private art lessons bay area

CSMA offers private art lesson students the opportunity to work with faculty members who will help identify and support their goals. Art lessons may focus on skill building with instruction on techniques in a particular media, such as charcoal drawing or watercolor painting. Lessons are also offered in portfolio building for personal, academic or professional use. Faculty will review and guide enhancement of a body of work, whether for preparing a portfolio for college applications or selecting work to submit for an exhibition.

Private art lessons take place once a week at a regularly scheduled time and may be 45 or 60 minutes in length. Visual art materials and equipment are provided by the student and not included in tuition.

The new student questionnaire is available for a two week period starting on the first day of the relevant semester. Please see our website for the Art School Calendar. After this time, the form will be closed until the next semester.

CSMA’s Private Art Lesson program offers

  • Instruction for all levels and ages in traditional and digital art forms
  • Faculty of accomplished professional artists and arts educators
  • Individualized attention and goal-setting in a positive, supportive environment
  • Portfolio building for college applications, resumes or exhibition submissions

Private art lessons are available in:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital Illustration
  • Portfolio Building (teen and adult only)

To Enroll in Private Art Lessons

Step 1

Complete the Private Art Lessons Survey


If you have questions, please contact program staff at 650-917-6800, ext. 338 or email

Step 2

CSMA’s Visual Arts Program Staff will work closely with new students or their parents to assist with lesson arrangement and to answer questions.

Step 3

Pay tuition fees and get started!


Private art lessons are handled separately from the Music School private lesson program.

Private Art Lesson Tuition

Six lesson minimum

  • 45 minute / $480.00
  • 60 minute / $642.00

Tuition is for six lessons. Additional lessons may be added as schedules permit. Please call or email us for rates and availability.

Important Private Art Lesson Policies

Students may withdraw with no penalty up to 2 days before the first lesson. Students may request to withdraw within three days after the first lesson and will be refunded less the lesson attended. After the three day period, no refunds are made.

Requests for withdrawal must be made in writing by email to Visual Arts program staff,

Absences and Make-Ups
There is no school credit, reimbursement or refund for missed lessons due to a student’s absence. CSMA does not guarantee a make-up for a missed lesson due to a student’s absence. If a lesson is missed due to a teacher’s absence, a make-up lesson will be scheduled.