Saturday, November 29, 2014

Commonly Asked Questions Taking Art Lessons and Our 1st Student Art Show

All of the students share a common 1st step in taking classes.  They began by asking me questions about my classes.  With any upcoming show, I thought this would be a great time to share the most commonly asked questions I get about taking art classes, my instruction and the studio.

- What makes your instruction different?

I teach students realistic drawing and painting and illustration. The art classes are varied to include teaching still-life, the figure, landscape, portraiture, cartooning, animation, clay sculpture and more.  All art lessons are designed around the student’s interests.  Students learn at their own pace.

It is a high quality fine art program offering art instruction that goes far beyond cut and paste, and arts & crafts. It offers art students basic understanding of how to draw and paint and teaches them how to see in a new way.
You will learn skills and techniques and can also learn to break the rules about drawing and painting to create your own style.

- What different art mediums and styles do you teach?

I teach the mediums of acrylic, non-toxic oil, watercolor, color pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels, clay sculpture, mixed media and more.  I teach many styles such as abstract, portraits, realism, still-life, landscapes, and illustration.

- How are classes structured?

 I offer private lessons and small group classes (no more than 5 people).  All art lessons are designed around the student’s interests.  Students learn at their own pace, or if desired, I have step by step classes.

How old is your youngest student, how old is your oldest student?
I teach students of all ages (7 and up kids and adults).  I have young children to retirees.
Children classes are separate from the adult classes. 
I teach all levels of experience and all abilities.

- What days and times do you offer classes?

There are many classes offered nearly every day of the week.  There are morning and evening classes to accommodate most schedules.  It is best to contact me to see what times best fit your schedule and artistic needs.

- How many classes will I need? 

It depends on your level of art, how much you practice, and what your artistic goals are.  I have some students who take painting classes as leisure.  I have other students that are aspiring career artists or are high school students building their portfolio for art school.   Everyone’s learns at their own pace with a program tailored to their needs.

- What is your studio address and by what landmarks are you near?

Vanessa’s Art Studio is in the North Tampa neighborhood of Westchase, near the intersection of Racetrack Road and Country Way Blvd:

12617 Bassbrook Lane
Tampa, FL 33626

- What is your art educational background?

I have an AA from MDCC and from the New World School of the Arts. I have a Fine Arts Bachelor from Florida International University. I am a multi-discipline artist versed in acrylic, oil, watercolor, color pencil, charcoal, pastels, clay sculpture, mixed media and more!   
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Vanessa Montenegro
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