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Sharon M.

Sharon M.

5(22)
Whether or not you are new to painting or want to get back into it after many years away and just need some feedback and a new perspective I am here to help. I have been teaching painting for 20 years and I’ve worked with students of all ages, from young adults to retirees. I teach painting using the classical method of observation (meaning, based on what they see). You will also learn how to use color as it reflects the temperature of the light and shadows like the impressionists. I will show you a lot of different artists for inspiration and to teach you how to glean the best from history. I recommend working from direct observation at first (a still life rather than a photo of a still-life). With oil paint, there are some underpainting techniques to explore to get a really solid layout and to establish the values. This is an advantage to oil because it is easier to work out the values before adding color. Next, over the top, you can do a very painterly technique and have the confidence that your drawing is accurate. You can expect to learn a lot about color as it relates to the light source much the way the impressionists used color. As a beginner, you would start with a very basic still life, and if advanced you would be offered more complex challenges from still-lifes, to a portrait or landscape. I'll guide beginners towards techniques that teach them to better understand the visual structure. As you gain experience I'll encourage you to explore directions of self-expression. I adjust my approach to teaching as I get to know each student and what learning style connects best with them.
$1$60
/60 mins
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Jane M.

Jane M.

4.9(49)
I teach what you want to learn. Lessons may include: Basic or advanced techniques. Mixing vibrant hues. Wet-on-wet. Dry brush. Masking. Glazing. Dew drops on flowers. Textures--using salt, layering, sponges, scratching, lifting, etc. Considering your light source. Loosening up. Managing the water to pigment ratio. Paper selection. Setting up your palette. What paints to use. And brushes: how many, what kind and brand? Painting outdoors in the open air, or from photographs, or from a still life. Using your phone to help you critique your painting. All levels--from beginner to advanced. Demonstrations on creating watercolors in the style of famous watercolorists like John Singer Sargent, or Winslow Homer. Subject matter can include journaling, watercolor sketching, landscapes, seascapes, florals, abstracts, still life, urban settings, color grids, and more. Additionally, you can schedule a lesson and let me know that you want to use it as a critique to review some of your work. I recommend the 45 minute session for a critique.
$1$70
/45 mins
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David Z.

David Z.

5(11)
Beginning Oil painting materials, tools, and composition in a painterly fashion. Includes basic drawing and transfer of sketching tutorial to create and complete personal masterpieces in oil based mediums.
$1$45
/30 mins
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Nicole P.

Nicole P.

5(24)
Oil paintings have been regarded as one of the most beautiful art forms throughout history. To paint like one of the masters can seem out of reach, but anyone can paint with excellence! We will start at your current skill level, even if you've never even painted before. We'll learn color mixing, how to create depth, and different methods of layering paint to create different effects. Whether you would like to create a masterpiece, or would just like to paint some paintings for your friends and family, we can get there together! Contact me so we can get you creating beauty on canvas!
$1$30
/30 mins
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

4.8(42)
Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.
$1$20
/30 mins
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Anthony G.

Anthony G.

5(29)
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. If you would like to work on a painting together during our lessons, it will typically be best to select at least an hour long session. We can focus on how to paint whatever subject you prefer. It’s all about you! I want you to get as much out of your lessons as possible, and we will work on whatever you need to start painting better than ever before!
$1$75
/30 mins
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Lauren W.

Lauren W.

4.9(56)
I am a practicing Artist of almost 9 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!
$1$32
/45 mins
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Deron C.

Deron C.

4.7(17)
Learn how to unlock your creative potential and release the artist inside you while also learning how to paint. Deron C. has been exploring oil painting for over 20 years and has been teaching others how to express themselves creatively with it for over 10. He will lead you through a creative process that encourages creativity and allows painting students the freedom to paint in an intuitive way. Paint what you see whether the reference material is a photograph or a three-dimensional still life. If you've never painted before, Deron will guide you through the basics of painting, color theory, and the elements and principles of design while helping you exercise and strengthen your creativity. If you are a painter that needs a little advice or direction TakeLessons.com instructor Deron C. will help you evaluate your work, answer your questions and provide guidance to get you on the right track.
$1$40
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David worked hard to teach my Grandson the fundamentals of drawing and painting. David made the lessons fun and interesting!

Laura (Painting lessons with David Z.)

So happy to have found Emilie! I work for a family with a four year old child who is extremely engaged in art and we wanted to find private lessons for her. Emilie has been extremely accommodating and

Ava (Painting lessons with Emilie C.)

Strong recommendation for Deron. I had a 2 hr lesson where I had specific things I wanted to do and learn, and he delivered. Very flexible in the lesson, and great instruction!

Joe (Painting lessons with Deron C.)

Deron is very patient. He teaches me different techniques from start of painting, to finishing touches. He is knowledgeable and can convey them clearly. He makes the painting session fun and I like t

Anne (Painting lessons with Deron C.)

David worked hard to teach my Grandson the fundamentals of drawing and painting. David made the lessons fun and interesting!

Laura (Painting lessons with David Z.)

So happy to have found Emilie! I work for a family with a four year old child who is extremely engaged in art and we wanted to find private lessons for her. Emilie has been extremely accommodating and

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Painting Lessons

The great painters before us, such as Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O’Keeffe, have inspired us all with their great works of art. They paved the way, developing and mastering all kinds of painting styles, from Cubism and Surrealism to Modernism and Impressionism.

If you, too, are drawn to their masterpieces, it might be time for you to sign up for painting lessons here with us. In addition to offering amazing in-person sessions, we also provide the best online painting lessons around! Whether you want to imitate the work of famous painters or develop your own style, our lessons can help.

Certified Painting Teachers

When you sign up for our lessons, you have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our certified painting teachers. All of our tutors have undergone background checks and have the expertise to help you achieve your art goals.

Ready to start your painting journey? Browse our selection of painting tutors near you to find your ideal match. Their profiles provide all the information you need to make your decision, such as their experience, reviews, schedule, and starting rates. While our tutors set their own prices, the average cost of an hour-long session is $75. That said, you may find rates anywhere from $19 to $205 an hour.

When narrowing down your choices, you can contact our tutors in advance to ensure they suit your needs. Then after you’ve selected your painting teacher, you can decide on your schedule, pick your lesson package, and voila! You’re all set to begin your painting endeavors.

Painting Online Lessons for All Ages

When it comes to learning a new skill or following your dreams, it’s easy to make up excuses, but don’t let your age be one of them! The beauty of painting is that anyone can learn and practice this art skill no matter how young or old they may be.

Here at TakeLessons, our tutors offer painting lessons for kids, adults, and seniors as they customize their sessions to suit students of all ages. Whether you, your grandmother, or your five-year-old son want to learn more about the world of art, it’s time to find painting lessons near you today!

Painting Lessons for All Levels

We understand every student comes with different backgrounds and experiences, which means no two students are at the exact same level. That’s why our painting teachers cater their lessons to suit their student’s individual needs.

For instance, if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, your tutor will start you with painting lessons for beginners, where you’ll learn the basics. Alternatively, if you’ve studied art for years, you might be ready for a more challenging curriculum in one of our advanced courses.

Regardless of your current skills or where you’re starting from, check out painting lessons near you!

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Painting Lessons

In beginner lessons, your painting tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Color theory
  • Creating a grayscale
  • Introduction to essential paintbrushes and the palette knife
  • Various paint application techniques and brushstrokes

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Painting Lessons

Your painting teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Become an expert in underpainting
  • Creating depth of field
  • Understanding light and shadow
  • Practicing with different subjects: landscape, still life, and models

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Painting Lessons

Topics studied in advanced painting depend on each student's interests and goals for lessons, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Refining your personal artistic style
  • Experimenting with unique substrates and other materials
  • Preparing a collection for an art show
  • Understanding the art business and working with galleries

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Here at TakeLessons, we want to be part of your painting journey! To sign up for our in-person and online painting lessons, begin by selecting your tutor and a schedule that best suits you. Then, choose your preferred package and take advantage of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee—it’s as easy as that!

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FAQ

How do beginners learn to paint?

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Signing up for our painting lessons for beginners is the best way to learn to paint. Our tutors are experienced at instructing students who are new to this art form, and they know how to help them build a strong foundation.

For instance, if you’re just starting out, your tutor will likely introduce you to all the different painting tools, instruct you on basic techniques and brushstrokes, and begin to dive into color theory. From here, you’ll have the fundamental skills you need to take your painting skills to the next level.

What is the easiest thing to paint?

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The easiest thing to paint will vary from one student to the next. For example, if you have years of practice under your belt, what you find easy to paint may actually be much more challenging for a student who is new to painting. Because of this, we suggest working with a private tutor who will determine what skills you already have to help you find a good starting place.

You see, every painting lesson is different because we accommodate our students’ specific needs. If your goal is to learn to paint something easy, your tutor will design a personalized lesson plan to help you achieve that milestone. Once you’ve accomplished that goal, your tutor will challenge you even more to help improve your skills.

How can I learn online painting for free?

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While you might find some free online tutorials, if you’re interested in virtual learning, we recommend signing up for our online painting lessons. Although our lessons are not free, they are affordable, as the average hour-long session costs just $75. You can even find classes as low as $19, depending on your specific needs.

The reason why we suggest taking our online classes is that you’ll receive one-on-one instruction from an experienced, certified painting teacher. You’ll get much more out of our sessions than a free course, as you receive instruction from a professional tutor entirely committed to your painting success. During your online sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to ask all your questions and focus on the areas that most interest you. And the best part of all is that you can learn from the comfort of your own home!

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