Cre8ive Arts

Cre8ive Arts

4.9 (9)
5 hires on
1 employee
28 years in business

About this pro

As a certified visual arts teacher of grades pre-K through college level, and privately, I have taught in private school, college, and the public school. I have practiced as an art therapist as well. Forty five years of professional experiences have aforwarded me opportunities to work with all ages, all abilities, disabilities, and more. Presently I am still certified with an active licensure. I now teach in college. With the coronavirus situation, I have successfully taught online as well as in a private studio or home setting. Before the pandemic, I also taught internationally in China, South America, and Central America. 

I am a painter (acrylics, watercolors, oil, multi- media) as well as a ceramicist and print maker. I have had incredible success helping all of my students with their accomplishments! Visual arts is as a tool for relaxation, cognitive perception and empowerment. I am looking forward to working with you. You will enjoy and learn from my talents and teaching experiences. 

The work is exciting and fun, and opens creativity, challenges, perceptions and confidence for the student. Teaching and assisting the learner is always a passion for me as I can observe the progress along with them. 

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  • Kathy Aitken

    I appreciate the ease of scheduling appointments and availability of in-person or online scheduling. My instructor, Betsy, is friendly, generous, and knowledgeable. She is careful to direct class work and assignments towards my interests, and yet keeps things “light” as this is something I am doing for fun. I think the price is affordable, too. I am very happy with my experience thus far, and would recommend her to others.

  • Corinne Huber

    We were very satisfied with Betsy's art and teaching skills when she worked with our student organization for a painting fundraiser in December 2020. Betsy had a great setup and knew how to work with our audience of over 100 people. Betsy was eager to work with us when we explained what our event was and stayed in constant communication with us as we shared our event visions. Betsy went through two different paintings and was able to teach at a good pace for all experience levels. I highly recommend working with her for personal or group lessons, fundraisers, and more. Thank you, Betsy!

  • Frances Cook

    I have known Ms. Steel as an instructor for over 20 years. She has a unique and wonderful rapport with all of her students, and she is extraordinarily talented in connecting with them. She has the ability to communicate concrete and abstract concepts in a friendly and encouraging manner. Presently she is providing art lessons to my 10-year-old granddaughter. My granddaughter who has ADHD is totally engaged in learning acrylic painting on canvas for several hours at a time. I highly recommend Ms. Steel as an art instructor.

  • Madilyn Dawdy

    Before this class I have never used watercolor before... so I was unaware of the techniques that came along with watercolor! Professor Steel helped me really get a grasp at the understanding of watercolor. She always made time for me to ask questions or when I needed the extra assistance! Highly recommend taking art classes with her!

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

Each student is individually assessed, depending on innate artistic abilities, talents or level of present skills. Modeling and demonstrating with the student will help to set the scaffolding of personal instruction. 

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

45 years of successful teaching,

degrees from U of MD, and Johns Hopkins

Professional artist 

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

I typically charge $50 per hour for private lessons in person. For remote lessons I charge $45/50 per hour. I always give extra time at no cost! I adjust rates to meet financial needs too! 

How did you get started teaching?

I studied art as a child at the Maryland Institute, then tutored while an undergraduate student. Teaching was one of my degrees. I have taught for decades watching the abilities of my students evolve! 

What types of students have you worked with?

Autistic, mentally and emotionally impaired, physically impaired, geriatric patients, senior citizens, college level, pre-K-grade 12

Lessons offered

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