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Individualized Private Art Lessons

Bay Area Parents: I offer private art lessons for teens and 'tweens wishing to develop a visual arts portfolio.

My approach is individualized and personal. Lessons take place in my SOMA painting studio or at my home.

The advantage of working together one-on-one is that each session is customized to the individual student’s ability, skills and goals. We can spend time really focusing on a specific area while developing each student's personal style and a strong body of work. Many of my students have used their portfolio for high school and college art school applications.


Please contact me for my rate and current availability.

Here's a few testimonials about my teaching:


"Barbara was a godsend for our creative son (and his parents)! 

She is a truly gifted teacher who connects with all of her students on an individual level and nurtures and inspires them to do their best artistic work. One of our son's favorite teachers ever. She is also extremely knowledgeable about high school and college art programs and admissions. We HIGHLY recommend her without reservation."
-Paul and Noreen (Parents)

"As a student who hasn't had that many art classes and had little to no experience with things like charcoal or self portraits, Barbara was an amazing teacher and I was able to learn it all very quickly. She truly excelled at teaching kids,not just in a group but also helping certain students one on one. Her classes are not only edifying but fun and made me excited to come back!"
-Cormac (Student)

"Barbara was fantastic with my shy son - she made him comfortable right away and helped him move his creative ideas into action!  She had realistic expectations and high expectations of what a teen is able to do!"

-Teresa (Mom)

"Barbara was able to quickly assess my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses and customize a series of enjoyable, achievable art goals, lessons, and homework catered specifically to my daughter’s individual needs" -Megan (Mom)

“I cannot recommend Barbara highly enough. In early 2020 we worked with Barbara for about a year. While in the middle of a pandemic, she patiently coached and inspired my daughter in a playful and low-pressure way. I am so glad we found Barbara and cannot recommend her enough for her patience, skills and knowledge. My child really loved working with her AND she got into the top San Francisco arts high school to boot.” -Lucy (Mom)

"I took your portfolio building class a few months ago, and I just wanted to say thanks so much! I definitely got better at drawing, and (the arts high school) accepted my application! It was definitely one of the reasons I got in. Thanks for the amazing class!"  -Ember (Student)

"I was impressed with the thoughtful and ambitious curriculum Barbara put together for the kids, definitely a cut above. Beyond this, we engaged with her on art colleges to consider.  I was floored by her quick knowledge about many of the schools down to art avenues emphasized in their programs. Mostly, I was taken by her warm, approachable & generous nature of sharing - it was so appreciated! " -Aileen (Mom)

“Barbara played an integral role in preparing our daughter for her high school portfolio and audition. She paid close attention to our daughter’s strengths in drawing and found ways to help her develop her skills even further. Barbara fostered a great environment for our child to grow as an artist and we are very grateful for her teaching!”

-Andrew & Nasim (Parents)

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