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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 have been watching 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. My favorite thing to hear is, "Wow, I learned a lot today!" Also, artists become better by learning from and exposing themselves to other artists, ideas, thoughts, and experiences, and teaching is a great way to allow myself those opportunities. 

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Fullerton, CA 92833
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5 Reviews


  • Robin Bennitt Ingram

    Beautiful designs! Unique and clever.

  • Sunny Lin

    Emily is a wonderful art teacher who really cares about student learning. She is very patient and knowledgeable. This year with remote learning my daughter needed some guidance for her art work from school. With Emily's clear instructions she was able to make some beautiful art works. Emily is very positive and encouraging. She makes art learning fun for her students. My daughter truly enjoys her art lessons with Emily.

  • Emmet Pierce

    Emily is an excellent art teacher. She is knowledgeable, encouraging and very patient. She clearly loves what she does. I strongly recommend her.

  • Elisa Mitchell

    Emily plans a fun activity with material lists and important details well in advance of the lesson. She is also excellent with her communication and checks in to make sure everyone is on track. The lesson is easy to follow. She offered individual advice as needed and can work with people from beginner to more advanced. Emily is very thoughtful and makes sure that everyone in the class has time to ask questions and learn from one another. I have taken two painting classes with Emily and my skills have grown each time. Thank you Emily for offering these great paint classes to develop our skills and confidence.

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

I begin by getting to know them as a person and ask them questions about what they know about art or the medium we are using. Then I begin explaining basic art concepts and do fun, technical, skill-building exercises with them to help them understand art and design conepts to make their art better.

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 have been also practicing with and learning art from my grandmother all my life--she is a professional art instructor.

I have years of experience in teaching children ages 0-12 as well as a few instances of instructing adults. 

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

$15 per hour

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. Ever since then, I've loved trying to make a positive impact on others' lives.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked mostly with children of elementary age, but I have also worked with adults on a few occasions. I have mostly worked with beginners with little to no knowledge of art techniques. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, 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 know ahead of time that 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 Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Oil Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons