Private Art Lessons

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 ". . . after sporadic attempts at painting over the years, I am finally producing paintings that I am satisfied with."

Contact Virginia Here to set up a lesson 

One-on-one art lessons avaliable online & in-person @ Give Rise Studio in Downtown Frederick, Maryland. I offer and teach a variety of disciplines & mediums including drawing, painting, and design! Lessons for children, teens, and adults of all ages. 

Please note, starting October 1st the hourly rate will be updated to $55 dollars an hour.  Pay ahead for four lessons and save 20 dollars! 


Student Testimonial:

"I have taken several classes from Virginia at the local art center, and I’m now taking private painting lessons from her. I cannot recommend Virginia highly enough. The first reason is because, after sporadic attempts at painting over the years, I am finally producing paintings that I am satisfied with. Virginia is knowledgeable and  very good technically, and I learn a lot from her about technique.  She also has a very effective manner in the the way that she makes suggestions and subtly guides the artist, without ever stepping in and touching the work.. Perhaps her strongest trait is the enthusiasm she has for her students' efforts, and the encouragement she gives us."
- Debbie, S. Frederick, MD
 What kind of art materials would you like to work with?

To inquire about scheduling an art lesson contact me here!


Here's a lesson that I recorded for my Frederick Community College Foundations Class!

•Want to check out my resume and teaching experience? Here's a summary of my experience.

  • M.F.A. Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008
  • B.A. University of Maryland, College Park, Studio Art 2005

Teaching Experience:

  • Current Art teacher at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick teaching Drawing, Elements of Art, Oil Painting, Collage Creations and Performance Art workshops classes to children, teens and adults.
  • Currently teaches virtual workshops in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter. 
  • Former virtual instructor for Aliada Learning, a organization that assists in providing independence for special needs adults. 
  • Former Adjunct Professor at Frederick Community College teaching Drawing and 2D Design.
  • Current Art Teacher at Visarts in Rockville teaching Pet Portraiture workshops and Drawing courses.
  • Current Art Teacher teaching and leading Pet Portraiture Wine and Dine nights at Pet Parents, a pet store in Bethesda
  • Former Art Teacher at Art With a Heart based in Baltimore, implementing art lessons to at risk youth
  • Former Visiting artist at Maryland Institute College of Art giving presentations and leading critiques.
  • Former Art Teacher at Kids on Campus at Frederick Community College designing and implementing art lessons to 11-13 year olds.
  • Former Teaching Assistant at Maryland Institute College of Art for undergraduate students in the following classes: Introduction to Fibers, Introduction to Wood and Sculptural Forms.


To schedule your own private lesson, be sure to contact me here!

Curious about what kind of lessons you can learn?

Below lists lessons you can learn! For your convenience, I have listed the art materials needed for each set of lessons. 



Graphite and Charcoal Lessons


Recommended Materials:
  • Graphite Pencil Set, Eraser, Kneaded Eraser, Paper Stumps, Hard, Medium, Soft Charcoal Pencil Set, Vine Charcoal
  • 11” x 14” Sketch Paper

Graphite/Charcoal Set

Estimated Cost: 18.00

Projects :


  1.  Drawing a sphere. This can be done by observing any spherical object at home. Example: A ball, orange, onion, or even an apple. In this exercise students will explore and understand the elements of art, Value and Line. Techniques in hatching, cross-hatching, cross contour line and contour line work will be investigated.
  2. Drawing a face and individual facial features. In this series of lessons students will understand step by step how to draw each individual facial feature. In the last lesson, all the facial features will be put together and proportions will be learned about
  3. Interested in drawing your favorite animal or pet in graphite or charcoal? This project can be explored step by step. Students will come away with the how to in putting together different shapes to form animal figures. Elements of Value and Line will be explored.
  4. Want to learn the basics of charcoal? By investigating the applications of charcoal, there are multiple lessons that can be done. Students can start by drawing a vegetable such as a pepper. Students will explore the elements of art including value, line and texture. Other charcoal lessons might include a simple still life with a wine bottle and cans of soup. From there, techniques in drawing more complex subjects such as a pair of pliers or a can opener can be investigated.
  5. Exploring one and two point perspective. Using graphite students will draw both realistic and imaginary cityscapes, while learning about perspective.

Sharpie Lessons

 Recommended Materials:
  • Variety of Black Sharpie Marker Set, Regular Office Pencil and Eraser
  • 11” x 14” Bristol Paper or Sketch Paper

Sharpie Set

Estimated Cost: 8.00



  1. Line Abstraction Study. Using a variety of the sharpie markers students will explore the elements of Line and Shape to create a drawing of intersecting lines and shapes. Students will learn basic line techniques including hatching, cross-hatching and stippling.
  2. Implied Line Still life Study. By observing a simple still life students will explore cross-contour line and implied line. (Lines that give volume and mass to an object and aren’t defined around the edges of that object) Students can find any still life they would like to create at home. Perhaps simple objects such as soup cans, paper towel rolls or an olive oil bottle can be used.
  3. Learning about regular or irregular pattern. Want to learn about artists such as Andy Wharhol and Chuck Close in how they explore the principle of design, Pattern. Using a pencil and sharpies students will explore and invent their own pattern based on a grid on paper.
  4. Drawing an abstract animal or pet. Students will learn about the element of Line by drawing contour and cross contour lines to give the illusion of mass and volume for an animal figure.

