V.V. Paintings

V.V. Paintings

4.5 (2)
2 hires on Lessons.com
6 years in business

About this pro

I have a calm demeanor and am a patient teacher. My lessons will build your observational skills. I focus on teaching you how to translate color and light into a painting or drawing, as I believe these are two of the most imporant aesthetic choices. 

I find teaching very rewarding and know that making art brings so much joy. I enjoy helping my students build their skills as well as confidence.  

As someone who has been painting and drawing for over 25 years, I understand the equal importance of technical skills as well as the confidence to make creative work. My goal is to share some of the techniques I've learned, and to encourage you to grow as an artist. 

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Worcester, MA 01610
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2 Reviews


  • Tom Falvo

    Vanessa is a wonderful teacher. She’s very patient and encouraging to beginners (like myself). I highly recommend her.

  • Amanda Smith

    Vanessa did a drawing crash-course my son to help prepare his college art portfolio. She taught him basic drawing principles, perspective, light and shadow, shading techniques, different media, and she really help him train his eye for form in observational drawings. His progress over three months is remarkable. She is a calm, knowledgeable teacher, and was able to connect well with my son. We are eternally grateful for her help and would highly recommend her as a art teacher.


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

First I would like to find out any specific things the student would like to learn, and ultimate artistic goals. 

We would then meet up in person to discuss these goals and learning plan more in depth. 

Next we dive in to lesson #1!

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

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. I have taught multiple one on one as well as group classes to students at private homes and community centers.

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

The initial meeting to dicuss projects and goals is free. After meeting you in person, I will develop a series of lesson plans. After this point, I charge at an hourly rate of $50/hour.

If you live more than 10 miles from my home in Worcester, MA, I will charge for travel time as well.

I am happy to obtain and share my art supplies. If you'd like to take advantage of this option, please let me know and I can order supplies for you. You will pay for the supplies and any shipping. If you'd rather use your own supplies, that's fine too.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching art to my friend's kids. After a while, this developed into teaching classes and workshops at local libraries and hosting a few painting events.

What types of students have you worked with?

All experience levels, students ages 5 - 65

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In 2019 I was able to travel cross country and live out in Arizona for 3 months, spending time painting and drawing  desert landscapes and cacti blooms!

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

Interview your prospective teacher to make sure you're a good match. Know what kind of teaching style works best for you (highly directed or free form) and make sure to communticate this. It's okay if you don't know yet! 

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

1. Why do you want to study art?

2. What kinds of art interests you most?

3. What are your goals as a student?

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