Art With Marissa

Art With Marissa

5.0 (3)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

Art With Marissa provides engaging, creativity-driven art classes in private or small group settings, using high-quality art supplies. I’ve been making art all my life. As the educator, I bring 7years of classroom experience to my 3 years doing Art With Marissa. I encourage individuality and self-expression in all we do,and my classes come highly recommended. Check me out!


Licensed Art Educator, Ohio

2008 GEM teacher of the year, Marietta High SchooL

1997 Silver Key, Scholastic Art Awards

I started Art With Marissa a few years ago when my oldest son began school in a school that had no art teachers.  Having spent time as a high school art teacher who understands the value of an art education, I had to act.  So I started by volunteering in his classroom, and that morphed into running art camps during the summer, which grew into this business, which has proved incredibly rewarding, for me and my students.  By using a small-group format, no child gets lost in the crowd, and every artistic voice is heard.  I find students are able to grow and develop at extraordinary rates this way.  The process of creating, of thinking, planning, and doing, is almost magical to be a part of.

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Lakewood, OH 44107
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3 Reviews


  • Nina

    I like that Marissa allows the students to go about the work in their own way, after being given initial guidance and history on the project theme. Marissa will offer assistance during the work as well. I have observed technique and theory being taught as well. I appreciate that my child is able to learn without being told to "stay inside the lines" with her work. I highly recommend Marissa.

  • Jen Zavaleta

    Marissa is an amazing soul and has a magical way with the kiddos! My daughter had a blast at her first art workshop with her. We are excited to continue taking her classes as she not only does art; she teaches art history, appreciation, and how art affects all aspects of our lives.

  • Kirsten Zoerhoff

    We LOVE Art with Marissa! My mom is a former art teacher and I have kind of a high standard in what I wanted for my daughter. We were looking for someone to teach my daughter all about the different kinds of art media, know that there are no mistakes in art, that it should be fun, and above all - encourage creativity. My daughter can't wait to get to class with Marissa and the projects she's brought home are things she's so proud of and we're excited to display. My daughter is getting exposure to famous artists, learning new techniques, and learning art terminogy. Thank you Marissa for providing some fine arts in my daughter's curriculum and for welcoming her to your classes. We can't wait to see what other classes you have in the future!


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

WIth a new student, I like to get a feel for their own interests.  Often, the first time will be a process-oriented approach, with a wide variety of materials to choose from, so I can get an idea of where their strengths lie. I like to talk to and with them a lot in that first meeting, to “read” them so they feel comfortable and get to know me.

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

I have a Bachelor’s in Art Education,K-12,  7 years classroom experience, and 3 years running my home studio. I am also the mother to 3 boys.

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

Small group art classes run at around $25/1.5 hour session. Private lessons are $40 for one hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I started in an elementary school for one year, then high school for 6 years.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught them all.  Pre-k, elementary, middle school, high school, and adults.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Last year, one of my private student’s art got picked up by  Childish, a company that curates kid art all around the world, and sells prints of their art.  The profits from those prints are put back into the community to fund arts initiatives for kids, extra art supplies, etc. The work she did with me is being sold around the world!

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

Find a teacher who is a good match for you, and make sure your creative voice is being heard.

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

What am I trying to gain from these classes?

What model will I learn best from (copying, process-art, etc.)? 

Where do I need help?

How can this teacher assist me in developing?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Watercolor Painting Lessons Illustration Classes