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Eli P.

9 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • BA in Studio Art, Drawing Concentration from Binghamton University
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Eli P.

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General Painting, for those interested in multiple mediums! We'll be discussing color mixing and blending, dry brush vs wet brush, composition, color contrast, mood and theme-ing, and more! We'll learn how to apply these techniques with different mediums.

About Eli

Hello! I am a professional artist and art teacher with 6 years of education experience. Previously I studied Studio Art at SUNY Binghamton. I've had my artwork hung in galleries, offices, restaurants and other venues around the Boston area. I've been hired for murals, book illustrations, private

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Gwen / Jeffrey T.
He's fantastic. My son, who is 8, loves the lessons and his drawing has improved immensely. Eli is a natural teacher and is really great with kids. Highly recommend.

We started with the lessons being in-home but have transitioned to online and those have been working out great too.
Leah F.
Super friendly and helpful!
Sean
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Megan R.

37 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $60
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
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Megan R.

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Online art lessons are a great way to learn easily from where ever you are! You can also get feedback/advice on your art work by selecting a 30 minute critique. 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 and have the education and experience to help you. Each painting lesson is tailored to your interest and where you want to develop skill. My schooling background is in classical painting methods, 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

*NEW GROUP ART ClASSROOM NOW OPEN * Meeting each week in Zoom, watch high resolution step by step live classes every week! Beginner friendly drawing and painting assignments provide the new art student and experienced art student a strong foundation. Live Q and A each class to answer your qu

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SAUBHAGYA
Excellent lesson planning. Makes you feel comfortable in learning at any level. It was my first lesson and it felt like I have been taking lessons from her for quite some time. Good balance of theory and actual hands on work.
Jillian
Amazingly patient and brilliantly talented !!!
Julie
Thank you. The lesson was fun, informative and tailored to my specific needs. :)
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David L.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $34
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • BA Studio Art from Wake Forest University
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David L.

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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 been teaching drawing and painting for over three years one-on-one and in groups, both in person and online. 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. I have a full

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Melissa
I honstely really like this drawing lesson and teahcer david and the time it uses are both very helpful and amazing he always makes me have a good day :)
Ward P.
Pleasant to work with. Good instructions
Melissa
sometimes it may be inconvenient but in all it helps
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Roya M.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $44
  • Speaks English, Farsi
  • Awarded Best female 1st generation artists from Eiseman Center for Performing Arts, Richardson TX
  • Teaches students 11 and up
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Roya M.

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I love teaching. 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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Roya is fantastic. Could not ask for a better instructor. Very good and caring. She has helped me with water colors, oils, and acrylics. I am blessed to have found such a wonderful artist, instructor, and friend.
Chuck
Emily F.
Roya was great and very accomodating!
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Giuseppe B.

43 Reviews
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Starting at $80
  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2005
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Giuseppe B.

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As my student you will learn very important basic to intermediate foundation knowledge of the painting process. This involves Color theory, canvas preparations (wood, Canvas and other substrate choices), Brush selections, Mediums and thinning, Paint storage and reusing. We will work on transferring ideas from still life or sketch to canvas. We will cover brush stroke effects, blending, highlighting and work processes for an efficient and most importantly fun workflow.

About Giuseppe

Hello, my name is Giuseppe. I am excited when I learn of new potential artists. My skills are well rounded and focused. I can teach you in many media applications and art forms. I am able to teach from basic drawing techniques to full Portrait art, Film & Digital Portrait / Fashion Photography and

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Sjakon
Giuseppe is an excellent teacher. I am starting to understand the mysteries of photoshop. By the way I am a 67 year old ophthalmologist, so if he can teach me he can teach anyone :-) I am going to continue having lessons. I am actually quite excited. Something totally new for me.
Loryn C.
Giuseppe received great feedback from my 16 year old daughter after the first lesson, and she wants to continue learning from him.
She is a tough critic, so this is high praise for Giuseppe. :)
JUSTIN
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Eileen M.

27 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $84
  • Awarded Individual Artist Award from The Santo Foundation
  • Art History and Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College
  • 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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Patrick K.
Really enjoyed my first lesson. I came away with practical knowledge that will help me make progress in this challenging medium.
Robert C.
Eileen is customizing our lessons to meet my interests and abilities. I appreciate that very much and am looking forward to future lessons.
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

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing painting teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream painting teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute painting lessons is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $200 per hour.
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$42 average
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"Took my daughter to Mrs Deepali for our first class in Painting and Drawing, with curiosity to see how she'd teach a 9 year old. Was baffled to see teh results.

My daughter has started recurring lessons with this teacher.

