Learn To Paint With ARTistyCat

Learn To Paint With ARTistyCat

5.0 (7)
6 hires on Lessons.com
10 years in business

About this pro

We work in a lovely art loft with soothing music. I offer a joyous outlet for those who need a little encouragement to bring out their hidden creativity. I have a system that allows a beginner or never-ever to get up to speed super-fast that allows in just a few sessons to bring home a painting they're proud to hang on their wall. There's a little something extra to be had in the process...call it art therapy!

Seeing aspiring artists make progress while enjoying the process, and come away with pleasing artwork suitable to share is enormously satisfying. Contributing anything I can to inspire another individual in a positive way is a good thing for everyone. I enjoy learning about each individual and how to tailor my product to their needs and desires. 

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Denver, CO 80235
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7 Reviews


  • Sharon Clapham

  • Mary Ellen Peterson

    I’m so happy that I found Cathy- she is extremely patient, encouraging and fun - her studio is wonderful with walls filled with her art- this is the first time I have attempted to paint and working with Cathy and her technique of teaching gives me hope that I will be able to paint to my satisfaction.

  • Nancy Keltner

    She is talented, enthusiastic, personable, encouraging, patient and very generous in sharing her vast knowledge. I came in with no experience and have learned a great deal about the complexities of color, brushwork and technique.

  • Janet Mays Carpenter

    I can't say enough positive things about painting with Cathy. She is an incredible artist and it is a joy to paint in her art studio with her. She is patient and shares her experience openly. She encourages me to explore my own creativity and develop a style of my own. I would recommend her to others who are interested in further developing their artistic ability and becoming a better artist/painter.

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

A conversation with a prospective painting teacher to share info about your materials, goals, and interests helps your mentor choose source material and develop a lesson plan for your quick progress. Your dialog is also likely to reveal if you and the mentor are a good match to enjoy your creative process. New students should look at the work of their prospect online to see if it's appealing.

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

I have worked with individuals on painting commissions and got my start in a creative teaching environment as a dance instructor. Work in an advertising agency inspired a life of sharing and assisting others to express their own hidden creativity and learn new skills. 

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

Including paint set up and clean up, the lesson generally runs one and a half hours or slightly longer, and the pricing reflects that minimum to help you get started and complete your painting sessions. Reduced pricing for an agreement to complete 4 sessions can be negotiated. 

How did you get started teaching?

I'm naturally an extrovert who loves people and sharing what I can to help them learn. I started as a dance teacher and learned that combined with my personality, my genetic disposition to creativity and how it was fostered as a child, is a splendid match to working one-on-one with adults.

What types of students have you worked with?

My students have typically been women looking for an outlet for their creativity. Many are mature women in retirement looking to enjoy their free time in a fun, expressive hobby where they can share in the excitement of learning something new. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I'm a member of an Art Guild where we had a well-known local artist review our paintings. It was quite stimulating and revealing to learn so much so quickly about painting from her critique of our work.

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

Prepare questions for your prospective teacher and arrange for a phone conversation for at least a half-hour. The important, personal decision to work one-on-one with a mentor should include a review of their work on-line to see if it appeals to you personally. Also, do you have space in your home to build your own studio?

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

Asking questions about good materials to have to have on hand to work with this instructor...brushes, color, where to purchase. Ask about what appeals to the instructor for source material, and what they think will be necessary to develop painting skills. 

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Acrylic Painting Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons