Shandon Black

Shandon Black

5.0 (4)
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

Lessons peronalized to your needs and liking to create unique learning structures that will best suite you.

I have been an artist since I was a toddler; it's a part of my soul. 

I have been individually developing and studying a range of artmaking methods since I could speak and have been teaching friends, family, and strangers different modes of artmaking since I was in elementary school. I am now bringing these skills to a professional level via structured lessons personalized to your needs.

I believe art and artmaking are crucial in that they are windows to endless possibility in self expression and communication. I also believe that the creative thinking ingrained in all facets of artmaking engage the mind in higher critical thinking and problem solving skills translatable to all aspects of life. It is my goal to create an atmosphere that enables my students to take their abilities to the aforementioned platforms of critical thinking and problem solving and engage the world through their creations. 

The ability to show students their potential as artists and watching them grow as they use that potential to unlock new areas of self-expression and thinking.

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Scranton, PA 18505
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4 Reviews


  • Johir Dhaiki

    great range of supplies to choose from with different paints, brushes, surfaces, even found objects for sculpting and assemblage/collage

  • Fahtr Kyamn

    Very highly skilled and broadly capable in many areas of artmaking, advanced conceptual approach to art

  • Tina Trudet

    PAtience and understanding artistic abilit of students makes him an amazing instructor

  • Kizer Soze

    His balance of professionalism and encouragement of self-expression are wonderful

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

Assessment of artistic goals, interests, and current "ability"

example questions: 

"what style would you like to work toward"

 "would you like to recreate what you see or project what you feel" (a combination is fully possible)

"are there any artists you are interested in or inspired by that you would like to reference and study?"

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

Currently an Environmental Science B.S. student, so I like to keep methods very eco-friendly, but my scientific background pushes me to focus on methodology of artmaking; which tools, paints, media, found objects to use and in what manner. I have also refined my concepts of processes and the importance of process in the result of an artwork. Fine tuning your process is where I come in and help you reach your goals as an artist, both visually and conceptually. 

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

if you bring supplies -  $15/hr

if I supply -  $20/hr

How did you get started teaching?

Friends and family who wanted to become more artistically inclined approached me for help and others encouraged me in my strong ability to share my skill

What types of students have you worked with?

Mainly peers and younger students, with a few from all ages; I am open to whoever wishes to grow through art.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Having reached closer to my core values and beliefs as an artist

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

Look for someone who will allow you to find your inner artist and allow you to reach artistic freedom. Be careful with highly structured methods that allow you no room to explore.

There is a balance to be found between learning to draw and learning to create

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

What kind of art do I like?

What artists inspire and move me?

Why do I want to learn an artform?

What style would I like to learn in?

Would I like to paint, draw, sculpt, photograph?

What is the value (beyond money) of these lessons?

Lessons offered

Painting Classes Abstract Painting Lessons Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Illustration Classes Oil Painting Classes Cartooning Classes Graffiti Art Classes Skiing Lessons