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Jane M.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Painting and Drawing from Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jane M.

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Private Watercolor Painting Teacher

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. Taking care of brushes. Paper selection. Painting outdoors in the open air, from photographs, or from still lifes. Using your phone to help you edit your painting. All levels--from beginner to advanced. Demonstrations on creating watercolors in the style of famous watercolorists.

Subject matter can include landscapes, seascapes, florals, abstracts, still life, 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.

About Jane

I LOVE teaching. I'm an award-winning artist and I've taught watercolor & drawing for 20+ years. I've taught students of all ages from the US & Italy. I've taught at Cleveland Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Illinois Central College, in churches, libraries, home schools, & at Harvard

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Diane R.
very good lesson
Rob L.
Jane is a superb instructor who explains the theory and practice of watercolor painting with great clarity and insight. Her online demonstrations and guidance to help the student master these techniques are excellent.
Vanessa
This was my first lesson with this website. I really enjoyed Jane's laid back style and friendly going personality. She was easy to connect with and talk to. Extremely helpful. I like how she focused on exactly what I was asking for help with and didn't waste my time with unnecessary help.
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Megan R.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
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Megan R.

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I will show you the basics of watercolor, animals, faces or landscapes ! Water color is a relaxing and meditative medium perfect for a busy life to slow down and appreciate the creative flow.

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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Eli P.

9 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2014
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Eli P.

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Watercolors for all levels. We'll be discussing color mixing and blending, dry brush vs wet brush, composition, color contrast, mood and theme-ing, and more!

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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Roya M.

37 Reviews
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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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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.
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Emily F.
Roya was great and very accomodating!
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Kelvin L.

141 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks Chinese Mandarin
  • Teaches students 4 to 80
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kelvin L.

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I have been teaching water painting for almost 10 years..
This is a very exciting class! Students will learn How to Paint Watercolors, How to hold a watercolor brush and Basic Brush Control Exercises etc...
I will get you started and perhaps inspire you, as a watercolor painter. I can supply lessons on the craft and skills, but purpose is what is driving you to want to try to create art. What that vision is, is unique for everyone. The footsteps of the path that lies before you are yours to follow until you can find your own path.
So what are you waiting for ? Sign up your lesson today!

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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Erica M.
Kelvin was an incredible teacher! He somehow made the very technical art of origami a bit easier to digest and do on our own from home. He was supportive and cheering us on, and his passion for origami was extremely evident. We can't wait to work with him again. Thanks, Kelvin!
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1st lesson and he was very engaging with my 6 year old.
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Kathy S.

15 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, French
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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My daughter looks forward to Kathy’s lesson every week!
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Average Cost of Watercolor Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute watercolor painting lessons is $78. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $34 and $200 per hour.
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"Highly recommend! Sharron is very talented and encompasses many different skills in the arts. Classes were always enjoyable - I learned and most importantly had a lot of fun! I appreciated how personable she was and feel more confident in my painting skills."
Jess
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Sharron J.
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"I learned A LOT about painting. It was a great first class. Thank you."
Carla
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Melissa M.
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"Thank you. The lesson was fun, informative and tailored to my specific needs. :)"
Julie
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Personable and knowledgeable, it’s going to be productive working with Lily. I told her that these were my first formal lessons and she covered basic techniques and situations when they could be used to their greatest advantage. She listens closely and offered solutions to issues she was able to identify with her expertise. Complimentary and encouraging, she is a great instructor."
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Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Lily S.
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"Deron does an amazing job he has been working with my 7yr old daughter and I couldn't be happier with her progress. The lessons are fun and she really enjoys them."
Erin
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Deron C.
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"The lesson was Great and Fun - Thank you so much Mayra :)"
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Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Mayra N.
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"After viewing some of my paintings she was spot on identifying bad habits and offered many ways to improve. She is immensely skilled as a diagnostician. She presented her points clearly and fully without being condescending. Very much worth the investment. Can’t wait for the next lesson. Due warning. She can assign homework."
Connie
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"Roya is very personable, very patient, and very encouraging. She listens to what I want to accomplish and works with me to try to help me accomplish that. I highly recommend her. I am very pleased with her classes. She has a nice set up and it is a good environment to learn in."
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Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"Learned a lot during my 1st class. Great teacher!"
lesley
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Sharron J.
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"first lesson was great. It's a perfect way for my niece to get her art credit for school each week. thank you"
Hope
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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Private Watercolor Painting Lessons Near You

