Spring Valley Studio

Spring Valley Studio

5.0 (4)
1 employee
23 years in business

About this pro

in the words of one of my long term students:

"Joan Oliver creates an artistic space which induces a creative spark that is missing for me without her magical spirit. Her classes simply inspire!" Andrew Harvey (2/13/2020)

The thrill of students gaining confidence making art and having fun!

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Glenmont, NY 12077
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4 Reviews


  • Steph Lyon

    I have learned so much from my studies with Joan. Every class is an exploration, an exciting adventure! I’m having fun discovering my inner-artist!

  • Alice Spears

    Inspiring, fun and incredibly informative.


    Joan creates the artistic space which induces a creative spark that otherwise would be missing.

  • Joan Oliver

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

Determine your interest, art experience and goals.  Create an intention for classes.  

Consider the following questions:

Abstraction or representational?

Drawing or Painting?

Watercolor or Pastel?  Or, both!

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

The cost is $40 for an hour lesson, including a demonstration,  co-working and critique (what's working/what's not working), practice and suggestions for homework.

I advocate the approach of three books:

1. Drawing on the right side of your brain

2. The natural way to draw

3. The Artist Way

They would be a good start to a library of Art Books for reference going forward. 

In addition to being a lifelong artist, I am A NY certified librarian/school media specialist and will support you as an artist and a library patron. 

Thank you for your interest. Joan

What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly adults, often with little experience;  or,   regular life long learners checking out different instructors for a good fit! I welcome all ages (18+)  and experience levels.

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

Are you interested in abstraction or realistic/representational images? 

What subject matter do you prefer?  For example, still life, landscape, flowers (botanicals), figure, portrait, etc

Who are your favorite artists? Why?

Do you prefer painting (wet media); or drawing (dry media, including pastels, pencil, etc.); or mixed media?

What were favorite childhood activities?  For example, I loved cutting out paper dolls and their clothes.  It is not surprising that I often work in collage with lots of scissorwork!  

Lessons offered

Abstract Painting Lessons Craft Classes Drawing Lessons Fabric Arts Lessons Painting Classes Printmaking Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons