Simcoe Studios

Simcoe Studios

7 years in business

About this pro

Barb Simcoe has been painting for over 40 years. She paints in acrylics, water mixable oils, pastels, watercolor and colored pencils. She received a BS in Art Education from SUNY, New Paltz in the late 70’s. Recently, she began hosting Paint ‘n Pour Parties & offers individual painting classes, too, for the more serious student. She is kind, patient and full of humor, which makes for a warm, supportive learning environment. 

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Sahuarita, AZ 85629
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I like to get a feel for where they are in their artistic growth & what their expectations are for the class. I have an 8-week/16 hour curriculum that covers basic painting elements, such as composition, color and paint application. I demonstrate how we can enhance photographs to use them as references for our finished paintings. By then end of the class, they’ll have a finished painting, whose elements work well together & they will understand why it works. 

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

BS, Art Education, SUNY, New Paltz and a certificate in Graphic Design, UC, Davis, plus numerous workshops & forty+ years of painting. 

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

I ask $30.00 per two hour session. The student supplies all their own materials. 

How did you get started teaching?

I did student teaching in college & have volunteered in several classrooms. I trained my workforce development staff for over 20 years. Several years ago, after retiring, I began hosting Paint ‘n Pour Parties, which lead to teaching individual students. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly women and children. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Awhile back, I did 30 portraits in 30 days, which really helped ease my fears around doing portraits.

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

Look for someone who has loads of painting experience, but who is kind & patient & interested in helping you learn & grow.

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

What are your expectations & goals? 

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