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Jane M.

47 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Awarded Design of Merit Award, (Branding for the museum) from Currier Museum of Art
  • Painting and Drawing from Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy
  • Teaching since 1996
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Jane M.

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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. Managing the water to pigment ratio. Paper selection. Setting up your palette. What paints to use. And brushes: how many, what kind and brand? Painting outdoors in the open air, or from photographs, or from a still life. Using your phone to help you critique your painting. All levels--from beginner to advanced. Demonstrations on creating watercolors in the style of famous watercolorists like John Singer Sargent, or Winslow Homer.

Subject matter can include journaling, watercolor sketching, landscapes, seascapes, florals, abstracts, still life, urban settings, 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 ...

About Jane

I LOVE teaching. I'm an award-winning artist and I've taught watercolor for 25+ 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 University

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Rodney
Jane is a wonderful teacher. She's funny, patient, kind, and supportive. She is very skilled at giving feedback that is developmentally appropriate and helpful. She's also an accomplished artist with a rich knowledge of art history, which she incorporates into her lessons when appropriate, and which I personally enjoy greatly.
Margaret G.
Awesome!! I enjoyed the pace. Jane is very friendly and inspiring. Extreemly good teacher and explores the students needs and expectations to ensure you get a lot from the lesson. I would highly recommend!!
Ginny C.
Jane has a very calm and soothing demeanor. She is very intuitive of your needs! Enjoyed our class
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Melissa M.

38 Reviews
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Starting at $20
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2006
  • History from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
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Melissa M.

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Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

About Melissa

I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history. I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes i

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My 14 y/o daughter enjoyed her lessons.
Violet H.
Wonderful drawing lesson with my 4 year old daughter. My daughter looks forward to her next set of lessons with Melissa. I am grateful and I highly recommend!
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David Z.

8 Reviews
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Starting at $59
  • BFA Fine Art Painting from Northern Illinois University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 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
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Starting at $60
  • Awarded The Edge of Realism from Abend Gallery
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 2011
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Megan R.

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In private watercolor classes I will show you the basics of watercolor and the ways to make it fun. Popular classes include how to paint animals, faces or landscapes. Water colors are wonderful for illustration, expressive art or realism. Watercolor is a relaxing and meditative medium perfect for a busy life to slow down and appreciate the creative flow.

30 MINUTE CRITIQUE: If you want a critique of your artwork to help you with the next steps , sign up for the 30 minute class, you will receive a recording of the class .

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

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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Gary
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 students 5 and up
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Deron C.

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Teaching artist Deron Cohen will guide you step-by-step through how to re-create an image in watercolor paint. Learn techniques and tricks!

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
  • M.F.A from NMSU
  • Teaches students 11 and up
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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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Average Cost of Watercolor Painting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute watercolor painting lessons is $75. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $107 per hour.
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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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"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."
Eleanor
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Roya M.
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"Outstanding teacher! Took lessons with my kids. Megan is wonderful!"
Chris
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Megan R.
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"Our 5-year old daughter is really enjoying her painting lessons with Lauren"
Olive
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Lauren W.
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"My 5-year old had a great time and did very independently from our supervision a nice watercolor with Lauren."
Isabela
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Lauren W.
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"Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue."
Diana
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Melissa M.
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"My daughter learned some great water color techniques, she is always so excited about her lessons with Lauren."
Rowan
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Lauren W.
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"Well prepared and did a great job with a shy 5 year old. :)"
Jason
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Lauren W.
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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 had a great time and learned a lot painting with Sharon. This was my first painting lesson. She is patient, helpful and very passionate about watercolors. She is also very knowledgeable and answered all my questions.
Sharon will tailor your lesson to your goals. You do not need to be an artist to enjoy these lessons."
Julie
Took Watercolor Painting lessons from Sharon M.
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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.

If you’re interested in introducing yourself to the art of watercolor painting or expanding on the skills you already have, TakeLessons can help. We offer all kinds of art sessions, including basic watercolor painting lessons for beginners as well as more advanced lessons for students already familiar with this art form. Whether you’re looking to learn the basics or master more

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complex techniques, our watercolor painting lessons will put you on the path toward success.

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 well-being. The act of creating artwork can also help you express yourself, boost your confidence, improve your problem-solving skills, and even enhance your memory!

Aside from the positive mental and emotional benefits, painting can open up a world of opportunities. For example, you might find that watercoloring is your passion, and you’d like to pursue a career selling your artwork or teaching others to create masterpieces. Or perhaps it’s a hobby that you begin to love, and you’ll find pleasure in painting gifts for your friends and family or making art collections for yourself.

The Benefits of Taking Basic Watercolor Painting Lessons

We get it—learning a new skill can be intimidating. For example, maybe the students in your class are at a more advanced level than you, or perhaps your teacher moves at a pace that’s too fast for you to keep up. You might even feel nervous about asking questions or spending too much time on one subject.

That’s why we offer private watercolor painting lessons to all our students. We strive to remove all those barriers and boundaries so that you can learn in an environment that is most conducive to your learning style. Your private teacher will work with you one-on-one, providing you with individualized attention so that you can focus on what you need in order to succeed.

During your private lessons, you get to call the shots, choose the pace, ask all your questions, and work on the subjects that interest you most. With your tutor’s help, guidance, and support, you will be crafting watercolor masterpieces before you know it!

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Watercolor Painting

In beginner watercolor painting 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

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

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 Watercolor Painting Lessons Near You

At TakeLessons, we understand the importance of working with a tutor that understands you and your needs. So to ensure you and your tutor are a good match, we let you decide who you want to work with. We feature a long list of professional and certified painting teachers with various backgrounds and expertise. To get to know them better, you can read their profiles, check out their reviews, and even connect with them before you make your decision.

We also want to make learning convenient for you, so we invite you to choose between in-person and online lessons. Our online lessons take place virtually using audio and video conferencing over the internet. If you choose the online format, all you need is an internet connection and a device to connect you, such as laptop, smartphone, or computer.

Sign up for watercolor painting lessons near you today to grow into the artist you’ve always dreamed of becoming!