OC Art Studios

OC Art Studios

5.0 (8)
Best of 2022
1 employee
14 years in business

About this pro

Instructor to children, teens, and adults. Former animation artist and current picture book illustrator with experience in Fine Art, Illustration, and Animation. Current adjunct faculty at Laguna College of Art + Design teaching figure drawing classes. Owner of OC Art Studios, offering after-school enrichment programs to over a dozen schools in the Orange County area. website: http://larissamarantz.com

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Orange, CA 92867
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8 Reviews


  • Sylvia Sully

    Larissa has been an amazing private instructor for my daughter, helping her prepare a portfolio for admission to OCSA. Her dedication, instruction, as well as her personal concern over my daughter's success has been remarkable. She is also an amazing artist and overall an awesome person. My daughter loves working with her and she is very flexible with our schedule and needs.

  • Allison Le

    Larissa is a very kind and talented teacher, and she works hard to make sure her students understand the concepts she explains.

  • Valois (Lily) Stokes

    Oh man I can't even begin to explain the experience I've had. After lesson one I had learned so much about how to draw humans properly, and the my skills keep accelerating dramatically each lesson! I even get such helpful feed back that I've noticed pretty much every aspect of my art has increased in quality and many things are now so much easier for me to do and understand! I'm always excited to go into each lesson with new things to show, and I love leaving with something new to work on or something new I've learned!

  • Gwen Cruttenden

    I would strongly recommend Larissa Marantz as a private art instructor to any student looking to build a portfolio for college. She helped strengthen my daughter's abilities as an artist and guided her to create strong pieces for her portfolio. Throughout their time together, Larissa taught my daughter about animation, fine art and illustration which gave her a broad base for applying to art school.

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

During our initial consultation, I look over the student's past work and discuss what their interests in learning are so I can cater a specific course of action that will meet their expectations. I frequently work with students to build art portfolios for college or OCSA and usually there is a deadline involved with this. I create a calendar of goals that need to be met in order to create a strong portfolio for acceptance. For students who are looking to improve their skill set in a given medium, or are looking to learn a new type of medium, I help the student create projects of interest to them so that the principles of design can be learned in an engaging way.

I am interested in longterm mentorship of my students.

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

BFA received from Cal State University, Fullerton

Former Nickelodeon Animation Artist

Children's Book Illustrator for Simon & Schuster, Random House

Paintings exhibited in DC, New York, Los Angeles, Orange County

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

Hourly lessons are $80 for in-studio

Hourly lessons are $100 for in-home lessons

How did you get started teaching?

I first started teaching when my son was five years old and a friend of mine said we should sign our kids up for an art class. I told my husband about it and he suggested that my friend pay me instead and I would teach the kids. I have been teaching art ever since. My son now assists with my art classes in the after-school programs we offer.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent event that I am happy about is that my painting was accepted into a juried exhibition at the Chemer's Gallery and won Honorable Mention for Contemporary Art. 

But the thing that will be hard to top is when my painting of Barack Obama was displayed in the offices of the White House during his presidency.

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