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Top 10 painting classes in Arlington, VA

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Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
27+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Catherine C. says, "Jon-Joseph is a an incredible sculptor and teacher. He helped me learn to sculpt a self portrait, use the tools of a sculptor and think in an entirely different way about perspective and how to work on a piece. He is extremely personable and easy to learn from and I really benefitted from my classes with him. I would recommend taking workshops and classes with him. Cam Crockett" Read more
Vigilant Cinema Productions

Vigilant Cinema Productions

New on Lessons
46+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
I am a graduate of the Columbia Film School; and, retired Howard University professor where I taught film theory, directing and cinematography— MFA Graduate and Undergraduate Film Programs. I am a co-founder and designer of the MFA Graduate Film Program. During my tenure at Howard, I founded the DCHU Hollywood Summer Youth Film Workshop for at risk youth, in which I wrote, produced and directed community-training workshops in the art of filmmaking. Most notable among these productions are: CROWDED (documentary short—on overcrowded conditions in the Baltimore City Jail; used in litigation on behalf of inmates to help them wine their case) and ...
Belle Jar - Visual Arts Courses

Belle Jar - Visual Arts Courses

New on Lessons
Offers online services
3+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Hello! My teaching focuses on building technical skills, learning the history behind the craft, the ‘why’ behind fundamental skills, and the development of a personal style. I ensure students are taught from a personalized curriculum that helps them grow their skills and meet their goals. I am a working artist and filmmaker for the past 12 years. As an artist I am passionate about teaching and sharing what I know about the art world, and am excited to get students of all ages excited about learning skills, the ‘why’ behind art fundamentals, and how all these come together to create your own unique style as an artist. As business owner who mak

Your Painting Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do painting classes cost?

Painting classes cost $200 to $500 for a 5- to 10-week course, or $20 to $80 per person for a single session. Local, city-sponsored classes typically cost less than private lessons or college courses. Some painting classes offer discounts for friends, children, or other groups.

Some instructors include all materials in their prices, while others require that you buy some or all of them yourself. Online painting classes can be done anywhere and can be paused as needed without slowing anyone else down.

How long are painting classes?

Painting classes usually last 1 to 3 hours¸ depending on the age group, experience level, and location. Kids' classes are shorter than adult or college-level classes and are sometimes only available during certain hours of the day.

What kind of painting class is best for beginners?

Acrylic paint is best for beginners because it is easy to work with, easy to clean up, and dries quickly. Watercolor paint is also convenient and easy to clean up, but it is harder to work with and correct mistakes. Oil paints are best for beginner or intermediate painters with some experience.

Where can I take painting classes?

You can take painting classes from local rec centers, colleges, private instructors, and paint-and-sip shops. Paint-and-sip businesses provide materials and instructions for students to complete while socializing and drinking or eating.

What do I bring to painting classes?

Some classes provide all of the paint and supplies. Others do not, and you will have to buy your own. This may include any of the following:

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Easel
  • Canvas
  • Apron

How do I hire a painting instructor?

Search our list of instructors, then:

  • Compare 3+ free estimates.
  • Explore reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Choose an experienced instructor.
  • Make sure there are enough openings for you and any friends or family members you bring.
  • Make sure you have the right supplies if applicable.
  • Avoid making large payments up front.

What questions should I ask painting instructors?

When looking for local painting classes, ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been painting?
  • Do you allow walk-ins?
  • What type of paint would you recommend for my experience level?
  • What's your cancellation policy?
  • Do you have an age requirement?
  • How long are your classes?
  • Can I take my work home after class, or does it need to stay here to dry?
  • Will you give me an estimate and contract in writing?

Reviews for Arlington painting classes

Recent success stories from people in the Arlington area.
Julie S.
I typically don’t write reviews, but for this guy I had to. I initially was apprehensive because I hadn’t touched art professionally in a long time. He was very patient and thorough from the very beginning. I will be continuing to receive courses from him going forward, because the transition back in was so easy. He has returned my inspiration.
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