India Ink Lessons

Recommended Materials:

  • India Ink
  • Brushes
  • Palette 
  • Watercolor Paper

India Ink

Estimated Cost: 8.00

Brushes and Palette

Estimated Cost: 8.00

Watercolor Paper

Estimated Cost: 11.00



  1. Creating a moon and night sky scape. Using different techniques of applying India Ink including wet on wet and wet on dry technique, students can create a dreamy moon with varying textures and craters.
  2. Abstracted Popcorn Study: Students will explore and learn about different values that can be achieved with India Ink. Using popcorn as a still life, students will abstract and create their own interpretation of the popcorn.
  3. Creepy Doll Study: Have you ever thought that dolls are actually a little creepy? Well, in this project the student will use India Ink, expanding on all the different values that can be achieved, to depict a image of a doll in a not so innocent form.
  4. Simplified Still life: Want to really explore the applications of and varying value gradations and scales that you can achieve with India Ink? Students will set up a simple still life, perhaps anything that you can find at home. A few soup cans, a roll of paper towels, or a wine or olive oil bottle. Using these simple forms as references, students will depict the still life and investigate the subtle variations of values that one can achieve with India Ink.

Color Pencils Lessons

Recommended Materials:
  • Color Pencils
  • 11” x 14” sketch pad

Color Pencils

Estimated Cost: 23.00



  1. To explore color combinations and also how to create a sense of mass and volume, students can replicate a sunset sky and seascape. Implementing techniques of cross-hatching and cross contour drawing, students will be able to show dimension in the clouds. Color theory will be introduced as students will learn how to combine different colors to create new ones.
  2. An introduction to color pencil, drawing a peach. In this project students will be introduced to how to observe subtle colors and exaggerate them in a drawing. Color theory techniques will be introduced, and techniques in cross hatching, contour drawing and layering of color to achieve an opaqueness and realism with the color pencils.
  3. Drawing from a photograph: Using any subject that you wish, I can guide the student in depicting the subject in color pencil. Photographs I might suggest would be flowers, or even your favorite pet or animal.

Acrylic Paint Lessons

Recommended Materials:
  • Acrylic Paint Set
  • 11” x 14” Bristol paper
  • 10” x 10” canvas board
  • Palette and Brush Set

Acrylic Paint Set

Estimated Cost: 16.00

Six Pack of 12” x 12” Canvases

Estimated Cost: 17.00

Brushes and Palette

Estimated Cost: 8.00



  1. Basics of Color Theory. Students will use the primary colors from the paint set to create a color wheel and explore what intermediate colors and secondary colors are. Also, the student will create tertiary colors from complimentary colors, demonstrating how to create a wide range of tan, olive, and brown colors.
  2. Painting a monochromatic scheme. Using a photograph as a reference, students will explore tones and shades from one hue or color. This project can be broken into multiple lessons as students will learn about drawing from a photograph in accurate fashion using a grid.
  3. Painting a still life. There are a variety of approaches the student can take in painting a still life. Students can begin by painting simple objects such as fruits or vegetables or something more complex such as drapery. As the instructor, I would set up a similar still life in my studio and guide you through techniques in applying paint and color combinations.
  4. Painting from a color photograph. First, students will learn how to accurately replicate the photograph either using a grid or by drawing free hand. Then, step by step students will be guided in accurately replicating hues, color combinations, form and dimensions of shapes.

Oil Pastels Lessons

Recommended Materials:
  • Oil Pastels
  • 11” x 14” Bristol or Sketch Pad

Oil Pastels

Estimated Cost: 19.00

11” x 14” Bristol Pad

Estimated Cost: 12.00



  1. Basics of Color Theory. Students will use the primary colors from the oil pastel set to create a color wheel and explore what intermediate colors and secondary colors are. Also, the student will create tertiary colors from complimentary colors, demonstrating how to create a wide range of tan, olive, and brown colors.
  2. Fruit Still life. Exploring the subtle colors within a fruit or veggie, students will set up a simple still life, which will be replicated and drawn accurately on paper.
  3. Skyline exploration. Using a photographic reference, students will depict the subtle nuances of color within a sky and clouds. This project can be extended into several lessons exploring different landscapes, trees, and landmarks.

Water Color Lessons

Recommended Materials:

  • Watercolor Set
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paper

Watercolor Paint Set

Estimated Cost: 17.00

Watercolor Paper

Estimated Cost: 16.00

Watercolor brushes

Estimated Cost: 7.00



  1. Creating Landscapes: Students will learn the basics of wet on wet and wet on dry techniques while creating a country landscape, a landscape with a sunset and a night scene landscape. These projects could potentially span multiple lessons.
  2. Painting a animal: Using various watercolor techniques students will replicated their favorite animal on paper
  3. Painting from a photograph: Students will have the option to paint any scenery or for example, a set of flowers from a photograph. Using different techniques in drawing and painting, students will accurately replicate their photograph on paper.