"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 moment is when a student lights up at finding out what they can do.
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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.
Private lessons $30 per hour. Semi-private lessons (2-3 students) are $15-20 per person. Group classes average $150 for a nine-week course.
I've wanted to teach 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. I started teaching regularly in 2002 and have been at it ever since.
I have taught children as young as five as well as seniors in their eighties. 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 lesson was hard, but I got a lot out of it."
Every artist has a different style; it's best to study with more than one person. A good teacher can present her approach without putting down others or turning you into a carbon copy of herself.