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About this pro

Teaching itself is an art form, and I fully appreciate that. I love to learn from my students just as much as I love to see their progress and understanding of new concepts and techniques. I watched my grandmother teach art all my life, and she has been my inspiration and guide. Aside from teaching technical skills, I like to foster my students' creativity, individuality, and expression.

I have been a working teacher of the arts for 2 years in Santa Maria, CA and online. I have more experience teaching children than adults, but I love to teach both.

I have had my Associate's degree in Studio Art since 2016. Several pieces of my work have won awards at the California Mid-State Fair several years in a row. 

You can view my more current work at my Instagram and Facebook pages:

The most rewarding thing about teaching art is seeing students feel proud of their work and improvement. I also love teaching groups, as artists improve by learning from and exposing themselves to other artists, ideas, thoughts, and experiences. Teaching is a great way to allow myself those opportunities as well as my students. 

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Fullerton, CA 92833
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  • Purnima S

    Emily is a very talented teacher and she is great with kids. She teaches kids in a way that they understand the new drawing skill and she helps them to bring out their best. My son enjoys learning from Emily and I am happy we had a opportunity to work with her. I highly recommend her!

  • Melanie Sweeney

    She was so engaged with the girls for their lesson! They really enjoyed it!

  • Shelly Burkert-Fellers

    Emily was so sweet. We were very happy with our lesson and would definitely recommend her. She taught and online anime drawing lesson to my daughter and her friends during her birthday zoom party.

  • Ami Aranha

    Emily has been great with my daughter. She’s made drawing interesting and fun! And this is via zoom.

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

I begin by getting to know you as a person and ask about you interests. I will also ask what your goals are in learning from me (i.e. do you want to have fun, become an expert artist, both, etc.). I offer a free trial lesson (up to 60 minutes), during which I will teach you a fun exercise tailored to your interests, skill levels, and goals. If you enjoy the free trial, we will schedule consistent lessons.

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

I earned my Associate's degree in Studio Art in 2016. The program was very heavy on understanding design and art techniques, but also focused on building creativity skills and style. I also practiced and learned art techniques from my grandmother throughout my life--she was also a professional art instructor.

I have years of experience in teaching individuals and groups children ages 0-12 and one year of experience teaching students ages 13-69. I really enjoy teaching in group settings! 

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

$20 per hour for private lessons

$10-16 per person per hour for group lessons depending on age and number of participants

I charge in quarter-hour increments

How did you get started teaching?

I started assistant-teaching dance when I was about 12 years old and I really enjoyed leading and helping dancers. As I got older and more in touch with my creativity, I really enjoyed sharing my creative visions with others. Since then, I've had several teaching jobs and consistently began teaching art over the last year. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked mostly with children of elementary-middle school ages, but I also work with adults. My lessons are best suited for beginner-level artists with little to no knowledge of art techniques to intermediate-level artists with moderate knowledge and experience.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Last year, because of Coronavirus, my aunt's friend was trying to find something to do for her daughter's birthday party while still maintaining social distancing guidelines. My aunt recommended me to her to create a composition and teach the kids how to paint it. I really enjoyed giving the kids a way to have some fun learning time with each other and make nice paintings.

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

Look for an instructor who will give constructive criticism without crushing your spirit. There are elements that make art more visually appealing and/or clearer to the eye, but art needs to speak to you as the artist, or else why are you making it? Some art instructors can be blunt and disrespectful, but art is extremely personal--they're doing their job wrong if they're making you feel like your art is "wrong."

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

How do you handle suggestions and criticism? It's okay if you have a hard time accepting them, but a good teacher knows that art is in the eye of the beholder/artist and won't say something with the intention of hurting your feelings. If you have trouble accepting suggestions and criticism, let your instructor know that ahead of time so that they can instruct you in a way that feels more comfortable to you.

What do you think you need help with? Expressing your messages or finding your creativity? Technique?

How much are you able to spend? While it is true that purchasing more expensive art supplies does result in higher quality, outlandishly expensive art supplies are often not worth their cost. It's helpful for your instructor to know your budget so that they can help you make the best art with what you can afford.

Lessons offered

Craft Classes Painting Classes Drawing Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons Baking Classes Cooking Classes Ballet Classes Child Acting Lessons Contemporary Dance Classes Dance Classes Hip Hop Dance Classes Shakespearean Acting Classes