Learn To Paint With Edward Sprafkin

Learn To Paint With Edward Sprafkin

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In all of my 12 year's of teaching, there has been nothing as fulfilling as helping a student excel onto new levels. I teach students how to "see and think like an artist" while giving them the tools to tackle any subject. My teaching technique focuses on the fundamental principals of painting which applies to all painting mediums and all styles of art from impressionistic to the realistic.

I love seeing the beginning and intermediate students that I work with achieve and pass the necessary milestones of the initial learning curve of creating a believable work of art.

  When the "big idea" of painting and the fundamentals are fully understood and put into practice is when a student's artistic growth will jump by leaps and bounds.

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Sun City, AZ 85375
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  • Kim Eckstrom

    Ed Sprafkin is the best instructor I’ve ever had. He is hands-on in his approach and doesn’t hesitate to give personal attention to all his students. Ed comes to his classes very well prepared and makes the lessons such an enriching and enjoyable learning experience. He is energetic and encouraging. I started seeing my art improve in a short space of time under Ed ‘s keen tutelage. I would recommend Ed Sprafkin , this instructor par excellence to any student of art.

  • Loretta Nohava

    I loved that he demonstrated by painting and talked about what he was doing and why, and gave pointers while I was painting. He was very professional and supportive. Great instructor.

  • Joanna Hay

    Ed constantly provides excellent painting information (value, temperature, color mixing, composition, etc). He is very open to questions and comments....Ed has an easy-going personality and patient. I am always inspired when I take a class with Ed.

  • Theresa Trapnell

    Ed provides pertinent demos for his students. He is extremely knowledgeable, very patient, gives one-on-one assistance and readily recognises individual skills and weaknesses. He shows you how to remedy the latter in a positive and constructive way.

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

I will make an assessment of a new student's skill level and devise a plan including specific exercises and/or subject matter that will eliminate their artistic sticking points allowing them to move on to the next level.

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

I've studied at the Art Student's League of New York, attended workshops at the Scottsdale Artist's School in Arizona, and have prior experience working in the illustration, graphic design, and photography fields.

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

I offer 1-on-1 and group lessons up to eight students.  Private 2 hr. lessons for $40 or 3hr lessons for $50. Groups $45 per student/ minimum 3 students at a 3hr. duration.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been teaching for 12 years. I attend figure and drawing sessions and go plein air painting as much as possible to constantly improve painting and drawing those particular subjects.

When my skills finally reached a certain level of competency,  I began to receive teaching offers from various groups and organizations.

In all of my year's teaching, there has been nothing as fulfilling as helping a student excel onto new levels. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with absolute beginners to advanced intermediate artists. In a group or private lessons. Oil and Acrylic mediums welcome. Supply lists are available upon request.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When a student smiles from ear to ear because they have made a new artistic breakthrough in their work.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Learning to draw and paint takes time, dedication, and lots of practice to learn and master. One hour once a week won't be enough. Be wary of anyone stating otherwise.

You need to find a compatible and worthy instructor that will be a guide throughout your artistic journey so do your research.

Visit the potential instructor's website or portfolio page to first see if their work resonates with you. Is their work of a professional quality? Is their work worthy of hanging on your own walls? Is it something to aspire to? What types of ratings and student testimonies have they received? Is the instructor easy to contact via email, text, or by phone?

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

Much like learning to play a musical instrument, an hour lesson once a week isn't going to get you there. You must practice frequently! Know exactly what you wish to learn or improve upon and how much time you the student is willing to invest to reach your goals.

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