S. S. Solis Fine Art

S. S. Solis Fine Art

5.0 (5)
5 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

I'm an artist and I teach art at the college level. I specialize in painting and drawing of the figure, landscape, and still life, using watercolor, oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, and many other two-dimensional medias.  I've uploaded some of my work for you to view.  I have extensive knowledge in the alchemy of artist materials and supports.  I make some of my own paints, pastels, inks and more.  I also work with Encaustic (traditional hot wax painting).  If you seek private instruction in any drawing and painting media with an artist having the education and knowledge about process, artist materials, techniques, and is willing to share their knowledge, then we will work well together.  Lessons are at my studio in Fair Oaks and/or we can enjoy Plein'Air (out in nature) using the easy access to our beautiful American River Parkway from my studio location.  My best availability is over the summer months, but I can also be available spring and fall semesters with students who are flexible with my teaching schedule.  Please feel free to contact me about your special artisitc needs and availability.

I love sharing my knowledge and passion about art.  My students say how much they appreciate how I share what I know...I reveal methods and techniques that help you gain skills, and with practice you will become a better artist.

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Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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5 Reviews


  • Tim Stewart

    Sarah has alot of great knowledge

  • Tim Stewart

    She is very knowledgeable

  • Ed Kaempf

    Sarah asked me what I would like help with in my acrylic painting. Given that I will have limited time with Sarah, this was extremely helpful in focusing on what I need to improve my own skills. She's also a really good listener, is an experienced college instructor and artist, and has a great studio in which she helped me understand painting approaches and techniques.

  • Jarrett Oddo

    Sarah’s years of experience and knowledge of painting give her the ability to see where you need to go next in your creative journey.

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

1) First, I determine the student's goals; what do you want to learn in drawing and/or painting?

2) Next, I set a lesson plan based on these goals and provide hands-on technique building with demonstrations if needed, in the media of the student's choice.

3) I can also offer tutorials, demonstrations, and basic exercises in line, value, perspective and composition for beginners who need the basics.

4) I recommend visual assignments in the technique the student wants to learn. 

5) We meet regularly to review progress, critique, and revise lesson plans to help the student grow as an artist....and with practice, practice, practice, students will gain skills and become a better artist!

6) If the student is intermediate level or higher, then our lessons can spread out bi-weekly or monthly just to make sure the student's goals are on track. 

7) I also offer critique sessions only for artists who just want advice on how to finish exisiting artworks, which can be spread out depending on the artists timeline.

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

I earned my MFA specializing in drawing and painting from CSU, Long Beach...then moving to the Sacramento region, I am a full-time artist and professor of studio art at American River College.  You could enroll in one of my painting, figure/portrait, drawing, artist materials, design or color theory classes, but that is a semester-long committment in a class with 25+ students; through Lessons.com you get individualized, one-on-one, visual art training in the media of your choice, on YOUR timeline.

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

Yes, the quote is my hourly rate.  I offer a short first meeting, gratis, so I can learn more about your goals, skills, and set a lesson plan selected just for you.  Plus, you get the opportunity to visit my art studio and see where we will work.  Once we start, I recommend 2-hour sessions to start.  But this is flexible depending on the students needs and experience level.  I offer a discount if lessons exceed 2-hours per session, or, if we decide to meet more than once a week.  

My policy on timleness: 10 minutes over the session length and/or if you arrive a little early before the lesson starts, the agreed lesson rate applies.  If lesson length goes beyond the gratis 10 minutes, but is not another full hour, then an additional fee per 15 minute segment is applied.  

Payment is accepted by Venmo, Bitcoin, Cash, or ask me for other options.

I am also open to lessons for small groups of 2-3 students so you can share the session fee with a freind.

Inquire for more details and let's chat further about your artistic goals to help you become a better artist!

How did you get started teaching?

I have a passion for sharing what I know with people who want to learn...it's a natural quality I have always had.  I truly enjoy seeing students skills improve.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I am a college professor, my students are adults.  Their age range is out of high-school, 18+ years to retirees.  Folks who now in their life, are ready to pursue a passion to learn how to paint and draw. I've had many retirees tell me they studied painting and drawing in their youth, but that pursuit was put on the back burner while they worked a 9-5 career and raised a family.  Now in retirement, they are ready to make art-making the focus in life.  Addtionally, I've had high and junior-high school students enroll in my semester-long classes; so I have that experience as well.

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

Find an art instructor who is knowledgable and passionate about the media you want to learn and are willing to share all their techniques and processes with you.  Can you learn from them? That is the question you have to ask yourself!  If you hesitate because of the hourly rate for one-on-one instruction, then my recommendation is to enroll in semester-long courses.  Let me know if you have unique questions. I am open to giving you a tour of my studio and briefly discussing your artistic goals and potential lesson plan gratis.

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

What do I want to learn, specifically?

What media do I want to work in?

What subject matter is most interesting to me?

How many hours a week will I commit to this goal?

Do I need basic skill instruction seperate from the media I want to learn?  For example understanding line, perspective, value, color, and composition?

Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons Art Theory Tutors