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Megan R.

58 Reviews
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Starting at $89
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
  • Teaching since 2011
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Megan R.

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Private Watercolor Painting Teacher

PRIVATE CLASSE: 60 minute, 90 minute or 120 minute

With private watercolor classes I will show you the basics of watercolor, a variety of techniques and how to paint animals, faces or landscapes. Water colors are wonderful for illustrations , expressive art or realism . Water color is a relaxing and meditative medium perfect for a busy life to slow down and appreciate the creative flow.

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

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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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
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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.

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Roya M.

47 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Farsi
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Best female 1st generation artists from Eiseman Center for Performing Arts, Richardson TX
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Roya M.

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Private Watercolor Painting Teacher

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.
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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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Kathy S.

26 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, French
  • Teaching since 2011
  • 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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Kayla Louven G.

7 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Speaks Tagalog, English
  • One-Year Bible from West Coast Baptist College
  • Teaching since 2016
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Kayla Louven G.

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About Kayla Louven

Kayla is a self-taught, modern calligrapher who is excited about sharing the skill of writing beautifully with her community. From watching several hours of calligraphy tutorials online to testing out different writing supplies and workbooks, she simplifies calligraphy and makes it easier to achiev

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John M.
Professional, positive, and enthusiastic; I appreciate the new tools that Kayla brings to each lesson that keeps me interested and motivated.
John M.
Fantastic lesson; personal touches to calligraphy letters, word connections, and flourishes make the time interesting and enjoyable. Professional and knowledgeable instructor.
John M.
Consistently fantastic experience. Kayla's focus on tailoring the calligraphy to my capabilities keeps me interested and enthusiastic.
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Jane M.

44 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Design of Merit Award, (Branding for the museum) from Currier Museum of Art
  • Teaches students 8 to 85
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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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Annaka H.
Jane was very knowledgeable and kind. My first lesson was wonderful, I learned a lot and enjoyed her pleasant and positive instruction style. I am looking forward to many more watercolor painting lessons with her!
Ricki S.
Terrific experience! Jane provided a well organized lesson.
Rodney
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Lauren W.

43 Reviews
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Starting at $18
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Art and Psychology from College of Saint Benedict
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Lauren W.

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Practicing Artist of 7 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!

About Lauren

Hi I’m Lauren! I'm the artist and creator of Explaurenart.com. I've taught over 250 lessons on this platform!! I have been involved in the arts for 8 years now! I graduated May 2020 from the College of Saint Benedict with a bachelors degree in Art and Psychology. One of my goals is to spread the th

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The average cost of 60-minute watercolor painting lessons is $95. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $65 and $134 per hour.
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"Lesson was really fun and we got farther than I expected to in the first session! Kathy was prompt, polite, and professional. Thanks so much!"
Lauren
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Kathy S.
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"Ohashi's ability to communicate as an instructor is great! His watercolor technique is fantastic, in my opinion. I went to one of his openings in NYC, and it was really impressive. Highly recommend!"
Brad
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Ohashi R.
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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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"Learned a lot during my 1st class. Great teacher!"
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Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Sharron J.
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"His watercolor technique is really great. I have a collection I keep at home. Ohashi is a very thoughtful teacher who gives excellent and accessible instruction."
Brad
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Ohashi R.
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"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!"
Lee
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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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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"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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"Megan is really good and talented teacher"
Sofía García
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Megan was outstanding. Warm, creative, knowledgeable and met me where I am. I am so delighted to have found her and look forward to working with her for many years to come, Ruth Mayer"
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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!