"Some think you need to be born with artistic talent. I know from my own experience that all you need is the desire to create; the rest can be learned."
Deborah Eater has been teaching art for over 30 years. She studied painting and drawing at Fleisher Art Memorial. She developed her own style of painterly collage (painting with paper) over the course of many years.
Deborah Eater has won numerous local (Middletown Grange, Fleisher Student Exhibition, Riverfront Rennaisance Center), regional (Stover Mill Gallery), and national (National Collage Society) awards for her drawing, painting, and collage.
My favorite moments are when students light up at finding out that they can do something that they didn't believe they were capable of.
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Whether a student has never picked up a brush/pencil before or is an accomplish artist, I help that person develop the confidence to advance as an artist.
Often my lessons are structured in the form of challenges -- simple challenges for beginners, more complex challenges for advanced students. Every outcome is a learning experience, and I focus on the positive accomplishments in each attempt.
I started as a self-taught artist, and later I studied with some of the best instructors in Philadelphia at Fleisher Art Memorial. I continued to hone my skills at workshops and presentations through local arts organizations.
For private lessons, my rate is $40 per hour. Semi-private lessons (2-3 students) are $18-24 per person. Group classes average $150 for a nine-week course.
I've felt the urge to share my skills for as long as I've felt the urge to create. I was 10 or 11 years old when I taught my first student -- my younger sister -- to draw trees. I started teaching regularly in 2002 and have been at it ever since.
I have taught students as young as five years old as well as seniors in their eighties. My typical student these days is age 40 to 60. Age is not a factor when a person has a passison to create art.
One of the comments that I most enjoy hearing is, "I didn't think I would ever be able to draw/paint like that." Another is, "That last lesson was hard, but I got a lot out of it."
Every teacher has a different approach; it's helpful to study with more than one person. A good teacher will present her approach without denigrating others, and help you to apply it without turning you into a carbon copy of herself.