I love my job! I get to work one-on-one with students, helping each individual to find their voice, gain a powerful sense of competence, and make art that they feel proud of. What could be better than that?
I offer in-home private art lessons to students of all ages and abilities in the DMV area. I love to teach students of all levels, and work hard to come up with totally unique individualized lesson plans for each student depending on their goals, technical ability, interests, and experience. I also offer specialized lessons for high school students looking to develop powerful portfolios for undergraduate applications, giving them the best chance possible to get into the school of their choice.
It is my hope that my enthusiasm for art is contagious. I am just as passionate about teaching as I am in creating my own work. Whether you are looking to foster a precocious talent in your 5-year-old (currently my youngest student), your teen, or even yourself are looking to develop your art professionally, as a hobby, or anything in between, I will work with you to come up with a focused and fun plan to make you the best artist you can be!
As an art teacher I think in the same way as any good teacher of a musical instrument—technique leads to freedom of expression, and exploration leads to finding one’s own unique voice. These two combine to allow the student to develop a meaningful and fun personal artistic practice.
For my younger students we focus on exploration of materials, developing fine motor skills, and making pieces they can feel proud of to encourage further study and play. Of course the primary goal here is enjoying the art making process, but I take my younger students very seriously and view what I do with them as education, not overpriced day care. If you wanted your child to learn piano and their teacher just had them bang around and enjoy themselves, you might think about switching teachers. The same goes for the other extreme—if your piano teacher was a complete drill sergeant demanding never-ending boring technical drills which took all the joy out of music, you might also think about finding someone else. I try to seat myself directly in the middle, giving my students a strong foundation in technique that can give a real sense of competence, while allowing for important, minimally structured play and exploration of materials.
For my older students we focus on finding exactly what you are interested in, and developing the techniques to explore and refine your media and subject matter of choice. We can explore everything from drawing photorealistic portraits, landscape painting, clay sculpture or giant abstract paintings. High-school students will work to develop portfolios that they can use to apply for college, and skills they can take with them after they graduate. If these students are interested in advanced study or apprenticeship in my current obsession of wood sculpture and furniture, please let met know and we will work something out!
I have extensive experience and training working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. If you’re interested in specialized lessons for your child, please reach out in the form at the bottom of this page and we can start a conversation.
How it works:
Before starting lessons, I typically ask to see some work samples of the potential student to see where they are at, and what their interests are. To be clear this not an audition or application—I teach students at all levels of skill and experience. It simply helps me to get to know the student and think about a plan for their lessons going forward. From there I create a customized plan to help you become the best artist you can be, and to make work that you can feel proud of. We then speak over the phone to discuss what I’ve come up with in terms of a educational plan, or, if you feel comfortable, jump right in to out initial free trial lesson with some extra time allotted to discuss your goals.
1 student: $75.00 - per hour
2 students: $100.00 - per hour
3 students: $120.00 - per hour
4+ students (small group lesson): $35 per student
Younger students typically begin with one hour, however I usually recommend as students get older and more serious to move to 1.5-2 hour lessons, to allow for more in-depth study and exploration.
If you are unsure of whether you’d like to commit to weekly lessons, I offer a trial lesson completely free.
Everyone deserves access to the arts, and I want to make quality art education available to all regardless of financial standing. If cost is a barrier for you and your family please do not hesitate to get in touch, and we will work something out together.
Before meeting I ask that you provide me with a brief inventory of what materials you already have and are willing to use.
I will bring materials to the first free lesson.
After that we will discuss what materials will be needed depending on the needs and interests of each student, and you might already have at home.
Since I am taking the time to drive out and deliver lessons in the comfort of your own home, I ask that families please have an area ready and cleared off for us to work at when I arrive for your lesson. This allows for maximum time spent actually making art, with minimal time spent setting up.
Please complete the form below to get in touch!
UPDATE: Will soon be offering lessons in my own personal studio near College Park, MD for my students in Maryland.
For a refund, I require at least 24 hours advanced notice if you need to cancel a lesson (exceptions for emergencies of course).