Best Painting &
Drawing Teachers
in Pittsburgh

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored painting & drawing teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best painting & drawing teachers in Pittsburgh, PA.

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  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.


AdventureTRAC is a mobile outfitter in Sutersville that offers outdoor excursions to individuals, groups, and business organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The business takes pride in seeking out the best places for adventures in nature that an area has to offer. They integrate educational and spiritual components into their outings. An outing can include a yoga class in the woods or a painting lesson on the shore. Painting classes are offered as an option on the kayak, hiking, and biking outings. Whether the participant is an experienced landscape painter or a beginner, there will be professional artists on hand to instruct and encourage them.

Sutersville, PA(412) 554-3829


Artissima Studio

Artissima Studio is an art school, art studio, art gallery, event venue, and craft boutique in Pittsburgh owned and run by artist Cara Livorio. Artissima offers a variety of art classes and art workshops for adults and kids, ages 4-18 and features semester art classes, shorter art courses, one-time creative workshops, summer art camps, and private lessons. Students work with Cara and other artist educators who provide inspiring instruction that emphasizes technical development and knowledge of materials and processes. Artissima focuses on providing the highest quality instruction to the community with small class sizes that ensure personalized attention to every student. Artissima also organizes birthday parties and events for adults and kids. Cara's degrees include a B.F.A. in Drawing & Painting, a Minor in Art History, and master studies in Visual Art and Curatorship achieved while studying both in the US and in Milan, Italy. Cara has taught art and art history in Italy and in the Pittsburgh area, where she was an artist educator at the Andy Warhol Museum and an art instructor at several art centers. She is also actively engaged in the arts community of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 968-5858


Carol Volz Begley

Carol Volz Begley holds drawing and painting classes using oils, pastels, charcoal, and pen and ink for adults and children both at her studio in Beaver and outdoors if the weather permits. Regular classes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and have a maximum of 10 to 12 students to allow sufficient personal attention. Private lessons are available on request and can be tailored to each student's individual needs. Carol has won several awards and is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Portrait Society of America, the Pastel Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America.

Beaver, PA(724) 775-7751


Dots and Doodles

Dots and Doodles is an art studio in Wexford which offers classes, birthday parties, open studio hours, paint your own pottery, BYOB nights, and more to tots, teens, and adults. The emphasis is on the process of making art by engaging and challenging students in a fun and collaborative environment. Students are exposed to a variety of media, experiment with new processes, study famous works of art and their artists, and create their own original works. All classes and camps are administered by teachers with a Master’s Degree in education, experience in the arts, and years of experience with children and adults.

Wexford, PA(724) 831-7018


Fired Up Pottery Studio, LLC

Fired Up Pottery Studio, LLC is an art studio in McMurray which has a calendar of regular classes such as Canvas Painting for Kids, Clay and Cocktails, and Fused Glass Class. Alternatively, clients can just walk in, choose a piece of pottery, decorate it and leave it for the studio to fire. The studio also hosts parties for up to 60 people which last from 45 minutes to two hours. In these, participants can try pottery painting, fused glass, mosaics, clay hand-building, canvas painting and wine glass painting. Reviews talk of the friendliness of the staff, the reasonable prices, and how much fun the painters had.

McMurray, PA(724) 941-0302


le Poire

le Poire is a fine-art studio and gallery in Pittsburgh that is owned and run by Joyce Werwie Perry, an award-winning artist. Adult and Teen classes are taught at the studio and are arranged according to the requirements of the client. Joyce believes that the atmosphere at the studio along with small class sizes and personal attention give the best opportunity to nurture creative expression in her pupils. Her paintings can be found in public and private collections across the country including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and is a former Vice President and Exhibitions Co-Chair of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 921-0912


Paint Monkey

The team at Paint Monkey describe themselves as Pittsburgh's premier destination for painting classes and parties, with studios in Lawrenceville, McCandless, and Waterfront. Everyone paints on a pre-sketched canvas in a 2 or 3-hour session and with a local artist guiding them through the painting step by step. Participants are encouraged to bring friends and wine along on a date night, family reunion, girls' night out, or corporate event. The company provides gift certificates and caters to kids parties, team-building, and fund-raising events.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 770-4923


