painting lessons is $81. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $34 and $167 per hour.
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"I have been taking lessons with Kai for a few months. Kai is an excellent teacher and an exceptional artist. I have been enjoying these classes."
- Nish
Took Oil Painting lessons from Kai Lun Q.
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"Ken is as passionate teaching as he is painting. He cares about getting the best of each student. I highly recommend him as a teacher!"
- Daniela
Took Oil Painting lessons from Ken G.
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"I learned more in five sessions with Kai than in a whole semester at MICA"
- Mary
Took Oil Painting lessons from Kai Lun Q.
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"Brendan is a great instructor! I've taken both painting and drawing lessons with Brendan and I've learned more from taking a few lessons with him then I thought I could learn in a year! His lessons are both fun and insightful with his teaching methods combining expressionist style and technical skills. You can tell he's passionate about teaching you how to learn and discover on your own and he's always encouraged me to take risks with my work. I can't wait for my next lesson."
- Lilly
Took Oil Painting lessons from Brendan L.
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"Outstanding. Lesson and teacher"
- Joey
Took Oil Painting lessons from Daniel L.
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"very helpful"
- gerald
Took Oil Painting lessons from Kai Lun Q.
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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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"Great lesson! He’s very accommodating of senior citizens!"
- Staniel
Took Oil Painting lessons from Brendan L.
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"Kai is so unpretentious and open with his knowledge and expertise. He is an excellent teacher and very positive to all the students in class. I will be taking my fourth class with him soon and look forward to honing my skills with his guidance."
- Karen
Took Oil Painting lessons from Kai Lun Q.
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"Outstanding workshop! Dan is both a superb painter and a great teacher. He teaches painting techniques in a clear and easy-to-understand way. He shares his experience, artistic vision and philosophy in a way that inspires you to be a better painter. Fun and enjoyable...Don't miss his workshop!!!"
- John
Took Oil Painting lessons from Daniel 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.