Materese Roche Fine Art Studio

Materese Roche Fine Art Studio

1 employee
15 years in business

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Personalized art lessons are offered to adults (18 years of age and older, no children please!) from beginner through advanced levels.  We begin with the basics to make sure you have the necessary skills to develop your painting in a logical and much easier manner.   I specialize in teaching realism (so that stuff looks like stuff, LOL!) specifically in landscape and still life.   

No "cheap tricks" or formulas;  I teach students the real skills they need to enjoy making beautiful art that reflects their unique vision.  I do not offer "formula" painting lessons.  

The lessons I provide come with support and honest critiques of your progress.  For more information and samples of my work please visit:


Materese Roche 

I love to see "the light go on" when a student has a breakthrough and is able to create a good painting.  It takes time and patience, but it is so worth it when the student is happy with their work! 

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Buckingham, PA 18912
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

You don't need any skill or experience, in fact, some of my best students "couldn't draw a straight line".  

Each lesson is at least 1 hour long.  Your first lessons will be based on your current skill level (yes, you can be an absolute beginner) and a personalized lesson plan is created for each student. 

Because each student comes to me with different skill sets and skill levels, it's very important that your lessons are personalized;  no use taking lessons with information or skills you already have or going into a class that is too difficult.  

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

Graduate:  Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa /  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and I studied aesthetics at the Barnes Foundation in Merion PA.  My award-winning paintings are actively collected and I've been teaching art professionally for over 10 years.   

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

Classes are a minimum of 1 hour and can increase in length up to 3 hours. 

1 hour: $35

1.5 hours is $50

Every 1/2 hour after 1.5 hours of lessons is an additional $15 e.g., a 2.5 hour class is $80

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching over 10 years ago at a local art center.  It took off from there; I run my own school, teaching both drawing and fine oil painting. I also have a mentoring program for exceptional adult students who want to become professional artists.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students from high school up through retired adults.  

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

Find a teacher who is exceptional in what they do.  A teacher can take you only as they are skilled.

Is the teacher a working, professional artist? Do they have the skills needed to teach you?  For example: do they know perspective, colour theory, drawing skills (even if they are a painter) etc.    Then make sure your personalities match and that the teacher has several years of experience under their belt.  

Avoid anyone who says "you can learn this in 3 weeks".  Trust me, they are a hack. Anyone can be taught to copy something but to learn how to draw and paint well, it's going to take time and practice. 

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

How much time can I, or do I want to, spend outside of class practicing?  

Are you doing this for personal pleasure or do you entertain thoughts of going professional one day? 

Do I really want to learn this?  Am I willing to put in the time to get good at it?