Visual Arts School

Visual Arts School

5.0 (6)
10 hires on
1 employee
38 years in business

About this pro

My B.S. degree, 50 years of teaching in different settings  and 6 year study of leadership skills allow me to relate to people in a positive way. (settings include public & private school, adult ed at HACC, homeschool groups,  Jen's Pottery Den as a pottery instructor and my own private classes.).  The advantages of my teaching include: flexible scheduling; catering to the student's personal goals, skill level and interests.  The private studio setting eliminates a student's fear of competition, of sharing ideas and judgement.

I enjoy teaching because I love seeing that "light bulb" go off when a student has grasped a concept.  I get motivated from being around people with a common interest. Teaching is a fulfilling part of my life; watching a student progress and acheive success is a big part of my life.                 I've also received 2 art awards and taken addition courses to improve my skills.

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6 Reviews


  • Kay Van Buskirk

    Donna has made me so comfortable. I love learning with her.

  • Joseph Kuhns

    Donna had just about everything you can ,knowledge and most important, caring about you...thanks for the many years

  • Claire

    Very friendly and informative. Meets students where they are and teaches what they need.

  • J M

    Really enjoyed it.

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

Looking at artwork that they have already completed.

Making notes on their: interests, reason for wanting lessons, subject matter, media they prefer and their goals.     PS. I'm sorry about the photos being a little "warped".     

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

Bachelor of science in Art Education

Mastery of basic machine sewing, basic woodworking

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

Each lesson is $30.00 and includes supplies.

How did you get started teaching?

My aunt is an artist and she was coaching me since I was 5 years old.  I also wanted to. become an art teacher  (according to my 6th grade autobiography).  I tutored some under priviledged children as a college project and got bitten by the teaching bug.

What types of students have you worked with?

ages 7 to 100

 serious and just-for-fun students

public and homeschooled students.                                         

retired folks l

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have a yearly art show for students.   It's a thrill to watch them point out their work to family and friends.  I've also taken groups to Philadelphia and Brandywine museums where we had awesome experiences.

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

Are they interested in me and my art?

Are they a good teacher?

Can the teacher help me?

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

Will I learn in a comfortable atmosphere?

Will I like the teacher and will he/ she like me?

What do lessons cost?

 Am I willing to take suggestions and "coaching" ?

Lessons offered

Acrylic Painting Lessons Abstract Painting Lessons Craft Classes Calligraphy Classes Drawing Lessons Oil Painting Classes Painting Classes Sculpting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons