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Anthony G.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $63
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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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
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Teaching since 2011
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Megan R.

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GROUP CLASSES: I also offer group classes for friends , student and co workers .

Learn beginner or advance techniques in painting. 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 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

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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Giuseppe B.

54 Reviews
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Starting at $80
  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Teaches students Male: 3 and up; Female: 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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It's great to be taught by someone that loves what they do and that is Guiseppe! He was very enthusiastic about graffiti art and has helped me understand the fundamentals. I look forward to learning from him again.
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Lea C.
My 12 yr old daughter just had her first lesson. She said he teaches very well. He pauses to take questions and gives helpful feedback and suggestions.
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Roya M.

47 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • 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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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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Eileen M.

30 Reviews
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Starting at $89
  • Art History and Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College
  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • 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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Kathy S.

26 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, French
  • MFA, Visual Arts from San Francisco Art Institute
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Kathy S.

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Become the artist you always wanted to be! Whether you are an aspiring artist, a total beginner, a kid who loves art, a teen building a competitive portfolio, or someone who's always wanted to learn to paint, I will help you develop your technical skills and find your voice as an artist! In our lessons, you will paint from life, exploring composition, concept, and mood through creative assignments. You will train your eye as you paint still lifes, landscapes, portraits, figures, abstractions, and beyond! I will show you examples of historical and contemporary painting as we practice a range of techniques. You will gain confidence through practice and experimentation as you work towards developing your own style as an artist! And most importantly, you’ll have fun! I can’t wait to work with you!

*Due to Covid-19 I am temporarily not offering at-home travel lessons. All lessons will be online only until further notice.

About Kathy

I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist and art educator in New York! I received my Masters of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute and my Bachelors degree at Skidmore College. I make painting and textile-based 3D installations and have shown widely in the Bay Area, New York, and Chic

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good patience and very nice to adjust the way to guide my little girl.
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Average Cost of Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute painting lessons is $72. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $134 per hour.
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"Wonderful teacher. Learned a lot in our hour together. Will book more classes with her."
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Took Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"My mother took her first art lesson with Kathy today! She was timely, attentive, thorough, and very encouraging. We're very glad to have found her!"
Constance
Took Painting lessons from Kathy S.
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"I’m really enjoying my lessons with Eileen. Painting is hard but she’s moving me along through the steps of learning how to do it. We’ve been working together for three months and i can’t believe how much my paintings have improved."
Asia
Took Painting lessons from Eileen M.
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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
Took Painting lessons from David Z.
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"She is one the most heartfelt, knowledgeable teacher I've ever had! I have never been much of an artist but I've always had passion for it. She has challenged me, and pushed me to be a better artist than I have ever thought possible!"
Sadaf
Took Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"This was one of the best classes I have ever attended, in any subject, for the past 30 years. Megan is a brilliant and compassionate teacher. She made me feel like an artist. Thank you, Megan! --Katherine"
Katherine
Took Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Mr. Ohashi is a creative and patient art instructor. His classes are enjoyable and he is intuitive in understanding a student's potential, and how best to communicate technique with consideration to a student's unique style. If I encounter an obstacle, he is able to quickly help me understand and demonstrate with fun examples. He makes art engaging and relaxing, and is knowledgeable about the art community in New York City.

I really love Mr. Ohashi's artistic style and feels fortunate to have attended several of his oil painting shows."
I-Chin
Took Painting lessons from Ohashi R.
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"Mr. Ohashi's classes have been invaluable. I never considered myself to have any great talent in art, but I did have a great interest that, after some failed attempts and false starts, led me to Mr. Ohashi. I couldn't be happier with the teacher I found. With the benefit of Mr. Ohashi's patience, dedication, and sly sense of humor, I've been able to create work I am truly proud of (and which consistently surprises and impresses family and friends) that I wouldn't have thought possible when I first began with him. He is able to impart the fundamental concepts of painting and art-making while still encouraging me to explore a style that is my own. Seeing proof of my own development and increasing skill under Mr. Ohashi's guidance has been incredibly rewarding. I couldn't recommend him more strongly or thank him enough."
David
Took Painting lessons from Ohashi R.
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"I had no idea how fun and easy it was to stretch my own canvases. Joe showed me many time saving techniques and cost effective tools to start makingg my own canvases!"
Daniela
Took Painting lessons from Giuseppe B.
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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!