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11 years in business

About this pro

I am an artist with 35 years of experience, 20 of these years have been spent teaching people of all ages—from 4 to 84!

Learn to tap into your own creativity and draw, collage, and paint with me!

Learn more at: www.suzannegibbs.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-gibbs/

Degrees in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University BFA, and Claremont Graduate University MFA. Also Master of Science in Communication from University of Portland.

Those moments when students go beyond frustration to realizing they do have a creative voice. Priceless!

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7 Reviews


  • Janet McClellan

    Ms. Gibbs was a delight. Great value of one-to-one interaction/teaching opportunity. A supportive and responsive instructor. Moreover, great advice. Champion.

  • Libby Contreraz

    Thanks Suzanne for a great presentation! I learned so much. Didn't realize how complex it is to work with encaustic medium. Learning about how to do certain types of art really makes you appreciate its beauty even more.

  • Tina Altimura

    The projects were very appropriate for all levels and the participants seemed excited to learn about art and drawing. Suzanne has a vast knowledge of all areas of art which make it fun and interesting, and she makes the projects simple enough so all people can believe they are amazing artists!

  • Samantha Bean

    There’s something fun going on in Suzanne’s Art Workshops. While everyone may be working toward the same end result, the roads they take to get there are so different, and as such, the final outcomes are unique, varied, surprising, and fun!

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

Intake questions and goal setting. Learning about the student's expectaions of media and subject matter. Discussion of time availability and cost considerations. A contract will be created and 50% non-refundable deposit of first lesson payment is due to schedule the appoinment.

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

Bachelor of Fine Art degree and Master of Fine Art degree, also a trained teaching artist through the Napa Valley Education Department in conjunction with Napa Valley Art Council and Visual Thinking Strategies.

More information: https://suzannegibbs.com/teaching-and-work-experience/

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

One and a half hour private lessons are $115.
Semi-private lessons of 2-6 students are $55 each person.
Lessons for classrooms and larger groups are on a per project/contract basis. Please inquire for further information.

Repeat customers can buy package rates, available after successful completion of first lesson.

Travel to all sites is billed separately, based on miles.

How did you get started teaching?

At age 6 I used to invite all the neighborhood kids over for coloring and drawing fun, my passion for maintinaing a creative life never expired after childhood.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and all abilities. My favorite students are those who are willing to realize that art is a practice—to get better one must continue to keep trying to get better through doing the work, daily.

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

Check in with yourself. Is the practice of art making important enough to you to make significant shifts in your time and life as usual to devote at least 15-20 minutes a day to improve your skills. If not, wait until you do have time, or figure out what you'd rather learn. Make a committment to yourself, either way.

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

This equation: Time + Money + Energy

Do I have enough time?

Do I have enough money to keep learning and to buy art supplies?

Do I have a committment of energy to learn?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons