Rustic Grove Fine Art

Rustic Grove Fine Art

5.0 (6)
3 hires on
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

I'm a self taught artist and teach children ages 8-18.  I have been teaching children's classes at Peninsula Art Academy in Peninsula for 7 years and also private lessons at local libraries.

"Improve Your Skills" benefits the young budding artist who spends time drawing/sketching but is rewarding for the beginner as well.  Young artists will be inspired by receiving instruction in gray scale, shading, blending, texture, and different techniques using a range of pencils.  Composition, balance and perspectives will be taught with extended classes.  I also offer a 4 classes on Graphite Wash.

I love teaching kids.  I homeschooled my children until they started high school.  I'm currently teaching children's art classes out of Peninsula Art Academy and private classes at local libraries.

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Independence, OH 44131
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6 Reviews


  • Maggi Maalouf

    She is very knowledgeable and laid-back enough for me to understand and go at my pace

  • Michael Gladyszewski

    My art teacher let's me learn at my own pace without ever hurrying me through to another lesson.

  • Lily Schifano

    Donna's experience with a broad range of mediums and techniques combined with her personable and encouraging manner creates an environment for the budding artist to flourish. The extensive hands-on work and close instruction by her thrilled my daughter and helped her grow significantly in her particular interests.

  • Lisa W.

    Donna helped my daughter with fundamental skills & techniques necessary for serious artists. Other art classes were disappointing because they ended being more 'craftsy.' Donna provided exactly what we were looking for and witnessed my daughter's talent grow!

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

Students are asked to bring a few samples of their work to the first class so I can assess where their strengths are and what are their subjects of interest in drawing/painting.  I work alongside the students completing the same exercises for the majority of the time spent with them.  This causes them to feel less intimidated and self-conscious. 

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

I'm self taught, except for taking several art classes in my high school years and I've utilized tutorial books.

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

Classes are 1 1/4 hr. and $35 for private classes scheduled 2x/month.  The extended time is more beneficial than a shorter ending time that interrupts the instruction.

How did you get started teaching?

I taught home shcool groups several years ago.  After being a volunteer and local artisan at the Peninsula Art Academy, I was encouraged to teach adult and children classes.  My desire is teaching children since I started drawing at a very young age and see the benefit of the classes I teach if I would've had this instruction.  Parents are excited about what they see their children accomplishing.

What types of students have you worked with?

Students ages 8-20 of all backgrounds.  Some who are pursing an art degree.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The annual Akron Art Expo.

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

Know what your objectives are along with the instructor's approach to see if it may be a good fit.

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

I tell my students that no question is to unimportant to ask and inquiring is a positive sign they want to learn.

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