Composed of pigments suspended in water-based paints, watercolors are one of the most popular forms of painting both for beginning and professional artists. These paints deposit lovely, yet delicate hues on a variety of surfaces and have an impressive range of potential when it comes to creating depth and lightness in a work of art. Plus, they're great for landscapes, still life paintings, and portraits. 

While you might think of most great artists as oil painters, many also used watercolors. Watercolors are responsible for some of the world's greatest works of art. Just consider William Blake's poetry illustrations, Frank Webb's landscapes, and even the many great Japanese watercolor masterpieces, such as "The Great Waves of Kanagawa" by Hokusai. 

Why Learn Watercolor Painting?

Like other forms of painting, painting with watercolors imparts a variety of brain and health benefits. It inspires creativity and also induces deep relaxation. This type of stress relief is important for both your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Watercolors are also many artists' paint of choice because they're easy to clean up, very portable (Can you say plein air painting?), and also more cost-effective than other types of paint. Once squeezed out of a tube, oils or acrylics have to be used or washed away. You can simply let a palette of unused watercolors dry and add water when you're ready to start painting again. 

The Best Way to Learn Watercolor Painting and What You'll Practice in Classes

There are lots of free watercolor painting classes online, but the best way to learn watercolor painting basics and advanced techniques are by studying with a private watercolor painting teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive the kind of personalized instruction that simply isn't possible in a larger class setting or when watching online videos. You'll improve quickly with your teacher's immediate feedback, while learning at a comfortable pace. 

Your private watercolor painting tutor will completely customize each lesson, considering your preferred learning styles, interests, and existing knowledge. For example, watercolor painting lessons for children differ greatly in terms of teaching methods and subject matter from watercolor painting classes for adults. You'll stay motivated and interested, while studying the types of watercolor painting that interest you most. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Watercolor Painting

If you have little or no previous experience working with watercolors, then beginner lessons are for you. In these lessons, your teacher will introduce you to all the basics of watercolor painting to help you develop a strong foundation of skills and techniques. You'll work on simple compositions, while learning to create art with watercolors. In beginner lessons, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to watercolors (learn about the different types and forms of watercolor paints)
  • Gather your supplies (brushes, papers, palettes, and more)
  • Learn how to begin a watercolor painting (wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry)
  • Practice mixing, diluting, and building up colors
  • Perform tricks with salt and heat

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Watercolor Painting

If you're familiar with the basics of painting with watercolors, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, your watercolor painting tutor will challenge you to make increasingly complex paintings, while introducing you to more challenging watercolor techniques. In these lessons, your teacher might choose to cover the following subjects:

  • Experiment with different substrates (weights of paper, plaster, wood, etc.)
  • Practice precision painting
  • Consider composition and negative space
  • Learn how to work in layers
  • Use color theory to create visually dynamic compositions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Watercolor Painting

Advanced watercolor classes are intended for artists who already possess a wide range of well-polished watercolor skills. In these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to challenge yourself while working with a professional artist. Subjects taught in advanced lessons depend greatly on the individual student's interests and goals, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Develop personal style and techniques
  • Workshop your composition and collection ideas
  • Hone your skills and challenge yourself with unique subject matters
  • Prepare a collection for a gallery showing
  • Learn all about the business of art

How to Find a Watercolor Painting Tutor Near You

If you're ready to start creating beautiful watercolor paintings, you'll get the best start by learning and practicing with a private teacher. Luckily, finding a watercolor painting teacher on TakeLessons is easy. A quick search will direct you to a variety of teachers who offer private lessons online and in-person to students of all ages and abilities. We recommend browsing several teacher profiles and reading reviews left by other art students before choosing the teacher who's right for you. 

The price of watercolor painting classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding a tutor who fits your budget and schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast, as your watercolor painting skills improve immensely after just the first lesson!