Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt

I have over forty-five years of art teaching experience in private schools, community colleges and studio instruction. I hold a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute, New York.


Classes are small- a maximum of four students enables personal guidance and individual instruction. I offer individual instruction in two-hour and three-hour sessions as well as flexible scheduling.

Call 910 547-8115 OR...

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Art Mornings

Please note: Classes are ongoing. You can enroll anytime!

Drawing Skills For Pencil

Monday mornings 10-12 Four two-hour classes--$80.00

You can draw! All you need is a 2b drawing pencil, a good quality sketch book and I will show you how to draw what you see working from a photo (you supply) and then conquer still life and landscape subjects! For beginners or those wanting to refresh their drawing techniques.

Water Color and Colored Pencil Method

Tuesday mornings 10-12 Four two-our classes--$80.00

Learn how to combine water color and colored pencils to create beautiful artwork. This is the method I use for creating my artwork and you can learn it, too! Easy and fun with amazing results. For beginners or those wanting to explore new drawing and painting techniques.

Stencil Painting With Acrylic Paints

Wednesday mornings 10-12 Four two-hour classes--$80.00

Using stencils is an easy and fun way to become acquainted with acrylic paint: color mixing, composition, light and dark and combining shapes to create a unique painting. For beginners or experienced painters that want to learn new techniques.

Charcoal Drawing Basics

Thursday mornings 10-12 Four two-hour classes--$80.00

Through drawing still life subjects, learn how to draw shapes, shadows and light and how to make a beautiful, skillful drawing. For beginners and those wanting to learn more about charcoal drawing techniques.

Zentangle –Inspired Drawing

Friday mornings 10-12 Four two-hour classes--$80.00

This meditative drawing method that engenders calm and well-being. Create amazingly beautiful drawings in the first class. For beginners and those with advanced drawing skills that want to explore this technique.

Water Color and Colored Pencil Method

Saturday mornings 10-12 Four two-our classes--$80.00

Learn how to combine water color and colored pencils to create beautiful artwork. This is the method I use for creating my artwork and you can learn it, too! Easy and fun with amazing results. For beginners or those wanting to explore new drawing and painting techniques.

"Burning Bright"

Oil Painting

By Lois DeWitt

I have a lot to offer in art instruction!

After forty-five years of art instruction in many disciplines, I offer classes in collage, acrylic painting, water color, oil pastel, and much more!

Please look at my local schedule for monthly offerings in Wilmington, NC and do consider enrolling.

If you do not live in the Wilmington area, there are many art lessons and videos available to you on this website! Check out the many listings on the left!

Local or global, I promise it will be a great, information-rich experience in art instruction for you!

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Real Feedback

...I currently I'm working with a author for children's books and I'm doing some of the illustration. This has been a real challenge, but enjoying it. When I not at home my sketch pad goes with me and I'm practice on something all the time. I've taken my art more serious and have the time to do what I thought I would never be able to do and you have inspired me to make me realize a dream that I thought I wouldn't get to do in my life time. Will be sending a picture for you to look at and see where I need to do to improve. It may take a week or two, but you will hear from me. Janice


I'm 60 and just getting back into art. My mother was an artist and I always wanted to be one too. I like the (acrylic) painting and I'm just finishing up the Intermediate! Never though I could paint so good! Eleanor Fuller


Please send link to basic drawing lessons--enjoyed your blot painting! Thank you, Phyllis


Hello Lois....In your introductory e-mail you asked about who I am. I'm retired. As I watched my triplet grandchildren drawing and creating fine looking artwork, I got to thinking about how much I had enjoyed drawing when I was about their age. My recollection is that I was pretty good but in truth probably not as good as my aging memory recalls. I do know, though, that I enjoyed it very much. So one day I sat down with paper and pencil to sketch a masterpiece only to find that all the talent I had as a teenager had been lost somewhere on my journey to senior citizenship. The desire, if not the ability, was there so I began searching the net for drawing lessons. I was surprised to find sites that actually provided free lessons. (I fully expected to pay for lessons) I was most impressed with your site so here I am....hoping to reawaken a long suppressed interest in the art of drawing.

Darrell Larson


It's never to late to do art! I've been painting with water color and then did some little cards for my twelve year old niece.

Thank you for your art lessons,

Betty Jacobsen

Notes on Writing The Artist Within Lessons...

Five years ago, for a small business course at a community college I developed a financial plan for "The Artful Life Program," a series of art learning classes for 55+ students.

This offering of art classes could be installed in a community recreation center, a church basement, an instructor's house, or wherever people wanting to learn and do art could congregate.

I had to do the financials, figure out what would be needed to teach in a facility and project an income and expense sheet for its operation.

I came a way from the small business class with a good working plan for bringing art to the 55+ community. One of the classes I called "Finding The Artist Within." Based on my experience with teaching older people, the course was constructed to refresh, inspire and develop creative skills through a series of exercises. I made each project simple, fun and provocative and directed towards an end goal of helping the students choose an artful direction in painting, drawing, printmaking, or collage.

Through six lessons, students could develop their imaginative, visualizing and creative skills will working on projects that were fun for the group and not intimidating.

Over the years, I have taught "Finding The Artist Within," in in private classes as well as life-long learning programs. It remains today, one of the most popular class offerings I have!