Art By Tara Rocker

Art By Tara Rocker

5.0 (1)
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

I love painting! I enjoy painting with others and giving tips, that they can immediately see results with. I have qwerky humor, and very mellow, yet direct. I have been teaching lessons to groups for 3 years, and painting for over 20 years. I have sold numerous Acrylic paintings online and I have a website dedicated to my artwork and illustrations. I actually use multiple mediums, yet I favor acrylic.  On Facebook I can be found under Tara Rocker's Creative Art and Writing. Instagram @artbytararocker (1000+followers). I also have an online store and gallery; . 

 I have a Social Work background with a Master's in Social Work. My career choice allowed me to work with children and families for over 18 years. Other links to my work:

Fine Art America

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Castro Valley, CA 94546
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1 Review


  • Janet C.

    Super fun and relaxing. No pressure to be perfect. Tara is a great instructor and encourages you to tap into your own artistic talents cuz we all have them. Her passion for art shines thru as well as her love for teaching.

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

I complete a verbal assessment of what they are looking to get from the art lesson. If there are any specific techniques that they wish to strengthen or learn. Cover some basic of acrylic painting or watercolor. Start with a short study of a still object. 

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

I am primarily self taught, and have been painting for over 20 years. I had entry level art classes in college. I now paint part time and sale commissions, lead group paint sessions. Giving art lessons is the fun part of my art business. I consider Acrylic paint to be the strength I can share, with typically abstract, or mural like creations. 

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

I charge $25 an hour each session is 2 hours ($50) Supply deposit of $50

Group lessons range from $150 and up, depending on the group size. Group sessions have a $50-$100 dollar deposit due upon signing contract. 

How did you get started teaching?

Prior to establishing my career I worked with students in Elementary, Middle, and High School enrichment programs. I was also a Substitute teacher. I honestly wanted to inspire a love for art in everyone I can! I decided to offer Paint Parties as an opportunity to teach painting lessons. This is my 3rd year in official business. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, and variant abilities. Children and Adults.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

An event I am fond of is the painting of a mural in East Oakland, Ca. I worked alone for two days, to produce a positive message for youth and adults in the community.

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

I would advise a student looking to hire a teacher for acrylic painting to look at their work, see if their style appeals to them. Be sure they are capable of communicating effectively, and in a way that is easy to follow, and comprehensive. 

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

What specifically they want to work on.

Time they are willing to invest in learning.

What type of skills do they want to develop.

What level artist do they feel they are?


Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons