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Catherine L.

South Lake Tahoe, CA

$50/hour

Lessons in Fine Art

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
5.0 average from 22 ratings
Fabulous art tutor in every way
— Carol, Menlo Park, CA on 2/5/12

$50/Hour


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UC Berkeley
Academy of Art University
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley

Academy of Art University (Master's)

About Catherine

I have a master's degree in fine art and illustration. I am an adjunct professor of art history and practice at Lake Tahoe Community College.

I specialize in portraiture and the study of the human body, and have worked in everything from charcoal to watercolor to acrylic and oil. I can tutor any level or age from the very early beginner to the advanced college student and beyond.

Art is a wonderful tool and a fantastic way to express yourself but there are many challenges to face when learning how to draw or paint. A student may simply need help learning how to properly hold a pencil or perhaps he or she is struggling with something much more advanced such as multipoint perspective. In any situation tutoring is a wonderful tool, and sometimes even the smallest change to technique or visualization can make the difference.
I have a master's degree in fine art and illustration. I am an adjunct professor of art history and practice at Lake Tahoe Community College.

I specialize in portraiture and the study of the human body, and have worked in everything from charcoal to watercolor to acrylic and oil. I can tutor any level or age from the very early
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Policies

This rate does not include art supplies. Materials may change depending on the student. The cost of the session will reflect this extra expense to be determined in advance of the session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
In-person lessons

"Fabulous art tutor in every way"

- Carol, Menlo Park, CA on 2/5/12

"Cheerful, informative, aware art tutor"

- James, Mountain View, CA on 4/25/12

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Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Drawing

Generally lessons in drawing can be performed in pen, ink, pastel or pencil though Charcoal is my preferred method for this subject. Depending on the type of tutoring necessary the student will be put through exercises of master copying and drawing from life in public places i.e. in a park or on a train. In my approach the proportion and flow of the human form is the first and most important area of study but once the student has shown proficiency in one direction the tutoring can become more specific. If a student is struggling with hands and feet the session can focus on those aspects. I am very passionate about art and love to teach it to others. Often with a few simple but important steps a student can drastically improve their level of aptitude. You will be surprised what an hour of private tutoring can do!

Specific areas of study include:
The Basics
What mediums should the student be using? What are the best materials out there? What are the best brands?
How does the student apply the medium. Does he or she hold the pencil correctly? Is the correct hardness or softness being used? Is the tool being handled/sharpened properly? (You would be surprised what a difference this will make)

Intermediate
Proportions of the human form - using the human head and other points of reference to measure and draw correct relationships within the body. I.E. A person is on average 7.5 heads tall.
Balance and Flow - capturing the s curve of the spine and where the weight of the figure falls. Drawing a beautiful figure that has both proportion and movement.

Advanced
Light and shadow - how to create a 3-dimensional image using hard and soft lines to define form and cast shadows.
Composition - how does the finished drawing fit on the page? Is the final product pleasing as a whole? Do the values work? Does the negative space work?

Painting

I specialize in oil paint though I also tutor in watercolor and acrylic. I prefer to tutor painters who have mastered basic drawing techniques and who want to move forward into usually more time intensive and complicated painting techniques.

What I will cover:

For the beginner:
Materials - What medium should I be painting in? Oil, watercolor or acrylic? What should I paint on? Wood? Canvas? Linen? What are the basic colors I will need for my palette? What kinds of brushes should I buy? Do I need to use a medium such as linseed oil, turpenoid or Liquin?
Palette - How do I mix the proper colors?

Application and proper use of brushes and light and cool colors - Common problems include muddy colors and lack of distinct lights and darks which can be fixed by using lights and darks separately and specifically to create a 3-dimensional image

Intermediate:
Capturing likeness - using drawing techniques such as proportion and shading to recreate the image the artist is painting from
Correct Use of Color - using the colors on the palette to reproduce the most diverse and correct combinations possible. We will address the complications of reproducing skin tone

Advanced:
Having mastered an understanding correct reproduction of color and proportion, the artist will use this knowledge to push the boundaries of the common portrait, nude painting or landscape. The artist will learn to use colors and shapes to their greatest advantage and create the most dynamic and interesting compositions from even the most ordinary images.

UC Berkeley
Academy of Art University
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley

Academy of Art University (Master's)

Fabulous art tutor in every way

Catherine has been teaching my 25 year old daughter who is applying to California College of Art. She is working with my daughter on her portfolio and is broadening her skills. She has been helpful in every way imaginable - inspiring, very good input artistically (per my daughter), very knowledgeable re: portfolios and the art world; good teacher. I can see noticeable improvement in my daughter'

— Carol, Menlo Park, CA on 2/5/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

This rate does not include art supplies. Materials may change depending on the student. The cost of the session will reflect this extra expense to be determined in advance of the session.

Travel policy

Catherine will travel within 15 miles of South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.