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Anthony G.

26 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Awarded GRAND PRIZE from Highlands Festival At Waterloo Art Show
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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. If you would like to work

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 bec

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I'm delighted to be receiving instruction from Anthony.
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David Z.

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Starting at $70
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • BFA Fine Art Painting from Northern Illinois University
  • Teaching since 2010
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David Z.

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• Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal and oil to create artwork.
• Confer with clients and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
• Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques for clients of all ages.
• Collaborate, gather materials and design curriculum for art workshops in the community:
o Charcoal Over Watercolor Workshop
o Watercolor Workshop
o Acrylic Painting Workshop
o Self-Portraits in Charcoal Workshop
o Mixed Media Black Ink Over Gouache Workshop
o Oil Pastel Workshop “Beekle, The Imaginary Friend”

• Providing professional framing services for art workshop clientele
• Art brokering and marketing art material at various shows including:
o Art Show- Prairie Arts Festival, Schaumburg, 5-28-2017
• Sales, Murals Advertising and Promotional Artwork

About David

Dedicated art professional with 18 years of experience in creating artwork utilizing various medias. In my early years I worked as an outsider artist giving watercolor lessons for Susan Edwards of the artist place called "The Art Attack in Sycamore Illinois. After some years of painting and display

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Daniel
Had a great lesson with David, Decided to purchase a few hour one time lesson to paint a picture with my wife. David did a great job. I was very happy how he accommodated us and the time he put in before the lesson.
Michelle C.
David explains well to what needs improvement and is very constructive to what needs to be done. I’m learning so much. It’s exciting
Karin
David is very experienced and knowledgeable for many art forms. And is very personable also.
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Megan R.

72 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $60
  • BFA Painting from Texas State University
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Megan R.

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Oil painting is a timeless medium. Learn about materials, color mixing , stages of a painting , contemporary and classical techniques and more. I have been trained by international artists in the top of their field in classical atelier methods as well as contemporary painting styles.

My classes bring a sense of adventure and curiosity to portraits, landscape, abstraction and other styles. Each class is customized to meet you where you are.

I have been exhibiting and selling paintings for 10 years so I can also help you in the realm of keeping an active creative practice alive. I also offer a professional perspective on pursuing an art career if you want to take your love of painting to the next level.

If you want a critique of your work sign up for the 30 minute class and receive a recording of the class.

About Megan

My background: When I'm not in my art studio creating oil paintings, I enjoy teaching others what I have learned in over a decade of schooling. I have trained with some of the top artists in the fine art industry and learned many of their secrets to share with you. My methods combine classical and

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Megan is an outstanding artist as I noted seeing her portfolio and some work she shared at the start of our lesson but a great teacher as well! Very positive, easy to understand, clear about next steps and gives homework to do on if you want to really dig in. Looking forward to the next session!
Hani
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I loved it it was challenging
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Deron C.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Bachelor of Fine Art from UCLA
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Deron C.

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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.

About Deron

I am a San Diego native and have shown my paintings extensively throughout San Diego. It wasn't until several years after I graduated from UCLA in 1994 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, that I really tried to show my work in galleries. Most recently, my work has been in shows at Project X Gallery, The

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Paul D.
Great teacher! Excellent, patience, very helpful!
Amanda G.
Deron helped me simplify my technique so painting will be enjoyable and I will be so much better at it! I am thrilled
Kai C.
Deron was wonderful to work with and very communicative. My son enjoyed his art lesson.
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Roya M.

55 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • Speaks English, Farsi
  • Teaches students 11 and up
  • 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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Lisa Hermanns
Roya is very encouraging and pleasant to work with!!!She picks wonderful lessons that address your interests and skill level. I look forward to improving my drawing skills and growing as a student of art!!!!
Andrew
She is very niice and patient.
Becky
She was just wonderful in showing me different techniques with each lesson.
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Nicole P.

11 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaching since 2019
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Nicole P.

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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!

About Nicole

I am a professional mixed media artist. My mediums include drawing (graphite, charcoal, pen, etc) acrylic paint, spray paint, oil paint, and more! I love teaching students who are excited to learn new things. I am a firm believer that anyone can make beautiful and unique art. Especially you! M

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A very productive and fun first lesson! I look forward to more lessons! Nicole is patient and so knowledgeable.
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Average Cost of Oil Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute oil painting lessons is $86. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $69 and $107 per hour.
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"I really enjoyed my first oil lesson. Megan is very knowledgeable and teaches in a way that is easy to understand. I feel like I can achieve my goals under Megan’s teaching skills."
Carolee Johnson
Took Oil Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Having Mr. Ohasi as an Instructor has been one of the most valuable and enjoyable things I've done in life. It sounds a bit cliche, but in all honesty, I've learned more about myself in the time I've worked with him than I've done in a long while.

He not only helped me understand how to build my skills, but also that its okay to be an individual. At the same time he taught me how art centers around community and helping each other develop into people who can help others. He helped me to put my thoughts/ dreams on canvas and helped me make them real. I truly enjoy his classes!"
Tahani J.
Took Oil Painting lessons from Ohashi R.
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"Megan is very patient, easy going and super talented. The perfect instructor. I am an amateur and learned so much in just one lesson. Definitely booking more appointments."
Nancy
Took Oil Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Amazingly patient and brilliantly talented !!!"
Jillian
Took Oil Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Perfect fit for my style!"
Erwin
Took Oil Painting lessons from Ohashi R.
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"What a great lesson. Roya looked at some paintings that I had previously done and had a great lesson ready for me"
Sheri
Took Oil Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"Lauren is fantastic to work with and I've learned a lot already!"
Jackson
Took Oil Painting lessons from Lauren W.
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"Roya is a wonderfully energetic, hands on art teacher, who has moved my oil painting from mundane to lively & exciting. My lessons with Roya are such a pleasure. The lessons are geared toward helping me grow in areas I expressed a need for, as well as filling in weaknesses which her expertise recognizes need working on."
Lee
Took Oil Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"Roya is a wealth of knowledge. She is patient, but still moves forward at a nice pace. She encourages to progress beyond current comfort levels."
Nancy
Took Oil Painting lessons from Roya M.
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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"
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Took Oil Painting lessons from Roya M.
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Private Oil Painting Lessons Near You

Used to create Bhuddist artwork, oil painting originated between the fifth and tenth centuries in Afghanistan. Sometime during the Middle Ages, oil painting made its way to Europe. The earliest European oil paintings are dated to around the 13th century in England, but it wasn't until the Renaissance that oil painting took hold, with oil paints becoming the medium of choice.

Since then, nearly all the master painters (except Michelangelo) have worked with oils. You'll recognize many famous oil paintings. These include works like the "Mona Lisa," "Starry Night," and "Whistler's Mother."

Why Learn Oil Painting?

Oil painting requires slightly more specific supplies and tools than any-old-paint-brush, paper, and cup of water. The specialized supplies and techniques ne

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eded for oil painting intimidate some artists, but it's the tools that are unique to oil painting that make it so brilliant. Once you know what you need and how to use it, oil painting's actually pretty simple!

A great choice for aspiring artists, new to painting, oil paints are much easier to use than others, like watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. They're also quite forgiving; it's simple to correct any mistakes you make. (But remember, they're only "happy accidents," according to Bob Ross.)

For well-practiced painters, oil paint offers the most versatility, control, and color potential. You can control the texture, saturation (value), blending, flow, drying time, and viscosity. Oil paint allows you to deposit perfect brushstrokes and also empowers artists to capture the most realistic colors of any type of paint. 

The Best Way to Learn Oil Painting and What You'll Study in Lessons

It's easy to find plenty of free oil painting lessons and tutorials online, but the best way to learn oil painting is with a private teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive personalized instruction that isn't possible when viewing videos online or participating in a group class. You'll be able to work on the types of paintings that you enjoy most, while overcoming your own personal challenges. 

Plus, no two private lessons are exactly alike. Private teachers design each lesson to meet the needs of their students, taking into account preferred learning styles and preexisting knowledge. For example, oil painting lessons for adults differ from oil painting classes for children in terms of teaching method and course content. In private lessons, you'll stay motivated and interested, while you work at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Oil Painting

If you have little or no previous experience oil painting, then beginner lessons are for you. In beginner classes, your oil painting teacher will introduce you to the oil painting basics you need to start experimenting and making art with the medium. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Set up your studio and gather all the supplies you need
  • Learn how to care for your supplies
  • Introduction to color and mixing color
  • Understanding and using oil sketches
  • Introduction to pain order
  • Complete a small painting

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Oil Painting

If you're already familiar with oil painting, but would like to improve your method by learning new techniques, then intermediate lessons are what you need. In intermediate classes, your oil painting tutor will introduce you to new concepts and approaches to painting, while you challenge yourself with increasingly complex and diverse subjects. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Consider composition and negative space
  • Create depth using perspective, background, middle ground, and foreground
  • Learn painting techniques (scrumbling, chiaroscuro, alla prima, etc.)
  • Working with and manipulating value
  • Painting landscape and still life
  • Using color graduation

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Oil Painting

Advanced oil painting classes are intended for well-practiced oil painters. In these lessons, artists will have the chance to work with other skilled painters to improve their compositions, techniques, and other stylistic choices. Content covered in advanced lessons greatly depends on the student's interests and goals, but your tutor might cover the following:

  • Painting the human form from live subjects
  • Painting from memory
  • Oil glazing
  • Art restoration and preservation
  • Create highly realistic paintings (trompe l'oeil)
  • Navigating the business of art

Find an Oil Painting Teacher Near You

If you're ready to sign up for private oil painting classes, then you'll need a teacher. Finding an oil painting tutor near you with TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will display pages of teachers who offer private lessons online and in-person. Be sure to check out several teacher profiles and reviews left by other aspiring artists, before you choose the tutor who's best for you. 

TakeLessons tutors base rates on the length and frequency of lessons, but the cost of oil painting classes varies. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll be able to find someone who fits your budget and your schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast, as you get comfortable with a brush, learn new techniques, and improve your skills after the very first lesson.