Renee Ortiz Studios

Renee Ortiz Studios

5.0 (3)
10 years in business

About this pro

I am an adjunct professor at Saddleback Community College, and a resident artist for Segerstroms.  I studied art at Otis and am currently pursuing my MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design.  I love working with students of all ages and all abilities - because everyone has an inner artist that they should not be afraid to explore! 

When I’m not teaching, I am working on my studio practice of daily painting.  I paint in encaustic, cold wax, oil, pastel, watercolor and acrylic, and love exploring new techniques and mediums. 

Follow my work on Instagram at @reneeortizstudios.  To see more of my work, please visit

I love art- everything about it! Whether it's the discovery process, the mark-making, creating something out of nothing, expressing myself where words won't go- I am passionate to share this with others.  Art changes lives.  It causes us to slow down, to notice, to empathise, to love.  

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Santa Ana, CA 92701
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3 Reviews


  • Karen Fitzgibbons

    Renee is not only an amazing artist but she is an amazing teacher & person! Renee has a great “all inclusive” approach to learning at all levels. She teaches you all the “art rules” but also points out that it’s ok to break the rules. She encourages a casual & mobile sketching practice that is obtainable. Renee gives great feedback to your art - always the positive and suggestions on how to make it better. I’ve learned so much from Renee about the art world. Renee always stresses about our art: “it’s art if you love it - it’s not so much about what others think about it!” Renee makes classes fun and encourages taking risks. I’m forever grateful for her wonderful teaching!

  • Julie Morris

    Renee is so talented in all mediums of art! She is patient and very knowledgeable as a teacher. I would higly recommend taking a class from her if you are a beginner or an advanced painter looking to learn another medium.

  • Stephani Reuter

    It's open, inviting and comfortable surrounded with her beautiful art. She is so warm and welcoming and makes you feel like an amazing artist, even if you are a beginner! A fabulous teacher!

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

I first like to get to know my student, and find out his or her goals for learning art.  After assesing where they want to go and where they are currently, we discuss medium and then set up a lesson time.  I provide materials and guide my students, giving direction and encouragement as we work through a painting together.  We critique a work together, problem solve and set new goals for our next meeting.

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

I am a Segerstrom resident artist.  I studied at Otis, Pasadena Art Center and LCAD and am currently pursuing my MFA at SCAD.  I am a member of California Art Club and LPAPA.  

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

Ordinarily, my initial fee is $65 per hour.  If you want a group lesson, I am happy to do 2 hours for you group at $65 each.  I provide your supplies so that you can try new mediums and see if you like it without all of the investment.  If you are continuing long term regular lessons with me, I will give a substantial price break.

DURING COVID:  I have temporarily suspended all in person lessons, However I regularly teach classes over Zoom.  If you are interested in private or group lessons, please feel free to contact me.  My rate is $30/half hour session.  

How did you get started teaching?

I attended Loyola Marymount University for my degree in education, and have taught in various settings since.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all types!  I love the ones who tell me they can't draw a straight line- I take this as a personal challenge!  I have worked with professional artists wanting to explore a new medium as well as beginning artists, just figuring it all out.  I work with 5 year olds to 85 year olds!   

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Oil Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Illustration Classes