Find a painting class in Palo Alto, CA

Find painting classes in Palo Alto, CA

Find painting classes in Palo Alto, CA

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Find painting classes in Palo Alto, CA

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Top 10 painting classes in Palo Alto, CA

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Painting Lessons With A Classically Trained Artist

Painting Lessons With A Classically Trained Artist

Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
Serves Palo Alto, CA
Karen M. says, " He is so knowledgeable and such an awesome teacher" Read more
Chapman Fine Arts, Art Lessons

Chapman Fine Arts, Art Lessons

Top Pro
8 hires on Lessons
27+ years in business
Serves Palo Alto, CA
I will teach you how to unlock your hidden talents and to discover essential techniques that can help you avoid months of frustration. I teach various sketching techniques, color mixing, brushwork techniques and teach about light, shadow, color theory and composition. I not only teach these various aspects about art, but I teach you how to make your own decisions in using these aspects. I have taught classes at College of San Mateo and at University Art in Redwood City, CA. I now teach classes in my own studio in San Carlos, CA. I have won many awards in art shows across the nation and collectors from all over the world own pieces of my work...
Black Plaster Studios

Black Plaster Studios

New on Lessons
Offers online services
2+ years in business
Serves Palo Alto, CA
I have been teaching art formally for two years but have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge and learning from others. I strive to have a low-pressure, nonjudgmental, and informative class. I specialize in connecting with students with learning disabilities and welcome all ages. Let's go have some fun!

Your Painting Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do painting classes cost?

Painting classes cost $200 to $500 for a 5- to 10-week course, or $20 to $80 per person for a single session. Local, city-sponsored classes typically cost less than private lessons or college courses. Some painting classes offer discounts for friends, children, or other groups.

Some instructors include all materials in their prices, while others require that you buy some or all of them yourself. Online painting classes can be done anywhere and can be paused as needed without slowing anyone else down.

How long are painting classes?

Painting classes usually last 1 to 3 hours¸ depending on the age group, experience level, and location. Kids' classes are shorter than adult or college-level classes and are sometimes only available during certain hours of the day.

What kind of painting class is best for beginners?

Acrylic paint is best for beginners because it is easy to work with, easy to clean up, and dries quickly. Watercolor paint is also convenient and easy to clean up, but it is harder to work with and correct mistakes. Oil paints are best for beginner or intermediate painters with some experience.

Where can I take painting classes?

You can take painting classes from local rec centers, colleges, private instructors, and paint-and-sip shops. Paint-and-sip businesses provide materials and instructions for students to complete while socializing and drinking or eating.

What do I bring to painting classes?

Some classes provide all of the paint and supplies. Others do not, and you will have to buy your own. This may include any of the following:

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Easel
  • Canvas
  • Apron

How do I hire a painting instructor?

Search our list of instructors, then:

  • Compare 3+ free estimates.
  • Explore reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Choose an experienced instructor.
  • Make sure there are enough openings for you and any friends or family members you bring.
  • Make sure you have the right supplies if applicable.
  • Avoid making large payments up front.

What questions should I ask painting instructors?

When looking for local painting classes, ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been painting?
  • Do you allow walk-ins?
  • What type of paint would you recommend for my experience level?
  • What's your cancellation policy?
  • Do you have an age requirement?
  • How long are your classes?
  • Can I take my work home after class, or does it need to stay here to dry?
  • Will you give me an estimate and contract in writing?

Reviews for Palo Alto painting classes

Recent success stories from people in the Palo Alto area.
Evie C.
He is fantastic! Works well with you and is super encouraging. I can’t wait to see how my art progresses with his instruction.
Painting Lessons With a Classically Trained Artist
Melani B.
Great guidance and coaching without being overbearing. Felt good to get a good start on my painting.
Chapman Fine Arts, art lessons
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