I like her patience, and her result oriented skills."
Jack Rhymes
Took Painting lessons from Deepali L.
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"It was great! Deron had me pick out a subject and send him the image ahead of time. He had it printed out and ready to go when I got there, along with the paint colors, brushes and everything. Very impressed with his organization. He went at just the right speed for me and we actually made good progress. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!"
Nancy
Took Painting lessons from Deron C.
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"Teacher was really nice, we painted together and spoke about the therapeutic effects painting has."
Jennifer
Took Painting lessons from Jennifer V.
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"I just completed my first lesson with Tabitha. I highly recommend her to anyone that wants to learn how to paint or to gain a better understanding of painting or drawing. Tabitha is an experienced professional with a wealth of knowledge. Her teaching style is excellent, she has a great, friendly personality & is super encouraging. I learned a lot during my first lesson & I can't wait until my next one.!"
Donna
Took Painting lessons from Tabitha B.
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"I've been taking private lessons from David Lavis for six months to better my technique in portrait art. David is a great instructor who takes the time to ensure I've embraced the concepts and that I can demonstrate my understanding on the canvas. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone wanting to better their skills."
Scott
Took Painting lessons from David L.
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"What a brilliant artist! Joe went over everything an artist needs to know about color. He took the time to explain color psychology, pigment, characteristics, color schemes, color mixing, shadows, highlights, ect! He provided a solid understanding of color knowledge that I can put to effective use. Thank you Joe!!!!!!!!!!"
James
Took Painting lessons from Giuseppe B.
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"I haven't picked up art supplies since high school and Eileen was such a delight and was so supportive of my pitifully lapsed skills. Her studio is everything you imagine a Brooklyn artists studio would be. Would like a little Eileen sitting on my shoulder guiding me through life, like she did through my painting lesson. 10/10 will take lessons again."
Emily
Took Painting lessons from Eileen M.
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"Absolutely great teacher :)"
giulia
Took Painting lessons from Kathy S.
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"Megan was great . We did a "group " lesson with my 90 year old mother who has painted her whole life, but has not in the past 5 or so years along with my 7 year old daughter who loves art. A great experience for granddaughter and grandmother to bond."
Gerry
Took Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"I’ve been wanting to learn to paint for years but it seemed like an expensive thing to get into. Eileen provides materials for beginners which is really helpful because you feel like you can experiment more without making a big commitment. Her lessons are challenging but relaxed and her paintings are awesome and inspiring!"
Kim
Took Painting lessons from Eileen M.
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Private Painting Lessons Near You

Everyone interested in art is familiar with at least a few of the great painters. They've heard names like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Salvadore Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Georgia O'Keefe. With natural talent and/or formal training, you can learn to paint like the greats, too. 

You don't, however, have to produce famous frescos or an infamous smile, like Mona Lisa's, to take great joy from painting. Every sort of painting is a fun, creative, and relaxing pursuit. There're guidelines to help you achieve your artistic goals, but no rules you absolutely have to follow. Painting gives an artist freedom. Whether you use a brush, stencils, or your fingers, painting will help you relax and express yourself. 

Why Learn to Paint?

Even if you're already jazzed about the idea of creating beautiful pictures and feeling the texture of paint swooshing around on a canvas, there're plenty of additional reasons why learning to paint is beneficial. Mentally, painting calls the mind to focus on the composition at-hand — and nothing else, which is highly relaxing. Focusing on non-stressful subjects, while letting all other thoughts go, reduces stress. This reduced stress also has powerful physical benefits, similar to those associated with medication. These include lower blood pressure, reduced pain, and fewer headaches. 

It should come as no surprise that the highly creative pursuit of painting also improves a person's creative abilities. Painting inspires innovative thinking. It also strengthens a person's ability to communicate outside the box. Visual artists happen to be talented non-verbal communicators. Expressing emotions or events through pictures can provide a therapeutic emotional release. 

The Best Way to Learn How to Paint and What You'll Study in Painting Classes

Sure you can find plenty of free painting lessons and tutorials online. Also, many aspiring artists like to experiment on their own, which is a great way to practice, but you can only learn professional techniques and receive personalized instruction from a private painting teacher. In private classes, you'll receive immediate feedback and overcome challenges fast. 

Plus, every private painting class is different! In private lessons, you'll learn at your own level and pace. For example, painting lessons for children differ in terms of content and teaching methods from painting classes for adults. Your painting tutor will completely customize each class to keep you interested and focused on the types of painting that most inspire you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Painting

If you've never taken a painting class before, then beginner lessons are for you. Even if you've painted some on your own, you'll be introduced to basic painting principles and artistic concepts in beginner lessons that you might not have previously encountered. In beginner lessons, your painting tutor might cover the following topics:

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

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Painting

If you're familiar with some basic painting techniques, but want to experiment working with new media or learn to use more complex techniques, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, you'll challenge yourself to push the boundaries of the type of art you're comfortable creating. 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

If you're a wizard with a paint brush, then advanced painting classes are for you. In these lessons, advanced artists have the opportunity to work and train with professionals. You'll have the ability to improve and refine your work with the help of an objective eye. 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

How to Find a Painting Teacher Near You

No matter what type of painting interests you, learning with a private teacher will help you improve your skills. TakeLessons makes finding a painting tutor easy! A quick search will lead you to a long list of experienced painting teachers who offer lessons online and in-person. Before choosing your teacher, we recommend reading through several profiles, images of their own artwork, and reviews left by other students to find the right tutor for you. 

The price of painting lessons varies, but most teachers charge rates based on the length and frequency of your lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you won't have a problem finding someone who fits your budget and your schedule. You'll find that paying for private lessons is well-worth the investment. You'll pick up new skills and techniques quickly and see your paintings improve from the very start!