Peggi Habets Studio

Peggi Habets is a watercolor and mixed-media artist and workshop instructor in Pittsburgh. She teaches three and five-day watercolor portrait workshops around the country which are either scheduled events or by invitation. The workshops are for beginners to advanced levels and lessons are taught through demo, lectures, presentations, one-on-one instruction, and group critiques. Workshops are tailored to the group's experience level and interest. Testimonials attest to Peggi's skills as a teacher, her composition and technical painting expertise, and her dedication to the advancement of her students.

Pittsburgh, PA(412) 951-9144


Suzy’s Busy Brushes

Sue Scully owns and runs Suzy’s Busy Brushes in Cabot. In 2009, she became a Bob Ross Instructor and is certified to teach the “wet-on-wet” technique made famous by him on television. All skill levels are welcome in her painting classes including beginners, advanced students, and even those who have never picked up a paintbrush. Regular classes include Canvas and Corks, Landscape, Seascape, and Floral. In addition to her regular painting classes, Sue also teaches classes where students can learn and practice the many painting techniques available. These classes are generally smaller in size in order to provide more individual attention. Private painting classes are available on request and are tailored to the needs of the individual student.

Cabot, PA(724) 713-7719


Sweetwater Center for the Arts

Sweetwater began as a grass-roots effort developed by community residents offering a small number of classes in the fine arts and crafts for residents in the area west of Pittsburgh. After receiving nonprofit and certified teaching institute status in 1974, Sweetwater began operating as a full-service arts education facility in 1975. In 1987, Sweetwater moved from a small Victorian house into its current space located in the old Sewickley Post Office building, where it is uniquely situated on the periphery of Pittsburgh with easy access to many areas that do not traditionally have access to quality cultural programs. There is a range of drawing and painting classes available including life drawing, drawing fundamentals, and painting with watercolors, oils, and acrylics. Of the more than 400 classes and workshops on offer, there are classes in ceramics, sculpture, culinary, music, photography, fiber arts, and jewelry. Reviews recommend the center for its well-prepared classes and describe it as fun for children and a great community resource.

Sewickley, PA(412) 741-4405


Terri Perpich's Art Studio

Terri Perpich teaches adults and children six and older at her art studio in Natrona Heights. Her classes include drawing, cartooning, painting, mixed media, and calligraphy. Terri is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, the Pittsburgh Print Group, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art. She has won numerous awards, has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has been a judge for regional art exhibitions.

Natrona Heights, PA(724) 226-3300


That Pottery Place

That Pottery Place is a pottery store in Bethel Park where customers can take part in pottery painting, warm glass fusing, and dichroic jewelry creation. For experienced potters, there are potters wheels available. Classes are given in glass fusing and pottery painting, and parties are held in the private party room. Appointments are not necessary so customers can just walk in during regular business hours. There is a selection of ceramic pieces to paint including small figurines, kitchen items, picture frames, vases, plates, platters, mugs, and more.

Bethel Park, PA(412) 835-3616


The Art Shoppe

Becky Mayhew founded The Art Shoppe in Houston in 2004. She offers art classes for adults and children that take place on weekday evenings and Saturdays. Classes include drawing, painting in oils and watercolor, cartoons, and calligraphy. The shop features an Art Studio where custom art is available, and the business also operates an online store. Becky graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1980 and has worked as a full-time and freelance artist performing graphic design, drafting, and illustrating, and producing cartoons and caricatures.

Houston, PA(724) 413-9521


The Crafty Shack

The Crafty Shack is an art studio that was established in 2001 in Jeannette where clients can paint at any time during business hours with a teacher always on hand. The business offers adult wine and cheese parties, kids night out parties, and classes in canvas painting for adults and kids, wheel-thrown pottery, clay sculpting, glass fusing, and specialty design. The studio also sells hand-thrown pottery and the supplies needed for painting, jewelry-making, and pottery making.

Jeannette, PA(724) 744-0495


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