Drew Beam

Drew Beam

1 employee
24 years in business

About this pro

I have taught art from the ages of preschool all the way into adulthood. I am passionate about helping people and children find their own and most rewarding way for self expression. I believe in true empowerment so that anyone can look upon their creations and feel progress and triumph. Art is symbolic for demostrating meaning and what it means to be a spiritual, thoughtful, and feeling human being. Seeing that ah-ha moment and the sparkles in their eyes is why I love teaching so much.

Proud of having many of my works published and decorated with many awards- please ask if curious about all my credentials.

Personal Website:  www.drewbeam.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drew_beam

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewbeam/

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San Francisco, CA 94114
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1. Discover why they are curious and passionate to create art. 

2. Understand what they currently know and have developed to date in self expression

3. Ask what they hope to achieve

4. Create a custom curriculum

5. Begin working with them to create solely based on what excites them. I do not start with theory and foundations- I start with their passions (important but best introduced once there is true devotion and excitement to create established.... we have all heard the stories that taking piano lessons was boring with scales and rejecting the classes only to desire them much later in life .. art is no different. Bring in the creative mind before the critical mind)

4. Nudge the student to ask themsleves "is what I created an authentic reflection of my unique voice?"

5. Celebrate their progress

6. Explore what sort of futures they can have with art

7. Begin to understand how others have created art and how they might want to learn from the greats

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

Rhode Island School of Design Graduate

Taught pre-school - adult levels of education at various schools and workshops.

Studied in Rome Baroque Painting copying masterpieces in various museums to learn how they made magic

Extensive studies in anatomy- A focus on medical illustration

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

For private lessons my rate is $150 an hour.

For group lessons my rate drops depending on the number of participants

I also will reduce rates for low income families. So please ask me about your needs to find an agreeable way of working together :)

How did you get started teaching?

I was asked to serve on Drew School's board( a private high school in san francisco) and put in a request to also teach. I taught:

Figure Drawing

Concpetual Art

and Fundamentals

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and all leveles - beginner to expert

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently had a great painting show in Mendocino. I submitted 2 paintings and each one recieved an award out of thousands of applicants: Best in Show & 1st PLace

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

Find a teacher that is versatile in many styles and approaches to teaching/learning. A teacher that you feel could bring you more alive through your passion to express your unique persective by the rewarding and meaningful world of art

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

Why do you want to make art? What would you hope to do with great art? What artists excite you and and why?

Lessons offered

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