Gleeson Gallery

Gleeson Gallery

5.0 (12)
30 years in business

About this pro

When you work with Jim Gleeson you will experience the best in “old school “ academic instruction.Jim has a passion for painting and drawing in a classic realistic style that is easy for students to learn and grow artistically at a rapid pace. 

Jim is on the facuty of San Francisco’s Premire ArCollege “The Academy of Ar”. Draa on over 20 years of teaching experiece in drawing and painting James can design an instructional program that will meet and exceed the expectations of all students. 

Each program is designed to fit the needs of The learning program is rigorous and demanding. Each student will be pushed and encouraged to break out of any bad habits and will be encouraged to use best practices when creating their art. 

Read more about this pro


San Francisco, CA 94110
Email verified
Phone verified

12 Reviews


  • Marcia Newton

    Not all artists can teach but Jim Gleason has that gift. He is not only a wonderful artist, he is a great teacher. He is extremly professional and highly organized . With a subtle sense of humor, he . inspires and motivates you as he generously shares his vast knowledge. You will enjoy having him as your teacher. You will learn a lot!

  • Joyce Rosenstiel

    From Joyce Rosenstiel Re James Gleeson In my years as both a teacher and an administrator, I spent over fifteen years evaluating teachers. Jim Gleeson is an outstanding teacher for many reasons. Here are a few 1. He understands that people learn in different ways, so he uses the white board for visual learners. 2. He repeats what is important about the lesson, for oral learners, 3. He demonstrates so you actually get to see what you will be learning, 4. He goes around to give individual help so you can get out of trouble if you are having concept difficulty. 5. He never denigrates, but gives suggestions in a positive way. 6. We are very lucky to have hime working with us.

  • Janice Bregante

    Just about everything. He explains, demonstrates and then assigns. He is extremely helpful. And best of all, he is positive.

  • Grant Larson

    I have been drawing for many years and doing watercolors for about 15. I have worked with a number artists but never had the basic skill building that Jim presents. He provides excellent demonstrations followed by hands on experience and supervision. His critiques are positive and informative. Jim also is good at helping with projects that students are working on that are not part of the days lesson. I hope to continue to work with Jim because my skills and insights are growing with his help.

Show all reviews

Photos & Videos


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

Each student will meet with Jim and discuss what they want to get out of the educational experience.All levels of instruction are available from beginner to experienced. Students will be assessed as to their level of experience and a course of study will be designed to meet each individuals needs and wants

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

James has been a drawing and painting instructor in the SF Bay Area for over 20 us. A graduate of the Academy of Art University ajnd current Faculty member.

Lessons offered

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