Earth Elements

Earth Elements

5.0 (8)
1 hire on
24 years in business

About this pro

I teach creativity from the heart and spirit

I promote the uniqueness of every individual and encourage self-development

We do not paint the same picture as often is the case in 'Sip and Paint'. I teach technique, style, possibilities and often we study the style of specific contemporary artists to learn from.

I have a BFA from Univeristy of South Florida and a

MFA from Florida State University

I have taught hundreds of art classes mostly at private institutions, art centers, as an adjunct and in adult education programs.  This has been a life long and rewarding journey. My student's success is my pride.

Mainly its creativity and different result every time.

I love my students and seeing their success is what I strive for and what is most satisfying to me.

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Englewood, FL 34223
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8 Reviews


  • Judy Jones

    In addition to being a very creative artist herself, Rita encourages creativity in her students. She teaches techniques, then sets us loose and inspires us to find our own styles and have confidence in what we do.

  • Sue Coles, Englewood

    Rita is a vibrant versatile painting teacher. She considers the personal directions of each student and offers challenges on many dimensions for the beginning and more advanced painter. She creates a stimulating and collegial atmosphere in her classes and brings joy to the struggle and satisfaction of making art.

  • Gail T

    Rita explains concepts and talks about techniques prior to each class. Often a short talk about a specific artist is included. Work is independent during class, with suggestions and help always available. Class ends with a positive feedback session on the work done that day.

  • Susan Jelliff

    Rita encourages artists to follow their own paths.

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

I only give private lessons upon request, otherwise I teach a group of students between 6 and 12.

We start with a settling in and focus time, getting grounded maybe with a meditation, some breathwork or a small physical release exercise.

Then I explain the class content of the day and what we can expect to be doing.  We all start on the project together.  

If a student is new I spend personal time with him/her from the very beginning of the class by introducing them, making them feel comfortable and guiding them in their painting experience as much as needed.  I encourage him/her to ask as many questions as needed and give them plenty of verbal support.

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons