Bela Fidel Fine Art

Bela Fidel Fine Art

5.0 (19)
4 hires on
26 years in business

About this pro

The versatility of my classes, as well as their quality, makes my business stand out.  Classes are customized to each student's needs, goals, rhythm of learning, interests, etc.  They are regularly analyzed to make sure those needs are always being met.  I absolutely guarantee that my student will learn what he/she wantw to learn.  What I offer provides students with a solid base of knowledge and experience.  They know what they are doing and why, which means that they can eventually become totally independent and know what to do and why.  I do not teach them to paint like I do.  Every student has a style and I respect that.

I also teach Encaustics, which is a 5000-year old technique of painting with hot wax.  This is a fascinating medium whose versatility is astounding.  I offer a variety of workshops, which can be seen at

My classes are small, thus ensuring total personalized attention.  The atmosphere is friendly and warm.

I absolutely love teaching painting/art and seeing the growth and progress of my students.  I guarantee that they will learn what they wish to learn and provide them with a solid base of knowledge and experience.

I have been an art instructor for about 25 years.  In the past year and a half I have at least acquired 23 (so far) positive/favorable reviews of my classes and teaching.

I am a working artist, juried member of the Sonoran Arts League, Arizona Artist Guild and Arizona Art Alliance.  I have received a variety of awards, the latest being in January of 2018 by the Arizona Artists Guild.

My facebook page is belafidelfineart.  Instagram:fidelbela

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I enjoy everything about art and teaching is very important to me.  I like to impart what I know, see the joy of discovery and progress on students' faces.  My teaching is never by rote and in the process I also bring examples of the Masters and the Classics.  By doing this, the student also learns to analyze and better see these important works.  This knowledge is then transferred to their overall appreciation of Art.  I pride myself in offering a rounded up education in Art, not just in painting.  Information is always imparted at a time that I deem right for the level the student is at, so there is no overwhelm and the information then makes sense.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85266
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19 Reviews


  • Sue Gibson

    Bela is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. She wants you to enjoy what you are painting so instructs you in what you are comfortable doing while educating you on the process. She really cares about her students.

  • Rhonda H.

    I have taken both encaustic and oil painting classes from Bela Fidel. Her expertise in both areas was and continues to be of extreme value in my personal growth in art. Along with technique, Bela has helped me to loosen up, get out of my own way and find imagination and depth in my work. Bela's work has qualities that I have strived for and because of her guidance and example I feel much closer to my goal. I highly recommend Bela Fidel as an artist and instructor as well as her classes/instruction.

  • Carolyn G.

    I took an encaustic class with Bela and really enjoyed learning do much fro her. She's a really good teacher and very dedicated to her students.

  • Ernesto G.

    I had a great experience with this artist. She showed me a few good things and I hope to continue taking classes from her in the future. Shes very understanding and has patience. I highly recommend hiring her for an instructor/mentor .

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Initially, we talk on the phone for about 10 minutes so I can assess where they are and where they want to get, their goals, interests, etc., so I can customize the classes.  I also then answer any questions they may have.  I send them a supply list and we schedule a first class.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been painting since 1965 and have taken numerous workshops and classes.  I studied six years with my last instructor in Scottsdale but have had teachers in Brazil, Los Angeles and Arizona.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I recommend 3-hour classes once a week (more, if student is interested).  My classes are small, with a maximum of 3 students.  Often, depending on scheduling, I have only one student.  Either way, every student gets a totally personalized attention, geared towards their interests and goals as well as ways of learning, rhythm of absorption, etc.

How did you get started teaching?

I love teaching and slowly started to build a 
cadre" of loyal students.  Promoting my classes and word of mouth has built the dozens of students in oils, acrylics and encaustics that I have taught so far.

What types of students have you worked with?

A wide variety, from beginners to intermediate, from representational to abstract, from "tight" to "loose".  I am very flexible and I have the resources to support and guide a variety of needs.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are my interests?

What is my final goal?

How do I learn? Is this instructor able to support me in the way that I absorb information?

Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes