Learning to draw or paint is a learnable skill just like reading, writing, math, science, computing, music, and physical education. Even though art is taught in school, how to draw what one sees is rarely taught. Many people believe that in order to draw, one must have talent. This is incorrect.

I have often heard these words, “I can’t draw”. However, I haven’t heard the words, “I can’t read.” Individuals have innate gifts. Some love to read and write whereas others read just for school. Some excel in math, science, and physical education. All subjects are learnable, and all subjects have value.

Art is an expression and an interpretation of what you see and feel. I know from experience that anyone can learn the skills to draw and paint with a step-by-step approach.



  • Observation
  • Eye/hand coordination
  • The act of observing and noting down with pencil on paper what you see allows a person to be in the present moment where the sense of time passing disappears. In my classes, I can’t count the many times I heard a student say, “It’s time to leave already?” or “That went by so fast!”
  • Drawing inspires creativity and confidence.

Since I recently moved to Chicago to be near both of my daughters, I am now offering private Zoom lessons. Lessons first require a conversation as to what the student, young or adult, would like to learn or improve on. After which, I will create a specific lesson plan.

Mediums Taught:

  • Realistic Drawing
    • Supplies needed
    • How to draw from life
    • How to draw from a picture
    • Shading and texture techniques
  • Pen and Ink – Drawing prerequisite
    • Supplies needed
    • Choosing an image
    • Learning how to create specific lines for different textures
    • Lessons for practicing
  • Oil Painting
    • Supplies needed
    • Choosing an image to paint
    • Step by step approach from the underpainting to a finished masterpiece.
  • Watercolor
    • Supplies needed
    • Practicing specific techniques for watercolor 
    • Choosing a subject
    • Step by step guidance
  • Cartooning
    • Supplies needed
    • How to draw bodies, faces, emotions
    • How to draw perspective
  • Portfolio for college
    • Depends upon requirements
  • Senior Project
    • Depends upon requirements



Lesson Plan: $1 per minute. I will ask a series of questions to create a specific lesson plan for each student based upon initial consultation. Also, I will send a list of supplies needed.

Zoom: $1 per minute. Each lesson usually lasts 30-60 minutes.

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